iPhone 5 slips to September, no iPad 3 this year?

Although the scheduling of product refreshes can seem inscrutable to the casual observer, Apple does stick to a rough schedule when it comes to at least their iDevice line-up. Ever since the first iPhone hit the scene in 2007, they have released a new smartphone in late June or July and an iPod Touch based off roughly the same hardware in September, along with the rest of the iPod line-up; March has become the timeframe for iPad refreshes.

This year has looked like it could be a lot different though. Apple just released the iPhone 4 for Verizon a couple months ago. Why would they follow that up with an iPhone 5 a mere four months later? And what about the white iPhone 4? Apple’s Phil Schiller swears up and down that it’s still coming, but why release the white iPhone 4 in April when the iPhone 5 will be coming in June or July, in both white and black?

These questions have led many to believe that the iPhone 5 would break the cycle of Apple iDevice releases and be pushed to September’s iPod event. Now All Things Digital’s John Paczowski is reporting that his sources confirm the iPhone 5 won’t come until September, and that this June’s WWDC will focus exclusively on software.

But what about iPad? Earlier this year, no lesser opinionator than Daring Fireball’s John Gruber suggested that he thought we might see the iPad 3 hit before the end of the year. Why? Because March is a crummy time of year to release a much anticipated product, because it discourages people from buying them for Christmas.

Gruber never said he had sources to back this idea up, just a gut feeling. He may prove right yet, but Digitimes says that component makers are saying they’ve heard nothing about an iPad 3 in September.

In short, don’t expect an iPhone 5 before September, or an iPad 3 before March. I don’t know about you, but my wallet’s breathing a sigh of relief.

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