iPhone 5 Release Date: May? No Way, But It’s a Closer Guess Than Fall

A new report is circulating that the iPhone 5 could be released as early as May, and that production at Foxconn is already underway. May doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it might be a better guess than assuming a Fall 2012 iPhone 5 release.

iPhone 5 rumors are the easiest rumors to concoct, since Apple themselves never bother to refute them (with maybe the exception of producing several prototype form factors to throw off potential leakers). But considering that the most recent information about the iPhone 5 and its release date are coming from 9to5Mac, who purportedly has an embedded source at Foxconn, we can divine some bit of credibility in the recent rumors that the iPhone 5 could be on track for the standard WWDC June launch, instead of reprising a Fall launch, alla the iPhone 4S.

We wrote an article about the corroboration of 9to5Mac’s source and what the iPhone 5 News Blog‘s own reliable source has already told us last week, in case you missed it.

today, however, we are seeing a new wrinkle to the June iPhone 5 release date story: the notion that the iPhone 5 could be released as early as May. from TechBlog: “A new report arrives from a member of staff at Chinese producer Foxconn who says that the fifth-generation iPhone 5 is getting ready for creation in time for a May launch. It appears that, several special models and designs are ready at the place, which indicates the Cupertino-based tech giant is yet to choose upon which model to approve.”

I wouldn’t buy this May iPhone 5 release date rumor. When it comes to product release windows, May makes as little sense for the iPhone as August: why would Apple pass up a chance at using the WWDC as its venue for releasing the iPhone 5, especially since there is a sense that it will also be releasing iOS 6 in June as well. Add to this the fact that the iPad 3 will ostensibly make its debut in March, and it begins to smack of a story that was concocted to get a little link love on the heels of the 9to5Mac story.

That being said, June is still a viable possibility for the iPhone 5 to be released. Perhaps if Apple was coming off of an overhauled design, they would seek to keep at least 12 months in between releases. But considering that the iPhone 4 is now quite old, and the iPhone 4S is a mere refresh of the 4, it would be appropriate for Cupertino to release the long-awaited iPhone in a sub-21 month release period.

We should know in the next couple of months: once new reports out of Asia start talking serious news about production, we’ll have a better idea of whether June is a viable release month.

By Michael Nace



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