Apple iPhone 5S will debut in middle of 2013 says DigiTimes reports. DigiTimes, a technology industry publication, has accurately predicted Apple releases in the past. According to them, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) expect to do brisk business beginning in the later part of Q1 2013 after a slowdown in January and February. The pickup is rumored to match levels leading up to the September 21 iPhone 5 release.
So why would Apple shift its iPad and iPhone announcements from just before the holiday season back to summer?
- iPhone sales have slumped in the June quarter as people wait for the iPhone to be released in the fall. By pulling the release date forward, Apple could avoid that slump.
- It also helps Apple compete with Samsung which releases multiple phones during the year. Apple will have the latest and greatest phone ready by midyear.
- Apple had a crazy release schedule this year — iPad Mini, fourth generation iPad, new iMac, and iPhone 5 were all released within a few weeks of each other. Apple might want to smooth out that release schedule, which would mean releasing a new iPhone in the summer instead of the fall.
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