A report from the Korean site ETNews.co.kr claims that Apple will release the iPhone 5 on the 4th week of June. This rumor directly opposes the previous claim from TechCrunch that Apple would push back the iPhone 5 announcement to later this fall.

ETNews bases this report on inside knowledge that Korean wireless providers SK Telecom and KT will be the first to carry Apple’s next iPhone. Will we see an iPhone 5 hardware announcement at WWDC this summer after all?

“iPhone 5,’ the next model of iPhone 4, will be released on the coming 4th week of June. In the midst of the iPhone 5 postponement rumors, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 5 will be released as planned and it will be released simultaneously in Korea through SK Telecom and KT.”

MacRumors clarifies this rumor,

“The sourcing of the article is a little suspect, as it appears to be attributing the information to Apple, itself. It also contradicts the “fall” timeframe that has been previously proposed for the next iPhone release. Mobile carriers, however, have been a source of some early release information, as new phones launches must be coordinated.

Finally worth noting is that the story was also posted to etnews.co.uk on April 1st, though there is no indication that it was meant as an April Fools joke. We’ve contacted the author but have not yet received a reply.”

Hopefully this report isn’t just an April Fool’s joke. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Do you think Apple will release the iPhone 5 this summer? Or will we see a different schedule of releases from Apple this year?

  • Jason Masters

    I knew this already and one more prediction the iPhone 5 will resemble the ipad2 how much you wanna stake on that? So I’ll guess the craigslist will be flooded with iPhone 4s for sale come end of may huh? It’s great that my warranty expires in June so works out fine for me and if there is no unlock that’s fine I’ll just utilize simple mobile or even a prepaid AT&T!

  • Lucas K.

    I’ll call b.s. on this right now. I highly doubt we’ll see it with all the rumors that parts haven’t even been ordered yet and it take ~6 months to produce enough for the demand they’ll see.

  • Alec

    Why would some little carrier in korea be the first to carry the latest amd greatest from apple, and and american company like verizon or at&t, and apple is, after all, an american company. Makes NO sense at all.

  • MrA
  • I’m sure apple has beefed up security on all new new products due to last years leak of the iPhone 4 so I would definitely take everything your hearing right now with a grain of salt. Don’t be surprised to see a new iPhone come June.

  • Twited21

    It’s not going to happen white model yes ip5 no

  • it could happen…great to hear about it…

  • Anonymous

    I think it will happen, there is no way Apple would miss the summer buzz. If they fail to bring it in June, another manufacturer will get in there and release a new phone (Probably HTC)

  • Burge

    Korea ….oh sure …more than lightly it’s a knockoff iPhone ..something called the iPhone jive…what aload crap

  • Bytenapple

    Apple will release the i5 this summer. They always have and this year isn’t any different. There would no advantage for them to wait until fall. Yes it may throw their competition off a bit but it’s just a simple fact that if Apple builds it, they will come. So hold on to your seats, get ready to land, because soon we will be in i5 Utopia.

    • Manuel

      Its possible to take them longer. Many of their iPhone parts are hard to come by these days. With Japan in their current situation, its hard some of the pieces they usually use. Plus, the iPhone 4 for Verizon was released in Feb, making me believe that the next iPhone will be released within fall. Either way, I think we should careless for the rumors and just wait for it to just release. The rumors are just the same repeats of predictions based on little facts 🙂

  • This is new information for me. Author – respect!

  • Jack Bauer

    I doubt we will even see an iPhone 5 this year at all.

  • Josh

    hmm, wasn’t it obvious Apple was going to release an iPhone 5 in June/July? http://bit.ly/gEOzGS This site explains it perfectly.

  • iPhone 4 just came out. Now its time to sell my old one. This is how they make shit load of cash.

  • Steve

    I promise it will be worth the wait. The new iPhone 5 will be much better than any phone on the market, with two rear facing 8MP cameras for 3D pictures, 3D 4.1in display, a brand new iOS ‘with thousands of new apps to come with it (In 3D)’, and much more. No other phone manufacturer will compare. You will get to see the new iPhone 5 Late June, but will be released to the public Mid July – Early August.

    • MrA

      You obviously have no idea how apple operates.

  • cj

    I think they are only making a 3D iPod touch not iPhone. I’m pretty sure.

    • MrA

      The iPod touch is the iPhones little brother. They wouldn’t upgrade the hardware for the touch without doing so to the iPhone (iPhone hardware is always superior to the touch, cameras, display, etc…).

  • cj

    Then are they making a 3D iPhone, because I know for fact the touch is supposed to be 3D?

    • MrA

      Strongly doubtful. Maybe iPhone 7 will be 3D. Rumors are that the touch may not be updated due to iPhone 5 releasing later in the year and the tsunami in Japan.

    • MrA

      You may want to check your sources.

  • cj

    They have made patents on a 3D device that will take 3D pictures and me researching the internet for a while found that the only device that will be 3D is the iTouch. I haven’t found any thing at all on a 3D iPhone, so you tell me why they would make those patents. Remember to check your sources before you reply.

    • MrA

      Do you realize the amount of patents Apple makes that never see the light of day? Check out http://www.patentlyapple.com

      • Jason Masters

        I can confirm this rumor because I heard it on this blog here that it was confirmed by a Chinese source. And idb has always been spot on so I’ll go with them on this one.

  • MrA

    Now Jason Masters, I’m no stranger to sarcasm.

  • i think that still there is no end of craze for iPhone 4 and if suppose iPhone 5 will be there then it will be rocking for all iPhone user’s if it will be in sufficient quantity.