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iPhone 5 will miss June and July, says AT&T representative

updated 09:50 am EDT, Wed May 4, 2011

Claims Apple has passed along word to carrier

The next iPhone will indeed miss the standard June-July release schedule, an AT&T customer representative claims. The statement was made after one customer noticed that his eligibility for a subsidized upgrade had been delayed by over five months, and contacted AT&T for an explanation. "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," part of the representative's response reads.

"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," the message finishes.

The claim is considered somewhat dubious as customer representatives are rarely if ever provided with that level of information before a formal announcement. It could however be a necessary piece of knowledge, given customer contracts, or simply a rumor and/or fact circulating internally at AT&T.

It would also be backed up by several more credible reports. The most frequently anticipated release date at this point is September, which would likely come alongside new iPods. The delay may be partly related to plans for iOS 5, which is expected to be a major overhaul.

by MacNN Staff



  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not anytime soon

    I get the feeling that if the iPhone 5 is released in 2011 at all,it will be late in the year.

    I would not be surprised to see a January 2012 announcement.

    The main reasons being is that the iPhone 4 is still selling at a phenomenal rate. Apple can take their time, and really leapfrog ahead of the competition again. Looking at the Android and WP7 phones out there, Apple has a good six months--at least--to not push anything new to the market.

    h***, the white iPhone 4 finally coming out is probably enough to sustain their growth for the next two quarters alone.

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: May 2011


    Something's Coming in July

    My account is showing I may be eligible for the discounted upgrade July 4 2011. Since the original iPhone, the upgrade date has been spot on with the release of a new handset. At least for me anyway.

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