The iPhone 5S, Fifth-Gen iPad Could Debut Next Summer, 2013 [Rumor]

The iPhone 5S, Fifth-Gen iPad Could Debut Next Summer, 2013 [Rumor]

Right now, if Apple sticks with a yearly product release cycle, all of Cupertino’s major products are scheduled to debut next year in October. The iPhone 5S. The iPad mini 2. The iPad 5. New iPod Touch. New iMacs. New MacBooks. All released right before Christmas.

It’s hard to believe that Apple would actually release all of their new products in October next year, though. It not only makes for a boring road map, but it positions all of Apple’s new products during the most expensive holiday of the year: if people want to get, say, a new iPhone and an iPad next year, they might have to choose one or the other, instead of getting both at launch during a more staggered road map.

That’s why there’s something about the latest Digitimes report that makes sense to me: they say the iPhone 5S and next-gen iPad will come out in the middle of next year, or around June or July.

The always questionable, often unreliable Digitimes reports:

Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter half of the first quarter, according to the observers. Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.

We have to take this with a grain of salt, but I think Apple has to shift some products earlier in the year in 2013. The iPhone 5S is a good candidate: after all, Apple released new iPhones during the summer up until the iPhone 4S, and a summer launch guarantees that supply issues have been resolved by the time the Christmas season approaches.

Likewise, it makes sense that the iPad 5 might come out in June next year. Apple released the fourth-gen iPad just seven months after the third-generation, after all, and the fact that Apple has switched over to calling each successive iPad “the new iPad” suggests to me a more Mac-like approach to product updating in the future.

What do you think?

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  • FriarNurgle

    Let me be the first to say DUH.

  • Shaun Green

    Makes no sense to release the iPad 5 and iPhone 5S at the same time. I think they’ll keep the annual March release for the iPad with the iPad 5 coming out next March with an all new design similiar to the iPad Mini.

    I think they’ll move the iPhone back to it’s summer release at WWDC for the reasons you stated.

    One big change I think they may do is the release of new processors. At the moment the iPhone gets the latest processor first and then the iPad and so forth. That caused a problem this year which is why they had to release the iPad 4 when they did. I think they may change that policy so that the iPad 5 gets the A7 processor first in March, then the iPhone 5S gets it in June, then the iPod & iPad mini get it in Sept. So come Christmas all their products are on the latest processor.

  • TheRealJTRay

    I purchased a 4S when it was released. My upgrade at a full discount date is May 7, 2013. Clearly since the dawn of the iPhone, Apple could realease more than one version of the iPhone in one year’s time. I agree that October is way to top heavy for releases. I don’t think that it is out of the realm of possibility that Apple could release an iPhone 5S in the spring and the 6 in the Fall. 2 iPhone launches in one year would also make investors pretty happy as sales will be strong.

  • brownlee

    One big change I think they may do is the release of new processors. At the moment the iPhone gets the latest processor first and then the iPad and so forth. That caused a problem this year which is why they had to release the iPad 4 when they did. I think they may change that policy so that the iPad 5 gets the A7 processor first in March, then the iPhone 5S gets it in June, then the iPod & iPad mini get it in Sept. So come Christmas all their products are on the latest processor.

    I don’t think it’s likely Apple will start shipping processors first on the iPad. The biggest issue with the iPad is it requires MUCH beefier graphics than the iPhone version, hence the X series. Releasing an A7X before an A7 doesn’t make much sense.

  • carsonJEFFRIES

    I can quite honestly say that I very much dislike Apple now more than ever since Mr. Jobs is no longer with us. I hope Windows Phone 8 can gain traction… (and I’m an Android user) Can’t stand the Apple eco-system. Sorry.

  • carsonJEFFRIES

    I can quite honestly say that I very much dislike Apple now more than ever since Mr. Jobs is no longer with us. I hope Windows Phone 8 can gain traction… (and I’m an Android user) Can’t stand the Apple eco-system. Sorry.

  • ActionableMango

    “What do you think?”

    I think with a source like Digitimes, I bet against the rumor. In fact, if Digitimes were to report that pigs did NOT fly, I would naturally assume that pigs flew all the time.

  • kriswm

    They can’t release everything before the holiday season. Look at where they are now. They’re still behind on demand for the iphone and ipad mini and they were release in october. They haven’t even released the imac yet and it’s already rumored to be delayed. whether or not that remains to be true, it’ll still have shortages out of the gate. And even though it’s a free download they also could not deliver on the new iTunes. Apple has already shown us their cards and made a lot of bold promises, but i really don’t think they are gonna be prepared for the holiday season after releasing all of their products so late in the year. If they had done so in the spring or summer, we would think that by now all delays and shortages would havev been ironed out by the time the holiday season started ensuring everyone who wants an iphone, ipad, or mac is able to purchase one in time for the holidays.

  • Shaun Green

    “I don’t think it’s likely Apple will start shipping processors first on the iPad. The biggest issue with the iPad is it requires MUCH beefier graphics than the iPhone version, hence the X series. Releasing an A7X before an A7 doesn’t make much sense.”

    Interesting dilemma. Problem is if they move the iPhone release back to June that means the iPad would always be at least 9 months behind which I think is one of the reasons they upgraded the iPad to iPad 4 so quickly to compete with all the new tablets coming out. Assuming you’re right then that could mean moving the iPad release schedule to Sept/Oct every year instead of March so we get the iPhone 5 with A7 in June followed by the iPad 5 with A7X in Sept/Oct. I’m not sure about that because I’m certain the next iPad will have an all new design akin to the iPad mini and I’m not sure Apple want to wait a whole year before doing that.

  • Jairo

    Makes no sense to release the iPad 5 and iPhone 5S at the same time. I think they’ll keep the annual March release for the iPad with the iPad 5 coming out next March with an all new design similiar to the iPad Mini.

    I think they’ll move the iPhone back to it’s summer release at WWDC for the reasons you stated.

    One big change I think they may do is the release of new processors. At the moment the iPhone gets the latest processor first and then the iPad and so forth. That caused a problem this year which is why they had to release the iPad 4 when they did. I think they may change that policy so that the iPad 5 gets the A7 processor first in March, then the iPhone 5S gets it in June, then the iPod & iPad mini get it in Sept. So come Christmas all their products are on the latest processor.

    the ipad mini and ipod touch will only get the a6 procesor next year because they currently only have the a5 and a5x processors. Apple’s products will never all be on the same processor at the same time.

  • easydone101

    I would totally like to criticize DigiTimes for reporting stupid things, but this makes sense and THEY WERE RIGHT Apple the nonsensical release of the iPad 4 within 6 months of the last release so….

  • easydone101

    “What do you think?”

    I think with a source like Digitimes, I bet against the rumor. In fact, if Digitimes were to report that pigs did NOT fly, I would naturally assume that pigs flew all the time.

    Got to give them credited where it’s needed though. They WERE right about the iPad 4 release.

  • MaggieNoodle

    The iPhone 5S. We took your exact same phone, changed an insignificant feature and jacked the price up by $150.
    The Revolutionary iPhone 5s.
    You’ll buy it anyway.

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