While we don’t usually feature non-Android related announcements here on Android Authority, we do have space for relevant industry news. And the next-generation iPhone launch is surely a significant event for many reasons. Apple has a media event on September 12, and rumors have it that this will include the sixth-generation iPhone (the “iPhone 5″), an upgrade to the iPod line, and possibly an iPad Mini.
What’s interesting to note is that the international launch and release dates may also coincide with the U.S. launch of the new iPhone. While historically, developing nations in the Asia Pacific and Europe get product shipments two to three months after their launch, some carriers are already hinting that they may already have the new iPhone coming.
According to our sources in the Philippines, local carrier Globe Telecom has been sending SMS messages to this effect:
The latest phone is almost here! Be sure to get it only from Globe, the leader in Postpaid. Interested to get updates? Text iP5<space>Email Address and send to 2910 for FREE.
We can take it to mean that “iP5″ means the iPhone 5, which is what the sixth-generation iPhone is rumored to be branded.
Moreover, Globe has an ongoing Weekend Sale, offering significant discounts for the iPhone 3GS (8GB), iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Could Globe be finishing off its inventory of current iPhones to give way to the new one? If I were a hardcore iPhone fan, I’d be waiting for the release of the new model. But perhaps first-time smartphone buyers or long-time Globe postpaid subscribers who are still on feature-phones might find the weekend sale interesting.
But wait. Other analysts speculate that Apple may be facing supply constraints, which could lead to a delay in releasing the new-generation iPhone, even in its primary markets. Knowing Apple, however, it is able to exert strong pressure on suppliers and component manufacturers, such that it could usually command its own price, leading to a hefty markup on each iDevice sold.
Any readers particularly interested in the iPhone launch out there? I know most of our audience consists of Android fans, but we can’t deny that a new launch by Apple is a major industry event. If Apple could start penetrating emerging markets more quickly with new products, then this could threaten Android’s dominance in the lower- and mid-range markets in these places.