“Rather than issue a new fifth-generation iPhone this summer as usual, Apple may instead release an iPhone 5 this October or even later, slipping into the company’s 2012 fiscal year,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “Citing sources in the Chinese supply chain, Macotakara.jp reported Monday (via Google Translate) that Apple is not yet ordering components for its fifth-generation iPhone.”
“Monday’s report indicated that Apple plans to ship the new iPhone in the ‘first half’ of fiscal 2012,” Marsal reports. “However, it is unlikely that Apple would wait until calendar 2012 to release the iPhone 5 and miss out on the strong holiday buying season.”
Marsal reports, “The report said that Apple, for now, is focused on acquiring new customers for its CDMA handset, which launched in February on the Verizon network in the U.S. The CDMA iPhone 4 uses a different wireless radio than the original GSM-based model, and opens opportunities for new carrier partners for Apple.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Frankly, as Day One iPhone buyers for all models of iPhone, we can wait for iPhone 5. iPhone 4 is pretty much the perfect device for us already and our new MacBook Airs and iPad 2s and, hopefully (come on Thunderbolt) our new iMacs will keep us plenty busy until (and past when) iPhone 5 appears.