Following up on today’s report that Apple this Summer will be releasing an iPhone 5S with fingerprint authorization technology alongside a lower cost iPhone comes news via the typically reliable Rene Ritchie of iMore who writes that Apple is targeting a release date sometime in August. The equally reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, however, recently pegged an iPhone launch date for sometime in July.
I guess we’ll have to wait a few months to know for sure, but either way it appears that Apple is intent upon moving up its iPhone launch window. From the original iPhone all the way through the iPhone 4, Apple’s latest and greatest smartphones launched during the Summer. Technical difficulties, however, delayed the release of the iPhone 4S until October. Subsequently, the iPhone 5 was released in September.
That being the case, an August launch would seem to be on target as a July launch would mean that the iPhone 5 would only have been out on the market as Apple’s flagship device for 10 months.
In any event, Ritchie also relays that Apple is considering launching its next-gen iPad sometime in April, but that those plans remain up in the air for now. As for a revamped iPad Mini with a Retina Display, Ritchie says that “doesn’t sound imminent.”
That said, if the iPad Mini gets a refresh this April, expect nothing more than upgraded internals, much like the 4th generation iPad.