A fresh rumour originating from South Korea is suggesting that the iPhone 5 will make the usual June release window after all.
In recent weeks it’s all been doom and gloom for Apple fans and early adopters looking forward to the iPhone 5. All signs appear to be pointing towards a late 2011 or – gasp – early 2012 release for the next generation Apple smartphone.
This latest Korean rumour claims that the iPhone 5 will maintain the tradition of launching in June. While it’s acknowledged that WWDC won’t be the venue for the iPhone 5 announcement (as it was for the iPhone 4) it will make a showing shortly after. ETNews claims that KT and SK Telecom have the new handset lined up, and that it’ll arrive in South Korea shortly after the usual front runners (like the US and UK).
Sounds promising, right? Well, not really. There are a number of problems with this rumour, meaning it doesn’t stand up as well as those that point to a late arrival for the iPhone 5.
For one thing, the iPhone 4 has only recently been released in South Korea. We know technology moves fast in the land of Samsung, but three months in between iterations? We can’t see it happening.
Then there’s the fact that there’s no precedent here, either for such a swift release in South Korea or for an additional Apple show so soon after WWDC.
That’s not to write off this rumour entirely, but the weight of evidence is still behind a launch in time for Christmas. Unfortunately.