Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

Summary: The evidence, offhand comments and rumor mill are all pointing to a next generation iPhone in September.

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The evidence, offhand comments and rumor mill are all pointing to a next generation iPhone 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 rumors 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:

As we announced at WWDC, we have a lot going on in the fall 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, Verizon new 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 the fall, and I think you will see a significant jump there when we get to that point.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • I can hear it now

    I just bought my wife the iPhone 4 two weeks ago, now I'll hear I should have waited another 6 or 7 weeks for the iPhone5.

    I am so dead :(
    William Pharaoh
    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @William Pharaoh Dude it's an iPhone you can sell it on Ebay for 500 to 600 go look right now... even water damaged phones sell for 250+

      Android phones = meh LOL
      Hasam1991
      • Yep... It's a strong line.

        @Hasam1991

        Not for me but I do admit it's a strong support line. 1 phone, evolving over time. I do wish RIM saw the light and limited their range... Torch is great for business.

        Android has way too many models too, and suppliers but the cost of ownership probably balances over time. You get money back on your iphone but it's cost plus monthly charges negates that. Its a good marketing trick; Costs you the same overall but you appear to have more cash! Shame you need to charge it every day (or more) and it wont last that on 3G and Bluetooth.

        I know, I have iPhone 3g, 4g, Torch, and HTC for work and pleasure.
        johnmckay
      • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

        @GetReal-mac.com You might think you know but I question your statements based on my experience over several generations of iPhones. First, it costs about the same as an equivalent phone with another OS. Second, it doesn't cost anymore than another smart phone per month. Third, even on my 2.5 year old 3G I was getting more than a day and on my 4 I am getting an easy three days between charges with both 3G and bluetooth as well as WiFi turned on.
        non-biased
      • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

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    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @William Pharaoh <br><br>I think the Apple logo is in the dictionary next to planned obsolescence. It's also ironic that Apple lovers keep saying that their current device is the best thing ever and then throw it away for a shiny new one with minor improvements.<br><br>Isn't runaway capitalism grand <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
      tonymcs1
      • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

        @tonymcs@... Again, I'm Apple fan because their stuff suits my needs. I also own a LG TV, A Samsung blu ray player, sony receiver, Dyson, Cisco router etc. I also have 3 win 7 machines... etc
        Hasam1991
      • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

        @tonymcs@... - and how old is your phone?
        Gr8Music
      • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

        @tonymcs@... There are always going to be the minority Fanboys for any device/OS but you can't try to apply what they say to everyone else who is a fan. I love my iPhone but have never once (any version I have had) claimed it was the best thing ever. I might say it's the best smart phone for me but unlike many, including yourself, I don't believe that what applies to me applies to everyone else.
        non-biased
    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @William Pharaoh
      Dude, it's hardly been much of a secret.

      Apple have also launched a new iPhone every year since IP1 came out...............

      Hope you got a good deal on it :-)
      neilpost
    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

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      mrswilliamson
  • Still using my 3G.

    Perhaps it's time to upgrade to the 5.
    The Danger is Microsoft
    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @The Danger is Microsoft
      Don't forget to sell your 3g on ebay, those are still going for 100 to 150...
      Hasam1991
    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @The Danger is Microsoft I found a very significant difference between the 3G and the 4 - the difference between the 3G and 5 would be mind blowing... I'm holding out for the 6 or whatever they will call it - in hopes that it will have 64 GB or storage and 4G capability.
      athynz
  • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

    Here's to hoping it will be on Sprint!
    jbryon92
  • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

    If Apple does what they always do with these fall releases, my guess is that the iPhone 5 will be a slightly upgraded version of the iPhone 4. If you just got an iPhone 4 like I did, relax because when the new software is released, I'm sure iPhone users will no doubt be able to upgrade to the new software. IF they are not making any major device changes, then it's basically going to be the same phone with new software. This is just my opinion, but I believe that Apple does these fall releases so they can get a last squeeze out of consumers for the holiday season. Then, later in the spring when the real stuff comes out after it's previewed as CES, Apple will release something else. It could be just software like it was last year or it could be device changes. I'm holding out for the iPhone 6 too. I just got my iPhone 4 a few weeks ago and I don't think 5 is going to be that big of a deal. But we'll see what happens. Whatever goes on, if you have an iPhone 4, you won't be left out. It's the newest phone and I'm sure Apple will include it in the updates. Everybody relax!! Apple doesn't run the universe.
    Gadget Girl
  • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

    Who cares if the iPhone 5 comes out soon? Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone 3GS, but I won't upgrade to the iPhone 4 or 5, until Apple forces the Wireless carriers to FIX their systems. I have AT&T, and for the last 3 months, the connection is an awful experience. For the first year and a half, it was great, worked fast, for both calls and online. But, for the last 3 months, calls drop constantly, the network is busy when you go to make a call, when people try to call me, they receive a network message to try again, and going online is worse than dial up used to be. It is outrageous that they keep selling people iPads, iPhones, and Androids, when it is harming the quality of use for the existing customers. (flooding the bandwith) I don't care how nice the new iPhone 5 might be, I refuse to upgrade until they FIX the network problems. I know people that have Verizon, and they have the same complaints. It is morally wrong for Apple to push new products, without making the wireless carriers live up to a basic standard of quality!
    nevertell
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    • RE: Signs, exec comments all point to Apple iPhone 5 in September

      @ivancupper So what do you buy? The best selling option OS wise is Android which with it's vast number of OEMs means that what you bought today is going to become so yesterday even faster than an iOS device let alone with iOS devices you get the updates for at least two years. Or is it just unacceptable because it is Apple?
      non-biased