Apple set to launch iPhone 5 in October, not September as previously thought?

All Things D has heard from reliable sources that the iPhone 5 will not be launching until October. It was previously thought that the iPhone 5 would launch by September at the very latest.

Sources with knowledge of the situation say reports claiming AT&T has blacked out employee vacations during the last two weeks of September in preparation for the retail debut of the next iPhone are misinformed. Instead, it’s going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple will be launching its next generation iPhone.

All Things D is usually well connected with sources familiar with Apple products; so this could be a very reliable snippet of information. The only concrete information we have so far is the release of iOS 5 in the fall. No new iPhone would be released until iOS 5 is ready to roll. Fall does not even start until September 23, which would make October a more likely month for iPhone 5 after all.

It will be interesting to see if Apple has its usual early September iPod event; surely iPhone 5 would have to be announced either before that or at the same time!

[All Things D]


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Apple set to launch iPhone 5 in October, not September as previously thought?


At this point I dont really care when it's actually coming out, I just want to know what the hell it looks like and whats on the inside.

i have heard rumors that it will ave a 4G chip, probably a Qualcomm of some sort... i would hope so for all you IPhone people out there, 4G is really awesome. from what i have noticed all the networks' "4G" get around 3-7 Mbps. which is huuuge over 3G. i have a EVO 3D and i get around .3 Mbps on 3G and around 4 Mbps on 4G. Simple web browsing doesn't get much help from that but streaming video becomes waaayy less of a hassle... also having a duel-core processor really takes it to another level. Google maps loads sooooo fast. its going to be interesting to see what Apple brings to the table in Oct.

5.08 Mbps this morning, Phoenix. I think they upgraded Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, because man we were having network problems for about 2 weeks and before that I only got around 2 Mbps.

I can't wait till the new iPhone comes out. I hope it is a all new design though, seeing how they had so many problems with the iPhone 4.

Don't forget.... the iPhone is on over 200 carriers around the globe. And international iPhone growth is outpacing US growth.
Is there one standard for LTE that would work on all carriers in the world?
BTW... where in Upstate SC are you from? I used to live in Easley :)

This is news how? Apple's going to launch when they launch. And the mass numbers of people will wait in the pouring rain outside for 6 days to be the first in line to get the newest greatest most wonderful thing that Steve Jobs says you simply can't live without or you'll die... you'll just die!!!
Sad that they won't do that to help an elderly person cross the street, or take some kids to school in a car pool or actually get out and go for a walk in the sunshine every now & then (hint: it's good for you).
Priorities people... it's a phone.

I suppose this is what happen they release a phone like the iPhone 4 and get bad press .. they take more than a year to develop and test a new version. Im tired of waiting though.

We think that despite suggestions that the iPhone 5c has been a "flop" it has proven to be a popular alternative to the iPhone 5s and before that, the iPhone 4s. Is the iPhone 5c too expensive?