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iPhone 5 September launch confirmed at Apple profits call?

iPhone 5 September launch confirmed at Apple profits call?

Apple yesterday gave the clearest indication yet that the iPhone 5 will land in September, apparently confirming what supply chain sources have been saying for months.

Addressing delegates yesterday at the tech giant’s record-breaking second quarter earnings call, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that Apple is planning a “future product transition” in the September quarter.

Although Oppenheimer didn’t specifically mention the iPhone by name, the recent steady flow of leaks from insiders indicating the month will be marked by a new handset suggests it’s almost certain that this is the Apple product to which he’s referring.

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The Cupertino-based company dropped the hint as it announced profits of $7.31 billion on revenue of $28.57 billion – representing a rise of 90 per cent year on year. Apple’s “best quarter ever” was driven by sales of 20.34 million iPhones and 9.25 million iPads.

The as-yet-unconfirmed iPhone 5 was originally expected to drop back in June, in keeping with Apple’s normally regular-as-clockwork product refreshes.

Reasons for the delay remain a mystery, but are widely attributed to component shortages stemming from the Japanese earthquake disaster and rigorous testing to avoid a repeat of the antenna problems that plagued the iPhone 4.

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