Apple iPhone 5 Set For Autumn Release

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The 6th generation iPhone will launch in “either September or October” this year, according to the latest reports from Japan.

Japanese blog Macotakara, citing “reliable Asian sources” in the supply chain, claims the iPhone 5will be unveiled one year after the current range-topping model, in October, or at earliest September 0212.

An autumn launch of the iPhone 5 would see Apple return to its usual strategy of releasing a new iPhone every 12 months, after keeping fans waiting 14 months for the hugely popular iPhone 4S last time round, with previous models being released every summer in either June or July.

And according to Apple Insider, the company will maintain this annual autumn release period, which until last year was reserved for iPod launch events, “for years” to come.

The strategy proved extremely effective with the launch of the iPhone 4S, with sales of the flagshipsmartphone rocketing during the festive shopping season.

In fact, more than 37 million iPhones were sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 – the highest ever sales volume for the Apple device. The iPhone 4S is still selling rapidly and currently accounts for nearly a third (29 per cent) of all high-end mobiles in the UK.

The iPhone 5 is expected to add a number of impressive features, including a larger screen, a faster processor, an improved camera and ultra-fast 4G technology.