Apple iPhone 5: Samsung Galaxy Threat Might Mean Earlier Release Date

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The popular, Android-based Samsung Galaxy S III is now in the hands of customers around the world Verizon Wireless becomes the last of the four major U.S. carriers to get it next week raising many questions about whether Apple can move its projected release of the device from September or October up a month or two.

That’s exactly what’s going to happen, sources tell Taiwan’s Central News Agency, which knows people close to Apple’s manufacturing chain in Asia. The publication says Apple will move sales of the new iPhone 5 or whatever the next-gen device will be called to August in order to keep Samsung and other competitors from dominating the smartphone market this summer.

Most analysts have projected an October release for the next iPhone one year after the release of the iPhone 4S but some have been hedging their bets, gradually moving their release-date predictions up as competition heats up, particularly from Samsung, which reigns as the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. The iPhone remains the best selling device, but many predict that could change when final sales numbers are released for Q2. Some have said that the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx beat the iPhone 4S last month at Verizon Wireless, while many others expect the Samsung Galaxy S III to be the summer’s most likely bestseller.

And Samsung might not be done for the foreseeable future, as the International Business Times of Australia points out, saying the Korean-based manufacturer might be prepping another big device for the fall.

That being said, it’s unlikely that Apple could speed up its process much now; if the Silicon Valley giant were concerned about summer competition, it would’ve had to press down on the gas pedal a little sooner.

Meantime, Taiwan’s Digitimes is reporting that competition might also be a factor influencing some of the new iPhone’s specs, saying the iPhone 5 will come packed with a quad-core processor as opposed to the chip it used in the third-generation iPad earlier this year. Many of Apple’s rivals, such as Samsung and HTC, are using quad-cores from Qualcomm.

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