Apple Will Unveil iPhone 5 in June, Says Report

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Yesterday, Samsung announced it would be delaying the debut of its highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III for the Android (GOOG) OS. The quad-core behemoth was slated to be unveiled in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress at the end of this month. However, the Korean manufacturer aims to launch the device within the "first half of the year," with some news outlets guessing "April."

With the Galaxy S III expecting to be Android's next flagship phone, that reportedly gives Apple (AAPL) roughly two months to put the final touches on its iPhone 5 before its unveiling.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Cupertino plans on revealing the sixth generation of its iPhone line at its Worldwide Developers Conference this June. The date was cited in an interview with a Daiwa Securities analyst in the Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times.

This launch estimate jibes with an earlier rumor from 9to5Mac which stated Apple would be returning to its usual summer release schedule after briefly abandoning it for the iPhone 4S' fall debut. The report also said the iPhone 5 will be sporting a much larger display -- at least four inches -- to fall in line with the growing preference for the larger displays on Android devices like Samsung's Galaxy line and Motorola's (MMI) Droid Bionic. The casing will reportedly also undergo a change and resemble the iPad's unibody aluminum architecture.

Although there's always speculation when it comes to Apple devices prior to their release, the general consensus seems to point to June as the iPhone 5 release date. With it, the Galaxy S III, and an LTE Windows Phone (MSFT) also delivered by Samsung before the summer, Research in Motion (RIMM) should be scrambling to make the second half of the year -- the announced launch period for the BlackBerry 10 -- as mind-blowingly incredible as possible.

RIM certainly has its work cut out for it.

(See also: Apple Thinking Bigger With iPhone 5, Says Source and iPhone Can't Match Android's Versatility, Says Steve Wozniak)



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