Look, unless some obscure Zimbabwean site with secret Chinese manufacturing contacts come out with a new expected launch date of late August or October, the two September dates we now have appeared to be set in iRumoured stone.
While French website App4Phone suggested that September 21 was the date the iPhone 5 (and perhaps the iPad Mini and other iDevices) would launch, three websites have come out to say that’s correct.
Those three sites are iMore, AllThingsD and The Verge, all of whom have secret sources which have “confirmed” that a launch during “the week” of September 9, with a Wednesday 12th September iLaunch announcement day mooted, and then September 21 as the date the world’s first 4G LTE 4-inch iPhone 5 with 1GB RAM, NFC, better battery, smaller 19-pin dock and bottom-facing headphone socket will actually go to retail, at least in the US if not countries such as the UK, Canada and Australia, too.
iMore’s sources also suggest an iPad Mini is coming, that much desired but still completely unofficial device from Apple has so many are buying the Nexus 7 for the closest iPad Mini experience yet – and even without the Nexus 7 being an iDevice, its sales are certainly going incredibly gangbusters.
Those sources say they know the date of the presumably Tim Cook-led iLaunch to come, and then the date of the subsequent retail launch, something which should see the might iLines forming yet again around Apple Stores galore in what is clearly destined to be the greatest iPhone launch ever – no matter whether it’s the iPhone 5, the new iPhone or an iPad nano to go along with the iPad mini and the full-size iPad.
The demand is incredibly great, after all, with even Apple acknowledging a 30% drop in iPhone 4S sales compared to iPhone 4 sales the year before, showing just how iSavvy the world’s iPhone buyers have become in trying to outthink, outsmart and outwait Apple – while Samsung’s Galaxy SIII mops up 10 million who were already Android fans or who simply couldn’t wait until Apple iShips its new iPhone.
So, with August set to be a long four weeks or a long 31 days, the facts are simple: a new iPhone is coming, and unless you’ve absolutely no choice but to buy a new smartphone today, it easy to recommend waiting to see what Apple launches before you make your smartphone buying iDecisions.