Today’s painfully obvious report comes from Japanese site Macotakara. Citing a “reliable source,” the report claims that Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be released in either September or October of this year.
Apple broke its typical 12-month release pattern with the iPhone 4S, and it looks like the trend will continue in 2012.
New iPhones were always released in the summer until the Verizon iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S broke the pattern. There was no need to release the 4S during the summer months last year when the iPhone 4 was still flying off the shelves. Whether strong sales of the iPhone 4 delayed the 4S launch or not, the point is the same: Apple is no longer held to its once-predictable release schedule.
BGR reported last December that Apple was set to release a “completely redesigned” iPhone in the fall of 2012. Other sources, including iMore’s recent report that pegged the upcoming iPad 3 announcement, have also suggested an iPhone announcement during the same timeframe.
Releasing the next-gen iPhone in the fall would put it on the market right in time for the holidays. No details on the mysterious device have been revealed, although the industry consensus is that we’ll see a thinner, tapered design.