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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. AutoArt's Avatar
      AutoArt -
      As a person who used to work for Apple as an iPhone customer service rep I can 100% tell you that neither AT&T or Apple (unless they're high up in the company) employees would be able to tell you when the new iPhone comes out. If an employee was to tell you that a phone would come out at a certain time they probably heard it as a rumor online. they find out that the new iPhone comes out at the same time as the public find out.

      With that said I wouldn't be surprised if Apple does delay the ip5 because they just released the ip4 white. There would be a lot of pissed off people if they just purchased an ip4 white and a few months later the ip5 comes out. Or it might be because they are trying to do a 4g iPhone and AT&T is still in the process of purchasing T-Mobile.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by seanmacg View Post
      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.
      I thought about this. I thought, "Why would Apple tell them anything - they've got AT&T in their pocket."

      But, June is next month - It would be kind of silly for Apple to withhold information from them at this point - AT&T needs to prepare and forecast profits/ sales/ etc., don't they?

      Strategically I think someone at AT&T would have to know by now.

      Also, keep in mind that the Summer extends to September 20th or so. If there's absolutely no Summer release, then it would have to come out in late September or beyond.
    1. Jupit3r's Avatar
      Jupit3r -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFiend View Post
      If it were me I'd 100% get a white iPhone 4, for several reasons.

      1. You would have 4 months to enjoy it if the rumors are true and you wanted an iPhone 5 at release.

      2. The resale value will be higher if you sell it to offset the cost of the ip5 because the 1 year warranty will be better than ip4s bought last year/later on

      3. You could also wait 1-3 months after the ip5 is released to see how the quality is, wait for the rush to die down, etc, all the while enjoying your awesome white ip4.

      4. So I can live vicariously through you since I did not have discipline that you do and bought a black ip4 when I really wanted white
      That's what I did and I love it.. =P
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      I think this rep was pushing to make an i4 sale, and his customer was curious about the i5. I'm not saying he's wrong, but I don't think Apple has told ATT that there wont be a phone.
    1. chamboi42o's Avatar
      chamboi42o -
      good, because i just got the white verizon iphone 4 and i would feel left out. lol
    1. AccessoryGeeks's Avatar
      AccessoryGeeks -
      The white iPhone 4 looks clean. I speculate that there isn't going to be too much change from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5. There's some rumor going around that the exterior is going to look virtually the same.
      If that is the case, I would probably go for the White iPhone 4.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Does anyone have a link to the metal body shown in the OP? I am skipping the i5, but would love to get my hands on that casing for my i4.
    1. chamboi42o's Avatar
      chamboi42o -
      from the concept pictures ive seen of the iphone, for some reason, it reminds me of the 2nd gen ipod touches.

      if thats the case, i'll stick to my iphone 4 because to me, that is the sleekest and sexiest exterior design by far.

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Does anyone have a link to the metal body shown in the OP? I am skipping the i5, but would love to get my hands on that casing for my i4.
      Here's the link.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Those AT&T rep doesn't know ****.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      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.
      You probably came back because you had a samsung phone. Everyone in the Android community knows they are the worst android phones.......
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      This is crap. Most of the time we know things from here before the reps do. The iPhone will drop during the summer like always. I don't see apple changing it.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      This is crap. Most of the time we know things from here before the reps do. The iPhone will drop during the summer like always. I don't see apple changing it.
      I would def agree, but, they didn't have a iOS 5 event yet. Hmmmmm....
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      I can just imagine how much people will be crying when they find out the battery life is even less with the dual core chip. The iPad 2 lost a significant percentage of battery life when it went to the new A5. Yes, it gets 10 hour battery sometimes, but if you turn off the idle timer, you really see that it lost a fair amount of battery life.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      I would def agree, but, they didn't have a iOS 5 event yet. Hmmmmm....
      They announce the new iOS with the new iPhone.

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Does anyone have a link to the metal body shown in the OP? I am skipping the i5, but would love to get my hands on that casing for my i4.
      I had the metal body it screwed with my iPhone's reception
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      They announce the new iOS with the new iPhone.



      I had the metal body it screwed with my iPhone's reception

      I recall there being a iOS 4 event before anything about the iPhone 4 was released.....
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      I recall there being a iOS 4 event before anything about the iPhone 4 was released.....
      http://www.geekology.co.za/blog/2010/06/iphone-4-ios-4-announced-at-apple-2010-wwdc/

      They were both announced at WWDC.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      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!
      You'll be back. I went to the dark side. I had a Galaxy S. Piece. Of. SH!T. Lag, lag, lag, lag(lag), lag. Force close. Lag. Everything feels Beta as f*ck on Android. Every app is crap. FB. Angry Birds. Plasticy cheap hardware. JUNK camera. Oh, but I can get SMS Quick Reply for free without jailbreak. Awesome. My info says Captivate. That's a lie. I don't use it anymore, because while driving through traffic it glitched on me one too many times and I shattered the piece of sh!t across my dashboard. I now have a $10 Samsung flip until I can get my hands on a white i4. Sold out here in Tyler Texas....
    1. vikas3saraswat's Avatar
      vikas3saraswat -
      Well I don't know Samsung i9100 will be with tmobile. But waiting for HTC sensation.
    1. Darksecrets's Avatar
      Darksecrets -
      I have talked to a couple AT&T reps that manage the southern region of the US and they haven't heard of a release date. But, they have speculated that the I5 might not get released until AT&T gets their 4g/LTE network up and running at 100%.
      They made comments that is planned to be in late August or early September.
      And as I was told the reason is a hardware upgrade is needed to be compatible.
      So I'm going to wait and see before I get rid of my reliable 3G 16gig iPhone. I got it when it came out and haven't had and problems.
      True it isn't as fast the 3GS or the the ip4 but it's so reliable.
    1. vikas3saraswat's Avatar
      vikas3saraswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
      No you did not. Take it back. You do not deserve a phone.
      Mr Skillet or Mr Skeleton. I dont care who you are..... I did not asked your advise.

      now listen to me very carefully, this post was for my fellow mods, not someone like you. lol
      dont feel bad but go and read my profile what all I own, and one more thing... I havent updated my profile for last few years.

      bottom line, I own more electronic Gadget you can think of. so you dont know what I deserve and what I don't.

      so shut up and listen to a lullaby.... if you have one.....

      lol.....