Report Says First Week of September Marks Start of iPhone 5 Production
Production is about to commence on the 5th generation iPhone, says a new report from an Apple-related news site in Asia (Macotakara.jp
). If the report is accurate, the iPhone 5 - or iPhone 4S, perhaps - will begin rolling off the assembly lines in about three weeks.
For most of the year, we've been hearing that early fall would bring with it the long-awaited release of the next-gen handset, a reality that eluded us this summer during Apple's traditional June iPhone roll-out period. But the latest news out of Asia at least endeavors to confirm that further delays are not on tap.
What's more, Japanese website Kodawarisan cites sources close to Apple who reveal that the big iPhone 5 reveal will take place at an Apple event on September 8th (but given that the date was presented in Japanese time, the actual date in the US would be September 7th).
This afternoon, I looked into the calendar at San Francisco's Moscone Center West, and Apple doesn't appear to have yet secured that date (9/7/11). Of course, supposed "clues" about Apple events based on that calendar's bookings and available dates have led us astray before. So just because we can't yet confirm a booking for Apple at its favorite venue on the aforementioned date doesn't mean that the iPhone 5 won't be unveiled at that location at that time.
Within hours of the rumor mill cranking out the above September 7th report, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop
says he's been informed by Apple sources that the company will NOT release the iPhone 5 on that date.