Friday, 13 July 2012 21:58

iPhone 5 coming on August 7, claims blog – believable?

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Could it be true? Is Apple really going to release its iPhone 5 a full three months before the same timeframe that the iPhone 4S was launched last year, or is the KnowYourMobile blog full of KnowYourBS?

The iPhone 5 is such a highly anticipated device that the rumours are flying thicker and faster in 2012 than they have seemingly at any time over the past five years.

UPDATE: Supposed "real" BRAND-NEW iPhone 5 picture show HERE. Original article continues:

The iPhone 5 is now available for pre-order on Chinese e-commerce sites, “fake” yet highly photorealistic renderings have screamed their way across the Internet and fooled many before the ruse was uncovered, so-called engineering samples have been leaked – and now, an “official” launch date has been announced.

Problem is, it’s not Apple that’s making the announcement, but the KnowYourMobile blog, one that you may or may not have heard of previously, but one that you’ll certainly remember, both if the claim is true and if it turns out to be the biggest load of codswollop this side of Pluto.

In an “exclusive” announcement, KnowYourMobile says that “a reliable industry source who wishes to remain anonymous revealed to Know Your Mobile that Apple’s highly-anticipated and much-rumoured iPhone 5 will be launched via a keynote speech on August 7.”

Wow. Someone at Apple is either hankering for a sacking, is playing the press, playing the public or playing KnowYourMobile – or the claim is true and August 7 is the date after all.

If so, the claim does line up with rumours that an iPhone 5 surprise was coming in August, while also showing that Apple is serious about blowing Android out of the water by not giving it an extra three months before the iPhone 5 was expected to launch.

It also brings up the question as to whether or not Apple will also be releasing its much-anticipated iPad Mini at the same time, something no-one but Tim Cook, his inner circle, Foxconn executives and a zillion Chinese factory workers now the truth of.

KnowYourMobile’s source wasn’t very informative in any other respect – there’s no word on quad-core processors, NFC chips, 4-inch screens, 128GB storage, accompanying iPod Touch 5 models, Liquidmetal designs or anything else.

No, all we get is the claim that August 7 is the date when the wait for the iPhone 5 will be over.

It’s also a date that appears to clash with the expected release of iOS 6 in “the fall”, or the US autumn, something that doesn’t start until September – not August.

While it is possible that the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 5, it doesn’t seem likely given the fact that the iPhone 5 will take advantage of iOS 6 features we surely don’t even know about yet, despite Apple’s previous announcements.

The expected “fall” timeframe of iOS 6 might also have been a bit of clever misdirection on Apple’s part, something that would be a cunning move – if true.

So, there you go – one of the Internet’s trillion blogs has “exclusively” announced the iPhone 5’s release date.

Is it simply a ploy for tsunami sized globs of traffic, or the truth?

There’s but 25 days until we find out, so keep your hat on until then!

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