iphone 5 Release Date : Reality Vs Expectations

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Scratch August off the list, but hope remains supreme for the iPhone 5 release date to commence in the early part of the month following. However that’s merely the best case scenario, as the fifth generation iPhone could run the gamut from Labor Day in three weeks (which would be a rush job) to the middle of next year (interfering with everything from the iPad 3 to iOS 5 and having people fuming at being stuck with an iPhone 4S in the mean time). Here’s a look at the possible timeframes and the odds of each being a legitimate candidate. We’ve already placed our wagers on September, but chaos reigns supreme now that the originally expected early-summer iPhone 5 release date (here’s more on the iPhone 5 carrier breakdown) has come and gone.

Labor Day: or shortly thereafter, of course. Apple likes to launch major retail products on Fridays, so September 9th would be the magic date for release. It would have the iPhone 5 going on sale a few days after the Labor Day holiday, when people’s attention is off their summer road trips and back onto what’s happening in the news. It would also mean that Apple would need to hold its press event on either Wednesday the 7th (a mere two days before the actual retail rollout) or the week before, which would place the press event before Labor Day in August. And last we checked, August is almost over. So while this is possible, it feels a bit rushed…

iphone 5 Release Date : Reality Vs Expectations


Late September / early October: This would give Apple ample time to hold its iPhone 5 press event in early to mid September and then hold the rollout a few weeks later. There would still be plenty of time to get the entire iPhone 5 marketing machine and ecosystem fully underway by the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s also the timeframe in which Apple has publicly promised iOS 5 (“fall” it says), the official operating system of the iPhone 5. It would also tie in nicely with the fact that iOS 5 will power the iPod touch 5, Apple tends to introduce the new iPods in September anyway, and the new iPhone/touch generation could be rolled out as a package deal. From a marketing perspective, this remains the ideal time for Apple to launch the iPhone 5. And it’ll happen by October unless there are serious issues transpiring on the marketing side, which would lead to browner pastures.

Just before Christmas: This represents Apple’s emergency plan if it can’t get the iPhone 5 to market in the September-October range but feels it must do so in 2011. It would be a rush job of a different kind, as retailers would be trying to stock up on it and shove the old iPhone 4 out the door even as crowds are pouring in. It’s not how Apple tends to operate, but it can be done. Otherwise, those looking forward to the iPhone 5 would be left facing the horrifying scenario known as…

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