updated 12:25 am EDT, Sat August 13, 2011
iPhone 5 still pegged for October
An unusually vociferous response Friday insisted that the iPhone 5 would ship in October. Digging back to "several sources" led to being told that Apple's latest would miss September. The AllThingsD clue lacked a specific unveiling date, but earlier claims it wouldn't be September 7 were purportedly accurate.
Why it would wait so late isn't apparent other than possibly wanting a long time to polish iOS 5 or else a surprise hardware feature. Some rumors have still put the ship date in September, such as Pegatron production plans and carrier data plan promos that have been routinely tied to iPhone launches. These have room to slip, however, and shipping in September could see Apple stockpile the iPhones until October.
Others have supported Apple waiting until October, such as a China Telecom deal that would expand Apple's Chinese distribution for the first time.
Individual components should still be the same as predicted, including the dual-core A5 processor, eight-megapixel back camera, and a Qualcomm dual-mode chipset that would let Apple serve both GSM and CDMA iPhone buyers with one phone. Many things are still up in the air, such as whether the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen, the prospect of 64GB of storage, and whether it's a conservative shape or a genuine redesign.