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Rumor: Apple wants October 7 for iPhone 5, no iPad 3 in 2011

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Fri August 12, 2011

Fresh source targets October 7 for ship date

A comparatively untested rumor on Friday has added to the slew of disputed iPhone 5 release dates. Apple is purportedly aiming to ship the new model on October 7. TiPb's insiders were suggesting it would be a subtler upgrade to the iPhone 4 design rather than the major reworking hinted by some, but the site wasn't ready to commit to that view.

A counterclaim also tossed out rumors of an iPad 3 this fall. No hardware details surfaced, but the Apple tablet would still be on its recently established spring update cycle.

The exact timing of the iPhone 5 has been one of the more openly contested Apple rumors this year. Some rumors from traditionally reliable sources have put it in October. Others, going so far as carrier plans, have alluded to September. Any release will come much later than the usual June and reflects extra work put into iOS 5.

The iPad 3 schedule has been less directly contested and would be supported by the rumor. Part of its comparative certainty has come from the technology needed to make it work. A frequently mentioned 2048x1536 display will need faster graphics and faster performance. Apple has only just started test production of the A6 and wouldn't be ready for fall.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't be stupid.

    Of course there won't be an iPad 3 this year. Apple just barely started to catch up to demand for the iPad 2 and can only now produce them as fast as they can sell them. The iPad 2 is still hot enough to ensure they'll sell truckloads of 'em before christmas.

  1. chas_m



    It was always rubbish

    The "Apple will released a new iPad this year" rumour, I mean. It was started by analysts or stock manipulators (same thing, really) and never had any bearing in fact. The germ of truth behind it is that Apple would like to see the iOS devices (and the MacBook Air) be THE hot xmas gifts this season -- but what analysts didn't understand is that they will be anyway: iOS 5 and Lion make these products feel new. In the case of the former, giving iPads independence from desktops will spark an ENTIRE NEW WAVE of buying.

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  1. milkmage

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    @jeronimo and chas
    I've heard speculation that iPad3 might not be a rev3 at all, but rather a new model ("pro" for lack of a better term).. how it would differ wasn't made clear, but the idea behind it was along the lines of MB vs. MBP. maybe (and this is me speaking) more RAM (4-8GB) SSD perhaps, USB for i/o.. and of course retina display, simplified finder + access to the file system , maybe new apps - FCPx, Aperture (vs imovie and the iphoto), support for multiple user accounts. so ipad form factor, but priced and equipped more along the lines of a MBA as far as capabilities and target audience. sold as a "true" laptop replacement.

    look at what they've done in Lion, iOS5, and iCloud - they're really blurring the line between iOS and OSX.

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