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iPhone 5S, iPad 5 Rumored for Mid 2013

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Rumors are claiming Apple’s iPhone 5S and next-generation iPad will launch in the middle of 2013, a bit earlier than many observers expect considering Apple’s seemingly moved to a fall release schedule. Digitimes points to industry sources that say Apple’s component suppliers are expecting large orders from the iPhone maker in March and April of next year.

Digitimes, a technology industry publication, has a mixed track record and has a somewhat tarnished reputation amongst some consumers and media outlets. However, Digitimes has accurately predicted Apple releases in the past. Like the saying goes, a broken clock is still right twice a day.

According to the Digitimes report, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) expect to do brisk business beginning in the later part of Q1 2013 after a slowdown in January and February.  The pickup is rumored to match levels leading up to the September 21 iPhone 5 release.

iPhone 5So why would Apple shift its iPad and iPhone announcements from just before the holiday season back to summer? Perhaps the company wants to avoid a mid-year slump or it wants to speed up the beat of new releases. Competitive Android devices are released on a continual basis, which means they often outdo whatever iPhone is on the market for months at a time.

Another issue with fall releases is that Apple has trouble keeping up with demand for months after releasing its phones and tablets. For example, the iPhone 5 was announced on September 12 and is still backordered for 2-3 weeks at Apple.com. The phone is difficult to find in all capacities and carrier configurations at retail. These sorts of availability issues turn off some buyers, especially those who are buying gifts on tight deadlines.

Apple used to have a tradition of announcing new iPhones at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) each June, but shifted away from that strategy. The last time it debuted an iPhone at WWDC was in June, 2010 when it announced the iPhone 4 alongside iOS 4. Perhaps Apple wants to synchronize major software announcements with hardware announcements once again.

The next iPhone is rumored to largely resemble the iPhone 5 and carrier the iPhone 5S moniker, following the tradition of Apple’s tick-tock release schedule where every other release is a major update and the others are minor upgrades.

Releasing updates to iOS devices in less than a year isn’t unprecedented. Apple released the third-generation iPad in March earlier this year, followed by the fourth-generation iPad in October. The latest full-sized iPad looks identical to the previous model save for the new Lightning adapter port, which is also found on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

 

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

5 Comments

  1. Larry

    11/19/2012 at 11:29 am

    Why so early to announce iPhone 5S?? Or what ever they call it and iPad mini just came out!! But heck a usual June release would be nice too :)) but we will have to see the usual rumor mill tally in a few months lol?¿?¿

  2. Linda

    11/26/2012 at 8:28 pm

    I agree it’s way early to start a rumor mill yet besides iPhone 5 is not even stable yet!! I say cancel and never release an iPhone ever again!!! Apple died when Steve did sorry to say!!

  3. MikeC

    11/30/2012 at 9:21 am

    Could this new iPhone be a special model for TMobile?

    • Larry

      12/02/2012 at 9:25 am

      I hope so!! That would be cool!!

    • naveenthomas

      12/02/2012 at 9:46 pm

      There has been speculation T-Mobile will launch its new 4G LTE network next year, so it is possible. :)

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