Next gen iPhone already being tested by carriers, ready for September launch?
After the recent rumor that the iPhone 5 would not see the light of day until October, UK newspaper The Guardian has chimed in with its thoughts on the matter. It firmly believes that September is still the month for the iPhone 5 launch.
The Guardian reporter Charles Arthur is pulling no punches when it comes to questioning the reliability of the recent All Things D report; which claimed that the iPhone 5 would not be released until October. He believes that the All Things D sources are nowhere near water tight and the argument for an October launch is flawed. The basis of his argument is centred on the fact that carriers are now in possession of iPhone 5 test boxes.
My carrier sources tell me that the boxes in which the new iPhone hardware is encased have been transported to carriers for testing. This is an important step in the release cycle for any phone. The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. The new iPhones are in the system, which means they now just have to get approval - which will probably only take a few weeks at most - and can then be signed off for manufacturing. My gut feeling, allied to the information from carriers and Apple's history, is that we're still looking at a September release. Who knows, perhaps someone was even misdirecting the good people at ATD by suggesting October.
So there you have it, another day, another rumor and another differing opinion. Unfortunately nothing’s going to change until Steve hits the stage and tells us all what we want to hear. Until then, bear with us as we keep you informed of all the talk and rumors surrounding iPhone 5!