iOS 5 final at end of September, October iPhone 5 launch?

Most people have been following iOS 5 and the "rumored" iPhone 5 for months now. Well, now the end is in sight, according to one analyst, courtesy of MacRumors. The analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, in a memo to MacRumors, says that iOS will reach golden master, or final status in the week of September 23-30. This version will be flashed on to iPhone 5 devices already in production, allowing the new iPhone 5 to be launched in the middle of October. For those of you who hoped for a for major changes with the iPhone 5, don't hold your breath. Kuo says that the new iPhone 5 will be more like a iPhone 4S, with no radical changes under the hood. In fact, the only model in the supply chain is the N94 prototype that is known as the iPhone 4S according to his sources. Apple is planning for 30 million units through the end of the year. He outlines the following features of the iPhone 4S (or iPhone 5):

  • 512 MB of RAM and Apple A5 processor
  • 3.5 inch display
  • Thickness is about the same as iPhone 4
  • Glass front and back

Kuo also says that Foxconn will produce 85 percent of the units. Pegatron will take the remaining percentage and will primarily supply the Asian and Pacific markets. Kuo also stated that the only major change for the next iPod Touch would be that Apple would offer it in white as well as black. The next major changes to any iOS device will be in 2012.

iPhone 4S or N94 iPhone prototype back panels.

Image Courtesy of MacRumors

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Deihmos said,
How many "iPhone releasing in October" articles does one need?

When major new information comes to light, we report. Everyone has been claiming the iPhone 5 will be radically different. The analyst mentioned here is pretty accurate in his predictions. He says there won't be major changes.

What about the leaked iPhone 5 cases with definitely slimmer and larger design?

Oh well, these are all rumors anyway so we shouldn't treat any new info as a solid evidence. Let's just wait and see

No body would wanna buy 15 Month OLD PHONE with a new name.... i waited long for this and now i am going for Galaxy S2

gulshan666 said,
No body would wanna buy 15 Month OLD PHONE with a new name.... i waited long for this and now i am going for Galaxy S2

I'm on Samsung Galaxy S2 (sponsored by Samsung). Was on iPhone 4. Though I like the Galaxy S2 so much, I still prefer iOS 5 (though it doesn't have the customizations and freedom).

If iPhone 5 is as good or better in terms of hardware than S2, I'll switch

gulshan666 said,
No body would wanna buy 15 Month OLD PHONE with a new name.... i waited long for this and now i am going for Galaxy S2

Me too pretty much. Unless this turns out to be the 'lite' cheap version of the iPhone to combat the low price android devices? hmmm thats the best we can hope for.

I had pretty much made up my mind to go Android a few months ago, after using iOS for a few years. Even with all my purchased apps hanging out to dry, I saw iOS5 and realised it wasnt enough.

Android has so much stock customizability its not until you use it that you realise how much is missing from iOS! Even simple stuff, like being able to change the alert tones for email. I too have been waiting for the iPhone 5 (4S) for many many months.

But I have been eyeing up the S2 after having a play about with one, and being really impressed. But since the new iPhone was so close to being announced I have been hanging about to see what it was... just incase.

Edited by Joswin, Sep 12 2011, 11:01pm :

It wasn't until apple started with their rapid release cycle that the other manufactures followed. You honestly expect a completely redesigned iPhone every year? People expect far too much and get their hopes up far too high.

OK, so if this picture is supposed to be of the back panel, then it appears to contradict what Kuo says about it having a glass back panel (this appears to be made of plastic). And it also looks like it is designed to pop off, like most other non-Apple phones. I'm calling this one a fake, or some Chinese knock-off, until proven otherwise.

Twisp said,
Slight upgrade so that they can keep the ridiculous price at the same level for another year.
Nopty Nope! This is the (cheaper) iPhone lite.

You'll get the new iPhone 5, for the current one's price.

I don't see any need to make major changes. 4 was solid, and I'm sure this will be too.
Looking forward to getting it if/when Sprint offers the iPhone.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I don't see any need to make major changes. 4 was solid, and I'm sure this will be too.
Looking forward to getting it if/when Sprint offers the iPhone.

Solid so long as you weren't making calls. I hope they got the antenna issue straightened out...

jwoodfin09 said,

We will see what Apple does at launch. It is disappointing, at least to me.

I wasn't planning on getting an iPhone 5, so I'm more than happy to see I'm not missing out on much!

I want the software updates more.

DukeEsquire said,

I wasn't planning on getting an iPhone 5, so I'm more than happy to see I'm not missing out on much!

I want the software updates more.

I was waiting for this to decide which phone to upgrade to this year.

InterceptorX said,
"512 MB of RAM" Really? Drop some RAM? lol

The phone doesn't really need it. Since it doesn't have "true" multitasking, you don't need tons of RAM.

And, honestly, in terms of speed, the iPad 2 with its 512 MB RAM feels just as speedy as any Android tablet.

InterceptorX said,
"512 MB of RAM" Really? Drop some RAM? lol
It looks like the the cheap iPhone everyone analyst is talking about.
Apple will release it with the iPhone 5.

DukeEsquire said,

The phone doesn't really need it. Since it doesn't have "true" multitasking, you don't need tons of RAM.

And, honestly, in terms of speed, the iPad 2 with its 512 MB RAM feels just as speedy as any Android tablet.


It's just as speedy when scrolling widget. Not when running apps or surfing the web. I have compared my Xoom to my coworkers iPad 2 side by side. On top of that, the iPad has no widgets... something that makes a surprising difference in usability.

jwoodfin09 said,

I think I beat John to this article this time.
Good. John was almost becoming synonymous with the word 'news'!