Signs point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

Summary:The evidence, the offhand comments and the rumour mill are all pointing to a next-generation iPhone being released in September.

The evidence, the offhand comments and the rumour mill are all pointing to a next-generation iPhone being released in September.

First, BGR reports that AT&T is prepping for a September launch of the iPhone 5. MacRumors also noted that Apple's retail stores are staffing up for early September.

These rumours could be dismissed if it weren't for comments from key executives in the iPhone food chain.

Let's start at the top. Last week, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said, during the company's earnings conference call, that:

As we announced at WWDC, we have a lot going on in [spring] with the introduction of iOS 5 and iCloud. We also have a future product transition that we are not good to talk about today, and these things will impact our September quarter. We remain very confident in our business, our new product pipeline and our momentum.

Obviously, if this new product is going to affect the September quarter, a new device is going to land in the early part of the month — a time that will be just enough to freeze sales of current generation products.

Oppenheimer also projected lower gross margins for the September quarter. Here, again, was a product reference.

We expect about two thirds of this decline to be driven by different product mix. And we expect the remainder to be due to the loss of leverage on the lower sequential revenue, the cost of a future product transition, a full quarter of the back-to-school promotion.

Meanwhile, new Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the company expects a new iPhone to juice smartphone sales.

McAdam said:

We don't know when the next one is going to come out. You will have to ask Apple that. But we expect that probably sometime in [spring], and I think you will see a significant jump there when we get to that point.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Apple, iPhone


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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