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According to a recent smattering of analyst reports, including one just released Tuesday from Susquehanna International Group, the iPhone 5 might not arrive until Fall 2011 instead of in June. Would delayed Apple hardware affect your choice of smartphone?

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According to a recent smattering of analyst reports, including one just released Tuesday from Susquehanna International Group, the iPhone 5 might not arrive until Fall 2011, when new iPhones have traditionally been released yearly in June or July. Whether or not predictions of a delay are accurate, would delayed Apple hardware affect your choice of smartphone?

Besides analysts, there’s also John Paczkowski of Digital Daily, who reported Tuesday that he’s hearing more and more buzz about the iPhone launching in September at Apple’s annual fall media event, which is normally reserved for new iPod announcements. Paczkowski’s parent blog, All Things Digital, is known to have good ties to Apple sources.

A yearly update cycle means that every two years, iPhone customers who bought their first device new when it originally came out are eligible for the hefty subsidy that comes with a new contract. In at least some cases, those customers are eagerly awaiting a new phone (a lot can change in two years in the mobile tech realm) and might not be inclined to wait around with aging devices until the new iPhone comes to market. It is worth noting, however, that iOS users appear to be among the most loyal.

Even if Apple doesn’t introduce a refreshed iPhone at WWDC in June, I plan on sticking it out until the next iteration does arrive, since in my experience with competing mobile operating systems I’ve been left wanting the simplicity and stability of iOS, but I wonder if others feel the same. Will you wait, or will you start to shop around?

  1. I still don’t understand…even my old 3gs kicks the hell out of any android phone I’ve ever tried…why would you want to go to an inferior phone just because the better one is gonna take a few more months to show up? makes no sense, at ell.

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  2. Seems petty to switch to something inferior (OS Wise, not Hardware) just because something is delayed a few months.

    Are people that impatient?

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  3. travisgamedev Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    There is definitely something different going on, but I think people are misreading everything. There will be an iPhone 5 in June/July, but there have so far been rumors of an iPad and now an iPhone release in September. Something’s definitely happening in September that is going to be new and different, but not sure it’s going to delay the iPhone launch.

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  4. I have switched already to try android, it great but the OS drains the battery due to constantly being updated with widgets open. I might switch back if has a bigger iphone has bigger screen and ios is updated

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  5. I don’t see any reason to switch to Android. Even if Apple were to announce that a new iPhone wasn’t coming out until NEXT June, I think I’d stick with my iPhone 4. It’s a terrific phone, and every competitor I’ve played with feels inferior in comparison.

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  6. If there is no iPhone 5, including a white option, by the end of June I will riot in the streets of Cleveland!

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  7. I WILL WAIT LIFETIMES FOR APPLE”S PRODUCTS!!!!!

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  8. I have 3GS since late June ’09. I wanted to wait for any new Apple hardware.
    I am frustrated with my battery life. However, I have Apple Care and may go to Apple and try to have new battery installed before my A/C expires!

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  9. it raises the question it does not beg the question

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  10. I would buy a rock before any other smartphone if I knew that Apple’s R&D went into it.

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