We’ve heard plenty of rumors up to this point regarding Apple’s next-gen iPhone and ‘iPad 5.’ We’ve even heard whispers of when Apple might release their next devices – but a new report from Gizmorati marks the first rumor claiming a specific release date for Apple’s next generation mobile devices. According to the report, Apple will unveil both devices on June 29, 2013.
An inside source from Apple (also confirmed by a third party) told Gizmorati that its both devices, the iPhone 5S and the iPad 5 will be unveiled during a special event called ‘Original Passion, New Ideas’, on June 29, 2013. This event is intended to celebrate six years from the launch of the original iPhone, under the leadership of Steve Jobs and the release of the iPhone 5S and iPad 5, under the leadership of Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, as both of these devices are developed entirely under Cook’s authority (Businessweek reports that iPhone 5 was the last Apple device to get the Steve Jobs’ blessing before production).
Apple typically holds their WWDC developer event in June – which would make a separate event held so close to WWDC seem quite unusual indeed. The rumored event be structured as a celebration the six-year anniversary of the first iPhone – and to mark the first iPhone device that was designed and manufactured without Steve Jobs’ involvement.
While such an event may restore confidence in consumers and investors that Steve Jobs’ ideas and passions are still alive and well at Apple, I’m more than a little bit skeptical about the claims. First, it seems strange that the report is coming from Gizmorati – a relatively unknown blog founded in 2012 – rather than typical Apple sources such as The Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg. Coupling that with the unusual timing of the event makes this report seem quite unlikely – but as always, only time will tell.
As for me, I’m not crossing my fingers for a July 29th Apple event. This reeks of bullshit.