Here we go again, more and more iPhone rumors continue to pile up like bodies on AMC’s The Walking Dead. This time we have reports that the sixth generation iPhone and the oft-rumored, iPad Mini, will debut in September. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, says that he expects that Apple will not debut the new devices, but actually launch them in the beginning of the month. That means we should see an Apple event sometime in late August, assuming Kuo is correct. At this point, it has turned out to be a war of the analysts, as some have predicted the new iPhone will launch in mid-October, like the previous iPhone, while others have said late September and now we have rumors of an early September release. It wouldn’t be an iPhone if it wasn’t completely muddied up in unsubstantiated rumors from a bunch of overpaid professional guessers, er, sorry, analysts.
Kuo goes on to say that the new iPad Mini will ramp up production and will off set the new iPad which will be changing production, as it will be getting a slight redesign (if not all internal) to address heat problems and a few other issues. On top of that, Kuo said that Apple is also preparing a new iPod Touch that, like the new iPhone, will feature a 4-inch in-cell display, the same A5 processor found in the iPhone 4S and instead of the shinny metal back on the current model, it will now feature a brushed aluminum back, like the iPad(s).
While Kuo suggests that a third quarter could be sluggish, due to short supply of “in-cell” displays, once Apple has enough supply to meet demand however, they should have a massive fourth quarter, reaching in excess of 55 million iPhones and over 24 million iPads.
To me, the numbers seem accurate, but I’m not sold on Kuo’s dates for the iPhone’s debut, yet. There are to many conflicting reports and things are changing way to fast. Once things get a little closer, we’ll see how they stack up.