While it might seem surprising for Apple to accelerate the release schedule of the iPhone, it makes some sense.
iPhone sales have slumped in the June quarter as people wait for the iPhone to be released in the fall. By pulling the release date forward, Apple could avoid that slump.
It also helps Apple compete with Samsung which releases multiple phones during the year. Apple will have the latest and greatest phone ready by midyear.
Apple had a crazy release schedule this year — iPad Mini, fourth generation iPad, new iMac, and iPhone 5 were all released within a few weeks of each other. Apple might want to smooth out that release schedule, which would mean releasing a new iPhone in the summer instead of the fall.
Tim Cook is great at logistics and operations. He should be able to accelerate the release schedule of a phone that will likely have very little changes to its outside designs.
But we're skeptical that Apple will release the iPhone 5S so soon. Find out why below: