Has Apple brought the iPhone 5 launch forward to August?

Has Apple brought the iPhone 5 launch forward to August?I don't believe this for a second (famous last words) but am gonna throw it out there anyway so you can say what you think about it all.

Apparently Apple has been so rattled by the runaway success of the Samsung Galaxy S III that it's bringing the release of the iPhone 5 forward to August.

That's what tech blog 247Emirates is claiming anyway, though it doesn't reveal the nature of its sources, so there's no telling whether it's a credible rumour or just someone thinking out loud.

We don't buy it. Here are our thoughts:

Firstly, Apple hasn't even publicly acknowledged the existence of the iPhone 5 but even if it had, it launches devices on its terms these days.

This is a company that commands such attention and dedication from fans that it can afford to make announcements and release products when it wants rather than when the market dictates. And the buyers follow and dance to its tune. That's just how it is.

Secondly, the source claims that Samsung is on course to deliver 10 million Galaxy S III's by this month. Not massively unexpected since it announced it had already shipped 9 million units to cover pre-order demand.

But again, Apple knew this since that announcement was made very publicly by Samsung. There are also rumours that the South Koreans are going to be bringing the release of the Galaxy Note forward too to make sure they don't get out-iPhoned. It's all over the shop.

Thirdly, the Galaxy S III and iPhone may be seen as being in direct competition, but with different size, specs and OS ecosystems, they're actually very different and lots (not all, granted) of people already have their flags nailed to a particular post. Aside from geeks and a few floating buyers, the majority of tech savvy punters will go with what they know and are used to.

Fourthly, we can't help thinking that Apple is so confident anyway, it would be that rattled by Samsung. Yes, the companies are painted as hating each other, and Apple has made it clear it wants Android nuked.

But, it seems it views the Google competitor as an annoyance rather than a threat. Let's face it - unless something drastic changes, Apple isn't about to die a death at the hands of Android.

And finally, what of the production logistics? This thing will have been planned to within an inch of its iLife. Is Tim Cook really going to call up Foxconn and tell them to get a move on as he wants to launch early?

Give. Me. A. Break. Not gonna happen.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 4, 2012 at 19:43

Agree - that is one botched up rumour. The SGS2 was a massive hit. So, Apple waited for Samsung's sales figures for the SGS3 to see if it flops? Yes. Indeed.

Reser  Jul. 4, 2012 at 20:31

How can they "bring forward" a release date that has not even been announced yet?

If it gets released in August how do you know that was not always the plan?

The October release date of iPhone 4S was afterall due to a delay, the usual date used to be June so a date inbetween June and October could be a date they are aiming for in order to eventually land back on June release dates again.

And August just happens to land right in the middle of that period which would make a great transition to be back to June launch next year.

Pondlife  Jul. 4, 2012 at 20:49

Yeah was delayed so could see it move back almost naturally.
I think they'd quite like the six month spread between pad and phone ideally.

oallan39  Jul. 4, 2012 at 22:53

Tend to agree and disagree.
Agree that Apple might not bring the launch of the iPhone 5 forward, just to maintain its kudos as industry leader.
Disagree that the difference between the iPhone and the others especially the SGS III is unfathomable. Finally the majority of users will be in it for what works, the bigger is now no longer a hinderance, it is a norm. The smaller is no longer cool cos users are not not only using the smart phones primarily as a phone but a connectivity device for personal organization, entertainment and networking. Nobody wants to lug around an iPhone and an iPad, when you can have a hybrid of both.
Apple without Steve Jobs may not have have the aura it used to have. Frankly if Apple does not come up with a retina screen that is at least a SGS II size, I may not be upgrading my iPhone and will serious look to migrating to the SGS III platform. I think I will not be the only one with this position.

iPhone5Lover  Jul. 5, 2012 at 05:47

BULL!!!, iPhone 5 will release in August because I want it to, wimp wimp :(

MrT01  Jul. 5, 2012 at 09:48

I use to be a big apple fan, but the company is letting everyone down, 17" Macbook pros taken off the line, and now waiting for a phone that no one knows about. I keep fighting the urge to go out and buy the Samsung, specially when I've kept to Iphone since its release. If an announcement isnt made soon I will no longer be able to hold back good bye iphone... come on apple give us some good news

Gunner1  Jul. 5, 2012 at 09:59

you are all just SAD!!! Apple will release it when the time is right

morpheus  Jul. 5, 2012 at 11:21

@ MrT101.... give in.... buy the Samsung..... you know you want to.... come over to the dark side ;)

jaybear88  Jul. 5, 2012 at 14:27

you are all just SAD!!! Apple will release it when the time is right
Hahah what? Nice contribution to a debate on possible time scales affecting the immediate future development of a $5+ billion industry. Yep, we're all sad. (nice work on the capitals there, really emphasized your input)

"Apple will release it when the time is right " sounds like you're talking about the second coming.

Sico  Jul. 5, 2012 at 18:47

You guys can have the SGS3 and iPhone 5, I am waiting for iPhone 6 instead.

Reser  Jul. 5, 2012 at 23:17

I use to be a big apple fan, but the company is letting everyone down, 17" Macbook pros taken off the line, and now waiting for a phone that no one knows about. I keep fighting the urge to go out and buy the Samsung, specially when I've kept to Iphone since its release. If an announcement isnt made soon I will no longer be able to hold back good bye iphone... come on apple give us some good news

If you used to be a big fan you would know that is how it has "always" been, They do not announce their products months- years in advance only to delay them endlessly e.t.c like other companys. they announce them when they are done and ready to start the rollout.

An announcement will be made by October which you should well know.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2012 at 23:48

I use to be a big apple fan, but the company is letting everyone down, 17" Macbook pros taken off the line, and now waiting for a phone that no one knows about. I keep fighting the urge to go out and buy the Samsung, specially when I've kept to Iphone since its release. If an announcement isnt made soon I will no longer be able to hold back good bye iphone... come on apple give us some good news

If you used to be a big fan you would know that is how it has "always" been, They do not announce their products months- years in advance only to delay them endlessly e.t.c like other companys. they announce them when they are done and ready to start the rollout.

An announcement will be made by October which you should well know.

Yes, indeed.

reddott  Jul. 16, 2012 at 00:58

though the 4s was an updates 4, they are merely the name of the phone. the 2g was named due to its 2g connectivity, as was the 3g. the s in 3gs means speed. by this time apple was out of new connectivity to name there iphones after, so they just went numerically. then they decided to make the 4s, in which s also stands for speed. due to the numerical naming, the next will be the iphone 5, then followed by the 5s and then 6, and so on

jaybear88  Jul. 17, 2012 at 14:36

the 2g was named due to its 2g connectivity

Surely the 1st iPhone had GPRS :S

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