iPhone 5S Release And A Possible (Not Possible) Launch Date: This Week In Apple Rumors

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to This Week In Apple Rumors, our regular look back at all of the week's unconfirmed gossip, questionably sourced reports and blatant speculation about future Apple products from around the Web! Let's take a look back at what the various Apple blogs and websites were excited about in the past week, from March 24-30. Check out our previous edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest you can follow me on Twitter right here.


1. Hi, June!

Let us now consider the notable birthdays of June. Comedians Wayne Brady, Ricky Gervais, and Donald Trump were all born in June, as were notable hip-hop stars Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, and Donald Trump. President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis was born in June, and, coincidentally, so was Donald Trump.

Could we add to this list of noteworthy June introductions the eagerly-anticipated iPhone 5S?

It's another Week In Apple Rumors, folks, and the predictions about when the next iPhone will be released are flying like Atlanta Braves homeruns out of Turner Field will this year (this fan hopes so, at least).

The latest rumor comes from friend of TWIAR John Biggs, a writer at HuffPost's AOL sister publication TechCrunch. Biggs got his eyes on a presentation from a case and charger manufacturer in China who are apparently prepared for a June launch of the iPhone 5S. The manufacturer, writes Biggs, "has an interesting inside track to Foxconn, promising “synchronization” with the Apple release in June."

That's a little earlier than the other prominent release date rumors, which have placed the release date in July and August. Perhaps most notably, the well-sourced analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been predicting July for a few months now, with an introductory event in June. Other, less reliable outlets -- Digitimes, for example, and the Apple analyst Gene Munster -- are also forecasting a summer debut for the iPhone 5S.

We might not have the specific date nailed down quite yet, but it's looking more and more likely that those fanboys waiting in line outside the Apple store better pack some sunscreen. At this point it seems like the iPhone 5S will be Apple's big summertime device.

2. Precisely When?

Given that we now so strongly think the next iPhone will be out some time during the summer, our next step in this detective case is to nail down the exact date of Apple's keynote presentation. One small Apple blog claims it has the juice, but we remain -- in a word, my dear readers -- skeptical.

The Japanese Apple website MacFan -- and I'm told this site has nothing at all to do with overzealous McDonald customers -- claims in part of its 20th anniversary coverage that Apple will be holding its iPhone 5S event on (wait for it) June 20th. Isn't that convenient?

Eric Slivka at MacRumors rips this rumor to tiny little shreds, and then picks up those shreds and showers them down onto the floor. There are many good reasons why MacFan's June 20 prediction seems off, the simplest one being that the 20th is a Thursday and Apple almost never holds its events on Thursdays. Read Slivka's evisceration of MacFan here.

In other words: We're still waiting on a date. It's like high school all over again, am I right, fellas???


That's all for this week in Apple rumors. Join us again next week, when we'll have more rumors for you and when the Braves will already be well on their way to another season of soaring promise and inevitable, crushing defeat. Or, if you can't wait until next week (for the Apple rumors, anyway), you can always get the latest by following me on Twitter right here.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article listed June 20th as a Monday. It is, in fact, a Thursday, another day Apple does no commonly hold events.



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