It’s rumored that Apple will start pre-orders for the iPhone 5 on September 30th. If those rumors are accurate, the handset is set for an October 7th launch. These rumors come from several independent sources that have been reporting those dates. One rumor says that Apple is planning to launch between October 7th and October 14th, but is aiming for the 7th (via 9to5Mac).
The iPhone 5 Is Being Announced Late
Typically, Apple announces and launches the iPhone around June or July, with one exception being the initial iPhone announcement in January at MacWorld. Even then, the handset was detailed later that year and released June 29th.
This year, Apple took their usual iPhone event to talk about iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion and iCloud with no mention or even a hint at an upcoming iPhone. This meant that their usual summer announcement/release schedule had been thrown all out of whack for most. What happened? why the late start? Where there manufacturing problems? We have no idea, but whatever it was, Apple decided it was best to hold out until fall 2011.
The iPhone 5 is Rumored for an October 7 Launch
So the rumor right now is an October launch. That’s pretty late in the year for Apple, but perhaps it’s part of their strategy for the device. October is hitting just in time for that holiday window. October/November are typically good shopping months and make perfect release dates for the stuff you get under the tree.
The iPhone Will Be Apple’s Hottest Holiday Item
So maybe Apple just plans on making the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 (and so on …) their hot holiday item. I’m not super-analyst and I don’t have insider knowledge, but I can’t see why they wouldn’t take this year to just phase out the iPod classic and focus on big sellers like the iPod touch and the iPhone and just make those the items everyone wants on their holiday wish lists.