“The sources pointed out that Apple only plans to launch one model of the new iPhone, while iPad 3 has just recently been added to the production schedule with both set to be produced in small volumes in August and the volume will start picking up in September and October," the Digitimes report said.
Financial analysts are rarely the best sources for solid information on product release cycles, however, Huberty’s predictions do align with Apple’s projected iOS 5 time table.
At WWDC earlier this month, Apple revealed iOS 5 to developers with a planned release date of “Fall 2011.” Thus far, two beta versions of the software for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are available to developers. Historically, Apple has aligned major iOS releases with new iPhone hardware.
Apple typically releases new iPod devices at the end of September, usually in conjunction with a new feature from the iTunes ecosystem. This year, Apple has announced its greater iCloud music strategy. Parts of the service are already available to users, with the full product launching this fall in-conjunction with iOS 5.
A September iPhone 5 release would also allow Apple to compete against other Android and Windows Phone handsets, leading up to the holiday shopping season.