Recapping the Rumor Mill: iPhone 5 Announcement Coming This September, Launching in 2012?

The rumor mill is at again, this time delivering some devastating news. The iPhone 5 release date has been moved to March of 2012.

It all started on Friday, with a report from the Taiwan Economic News about A6 processors. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is purportedly testing the next-generation processor which will be ready in early 2012. If true, this debunks the rumors that the iPad 3 will be available for the 2011 holiday season, assuming that the iPad 3 would run such a processor.

Earlier on Friday, Gizmodo, citing the Japanese website Kodawarisan, announced that Apple’s Fall Event would be held on Sepetember 7th, 2011. The consensus is that Apple would ignore tradition, and announce their next-generation devices, and possibly their new affordable iPhone on this date… That’s until several sources like KitGuru, The Inquirer, and MacRumors quashed fanboy dreams of an iPhone 5 in 2011.

MacRumors wrote that the September 7th event is untrue, but KitGuru delivered an even bigger blow, claiming Apple would be making an announcement in September, just not about the iPhone 5. According to KitGuru, Apple will announce a “slimmed down, cheap version of the iPhone” in September. The bad news is that the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 won’t be available until 2012.

The October release date supports The Wall Street Journal’s report that a new iPhone will be arriving this fall, it just isn’t the next-generation device we all assumed it would be. KitGuru’s claim that the iPad 3 won’t be ready until March of 2012, seems to back up the Taiwan Economic News’ report about the A6 processor earlier in the day.

Why no iPhone 5 or iPad 3 until 2012? I’ll let Jules of KitGuru explain:

“People only want to carry one device with them. While the tiniest iPods will always be popular with joggers, sales of the iPod Touch have plummeted from a peak of around 23 million units in the first quarter of 2009, to around 8 million on the second quarter of 2011. Canceling the iPod Touch and producing a slimmed down, cheap version of the iPhone – launching around the 1st of October – would give Apple a strong sales boost into the market of people who’d love an iPhone but don’t want to spend [a lot of money].”

Maybe instead of buying Apple stock, people should invest in grains of salt, because Apple fans are going to need a lot of them if we have to wait until 2012 for the iPhone 5 or iPad 3.