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iPhone 5 May Be Pushed Back Until Fall of 2011

Acording to sources in the Chinese supply chain told Macotakara.jp who revealed today that Apple has yet to order components for the iPhone 5 and that the device is not expected to contribute to Apple’s 2011 fiscal year which ends on September 24th. If accurate, this means that the iPhone 5 wouldn’t launch until late September or October at the earliest.

The report notes that the iPhone 5 will launch in the first half of Fiscal 2012 but a late Fall launch is more likely given that Apple would want to have a new product on the market in time for the busy holiday shopping season.

Interestingly enough, it was reported this past weekend that Apple plans to release iOS 5 later this Fall. At first glance the news seemed odd since Apple typically releases new iPhone hardware alongside new iOS updates. With news that an iPhone 5 launch may be pushed back until October or November, reports of iOS 5 launching in the Fall now make a lot more sense.

So one plausible theory might be that with OS X Lion next on the docket, Apple isn’t capable of finishing up work on iOS 5 in time for a Summer iPhone launch. And rather than release new iPhone hardware without a new OS update, the powers that be at Apple made the executive decision to push back both the iOS update and iPhone 5 release until later this Fall.


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