Industry news site DigiTimes is quoting other industry sources that key Apple parts makers will have a great Q1 2013 because Apple is ramping up for new iPad and iPhone models mid next year. While potentially exciting news, should we put too much into these reports just yet?
Apple’s suppliers, including contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) which have entered the vendor’s supply chain, are all expected to report particularly strong results for the first quarter of 2013, market observers believe.
From: Apple suppliers to enjoy particularly strong 1Q13
Which sounds great, but as MacRumors points out:
The “middle of 2013” claim is offered very matter-of-factly despite Apple’s recent history of offering fall releases for the iPhone and now the iPad. For example, the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 launched in September and October, respectively.
From: Next iPad and iPhone Due in “Middle of 2013”? – Mac Rumors
Guessing when Apple will announce what has got to be the highest form of magic. For a while it was late spring/early summer for iPhones, recently it’s been early Fall. We had the iPad 3 announced in February, but the iPad 4 and mini this fall. Frankly, it’s anyone’s guess when Apple will announce things. Sometimes they decide to just throw a wrench in CES and MacWorld and schedule an event around those times as well.
Apple is Apple and does what they wish.