iPhone 5 Could Launch at End of June

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One of the big questions everyone’s asking about the iPhone at the moment is whether or not a fifth generation device will launch this summer. According to a new report from Korean site ETNews.co.kr, Apple is planning to release the iPhone 5 during the 4th week of June, with Korean carriers SK Telecom and KT among the first providers to offer the device:

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.

Many expected Apple to deliver a new device at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference scheduled for June 6th – roughly 12 months after the release of its iPhone 4. But recent reports had suggested that a new handset wouldn’t arrive until later on in the year – possibly around September – with WWDC focusing solely on Mac OS X and iOS.

Rather than citing a source, however, ETNews seems to be attributing Apple – with Steve Jobs himself apparently confirming the information.

Though we’re unconvinced Steve would give away such information, mobile carriers have previously been a source of leaked information prior to product launches. For example, the executive VP of technology at Telecom Italia revealed details about the launch of the iPhone 3G back in 2008.

It’s also worth noting that ETNews published their story on April 1st. MacRumors have contacted the site to try and establish whether or not this is just an April Fools’ joke.

What do you think? Will there be an iPhone 5 this summer? Let us know in the comments.

  • Brody

    Having a hard time believing this; Apple doesn’t give out info like that for no apparent reason, though I’m hopeful that it is so I can get the new one. ;)

  • Peter Moeser

    Have Apple specifically said there is going to be no iPhone 5 announcement or is it just that they haven’t mentioned it?

  • SavedByTechnology

    I really need to stop reading these articles, but it gives me a good chuckle first thing in the morning.

  • Brody

    They haven’t said anything, like always. The only thing that’s for sure is that the white iPhone 4 has been promised and I do believe they’re intent on fulfilling that promise and therefore will not be shipping the iPhone 5 within a month or two of having the 4 in White. My two cents.

  • Matt

    Whenever it comes out, I’m hoping Apple finally puts Swype and a good speech-to-text program on it.

  • Don Trenton

    … and now we know why ATT raised ETF yesterday …

  • Barton Lynch

    I’ve never understood the appeal of swype, but the choice would be nice

  • alishabell

    I always thought they would release an iPhone 5 in June/July. http://bit.ly/gEOzGS This site explains it perfectly

  • prof_peabody

    The question is whether they have an event for it or not. I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to talk about it, and how it’s smashing the competition etc. (regardless of how minimal the update might be), so we are probably looking at a separate event in late July.

  • cakey

    I’ve seen it used before and when you get really good at it is pretty useful on the touch screens.

  • Anonymous

    Why? It’s typical for them to sell the previous iteration alongside the current version of the iPhone. If anything, the white iPhone 4 released alongside the iPhone 5 would probably drive iPhone sales for more budget-conscious shoppers, which is a win-win as far as Apple is concerned. The more important consideration, IMO, was the release of the Verizon iPhone in February. Anyone who bought an iPhone 4 <6 months before the release of an iPhone 5 is likely to pitch a fit about being obsoleted so quickly. Just think about the consumer sentiment in the past about being “stuck with” a 2g/3g/3gs on each subsequent release, and that was with a full 12 months between releases.

  • Brody

    Touche; hadn’t thought about the fact that they keep the old model. I rescind my prediction.

  • Brody

    My belief is that Apple will be debuting evolutions of what they brought from Siri for voice-to-text writing and navigation of the phone itself in some pretty innovative ways. As for Swype, don’t count on it; the fastest typing speeds have been on an iPhone using standard touch typing anyway. -shrug-

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