Most of us have heard at least one sort of rumour about the iPhone 5, whether it’s details about the four-inch screen, the miniature-sized dock connector, or the loss of the home button. Another video has been leaked by the Japanese website Macotakara, claiming that they have found what they think is the new iPhone 5 housings.
Take a look for yourself here.
The video of the housing supports claims of the four-inch screen, and also about the smaller dock connector.
Of course, Apple has not confirmed that they are even working on the iPhone 5 yet, let alone the release or announcement date, which also has been spread across the internet. More rumours speculate that Apple plan to announce the releases of both the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini at a special event on Wednesday, September 12. Apparently, the iPhone will go on sale nine days later, on September 21.
App4Phone.fr (a French Apple-dedicated website) claims to have received ‘exclusive’ information about the iPhone 5. The information came to them from a “Chinese source that specialises in the manufacture of the accessories”, who allegedly received specifications on the product, and decided that it would be in their best interest to blab to the world.
The iPad Mini, however, is still a work-in-progress for the rumour department, although blog site iMore speculates that it could easily be released on the same day. The iPad Mini would be the same as the 9.7-inch original, but with a 7-inch screen, instead.
These rumours do have some logic floating behind them, as the iPhone 4S had been announced on October 4, and then was released 10 days later. Having this kind of schedule with the release fits Apple, indefinitely.
Of course, there’s no information floating around about the arrival of the iPhone 5 to New Zealand (if there is even one in progress). Last year, the iPhone 4S arrived November 11, after being released in the US on October 14. If Apple were to follow suit, then we probably wouldn’t expect to see support for the iPhone 5 until a month after the official States release.
CNET has placed this in their rumour category, also, although they do believe that this would work well for Apple financially, if they do go with the September release date:
“Last year, the company launched the iPhone 4S in October. Demand for the new phone rewarded Apple with a gangbuster calendar fourth quarter. But the third quarter suffered as smartphone buyers held off purchases in anticipation of the new iPhone. Releasing a new phone in September ensures that Apple ends the calendar third quarter on a high note, with the expected heavy demand extending into the fourth quarter.”
Believe what you like. Personally, I’m still on the fence about the whole thing. The iPhone 5 seems like it could be viable, although I think the iPad Mini is a little bit of a stretch. It’s a great concept for all the die-hard Apple fans to fantasise about, but I don’t think that I’m going to be losing any sleep over it, for the time being. How about you?