A Taiwan-based OEM manufacturer Pegatron has landed orders for manufacturing the next generation iPhone 5 and a 10-inch iPad to be launched in the fourth quarter, as reported by Taiwanese news outlet Digitimes, citing sources within supply chain. The source from upstream component makers added that the 5th-gen iPhone could be launched as early as in September in US. A 7-inch iPad by Foxconn Electronics will be released in August, added Digitimes.
Apple tends to work on a yearly product cycle and the iPhone 4S came out in October last year. Can we assume that next generation iPhone will be launched somewhere in September or October this year? May be!
The report that iPhone 5 will be launched in September is not surprising. Apple has already announced that it will hold its annual WWDC event from June 11-15 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and that this year’s conference will be software specific too – focusing on both OS X and iOS developers equally.
A recent report from iLounge, however, claimed that the new iPhone will be taller, 20 percent thinner; 4-inch display with smaller dock connector – instead of 30-pin Dock Connector, 16-pin connector could be introduced. The report claimed that Apple will launch iPhone 5 in September-October timeframe.
Delay in iPhone 5 launch could give the growing lineup of Android phones a brief opportunity to grab more customers. Will Apple fanbois wait patiently for the new iPhone rather than switch to Android? What do you think?
Taiwanese publication Digitimes have a decent, if not stellar, record of revealing when the next-gen device will be launched, but in this case, the report may be accurate.