Today is Black Friday and you might expect that people will be searching for buying products that actually exist. But one of the most searched for phrases on the Internet is “iPhone 5 release date.”
This probably is a reflection of a large number of people who are considering the purchase of an iPhone 4S or possibly one of the Android smart phones like the Galaxy Nexus, or the Samsung Galaxy S2. Both of these phones are extremely popular, but the prospect of a new iPhone and what it might hold is enough of an incentive to make many people wait.
Although the iPhone 4S was a big leap forward in terms of hardware capacity and functionality in the form of iOS 5, it did not bring with it any substantial changes in form. Although Siri added voice control, and took it to a new level, that was the only significant innovation.
So waiting for an iPhone 5 release is not at all illogical. But the timing of the release is everything. The MacWorld Convention occurs in March. That might be a possible venue for a release announcement, but most likely it comes to early with the 4S just-released.
Mike the iPhone 5 then be released a couple of months later, when it is typical for new iPads to be announced? Many have said that announcing the iPad 3 at the same time as the iPhone 5, would not make sense from a marketing perspective.
A release date later in the year might actually be the most plausible reality. It would allow time for technology to evolve, and things like a quad core processor, even more powerful camera, and changes in screen technology might be available. Of course if the releases that far away, today’s would be buyers, almost certainly won’t wait. In almost all Apple new technology releases, there are leaks from component manufacturers participating in the ramp up. And these leaks typically appear in the three months preceding the product launch. So we and you will be keeping our ears to the ground, looking for signals that the iPhone 5 is on its way.