As usual, it’s taken very little time after an iDevice launch for the rumor mill to begin spinning off speculation about the next one. We’d read rumors last week – that we didn’t much believe – that the iPhone and iPad could be updated in the first half of next year. There was also talk of an Apple TV, which didn’t take long to shoot down.
Today the usual culprit, DigiTimes has heard that production of the next iPhone is set be ramped up around April/May time, which could mean Apple is reverting back to its traditional June/July launch timeframe. Little is known yet about the 7th generation iPhone, but if past history is anything to go by, it’s probably going to be an iPhone 5 with performance/speed enhancements. The iPhone “5S” will most likely just be a faster version of the current device.
“Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013 … Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.”
(Side note: S did not stand for Siri officially with the iPhone 4S. That was an unofficial comment made by a blog. S stands for Speed, so it makes complete sense that a boosted iPhone 5 would be called the 5S.)
With DigiTimes’ most recent history being less than accurate when it comes to rumors, it’s hard to say how likely it is that the rumor becomes fact. My gut feeling is that we’re not going to see another iPhone until September/October. That’s not based on any knowledge, calculations or analysis of the market. However, it would annoy a lot of people if their iPhone 5 was outdated only 9 months in to its release. Perhaps I’m wrong. We’ll see in time.
If you hear anything, or want to ask me anything about the next iPhone, feel free to tweet me: @TiP_Cam