As the industry tries to reach some sort of consensus on when Apple will release the next generation iPhone 5, another report affirms the growing possibility of a September launch.

Famed analyst, Gene Munster, has offered the most logical explanation to date for an iPhone 5 announcement this fall. We’ve already heard analyst after analyst claim varying ship dates and reasons for a certain time frame, but Munster’s reasoning seems the most legitimate…

In his report, Munster cites an iPhone manufacturing equipment supplier that claims Apple has ordered its new equipment for iPhone production “several months later than usual.” This report corroborates the truckload of similar stories that all point to a later release for the next iPhone, instead of the typical summer announcement at WWDC.

Munster points out that there is an average gap of 79 days between Apple’s normal iOS event and an iPhone announcement. A 99-day gap usually exists between an iOS event and the actual launch of an iPhone.

If iOS 5 is indeed unveiled at WWDC on June 6, that would put Apple’s iPhone announcement at August 24. And the actual ship date for the device would be September 13.


“Munster believes that a September quarter launch is “normal” for new iPhone hardware, because the impact of iPhone launches is typically not seen until the September quarter. While the iPhone 3G was released in July, placing it in the September quarter, the original iPhone, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 all came toward the end of the June quarter, placing a large number of “launch” sales actually in the following three-month frame.”

Munster also believes that the reasons for the launch delay are related to software features that are “not yet fully-baked.” The Japanese earthquake and deciding whether to support LTE or not could also be involved. Keep in mind that LTE support is not expected from Apple until 2012.

A larger screen is expected for the next gen iPhone, but Munster thinks a 4-inch display makes more sense for next year’s generation.

Lastly, Gene Munster and Piper Jaffray predicted iPhone sales of 16 million in the June 2011 quarter, and 21 million in September’s quarter.

What do you think? Are you marking your calendar for August 24? I wouldn’t hold out hopes for an iPhone announcement from Apple next month.


  • leave it and get it

  • Junior

    If the HTC Holiday comes out b4 the iPhone 5 then I’ll probably end up getting that instead. Or the HP Pre 3.

  • Paulo

    I will wait for the new iPhone 5.. Android just does not work for me….webOS is a close second.. I have the pre as well as the iPhone 4.. iPhone is the best

    • Gilbert?


  • MP

    It can’t come soon enough for me. Still using my 3GS.

  • ECH

    Got an iPhone 4… enough to hold till 4″ inch display that won’t be in the 4s due all the implications on the resolutions for the developers. iPhone 5 however… I bet 4″ screen with something like 720p

  • The iPhone4s is coming out before the iPhone5. The iPhone5 will not be out this year so you might as well stop posting rumors about it.

    • Joel

      … iPhone 4S = iPhone 5. Simply different names.

  • The iPhone 5 will better then iPhone 4, because of faster internet, 8mp, 4 inch screen or full cover screen, and soft finshing out side frame, also may be 3D video, just………………………………Sept.
    M. IRFAN MIRZA ( RIYADH ) Saudi Arabia.

  • Quest

    The iOS update will be great but without the upgrade to LTE i feel that this is all for nothing. We have Android phones out right now that are on Verizon and Sprint 4G networks. If there is an iPhone 5 coming out then looks for iPhone 5S to drop out when LTE is ready in 2012. I have a 3GS i might just wait for the iPhone 5S or what ever they will name it.

  • Champ Ian

    3d video??? Dumb Arab, what’re you going to do? 3d video your dick cuz its too small?? And what kind of idiot leaves his name for the whole world to see? You sir are a dumb fucking faggot, psshtt, 3d video, lol I can imagine you in your fucking arab suit , lala hakum hakuma tree dee wedeo hakunama

  • Scarshi

    wtf?? “3d video your dick cuz its too small??” Champs IQ is stuck in grade-school mode as well as his attitude. Idiots making comments like that justify a lobotomy.

    iPhone 5 will be a good step up from my 3GS, but only when I can jailbreak my mods onto it. I’ll get it when that happens. I’m guessing next year release as iPhone 4 is still being promoted heavily. I doubt apple will justify stopping production of the 4 anytime this year because of this. (The 4 does have antenna problems so they might release sooner, it does have a slightly bad reputation for a percentage of consumers).