Despite the lack of any concrete evidence whatsoever, the industry generally accepts that the next iPhone – iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S or whatever – will arrive in September.
That’s largely based on cheeky leaks from component manufacturers out east, but now Apple is getting in on the September action with a fairly solid hint from its Chief Financial Officer.
At its quarterly earnings call, Apple revealed that it expects its revenue to fall from $28.57 billion in Q2 to $25 billion (is that all?) in Q3. The three-month period ending September has historically been lucrative for Apple, so questions were indeed asked.
Apple’s CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, explained that there's “a lot going on in the fall with iOS 5 and iCloud", as well as a "future product transition that we will not talk about today”.
Reading between the lines: iPhone 5. It’s expected that sales of the iPhone 4 will see a significant decline as consumers begin salivating at the prospect of the latest iPhone.
The Californians traditionally hold an iPod-focused event in September, but it’s expected that the 2011 show will be dominated by the new iPhone. Incidentally, September arrives six weeks tomorrow, so we mightn’t have long to wait…