Hang on to your hats, because there’s another rumored relieve date for Apple’s next-generation iPhone.
The latest emanates from the China Times (translation), which says that Apple plans to generate 4 million units of the device following a new production run of 400, 000 test units. That’s all to ready the product for a release in the second week involving September.
Other tidbits from the report, which was grabbed this morning by Macrumors, include Apple purportedly fitting in with ready another version of the iPad to bring to showcase “before Thanksgiving.” That would give Apple a late-year product launch that–as a final two iPad launches have proven–would make for a tough-to-get gadget in the frenzied holiday shopping season.
The China Times report has some weight regarding timing. Apple has made a habit of possessing its annual iPod-focused music event in September, usually in that first or second week of the month. Apple has promised to release iOS 5 in “the slide,” which officially begins a few weeks after.
Turning to CNET’s lovingly updated iPhone 5 gossip roundup, this is the latest in a compilation of September mentions, the earliest being a Reuters report saying that the new device would be good to go by then. In early May, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek weighed in; saying something quite like an iPhone 3GS-like update would be hitting keep shelves in September. That was followed just a short time later by a Digitimes report, echoing the same timeline and noting that it could be an incremental update.
In late June, a Bloomberg report said which a new iPhone would be hitting in September for you to coincide with iOS 5’s debut. Digitimes followed, saying Apple had actually placed an order for 15 million in the devices in time for a September release, well above what China Times is reporting. All this was topped off with a new U. K. job posting earlier this month aiming to staff up iPhone sales specialists for Apple’s retailers to work from mid-August through the end involving October for “an exciting project.” Two distinct reports from Macrumors and Boy Genius Report after noted that Apple and AT&T were readying personnel for something big right around that same occasion.
As for an iPad 2 follow-up this calendar year, this is not the first such murmur. A report from Digitimes at first of this month said Apple was pulling together materials to get started on work on an iPad follow-up, in time on an October release. Days later, blog this is our next chimed in, claiming Apple was planning to launch an HD model of the iPad aimed at the high-end market, sporting a display with double the resolution that can run pro-level photo and video applications. That model was considered to be launching in the fall, alongside a new iphone 3gs.
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Apple has released a new iPhone yearly since unleashing the original model on June 30, 2007. The latest, the iPhone 4, is now greater year old. The company reported sales of 20.34 million iPhones in its most current fiscal quarter, which was up from 18.65 trillion units the quarter before. While Apple doesn’t break out those sales regarding the differing models, it did say that it’s now approximately 220 million iOS devices total.