Apple’s future iPhone releases used to be the closest-held secrets in the consumer technology sector. But this year, the tech media claims to have all the answers for what the iPhone 5 will look like and when it will be released. Is cagey Apple and its secretive iPhone release a thing of the past?
If you listen to the iPhone 5 rumor mill these days, it would appear that the new iPhone has been figured out: we know exactly what it will look like, the dimensions of the display, the new 19-pin dock connector, and now — the announcement date. In spite of the fact that it isn’t even August yet, sources now claim that September 12th has been circled on the calendar by Cupertino execs for the big iPhone 5 exposé.
According to Jonny Evans roundup article over at Computerworld, this date has been confirmed not by only one tech media outlet, but several:
All Things Digital, The Loop and others are all making claims of this September 12 event, and while most are not categorically stating this will see the introduction of the new device, the date does seem to match existing speculation claiming a Fall release of the new smartphone. Recent reports claimed iPhone 5 production to have already begun. The device should then ship around September 21/22, we’re told.
What’s particularly interesting is that Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop is counted among the tech blogs claiming September 12th as the date, considering that Jim has proven to have some deep sources within Cupertino; he usually acts as an accurate barometer for whether audacious claims about future Apple products pass the smell test. He seems to be buying into the notion that September 12th could be the day.
Dalrymple is pretty definitive:
However, it’s important to note that the announcement and release dates for the iPhone 5 — September 12th and 21st/22nd, respectively — was originally championed by iMore, as explored in Charles’ post yesterday
It would be easy to act incredulous toward all of these bold claims — after all, Apple has a much longer track record of keeping secrets close to the vest. Add to this Tim Cook’s promise of “doubling down” on security, and how could we ever believe that we’re seeing the iPhone 5 and getting the exact date of its release fourty-some days before its announcement?
It is possible that more accurate leaks are a part of Apple’s new strategy under Tim Cook.