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

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

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

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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.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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

    While I would like to see that, there are a few problems. First: Is Apple going to go with a first gen LTE radio? Secondly: How pervasive is LTE? IF you do not have the option for LTE service, what good is it?
    Rick_K
    • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

      @Rick_K
      Turn the questions around. If you do live/work in an LTE area are you going to want to be stuck for the next two years with a non-LTE phone? Sure most people have no idea and/or don't care but for those of us who understand are going to want it now.
      MajorlyCool
      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        @MajorlyCool Precisely, I would not want the next iPhone if it wasn't LTE ready, what a waste of phone settling on an older connection technology. Surely Apple will not be that stupid, but how did they and Verizon think things would fall out from a release of an LTE iPhone just 8 months after the CDMA version. The new iPhone should be LTE/GSM or LTE/CDMA so it is fully compatible with each carrier's network.
        rftrel
      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        @MajorlyCool rick_k is asking if it will be lte or lte+ because, though LTE is fast, it does not meet the 4G standards and it is unclear weather lte towers will continue to be built because LTE+ does meet 4G standards and is not compatible with LTE making your LTE phone a 3G phone
        Feds Against Guns
      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        i really don't understand why 4g is so necessary. i am from canada where 500 mb and 1 gb data plans are the norm. i am not going to download a movie that takes up twice my 1 gb data plan. and i don't need to have faster download speeds on files i am not downloading. my 3g plan is used for gathering information and the odd youtube video which streams no problem on 3g. at least here in canada. (not sure about usa) im not saying 4g isn't great. it is. but only if you have an unlimited data plan that isn't limited. and aren't the people that download movies get their speeds governed? why do you want a 4g phone that has battery limitations from the 4g chip, when you cant enjoy it to its potential and 3g works fine to start with?
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      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        @MajorlyCool
        Well first thing that will make a difference is: will LTE support voice and data at the same time? Secondly how fast is Verizon going to roll out LTE? Where I live there is no LTE service, so having an LTE phone is not a big concern right now. Power consumption is also a concern, as I only charge my current phone once a week, I do not want to have to charge it every 8 to 10 hours.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        @MajorlyCool I'm glad to see a strong community response. Although I prefer android devices, as I support competition. I see the appeal in Apple iphone. Many users expect something with a clean design, easy interface and that is what Apple delivers. Personally, I'd rather have the slightly less expensive and just as fun and similar spec Android phone. Many of the students at <a href="http://www.genevaschool.org">orlando private school</a> uses the iphone. I'm sure they will be excited for the iphone 5 september release date.
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    • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

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        @lasvegasbacon
        What will the Iphone 5 be all about? 5G ? :p ... I feel the iPhone is overpriced and overestimated, I always find android phones more useful

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

      @Rick_K From what I recently read, I can tell you thtat LTE is extremely pervasive, so you should be careful
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    • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

      @Ennev <br>Not only that, Apple historically on the idevices has given you very piecemeal functionality for cloud.<br>This is one of my biggest gripes with the i4 and the iPad.<br><br>FYI: I don't want to be forced into an Apple Cloud, i want to use a cloud of my choice.<br><br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/plain.gif" alt="plain">
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      • RE: Apple's iPhone 5 reportedly set for September lift-off

        @rhonin How have they limited cloud functionality? I have yet to have an issue using any cloud service on my iPhone or my wife's iPad including a private cloud server I just setup.
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