iPhone 5 to Launch Mid-September, iPad 3 Later This Fall [Report]



It seems reasonable by now to expect Apple’s iPhone 5 to launch this September. Considering all the speculation we’ve waded through over the past few months, a September launch has certainly been the most consistent claim. And while we’re no closer to an exact launch date, the China Times pinpoints the second week of September for the launch of the fifth-generation device, and later this fall for the launch of the iPad 3.

Suppliers are currently preparing 400,000 “trial run” units of the iPhone 5, according to the report, which puts the device on track for that rumored September launch. Meanwhile, the iPad 3 has been delayed due to component shortages, but is still expected to launch this year — around Thanksgiving.

With no announcement at WWDC, the iPhone 5 is expected to arrive alongside iOS 5 later this year — possibly at Apple’s iPod media event traditionally held every September.

[via MacRumors]

  • KhaledsCorner

    good news thanks

  • digit13

    iPad 3 already? Why?

  • ckfd

    to make money dear

  • Gola sleven

    The iphone 5 better be dramatically different from the iphone 4 for it to surpass the GS2’s sales…

  • kavok

    iPad 3 won’t show up before the end of the year.  Steve Jobs said in his keynote that 2011 is the year of iPad 2.  These stupid rumors keep getting spread, and people still listen to them.

  • 011Bojan

    I completely agree with this. Next iPad, next year.

  • tiresius

      I think it is time for Cult of Mac to start offering sections, so readers can more readily find the types of stories they want, and avoid the others.  

    Some of my suggested sections include:Rumors-  the newest iPhone, iOS, iPad, etc.  Arrival dates.  Design mockups. Features.Real News-Patents and Legal WarsGamesProducts- sleeves, speakers, accessories, etc.Goofy Stuff- cakes, jello, candy, etc., made to look like an iPad, iPod, etc.any other nominations?

  • Mr. Clean

    The iPhone 5 I can believe based on their product cycle, but the iPad 3 coming later this year…? I seriously don’t think so. iPad 2 has only been on the market for 3 months.

  • Ed Schmenkman

    I agree but Apple would be smart to get on a late fall release schedule so that people who get the iPad as Christmas gifts don’t get mad when a new iPad comes out a few months later.

  • TylerHoj

    Even though I already love and admire my iPad 2…you bet ur bottom dollar I’d be selling it for an iPad 3. I love the iPad…its friggin awesome. 

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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