Are Rumors of a Fall iPhone 5 Launch a Ploy to Keep iPhone 4 Sales Strong?

Are Rumors of a Fall iPhone 5 Launch a Ploy to Keep iPhone 4 Sales Strong?

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Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities believes that the iPhone 5 could still launch in June/July, according to an AppleInsider report.

White says Apple is keeping its iPhone 5 plans especially secret to prevent a falloff in demand.

"Apple is keeping its iPhone 5 cards extra close to the vest on this launch to avoid a falloff in iPhone 4 demand ahead of a refresh, especially given the February launch of the CDMA iPhone 4 with Verizon."

"Although we do not have a smoking gun that definitively rules out a delayed autumn unveiling or one that supports a launch this summer, there is a pattern of activity in motion with the supply chain that makes us question a delayed launch," he said.

Interestingly, White suggests the disaster in Japan may actually help Apple as suppliers will "rush to support Apple at the expense of competitors." A recent DigiTimes report said Apple has agreed to absorb the increase in production costs faced by Japanese component suppliers.

Many believe that unlike the tablet market Apple is losing its lead in the smartphone battle and cannot afford to delay the launch of a new device.

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Are Rumors of a Fall iPhone 5 Launch a Ploy to Keep iPhone 4 Sales Strong?

Miki - April 9, 2011 at 3:50am
I think that Apple can\'t make enough of them, so thats the real issue. Don\'t know about USA, but in Europe you still have to wait a month to get it.
Kingsford - April 8, 2011 at 3:51pm
I fixed it for you.... \"White says Apple is keeping its iPhone 5 plans especially secret to fuck you over once the new phone comes out and you just bought the old model the week before.\"
Adam - April 8, 2011 at 1:54pm
Good!!!
iceblu121 - April 8, 2011 at 12:45pm
how is apple loosing the smartphone battle? they only sell 1 phone with the OS as the others like android which is really its only competitor have many many diffrent handsets so u cant clearly say that apple is loosing when they only make but 1 phone.
Frank - April 8, 2011 at 12:51pm
They are falling behind in terms of technology. No NFC, no dual core, no 1080, only 5mp, limited storage, etc, etc. They are also areas in which iOS is weak. Ie. Especially notifications. Other manufacturers are starting to catch up if not surpass the iPhone in terms of features. It makes sense that apple would want the iPhone to stay ahead of the curve.
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