Earlier this month we covered a rumor that suggested the iPhone 5S will enter production early next year. Now, a fresh rumor suggests that Apple will be ready to unveil the next generation iPhone and the next generation iPad during the middle of 2013. Yes, we’re taking this report with the same grain of salt that we do for most Apple rumors.
According to DigiTimes Apple “is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter half of the first quarter, according to the observers.” DigiTimes also said that component orders are expected to jump between March and April of next year — the boost is always a clear sign that a new product is inbound.
Mid-year would mean a shift in Apple’s current launch strategy. The firm released its iPhone 5 in September and then refreshed its iPad tablets in October.