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  • Rumor: AT&T Rep Denies Summer iPhone 5 Release


    Since 2007, Apple has pegged summertime as the right time to introduce a new iPhone model - a predictable pattern that, until recently, was expected to continue in 2011. Unfortunately for eager next-gen iPhone buyers, it now appears from a variety of sources and mounting evidence that this long-held tradition will at last be broken this summer.

    On Wednesday, reports surfaced that an unnamed AT&T representative alleged that Apple has notified the carrier that there will be no iPhone 5 release in either June or July of this year. Although calls placed to AT&T in a variety of departments today did not yield confirmation to me of the same information, it could very well be the case that some AT&T reps are more privy to sensitive information than others. Either that, or the assertion is simply based on simple misunderstandings or falsehoods.

    "Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will be a newer version in the future," the initial report from MacRumors presented. "Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our website when it is available to us."

    As we've discovered via low-level employee leaks from the likes of Best Buy and Toys R Us, it isn't out of the question that this report could be rooted in truth. But perhaps the greatest evidence we maintain that Apple isn't rolling out the iPhone 5 until fall is that the company's annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June is being promoted as a software-focused event. If that's the case, don't expect to see the iPhone 5 on stage at San Francisco's Moscone West. That event could very well end with a rendition of "see you September" playing over the auditorium's speakers.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: AT&T Rep Denies Summer iPhone 5 Release started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. iFiend's Avatar
      iFiend -
      Quote Originally Posted by STM127 View Post
      Until the release of the iPhone 5, I am going to stick to my theory that this is just an Apple gimmick. They are spreading rumors to make us think we are going to have to wait an extra few months for the phone. This will allow them maximize iPhone 4 sales and punish us for seeing the iPhone 4 early.

      It's a crazy theory, but I can hope. Otherwise I am stuck using my 3GS longer than expected.
      I have been thinking the same thing lately. Especially with more and more conflicting info that we hear each day. Feels like they are trying to cause mass confusion so that another Gizmodo/lost iPhone/no 3GSs are sold (ip4) doesn't happen. The majority of the public doesn't even care, or know, about a yearly iPhone refresh. But with what happened last year I think there are many who now do. Hence the misinformation.
    1. steeda763's Avatar
      steeda763 -
      Considering sales figures, I think it's pretty safe to say that the vast majority of iPhone users are on 4 right now, which means that nearly nobody's going to be out of contract should the iPhone 5 hit this Summer. Sales of the 5 would initially pale in comparison to last year's model, so I figured they'd push the launch back as far as possible to rope more people into the early upgrade window.

      Or they want the Verizon and AT&T versions to launch simultaneously, and the Verizon phone isn't done yet due to whatever reasons (i.e., LTE, CDMA radios, etc).

      Or building supplies are limited due to Japan's recent catastrophes.

      Also consider that it'd be silly to launch a different-colored version of last year's model 2 months before announcing the new model. They're staving off the iHungry crowds with the white phone.
    1. monchy36's Avatar
      monchy36 -
      Is anybody notice that this year we didn't see any firmware 5.0 beta? when in past years by the end of April the first beta was out for Developes to upgrade there apps... just my 2 cents...
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      just get an iphone 6 it will be a total redesign atleast unlike the 5 thats gonna look the same I have an iphone 4 and im happy with it and will stay happy with it for another 2 years
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      there is no reason to upgrade the i4 yet. Is there? what can't the i4 do that people are waiting for?
      NFC?
      dual core?
      more mega pixels?

      who cares.....

      will it make better phone calls???

      sign me up.
    1. iFiend's Avatar
      iFiend -
      Quote Originally Posted by monchy36 View Post
      Is anybody notice that this year we didn't see any firmware 5.0 beta? when in past years by the end of April the first beta was out for Developes to upgrade there apps... just my 2 cents...
      These are not your 2 cents. There is no statement here, only a question.

      With that said I do agree with you. I believe that if the iPhone 5 is delayed so will iOS 5. Every new iOS coincided with the new iPhone. Don't see Apple releasing iOS 5 (in June/July, like before) well before the iPhone 5 (if delayed as rumors insist).
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Quote Originally Posted by steeda763 View Post
      Considering sales figures, I think it's pretty safe to say that the vast majority of iPhone users are on 4 right now, which means that nearly nobody's going to be out of contract should the iPhone 5 hit this Summer. Sales of the 5 would initially pale in comparison to last year's model, so I figured they'd push the launch back as far as possible to rope more people into the early upgrade window.

      Or they want the Verizon and AT&T versions to launch simultaneously, and the Verizon phone isn't done yet due to whatever reasons (i.e., LTE, CDMA radios, etc).

      Or building supplies are limited due to Japan's recent catastrophes.

      Also consider that it'd be silly to launch a different-colored version of last year's model 2 months before announcing the new model. They're staving off the iHungry crowds with the white phone.
      All very plausible points. Good post!

