Apple iPhone 5: Not at WWDC, But Release Date Earlier Than Expected

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Those expecting an announcement about the latest version of Apple‘s iconic iPhone at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be disappointed, while those not expecting to buy it until October will find the latest developments to be very good news.

Much to the chagrin of general consumers, business users and the service providers who offer the iPhone, Apple discontinued its tradition of debuting new iPhone hardware in the summer when it launched the 4S in October last year. But despite many predictions that October 2012 will be the release month for the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called), Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is just back from Asia with another prediction, saying September will be “exciting” for Apple, according to PCMag.

Calling September “more likely than October,” White says not only will Apple deliver a next-generation iPhone that month, consumers will be able to get their hands on a mini iPad a 7-inch version of the world’s best selling tablet priced between $200 and $250. If it comes to fruition, this would be the first tablet offering from Apple that veers away from its traditional 10-inch device which debuted in 2010.

The prevailing industry opinion remains locked on an October launch for the next iPhone. Apple is expected to reveal a bevy of details about iOS 6 the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system at WWDC, which kicks off in San Francisco on June 11.

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