Apple's sixth-generation iPhone could hit shelves much earlier than anticipated
Seriously, guys, how sick are you of iPhone 5 rumors? Do you hate us for all of this gossip yet? (For the record, we still love you.) Look, I realize it was just yesterday that we noted the whole September iPhone 5 launch bit, but now we're hearing that it might actually be August. Freakin' August.
As for the September launch story -- that one seemed at least somewhat plausible. But August? Who here really thinks that Apple would push its launch up that far? There's simply no way that would bode well for Apple's production process; it seems like a risk that America's tech giant is too smart and too skilled to consider.
The August speculation comes from Taiwan’s Central News Agency and it stems from the fact that Samsung has already seen so much success with the recent launch of its Galaxy S3. Samsung’s S3 has been so popular, in fact, that it’s expected to sell around 10 million units before the end of July. The idea here is that Apple needs to churn out its sixth-generation iPhone even faster than originally anticipated in order to keep Samsung -- along with other big brand rivals like Google and Nokia -- away from its Kool-Aid, so to speak.
Should Apple be concerned about Samsung’s ever-evolving smartphones? Yes, definitely (even if they are still housed in freaking plastic). But rushing production to meet an August launch date doesn’t sound like the answer. Not to mention the fact that it would look like an admission of defeat, in a way.
At this point, iPhone 5 rumors are quite literally changing from one day to the next. It’s not at all surprising, though. This crap happens every year; the closer we get to an "expected" launch date, the more and more speculation we’re left to sift through.