As we round the corner into the month of April, we continue to get closer to June and July, which according to recent rumours could indicate Apple returning to a summer iPhone launch schedule.
Macotakara is reporting the May 2013 issue of Apple enthusiast magazine MacFan is claiming Apple will hold a media event on June 20th to announce the iPhone 5S, with a release set the following month in July. The magazine also claims in August a lower-cost iPhone may also become available.
Apple typically holds media events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays; the iPhone 5 media event last year was held on a Wednesday and the iPhone 4S event prior to that was held on a Tuesday. June 20th is a Thursday, which does not fall in line with Apple’s history of product announcements.
Based on openings in the Moscone Center calendar, some developers believe Apple could hold WWDC from June 10-14. Last year the company concentrated on iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion at the developer event (held on June 11-15; tickets sold out in two hours), released the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and refreshed its MacBooks. There was no iPhone hardware release at the time, as the iPhone 5 was announced later in September.
There is always one source annually in the Apple news cycle ‘first’ to claim a specific date of when Apple will launch its iPhone or hold some product announcement. This year, it looks like MacFan wins the title. Until we hear a “yep” from Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop, June 20th is just another regular day in the calendar year. Happy Good Friday, y’all.