The iPhone 5 release date may not be coming our way until a full year after the launch of the iPhone 4S, if new analyst predictions prove accurate. As it stands, suggestions are doing the rounds regarding Apple moving back to an annual product refresh cycle and a 12 month period between releases, which would set the fabled iPhone 5 release date back to October of next year, rather than the expected June.
Of course, this somewhat contradicts the widespread rumors regarding the iPhone 5 having been all but complete though somewhat delayed at the very last hurdle, which is the very reason the iPhone 4S came to be in the first place. Indeed, should the iPhone 4S prove to be the stopgap/quick-fix solution thousands have confidently pegged it as, then the iPhone 5 must be just around the corner, right?
Well, perhaps if the 4S had been somewhat shunned or at least welcomed with mild apprehension, but the runaway success story of the Siri-toting modest upgrade of the iPhone 4 is something that none saw coming. As such, Apple now have time and indeed money completely on their side and would of course be wise to ride out the cash cow that it the iPhone 4S for as long as they possibly can, before stealing its thunder entirely with the iPhone 5.
Needless to say, this extended delay also gives Apple all the time in the world to add as many further adornments and goodies a their hearts desire to the iPhone 5, therefore those willing to hold out the necessary patience may well be rewarded with the single biggest Smartphone revolution seen thus far.