By Stephen Schenck | November 19, 2012 1:05 PM
Apple really opened a can of worms when it announced the iPad 4 last month, only eight months after the company debuted the iPad 3. Clearly, users could no longer count on having a year’s worth of novelty before Apple stepped in with something bigger, better, shinier, and capable of instantly turning your proud new toy into yesterday’s news. Right on cue, rumors have already started looking to the idea of an accelerated iPhone release timetable, as well, with claims that Apple would start early trial production runs of an iPhone 5S sometime next month, with plans for a launch sometime in the first half of 2013. Now a new theory about when Apple’s next hardware might arrive has emerged, and while it still speeds things up, wouldn’t have the models landing quite so early.
Instead of some time in the first half of the year, these new claims look to Apple launching both a new iPhone and a new iPad closer to the middle of 2013. That means we’d be looking at about nine months (or maybe closer to ten) of the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 leading Apple’s pack before being replaced by their successors. Honestly, that sounds a bit more likely than a launch earlier in 2013, and roughly keeps to the same sort of timetable we saw between the most recent and previous iPad releases.
Keep in mind, this info comes from the sort of unnamed supply chain sources that don’t exactly make for the most credible sources of intel, but it’s a theory at least due appropriate consideration.