Since Asia is home to manufacturers of Apple products, it makes sense that people there might have the inside scoop as to the release of the next iPhone, right? Maybe.
The first order for the iPhone 5 will be for 4 million units, with suppliers prepping 400,000 units for a trial run, according to an article in the China Times. The Times expects U.S. customers will be able to get their hands on the device sometime between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, but has no additional details about the phones specs. Its possible, the paper says, that parts of Europe could see the iPhone 5 around the same time.
While the China Times isnt always spot-on with its iPhone rumors but who is, really this falls in line with what weve been hearing from multiple sources who expect to see the device sometime in September. A report coming out of Europe earlier this week pointed to Sept. 5 as a launch date, but that would be highly unusual since its a U.S. holiday.
There may actually be two new iPhones in September. Some are predicting a less-expensive version, souped-up version of the iPhone 4 generally known in the industry as the iPhone 4S. In fact, some analysts have predicted that is the only iPhone update well see until next year when the full-blown iPhone 5 makes its appearance.
Apple remains mum on a potential release date, although Verizon Wireless’ CEO recently said it would “probably” go on sale this fall.