iPhone 5 Prototypes Secretly being Tested by Wireless Carriers
Apparently, Apple has sent out iPhone 5 prototypes to high-level wireless carrier employees for testing. Security is so tight it would seem, that the phones are being sent in special, highly secure boxes to ensure that no one gets a look inside before Apple has a chance to unveil them. Apple doesn’t want another Gizmodo incident on their hands.
According to the Guardian, “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. It's very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there's no clue to what the actual phone will do.”
When Apple tested the iPhone 4, it was disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS. Even if anyone does manage to spot one of these iPhones, you can bet that it will not look anything like the finished model. Judging from Apple’s past experiences, it would be safe to assume that the current models being tested probably bear a strong resemblance to an ordinary iPhone 4
It’s not uncommon for wireless carriers to do extensive field-testing before launching new phone models. Apple especially doesn’t want another Antennagate on their hands when the iPhone 5 is released.
The Guardian also says, “You can bet that Apple has come up with some sneaky scheme that would instantly identify any leak of a phone photo from any of those testing labs; and you wouldn't want to be the carrier whose employee had done so.”
The good new is that Apple is currently testing the iPhone 5 in the wild, which is a strong indication that it be released sooner rather than later. The latest rumors point to mid-September launch date, but we won’t know anything for sure until Apple holds it’s annual Special Event in September. Are you looking forward to it as much as I am?