Rumour: iPhone 5 launch to clash with NGP release

Tuesday, 12th April 2011 12:39 GMT By Stace Harman

Business Insider has reported that the next iteration of Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone won’t go into production until September 2011, meaning it may not be here until early 2012. That could ruin Christmas for a lot of people.

Research firm Avian Securities issued a note to clients: “Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event.”

If Apple were to hit a ‘late 2011′ date the launch could coincide with that of Sony’s successor to PSP. That’s unlikely to make Sony execs jump for joy after seeing the same day launch of iPad 2 and 3DS, which some feel rained on Nintendo’s parade.

Avian’s note also mentions the possibility that iPhone 5 may be of a lower spec and a lower price than previous iterations, though that’s unconfirmed at this stage.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. Razor

    A sad day when an iterative update to a phone gets so much press.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Sony is in big trouble if this is true and i mean in really big trouble or them both (Ninty and Sony).

    Crap… Sony and Nintendo need to do somehing. Apple is very strong right now.
    Nintendo can survive with Mario and zelda, but Sony can’t, especially when they have not the most powerfull brand with handhelds and just there are no decent system sellers for it.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Oh look at you, who do you think you are, the next Pachter?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gama_888

    Pffft, i thought it was pretty much agreed that iphone and ngp/3ds run in different circles?

    I guess it will hit ngp a little as people arent going to wanto get 2 new devices at the same time, but anyone that wants an ngp, isnt going to decide against it because of a new iphone

    BTW guys i think the old edit method was better

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dannybuoy

    One is a phone that plays games, the other is a games system. Very different. I’ll probably get both ;-)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. spiderLAW

    i wont get the next iphone. After the lame updates to iPhones for the past 4 generations, i dont think ill be uying another iPhone anytime soon. I have recently switched back to Android (HTC EVO) and i am loving it.
    As for NGP.. $250-$300 and its day 1 for me.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Lounds

    NGP – Cheaper to buy, better hardware, better games
    iphone 5 – super overated, well built though, but sooooo overated.

    ones a game console the other is a phone, why does this post even exsist i really can’t see this being a problem for sony seeing as psp has outsold 3DS 2 months in a row nearly

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Zurtech

    Wait a couple of weeks and Apple will announce the release date for Iphone 6. -_^

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @Lounds, except that Apple can launch iPod touch 5 that can be cheaper then NGP

    #9 4 years ago
  10. jevonski

    I’d rather have the Xperia play than an iPhone 5 cause it’s a droid phone as well as supported by sony.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    If Apple were to get serious about portable gaming, they would release an Apple certified detachable game pad included with each of their next generation iPhones & iPods.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    this, except Apple doesn’t need a detachable game pad, just more decent games and important timed exclusives for the new phone launch, like an Angry Birds 2.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. irontag

    In Trouble .maybe. But no. Cause I have a smartphone already. I guess so does most people do to. Out of clear reason why would i drop my Thunderbolt for another smart phone. That another contract. which i know lots of people is on. I looking for a portal game machine not another smart phone

    #13 4 years ago
  14. lexph3re

    This won’t hurt ngp. The iphone 5 will get most of its sells through upgrades of current install base and they’ll have a small surge of actual new customers. The ngp will ride through the hype even into iphone 10 because the ngp is built to last about 6-10. Iphone 5? About 2 years.

    Anyone who believes this will “hurt” sony(erth) is being overdramatic. Because this won’t do anything to it, and 3ds will find more sells in the next year or 2 from the active base looking to upgrade their 5year old ds’s

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DaMan

    for one, unlike Ds, Psp has always been bought partially for it’s multimedia capabilities, among other reasons, so it definetely will affect that.

    a guy I know works at a games store and he says most of the psps are being bought by parents for their children. we can’t really speak for everyone here. seeing as how smartphones combine both a communication device and a toy it will also be a factor, it will depend on how many attractive games will iOS and Sony be getting in the future and the price of PSP2, which they still haven’t announced.

    you don’t have to upgrade the iPhone as well, unless you bought one of the first two versions, both of which are hugely inferior.

    nobody overhypes their products as much as Sony and japs in general. if you ever listened to their bs presentations Apple key notes are humble in comparison.

    #15 4 years ago

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