Japanese blog “Macotakara” has claimed, via a “reliable source” that Apple is currently on track to release their sixth generation iPhone this fall. Last fall saw the release of the much rumored iPhone 4S, although they were expected by many to unveil an iPhone 5.
Ever since the announcement of the iPhone 3G in 2008, Apple has unveiled a new iPhone model each year in June at their annual WWDC event. Apple skewed off their annual release cycle last year when they decided not to announce new hardware, but rather focus on software at their event. Rumors began to become more abundant following the event in June 2011 regarding a possible fall launch of a new iPhone and iOS 5. The iPhone 4s was announced on October 4th and released October 12th.
The Japanese blog says Apple plans to continue this fall release cycle “for years” to come. Apple typically used their fall event to refresh the iPod line, although it’s popularity has been drowned out because of the iPhone and iPad in recent years.