updated 10:50 pm EDT, Wed July 27, 2011
iPhone 5 gets alleged September ship date
An uncertain rumor Wednesday has Apple narrowing the release of the iPhone 5 down to the second week of September. The company is supposedly producing four million units for an initial batch, presumably for the launch itself. China Times' tips had suppliers delivering a 400,000-unit 'test' run to make sure production was solid before going ahead.
More uncertain was a claim that the iPad 3 was indeed on track for the fall but had been moved back to Thanksgiving (November). A parts shortage had forced Apple's move, the newspaper said.
The September iPhone date corroborates repeated rumors and might make sense for Apple. Companies often have to narrow down shipping to specific weeks. Talk has also existed of a late August event that would give Apple about two weeks' lead time.
An iPad 3 in the fall has already been disputed, but a delay to November makes it less likely again. Apple's brief track record has it releasing an iPad once a year and only in the early spring. In recent years, the American firm has shied away from releasing any products later than October. CEO Steve Jobs also made a big point of calling 2011 the "year of the iPad 2" at the current tablet's introduction, casting doubt on there being any surprise third model the same year. [via MacRumors]