iPhone 5 due in October?

It seems September isn't likely, now, according to several rumours
Darren Allan

July 21, 2012
iPhone 4S

There’s been more speculation about the iPhone 5 this week, as there is every week, and now the launch date has been the subject of a couple of rumours.

It would seem that the iPhone 5 – or whatever it might be called, just the plain iPhone, possibly, if Apple’s tablet is anything to go by – hasn’t hit the production line yet, contrary to what some reports have claimed.

A source who spoke to Boy Genius Report said that the handset is currently in the EVT3 stage (Engineering Verification Test), and will hit design verification shortly, before the assembly lines are fired up and final production begins.

That would seem to hold true with the recent speculation that October is more likely to be the release date for the phone, rather than September.

Over in the US, Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo, seemingly confirmed October as the month for the iPhone launch, too.

According to the Verge, Shammo said that “there’s always that, uh, rumour mill out there with a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter, so people may be waiting.”

He was replying to a question about why customers had held back upgrading in the second quarter, and fairly obviously referring to the iPhone when he mentions “a new phone.”

If it’s the fourth quarter for the next iPhone, that means October, of course, not September.

The next-gen iPhone is expected to have a larger, 4 inch display, and as we heard earlier this week, should also be thinner and lighter thanks to new technology employed by the screen.


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