It goes without saying that the Apple iPhone 5 is at the top of many people’s most wanted lists, and guessing the possible release date is one of the Internet’s favourite games.
The latest comes from a French website, quoting a Chinese source, who says the next iPhone will be out Friday, 21 September, but doesn’t indicate from where this information came.
In 2011, the iPhone 4S came out on 14 October, meaning the new model would be released less than a year into the 4S’s life. This doesn’t instantly make the date wrong though, as the iPhone 4S is an evolution of the iPhone 4, and that came out June 2010 – making the design two-and-a-bit years old.
If 21 September is the date, then working to the same schedule as the iPhone 4S, we can expect a glitzy press event just over a week beforehand – Tuesday, 11 September perhaps. Although given the sensitivity surrounding that particular date, it seems unlikely.
Apple released iOS 5 two days before the iPhone 4S went on sale, and again, if this schedule matches up, we can expect it on 19 September.
Of course, this is all speculation at the moment, but an end of September release isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, and certainly more likely than the early August date that has also seen some coverage.
Will it happen? We won’t know until Apple’s event invitations start dropping on to doormats.