Apple iPhone 5 Release Date Uncertain: 10 Reasons to Buy iPhone 4 Now

News Analysis: Persistent rumors indicate that Apple's iPhone 5 won't be released in the summer, unlike previous versions of Apple's smartphone. That's all the more reason to jump on the iPhone 4 now.

As summer nears, the talk surrounding the iPhone 5 is picking up. As with previous years, there is rampant speculation that Apple will be launching the latest iteration of its wildly popular smartphone in June or July. In previous years, the company has announced the new iPhone at the Worldwide Developers Conference and then launched it over the summer.

Considering all the rumors surrounding the possible launch of the iPhone 5, many consumers and even some enterprise customers are likely on the fence about whether they should opt for the iPhone 4 now or wait to see if Apple releases the iPhone 5 later this year. It's an understandable concern, and it's something that no one can answer definitively until Apple finally makes its move.

But for those who don't want to wait, there are several good reasons to opt for the iPhone 4 now, rather than hold off for the iPhone 5.

Read on to find out more about why customers looking for a new smartphone should go with an iPhone 4 as soon as possible.

1. The iPhone 5 launch date is unknown

As of this writing, the latest reports on the iPhone 5 say that the device won't launch this summer. Exactly why the smartphone might not be coming out in June or July is unknown at this point, but given those reports, consumers shouldn't wait. If the iPhone 5 is delayed, and folks know they want an iPhone, putting it off for another month or two doesn't make all that much sense.

2. The white iPhone is here

After a long (long) wait, Apple has finally released the white iPhone on both AT&T's and Verizon's networks in the United States. According to reviews, the device performs exceptionally well and offers the same level of usability as the black version. If the white iPhone suits a consumer's eye, it's best to opt for the device now, rather than wait to see if Apple offers up a white iPhone 5. It's better to go with something that looks nice rather than gamble on something that might not hold up.

3. There's no waiting for Verizon

Over the past several years, the decision by some consumers to put off buying an iPhone and go with another device because the iPhone was only running on AT&T's network was understandable. But now that both the black and white versions of the iPhone 4 are running on Verizon's network, worrying about carrier availability is no longer an issue. If a consumer needs a smartphone now, Apple has many (but not all) of their bases covered when it comes to availability.

4. Android and BlackBerry alternatives aren't as great

If one looks around the marketplace right now, they won't necessarily find so many worthwhile alternatives to the iPhone 4. Motorola, HTC and Samsung are offering nice options, and RIM's BlackBerry is great for enterprise users. But when it comes to the combination of design, specifications and software, it's hard to find a better smartphone right now than the iPhone 4. Other devices might have a bigger display or a faster processor, but when all the many factors that go into a buying decision are considered, Apple's smartphone still leads the pack.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...