Will Apple Move Up The iPhone 5 Launch Due To Android Pressure? Don’t Bet On It
Over the course of the past two months, we’ve seen images of plenty of hardware components that will supposedly be going into the iPhone 5. We’ve been expecting Apple to launch the new model in either September or October, but if it already has those parts prepared, could it conceivably be thinking about bringing the phone to market even sooner? One rumor suggests that Apple may be planning to introduce the iPhone 5 as soon as next month, but we’re not sure we buy that theory.
Supposedly, Apple’s now looking to an August launch as a result of runaway Galaxy S III sales, and a desire to not lose out on potential iPhone 5 customers who snatch-up an Android before Apple’s phone becomes available.
Samsung’s expecting GS3 numbers to hit the 10 million mark by the end of the month, and that’s certainly a lot of people who won’t be buying the iPhone 5 when it launches, but would they anyway? While there’s always a bit of back-and-forth shifting of the user base between the two camps, we can’t imagine that a large number of regular Apple customers will jump ship for Android over the prospect of waiting a couple more months for a new iPhone.
Might Apple miss out on a few sales due to curious smartphone users being won-over by the GS3? Sure, but it seems unlikely we’re talking about a number that would prove significant upon Apple’s sales. There’s also a matter of maintaining face; Apple’s not known for being a company that’s reactive, instead setting trends itself. We really can’t see it panicking to the point that it rushes the iPhone 5 launch solely because of a successful Android device.