Apple will announce the new smartphone iPhone 5 in October this year as per hints dropped by Verizon chief financial officer Fran Shammo.
A September release can be ruled out if Apple sticks to its fourth quarter release tradition for its smartphones. November release is unlikely since the shopping and holiday season will be lost and the spectacular sales numbers of rival Samsung’s Galaxy S3 will be a growing concern for the Californian giant.
The best possible period is October – firstly, due to Apple’s tradition of October release, secondly, due to two out of three months of the last quarter being eliminated for a likely release, thirdly, due to certain important final touches to the announcement process for the most sophisticated smartphone and fourthly, due to manufacturing vendors beefing up the capacity of production to avoid running out of stock after the smartphone is announced.
The October release gets more stronger as Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had stated that, “The company could be expecting a big phone to launch during the fourth quarter of this year.” Although the dates were not specified, it is highly speculated that the release date should be in the first week of October and the sales should start within the third week of October.
The current iPhone 4S was announced on October 4, 2011 and went on sale on October 14, within 10 days of the announcement. Analysts wonder if the October release is ditched for a later fourth quarter, will the latest iPhone 5 be able to manage to attract as much attention as its predecessors.