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Sources claim new iPhone in Sept., 7-inch iPad in August

updated 10:11 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2012

Alleges new 10-inch iPad due fourth quarter

Apple will launch the next iPhone in September, and a 7-inch iPad in August, says DigiTimes. The claims are based on Taiwanese supply chain sources, who add that Pegatron has landed orders for the new iPhone, while Foxconn will handle the 7-inch iPad. The report further suggests that Pegatron will build a new 10-inch iPad for launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

The timings suggested by DigiTimes may be dubious. The iPhone 4S launched in October last year, for instance, and other reports about the next-gen device have also pointed to an October window. No firm date has been associated with a 7-inch iPad -- commonly and more specifically expected to be 7.85 inches -- but Apple has never announced an iOS device in August. The regular 10-inch iPad has also always debuted in March or April, never during the holiday season. The dates DigiTimes suggests may in fact be more consistent with when new hardware will be in production rather than available to the public.

Elaborating on Pegatron, the site says that the company just recently finished expanding its equipment and workforce to handle Apple orders. It has also allegedly reorganized, shrinking its SI motherboard department to redirect resources to Apple, which may also be a benefit in light of smaller motherboard orders from ASUS and poor gross margins.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPad 3d for xmas...?

    Dear Santa... :)

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    7in iPad? Digitime? Old news!

    Digitime has no credibility what so ever, they come out with this rumors for the first time in 2010, and now they bring back this bogus rumors every 6 months.,2817,2367931,00.asp

    Does anyone knows anything about Digitimes? How come they have so much visibility? Does someone can point me out one true rumors from Digitimes? I wonder if Electronista staff and all other tech blog take some time to screen c*** before publishing it.

    Please stop re-roll old bogus rumors.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if I had a share of AAPL for every

    BS rumor about future Apple product releases that turned out to be false... I'd be retired by now.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple will make

    a 7" iPad over Steve's dead body. Oh wait...

  1. jr704

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iphone 5 in fall.... VERY UNLIKELY

    New iPhone 5 HAS to be either 6/22 or 6/29. You need to remember the 2 year upgrade cycle!
    I don't see many people talking about the business case for why Apple cannot possibly release the iPhone 5 beyond June 29th. Remember June 24, 2010 when the iPhone 4 came out? How many millions were sold those first 3 weeks? Let's assume 8-10 million. We'll it's been 2 years and those customers 2 year contracts are expiring, so the new upgrade cycle will be starting over. I can't imagine Apple making those customers wait another 3 months. Some may get upset and get another phone, not to mention the bad press for not having the iPhone 5 ready for all those 2 year upgrade cycle cutomers. Apple doesn't miss things like this and I'm completely not buying into the disinformation of supply chain rumors,

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "New iPhone 5 HAS to be either 6/22 or 6/29. You need to remember the 2 year upgrade cycle!"

    Huh? Where have you get that? Apple has an annual upgrade cycle for iOS devices since the introduction of the original iPhone, Apple has release an upgrade every year and keep the older model on sale for carriers free phone deal.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No cycle guarantee

Your always-24-month argument fails immediately because the iP4s was released in October, not June.

    Also (IMO) we unequivocally will see new model variations at some point just like we did with the iPod. When those happen it makes sense to spread the marketing buzz around the calendar a bit.

    Also (again IMO) in a super-time-competitive market space like idevices it makes sense to release new products as soon as all the parts (hdw/swr/testing) come together. To give months of market access away to the competition just to hit the middle of the bell-shaped curve of providers' contract expiration dates would be nuts.


Also remember many iDevice buyers are new users anyway, and some old users (me) will pay an early termination fee for new hardware if they need it. 

    Lastly note that all the tech innovation critical to any specific iDevice does NOT occur on a perfect annual cycle.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...that I am not arguing against an announcement this June, I am arguing that announcements need not always be in June.

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