iPhone 5S release date is/isn't/is/isn't June. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY?

Here comes the iPhone 5S... or not.

iPhone 5S release date

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) analysts can't agree when the next iPhone will be released. Estimates range from June to September. Some even say the new flagship smartphone has been delayed, due to problems in China.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if their next BYOD toy could actually be from Samsung or HTC.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Ashleigh Allsopp analyzes analysts' assumptions:

Analysts are maintaining their predictions that Apple will launch...later this year...a new model of its flagship smartphone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.

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Amit Daryanani said in a note to investors on Friday that he has spoken to sources [about] "multiple new phones" in June or July...an 'iPhone 5S' and a cheaper iPhone, dubbed iPhone mini.

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Gene Munster has again been forecasting Apple's product launch plans...suggesting that a new iPhone will arrive in late June. ... [But he] predicts that Apple's low-cost iPhone will arrive at a later date...possibly in the September quarter.  MORE

But Jay Yarow begs to differ:

While it's possible the iPhone comes out in June, we think Munster might be off on this one.

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Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said he's hearing Apple pushed the release of the iPhone 5S...to the July-September time frame because it was having some manufacturing issues.  MORE

So Jonny Evans looks deeper:

Munster's note warns that the impact of continued economic meltdown...will affect Apple...predicting the company will deliver results at the low end of its $41-$43 billion guidance. [So] it's of little surprise Munster remains certain Apple will introduce a new and lower-cost iPhone configuration.

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The smartphone sector is deeply competitive, with Android device makers competing on price. ...given the general decline in consumer and enterprise spending...the game's becoming desperate.  MORE

Philip Elmer-DeWitt is similarly bearish:

Gene Munster [is] warning that the company will have to get through a dry patch before things start looking up again.

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All in all, it's a pretty pessimistic outlook from one of Apple's most loyal and enthusiastic supporters.  MORE

And Chris Bibey piles on:

While [Munster] is not the only analyst out there who is keeping a close watch on [Apple] he is typically first to the party with breaking news and future predictions. ...hedge funds have started dumping the Cupertino-based company. ... Munster is joining a host of other analysts who are lowering expectations.

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However, Munster doesn’t feel that everything is doom and gloom. ... He believes that investors will be able to see past its current struggles, focusing on a second half of 2013.  MORE

Meanwhile, Eric just points and laughs:

68% of content between now and August...expected to be intangible and inadequately researched Apple articles, says analyst..  MORE

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