iPhone 5 Won't Appear Until October: 10 Reasons Why

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple could launch the iPhone 5 either over the summer or in October. But at this point, it looks like the company might actually wait until October to offer its smartphone.

Apple's iPhone 5 is undoubtedly launching this year. The big question however is, when this year? Some reports suggest that Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 over the summer, since historically that has been the most common time for it to offer such a product. Other reports, however, say Apple will most likely wait until October or so to launch the device to give its current products some breathing room and the opportunity to maximize sales.

Although Apple hasn't given any indication when it might actually launch the iPhone 5, an October release date seems to make some sense. From the competitive landscape to the possibility of Apple launching other products over the summer, it would appear that the fall is the perfect time over the next several months for the iPhone 5 to appear on store shelves.

Think it'll launch at some point before October? Read on to find out about some of the evidence that might call predictions of a summertime release into question and add credence to claims that the iPhone 5 will appear worldwide in October.

1. Waiting on the Galaxy S III wave

If Samsung's mobile strategy plays out the way it should, the Galaxy S III, which is slated to be unveiled on May 3, could have strong sales over the next several months. With that in mind, Apple might want to wait until the Galaxy S III wave has died down to limit the number of major competitors it needs to face. Granted,the iPhone 5 will likely outsell any device, but why take on a major competitor if it can be avoided?

2. What about Amazon?

One of the big question marks in the mobile space right now is Amazon's reported plans to launch a smartphone sometime this year. What that device might come with and the features it might offer have yet to be revealed. So, it might be a good idea for Apple to wait and see what Amazon€”arguably its chief tablet competitor€”is doing in the smartphone market before unveiling its own device.

3. Consider the iPhone 4S release date

Let's not forget that if Apple launches the iPhone 5 this summer, it would be little more than eight months after its iPhone 4S hit store shelves. By offering a new iPhone just several months after the iPhone 4S' launch, Apple might risk annoying those consumers who bought the device, thinking that they had a year to use it before the next smartphone would launch. Waiting a year is a much better idea.

4. Holidays, holidays, holidays

The fact that the iPhone 4S launched just prior to the height of the holiday-shopping season last year was a key factor in Apple's record fourth-quarter sales. And Apple CEO Tim Cook knows it. Expect Apple to capitalize on holiday shopping again this year with an iPhone 5 launch in October.

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...