Update: Jim Dalrymple of The Loop disagrees, saying “Nope.”
Even though October has been pinpointed as the month that the next iPhone will be released, KnowYourMobile reports today that a “reliable industry source” tells them Apple will be unveiling it on August 7th. Not only does this oppose most claims of the phone making its debut in October like the iPhone 4S, but it also sounds incorrect because iOS 6 won’t be out until later this autumn. KnowYourMobile suggests, however, that this device will be the first to have the newest operating system.
A reliable industry source who wishes to remain anonymous revealed to Know Your Mobile that Apple’s highly-anticipated and much-rumoured iPhone 5 will be launched via a keynote speech on August 7.
The iPhone 5 will also be the debut device for the next version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 6, which is expected to introduce a wealth of new changes in order to challenge its recently unveiled rivals: Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 and Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In the past, multiple reports have claimed that the iPhone 5 will contain a quad-core CPU, more RAM, a larger screen like most competitors out there, be NFC-enabled, and have a teardrop design with Liquidmetal, possibly. There were many rumors of the device launching at the WWDC this year, but that didn’t happen and it’s not very likely that an August 7th announcement date would happen either. The only advantage of launching early rather than later is that Apple would gain back-to-school customers; holidays would almost definitely be more lucrative though.