iPhone 5 Rumor of the Day: Wall Street Journal reports Q3 launch of iPhone 5

Jul 6, 2011
Finance

Some rumors are better than others, particularly those vetted by the editorial staff of the Wall Street Journal. After several weeks of reports and speculation over Apple preparing for a fall release of the iPhone 5, the world’s business publication of record is reporting that a next-generation iPhone will come out some time in the […]

Some rumors are better than others, particularly those vetted by the editorial staff of the Wall Street Journal.

After several weeks of reports and speculation over Apple preparing for a fall release of the iPhone 5, the world’s business publication of record is reporting that a next-generation iPhone will come out some time in the third quarter (which we are currently in and goes thru September).

The meat of the report is as follows:

“According to some suppliers of components to Apple, the new version of the iPhone is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 and sport an 8-megapixel camera. One person said the new iPhone will operate on Qualcomm Inc.’s wireless baseband chips. The current iPhone 4 uses memory chips made by Samsung Electronics Co. and baseband chips from German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG, according to a report by market-research firm iSuppli Corp. Officials at both companies declined to comment.”Other notable nuggets from the story:

— Apple expects to sell more than 25 million units by year-end

— An initial shipment of a “few million units” will occur in August

— All timing bets are off if Apple’s contracted manufacturer, Taiwan-based Hon Hai, can’t deliver according to Apple’s expectations

Stay tuned for more news, analysis and rumor curation related to the inevitable release of a next-generation iPhone in the days, weeks and months ahead.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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