Yesterday, a rather outrageous rumor appeared online stating that both the iPhone 5S and iPad 5 would make an entrance at a special event on the last Saturday in June. We poured on a healthy dose of skepticism. Apple has never announced an iDevice on a Saturday, and would certainly not have such an important Keynote address within a few weeks of when WWDC is going to happen. Today’s indications are a much more likely scenario, despite them coming from the somewhat inconsistent DigiTimes.
According to its supply chain checks, components and parts aren’t to begin shipping to assembly plants until May this year, shortly before the assembly process is to begin, ready for a launch in the 3rd quarter of this year. A similar time frame to the iPhone 5 last year. If true, what this hopefully indicates is that Apple is – yet again – going to focus primarily on software at WWDC 2013. And, fingers crossed, let’s all hope that the design gurus at Cupertino are working hard on giving iOS the refresh that it’s drastically needed for the past 2-3 years.
Components for the next-generation iPhone will start shipping at the end of May with the new smartphone to have a chance of showing up in the third quarter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
The new iPhone will not receive a major upgrade and may just be a slightly enhanced version of iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S), the sources said citing their latest specification data.
There’s very little surprising about the latest information. And so, it’s more than likely credible. That said, Apple has the ability to surprise whenever it wants. Do you agree with us that it’s the software that needs an update this time around? If you had a choice between hardware or software, which would you update and what would you change?