New report brings back hope for an iPhone 5 release in September.
The iPhone 5 is going to be the hottest product that launches this year. This is pretty much a sure thing. Everything else about the iPhone 5 is still unknown. Rumors over the last days have put the release date of the iPhone 5 into October. This is of course disappointing. The Guardian has published now a report that gives hope that the iPhone 5 is coming in September as rumored over the last months.
The report says that carriers have already the iPhone 5 hidden in sealed boxes for testing on their networks. Apple is obviously making sure nobody gets a glimpse of the final design of the iPhone 5.
The Guardian article also argues that an October launch date would mean lost iPhone sales for Apple. The thing is that we just do not know the internal state of the iPhone 5. What was Apple's original release plan? Did they hit any snags? We can just look at it from the outside as Apple makes sure that there no leaks from inside Apple. Most other companies struggle with that.
I also still have the feeling that the iPhone 5 comes in September. It will give Apple enough time to catch up with demand in time before the holiday sales rush kicks in. It would be really bad if the iPhone 5 is sold out during November. We have seen with the iPad 2 how long it can take for Apple to catch up with the demand.