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iPhone 5 release date set for summer 2012?

The iPhone 4S wasn’t quite what we were expecting from Apple’s autumnal launch event, but word on the information superhighway is that it wasn’t quite what Apple had intended to launch either.

Apparently, the company has a major upgrade in the works – a re-designed handset that fits with the cavalcade of leaks that came out in the weeks before the iPhone 4S launch that didn’t relate the to Siri-toting handset: the fabled iPhone 5.

Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, has claimed that the mysteriously absent iPhone 5 was meant to be the big headliner at the iPhone event, and cites it as, “the last project that Steve Jobs was intimately involved with from concept to final design.”

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An anonymous source went on to explain to CNET, “This is a very large project that Steve dedicated all of his time to. He was not that involved in the 4S because his time was limited.”

iPhone 5 rumour scaleThe real iPhone 5 hit delays back in February, if these tipsters are to be believed, and later production delays meant that Apple would have completely missed the Christmas shopping spend-fest if it had held on until the upgraded handset was ready.

So Apple wheeled out the iPhone 4S instead, and will hold the iPhone 5 back until summer 2012.

That, according to these people in the know, is when we’ll see Steve Jobs’ last iPhone, complete with a slimmer, tear-drop designed form factor, with 4G connectivity and a bigger screen.

So will the iPhone 5 launch in summer 2012? We’re not entirely convinced, but we can see it happening.

iPhone 5 release date set for summer 2012?