Sources say iPhone 5 won’t launch until late October

Mon, Aug 1, 2011

News, Rumors

So  you know all those rumors about the iPhone 5 launching in mid-September? Well, you might be in for a surprise as the latest report from the typically well-sourced WSJ is that it won’t hit store shelves until late October.

John Paczkowski writes for All Things D:

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.

“I don’t know why AT&T’s calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it’s not for an iPhone launch,” a source familiar with Apple’s plans said.

So when can we expect the company to uncrate the iPhone 5?

“October,” the source said, while declining to offer a hard-launch date. Other sources said it will be later in the month, rather than earlier.

Recently a number of sources have pointed to an iPhone 5 launch in September preceded by a product unveiling sometime in August. At this point, it’s fair to say that no one knows when the iPhone 5 will actually become available.



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