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Apple To Ship iPhone 5 In September?

Apple may start selling the iPhone 5 in September rather than this summer according to a report published by Reuters which cites unidentified sources.

The press outlet (opens in new tab) has provided more background information in an update to the original report, saying that none of the three sources wanted to be identified because Apple hasn't made its plans official yet.

Pushing the launch of the iPhone 5 back by nearly a quarter though, could have some consequences on the balance sheet for some of the suppliers, especially as the second quarter of the year is normally a quiet one.

The fact that production would only start in July also means that Apple's rivals might benefit from a three-month gap in the market, which will also coincides with the expiration of the contracts of many iPhone 3GS owners.

As for the main reason why Apple might delay the production of the iPhone 5, the recent earthquake in Japan seems to be the most obvious candidate, given that many vital parts and manufacturing components are produced and sourced in the country.

A potential three month delay may also give Apple enough time to improve its iOS 5 even further. We still believe that the iPhone 5 - or at least a glimpse of it - will be presented at the Apple Worldwide Developer conference.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.