Ever since the news broke about the iPhone 5 announcement rumored on October 4th
, I've been thinking about the timing of it. But, before we talk about that, let's talk about the what we "think" we know. The news media and various tech blogs out there would like us to believe that they have some insider information about what will be unveiled that day.
Based on supply channels, prototype cases and artists' wishful renderings, the common denominators seem to be:
- Two iphone models will be released:
- iPhone 4s (same iphone 4 form factor with an A5 SOC "System on a Chip" design)
- iPhone 5 (new "tear drop" form factor, wider, bigger screen and an A5 SOC)
- Speech recognition integration by Nuance
- 8 MP back camera
- Near Field Communications (ie. Google Wallet functionality) capability
- and lastly, the addition of Sprint as an iPhone 5 carrier. (Unfortunately, T-Mobile seems to be left out)
Ok, now that we've got that established, let's talk about the timing of the announcement. Since 2007, almost like clockwork, a new iPhone would be announced and sold at around the same time each year (June/July timeframe), this year, however the announcement seems three months late. If we continue on the assumption that the announcement is on the 4th, would retail availability be on the 17th?
Which brings me to the question on my mind, will the carriers let customers who bought the iPhone 4 last July upgrade early to an iPhone 5? If you feel that the carriers won't let users upgrade early, who in their right mind would upgrade to an iPhone 5 in July 2012 when the iPhone 6 should be coming out in three months. Want to know my guess? My guess is that the carriers will be allowing subscribers to upgrade early to an iPhone 5 because if they don't, come July 2012, they could be afraid of massive customer churn. (ie. people moving carriers, etc.) These next two weeks can't go by quickly enough...
Anyway, I'd like to hear your thoughts, chime in and tell me what you think...