iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

Summary: The general consensus these days is that the iPhone 5 will be released at some point this fall. A new report suggests that both the next generation of Apple's iPhone and even the iPad will hit stores in October.

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The general consensus these days is that the iPhone 5 will be released at some point this fall. A new report suggests that both the next generation of Apple's iPhone and even the iPad will hit stores in October.

Based on "industry sources," Digitimes is reporting the following:

  • Taiwan-based companies included in the supply chain for iPhone 5 and iPad 3 have begun to prepare materials for the production of the two devices
  • Both will be produced in small volumes in August, with the volume picking up in September and October
  • The iPad 3 has just been added to the production schedule
  • The iPhone 5's supply volume is estimated to be around six to seven million units during the third quarter
  • The iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 will likely be unveiled in September, shipped in October
  • Apple plans to launch only one model of the new iPhone

Some of these points contradict earlier reports. One example is that Apple was rumored to be releasing two new iPhones this fall, which would consist of one lower-end smartphone for a cheaper price and then the full-fledged successor to the iPhone 4.

However, the Digitimes report also reinforces other stories, including one about how iPhone 5 production will commence in August.

Yet, it's a bit surprising if Apple did debut another iPad so soon after the second one was only released in March. Not only does that deter from Apple's typical time frame (although the March roll out did as well), but it's unusual for Apple to release an iPhone and iPad (and likely a few iPods as it does almost every September) all at the same time.

Although, a recent Lulz Security hack did find leaked information about the iPad 3 pointing towards a debut this fall, but it hasn't been determined if it is authentic or not.

That is, unless, Apple plans on conquering the holiday season, which with these releases (if they turn out to be true) could very well happen.

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Topics: Smartphones, Hardware, iPhone, iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

    I really wish this iPad 3 in 2011 rumor would just die already. It serves Apple ZERO purpose, *NONE*, *ZILCH* to release a new iPad SO soon after the last update. And why the hell would they? It's not as if they have a product withering on the vine with low demand.

    It only fuels Apple-dom to stretch out new product releases as much as possible, to keep the excitement and momentum for the company as a whole going.

    No iPad 3 this year. This is NOT happening.
    Playdrv4me
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Playdrv4me because the iPad 2 was a stop gap for the flood of Android tablets coming to market.
      slickjim
      • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

        @Peter Perry Apparently it was a very successful stop gap too :-)
        non-biased
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Playdrv4me
      There is ONE reason, and it's called Christmas.
      rynning
      • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

        @rynning <br>I agree there's one reason, but I think it's called LTE. Apple cannot wait until next Spring to put an LTE tablet out there. Right now they have "the flood of Android tablets" selling like little trickles, but if they leave a big hole in the "high speed tablet" segment open for six months, one or more of the competitors might just sell enough to cause trouble.<br><br>The other good thing that does for Apple is put a serious crimp in the number of LTE radios that competitors can get their hands on. With the one-two punch of demand from both iPhones and iPads, Apple will be buying up 60 or 70 per cent of all the LTE radio capacity in the world.
        Robert Hahn
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Playdrv4me I kinda agree with you. BUT, the only reason I could see an iPad 3 is that it still would be an iPad 2 BUT instead of 3G it has 4G and NOTHING else has changed. Kinda like when the Verizon iPhone came out and when the white iPhone 4 came out. NOTHING changed except that it came on Verizon and the other came out in white.
      JMJMJMJM
  • Depends on iOS development and competition.

    I can see a new iPad if there is sufficient features in iOS upgrades to take advantage of hardware upgrades.

    I can also see Apple adding a new camera (the 8 mp rumored to be in the iPhone5?).

    And I can see Apple responding to any new advances that might be available in order to be vigorously competitive.
    Ken_z
  • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

    Man I am gald Im not an apple dummy and do not buy their crap products. If i were an apple customer I would be pissed and furious that they release a new version of the same product in the same year. i would want my money back as those dumb enough to spend $600 on a new ipad 2 to find out the new version is out 8 months later would just suck..Hate to be a fanboy lol
    Fletchguy
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Fletchguy So it's better to just be an irrational anti-fanboy?
      ESoyke
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Fletchguy

      Apple makes great products. Yes, they're pricy. But for what you get, most people believe it's worth it. I don't like the release after release after release type of workings, since I use all my tech for two years before upgrading, but for me Apple products are the best tools for the job. I like my iPhone because it can do a good 80% of the tasks a dedicated computer can do, and it fits in my pocket with about half my music library, 600 books, a point and shoot quality camera, texting and phone calls, web browsing, etc. I like my MacBook Pro because it has the raw power to handle any task I can possibly throw at it without skipping a beat, and the ease of use of OS X while retaining all the modification capabilities of any UNIX based operating system.

      Could I do everything I just listed with Windows 7 and a Windows Phone? Yes. Do I? Yes, I do. I don't even have a preference between the two companies, I use all four platforms about equally. I have an Asus G73 and HTC Surround for work as everything is Microsoft there, as well as a 15" MacBook Pro and iPhone 4 32gb for personal use.

      There is only one difference between Microsoft and Apple products in terms of capabilities and usage: personal preference. I would prefer to use the Apple products not because they accomplish tasks any better or worse than Microsoft ones, but because they're thin and light and very portable while retaining insane amounts of power. Someone who cares less about portability would use the Asus G73 and HTC Surround and pay half as much as I did for my Apple stuff.

      Just because you prefer other products doesn't mean you get to troll on Apple. I don't troll on Microsoft even though I prefer Apple, in fact I consistently support both companies products.
      pjskeleton
  • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

    None of this means squat to me until I Can pre order an iPhone5.
    Bates_
    • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

      @Bates_ <br>Happy to put an iPhone5 64Gb on Amazon Market Place for you to pre-order.<br><br>Can I have $100 deposit <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
      neilpost
  • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

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    ishantech
  • RE: iPhone 5, iPad 3 launching this October?

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