iPhone 5 set for fall launch: report

Apple, according to reports, is looking to release the highly-anticipated iPhone 5 by fall. A pre-announcement is slated for June or July, as Apple remains deathly quiet.

The next incarnation of the iPhone could be in the hands of consumers by fall, later this year, according to reports.

Often a reliable source of information, Japanese blog Macotakara makes the claim that the next-generation iPhone will be in the hands of the public by fall this year.

Speaking to "reliable sources", it would fall in line with previous schedules of roughly a year between each major iPhone release.

With the next-generation iPad expected for mid-spring, the iPhone 5's launch would come around half a year later.

In regards to the iPad and iPhone release schedule, I previously wrote:

"It makes sense for the Cupertino-based technology giant to space out the iPad and iPhone releases. The early months of the year, usually around March--April is generally when we get our hands on the latest iPad tablet. During the middle-months of the year, typically around June--July, we are presented with the next-in-line iPhone."

If that works, then we can expect an announcement in June or July, and a following device in our hands by September or October.

However, late last year, as sister site CNET reported, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors that the expected redesigned iPhone 5 -- despite other rumours -- would be available by midsummer.

Apple normally holds an iPod event in fall, but iPod sales are falling far behind that of the iPhone. While Apple sold more iOS devices in 2011 than it sold Macs in 28 years, only the iPod touch runs the iOS operating system. Apple sold around 42.6 million iPods last year, and 37 million iPhones in the last quarter alone. Simply put, the iPhone means a lot more to Apple than the iPod does.

An Apple spokesperson said they did not comment on rumours or speculation of product launches.

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