Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

Apple will reportedly ship the iPhone 5 in September in a move that is likely to shake up the holiday smartphone selling season.

Apple will reportedly ship the iPhone 5 in September in a move that is likely to shake up the holiday smartphone selling season.

Reuters is reporting that Apple will start production in July and August for a September iPhone 5 ship date. Rumors about the iPhone 5 have surfaced before, but Reuters is citing three sources inside Apple's supply chain.

The next iPhone is expected to look like the iPhone 4.

Overall, the Reuters report is fairly thin. The larger questions remain:

  • Will the iPhone 5 support LTE?
  • If not what does that mean for Verizon's iPhone sales?
  • Will the iPhone 5 be tethered to cloud services?

For me, the LTE question is the biggest item. To date, there's only one LTE device---HTC's Thunderbolt. Motorola's Bionic has been delayed. With Android LTE devices stumbling out of the gate, an iPhone on Verizon's 4G network could be deadly.

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