iPhone 5 Release Set for Summer 2012, Steve Jobs Last Big Project?

Oct 17, 2011 - 14 Comments

iPhone 5 due Summer 2012

The iPhone 5 is scheduled to debut at Apple’s Developer’s Conference in the summer of 2012, and is said to be the last major Apple project that Steve Jobs was deeply involved with. This is according to a report from CNET, who cites a research analyst in addition to their own source on the matter:

[iPhone 5] was the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design. For that reason…this product will establish the high water mark for iPhone volumes,” Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, wrote in a research note this week. He expects the iPhone 5 to be a “cult classic” because of Jobs’ involvement.

The expected feature set falls in line with many of the past iPhone 5 rumors, suggesting the device is a complete redesign which include a slimmer profile, larger screen, and LTE 4G connectivity. CNET’s own source on the next iPhone claims it is:

“a very large project that Steve dedicated all of his time to. He was not that involved in the 4S because his time was limited.”

Even if it didn’t have the center of Steve’s focus or magic touch, the iPhone 4S has been a smash hit for Apple, blowing away the previous record launch of the iPhone 4 with over four million units sold in the first weekend alone.

While the next-gen iPhone may have been the last major project with Jobs direct involvement, other reports indicate that Mr Jobs detailed over four years of products for Apple’s pipeline, suggesting that nearly all products the company introduces over the next few years had at least some collaboration.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPhone, News, Rumor

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  1. nkin says:

    Here we go again… more iPhone 5 rumors.

    • David says:

      That was my first thought. It’s never going to end though, you just have to consider the sources to determine if anything is accurate. CNET just seems to be agreeing with the analyst report, sure they have some ‘source’ in Apple who vaguely confirms what everyone suspects anyway, but really what do you think Steve Jobs was doing for the last two years if not working on iPhones and iPads? Common sense tells you that. Now for the analysts, I don’t trust the analysts for anything, they just read the same rumors we all do and then present in a nice fancy report to institutional investors for a ginormous fee of $50,000 per month, what a cake job that is!

      • Trevor says:

        I can confirm that….institutional investors will “buy” just about anything, as long as the “sales pitch” is done well. It’s not their “own” money, afterall…

  2. Darian says:

    “what do you think Steve Jobs was doing for the last two years if not working on iPhones and iPads?”

    Erm, suffering from cancer? The idea that he was busy on Apple products is a little far fetched, considering he was suffering a fatal bought of cancer.

    • Nick says:

      Alas you forget, Steve Jobs is considered a “god” to Apple fanatics who think he just strolled around like it was nothing to be battling cancer. . .

      • Dust says:

        Funny, I’ve never read anything from anyone that said Steve Jobs is a God. Is that in your bible? Maybe you’ve never known anyone with cancer, but they can have very productive days right up until the end, with proper pain management.

  3. James says:

    I agree… the article is mostly useless. Of course there will be an iPhone 5 next year. “Summer 2012″ as a scheduled date could really turn into June, July, August, September, October when it comes to Apple.

    And of course Jobs was involved in it at a CEO level – giving thumbs up or down to designs, features and the direction of development.

    I’m sure it’ll be a nice phone with half the rumored features. Same as every year.

  4. Wadey says:

    I don’t think there will be iPhone 5 the number 5 won’t mean anything. IP 4S is already the fifth generation so it should be iPhone 6 instead.

  5. [...] announced September 12th with an actual launch nine days later. According to reports, Jobs worked very closely on the project and even mapped out product releases for the next four years. As the mid-September [...]

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