Apple will supposedly hold a keynote on August 7 to announce the iPhone 5.
According to a “reliable industry source” speaking with KnowYourMobile, the Cupertino company is preparing to unleash its next big mobile device a bit earlier than anticipated — at least earlier than last year’s October 4 date — in order to suppress interest in Samsung’s Galaxy S III.
If an early August announcement is on the cards, we could possibly see a release later that month or the first week of September. While the earlier than expected reveal would once again throw Apple’s iPhone schedule out of whack, those who purchased an iPhone 4 in June 2010 (or thereabouts) with two-year contracts will already be up for renewal, which adds even more credence to the whole “stifling the Galaxy S III” argument.
In addition, by launching its next iPhone before October, Apple will also attempt to snuff out any interest in Windows Phone 8 and the Galaxy Nexus II, both of which are likely to hit in the fall.
Of course, until Apple CEO Tim Cook is up on that stage with a new iPhone in hand, there’s just no way of knowing the company’s plans, no matter how many cases leak or engineering models show up.