Around a week ago, we heard that Apple was about to crank “trial production” of the iPhone 5S, with a view to hitting volume production in the first quarter of 2013. Great stuff.
Now we’re hearing, from the same source, but without much fanfare, that the proposed iPhone 5S release date appears to have slipped back.
Yes, it’s DigiTimes once again, this time mentioning – in a purely matter of fact manner – that “Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013.”
The iPhone in particular used to make its debut around June/July, but more recently it’s been September/October. Might we see a return to a summer release for the latest iPhone?
I’d say that’s at least more realistic than Q1 as the iPhone 5S release date, and it’d close the gap on the inevitable Samsung Galaxy S IV.
It’s probably fair to say Apple might mix things up a bit next year, but in any case, the iPhone 5 is only two months old, while the iPad mini and fourth gen iPad have only just touched down. My point? Don’t expect any new iDevices any time soon. Probably.