      No June or July, but what about September? Im with everyone else, still stuck on 3GS and really hope when they do release a 5 it isn't just a "super magical" iphone 4S or something.

      Quote Originally Posted by matrixhunter View Post
      just get an iphone 6 it will be a total redesign atleast unlike the 5 thats gonna look the same I have an iphone 4 and im happy with it and will stay happy with it for another 2 years
      Did you really just mention an iPhone 6? LOL...
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      I've had every iPhone released and was bored with it. So I bought the samsung captivate, I had that phone for 2 months and came crawling back to the iPhone 4.
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      Quote Originally Posted by vikas3saraswat View Post
      Guys: I am a hard core Mac Guy and got Evey idevice in launch day but got so bored using same phone everyday.
      So thought of android.
      So I shpopped around for a good Andre phone with some good plan as I use 3- 4 minutes a month on att. So my bill is 139 a month with att.
      finally I have got Tmobile 4g with UN talk,test, web for 79.
      Mind you, 4G speed is blew me away.
      And Tmobile gave me a credit of 175 towards my bill because I will be paying 135 to att, for early termination
      And I purchased LG G2X phone. Wow I loved the phone.

      This phone is rock solid twin.core with 4G.
      You can check it out, and AI also saved some $45 q month and did not suffer a penalty.
      What you guys think. Did I took the right decision.
      No you did not. Take it back. You do not deserve a phone.
    1. Stewie Griffin's Avatar
      Stewie Griffin -
      Apple for sure will release a dual core phone this year, they'd be crazy not to.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      I hope the devs don't wait for this iPhone to come out before the they release the iPad 2 jailbreak.

      MuscleNerd is showing some progress in dumping the A5 bootrom.
      Can't wait for A5 jailbreak hope the rumor is true about MuscleNerd dumping it
    1. cat2115's Avatar
      cat2115 -
      yes, iphone is getting bored now. it's coming every year and only a lil improvement from one generation to another. no matter how fast you phone are, your 3g network still sux. it like you have an i7 porcess with a dial-up moderm
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      Yes! Great decision. The iPhone is becoming so boring now. I've also had all four versions of the iPhone and currently use the iPhone 4, but I'm just waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S 2 to be released in the USA. I can't wait to say bye to Apple and all their BS restrictions!
      I'm not sure what you guys are doing with your iPhones to make them boring... Maybe if you were unjailbroken??? I love my iPhone and I can't think of one time i have been bored with it. Lol just ask my fiancé


      On another note I am not going to believe any rumors because I like being surprised. I hope apple surprises all of us.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I dont believe anything unless it comes from steve jobs. If they postpone the launch till september i will be very surprised. But i guess we will all wait and see
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      Quote Originally Posted by <(O)> Device View Post
      Can't wait for A5 jailbreak hope the rumor is true about MuscleNerd dumping it
      Well it's not a rumor, he posted this Twitpic - Share photos and videos on Twitter

      He found it in the bootloader.
    1. cat2115's Avatar
      cat2115 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      I'm not sure what you guys are doing with your iPhones to make them boring... Maybe if you were unjailbroken??? I love my iPhone and I can't think of one time i have been bored with it. Lol just ask my fiancé


      On another note I am not going to believe any rumors because I like being surprised. I hope apple surprises all of us.
      sure with apps yes it's not bored. but the design and not much of an improvement from one to another generation. yes i can see for those who don't have iphone and planning to get ip5 but i can't see those who had ip4 and eagerly wanting ip5 so bad. yes an A5 but still your data connection is sux. as i mention earlier, it's like you have a super faster pc but with a dail-up moderm. i can't speak for 4G since mind is 3G att and it sux compare to the price i pay for data.
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      Well it's not a rumor, he posted this Twitpic - Share photos and videos on Twitter

      He found it in the bootloader.
      Ohhh ok I thought it was just a rumor. That's good news then! can't wait for the release of the jailbreak!
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I've purchased every iPhone so far, I'm happy with my mods on my iPhone 4. No interest in the white one, I purchased the white kit months back. I'd really like to have a clear front plate if that is possible. I purchased a clear back plate last week, its pretty cool. I just believe the white iPhone 4 was this years release of the iPhone, 2012 we'll see the 5.
    1. seanmacg's Avatar
      seanmacg -
      Honestly, the employees at AT&T and most of the Apple employees know nothing what so ever or act as if they don't know when a new device is coming out, iv been told numerous times by AT&T and Apple that a device wasn't coming out when in fact it was. Sooo until theres true and confirmed evidence that the iPhone 5 isn't coming out this summer its not necessarily true.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I usually have to wait until September for a new Touch, anyway, so my mental time-frame is uninterrupted by this news. And it gives me more time to save some $$, sot that's good, too