Weekend iPhone 5 Rumors Roundup


Sprint Memo Suggests iPhone 5 To Launch Before October 15
Beta 7 Build Of iOS 5 Points To Imminent iPhone 5 Announcement
Longer iPhone 4 Ship Times Also Point To Imminent iPhone 5 Announcement
iPhone 4 Sales Remain “Robust” Notwithstanding iPhone 5 Enthusiast Hype

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Sprint Memo Suggests iPhone 5 To Launch Before October 15

CNET Crave’s Joe Svetlik reports that the iPhone 5 will launch sometime before October 15 if a leaked internal Sprint memo reported by SprintFeed is accurate.

Svetlik cites the memo saying: “Due to the possibility of a major phone launch in October, we are blacking out September 30th through October 15th,” and putting the kibosh on staff holidays between those dates, also noting a Bloomberg report that Sprint will sell the iPhone 5 with an unlimited data plan.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news/sprint-getting-the-iphone-with-unlimited-data-canceling-employee-vacations/4352?Znet’s James Kendrick also reports that Sprint is expected to be offering the new iPhone with an unlimited data plan and on the leaked memo rumor.

Beta 7 Build Of iOS 5 Points To Imminent iPhone 5 Announcement

Meanwhile, Beatweek’s Johnny Major notes that OS 5 is now in a record seventh round of beta testing, which he deduces as increasing the likelihood of an iPhone 5 announcement any day now.



Major observes that never before in iOS history have there been this many rounds of developer beta testing, or for that matter this much time elapsed between introductions of new iPhone models. Let’s all hope the delays mean Apple is taking the time to get it right out of the blocks, with no “antennagate” type hiccups. Major also suggests that primary holdup factor is that Apple wants to have stockpiled sufficient numbers of iPhone 5 to avoid the sort of constrained initial supply fiascos that plagued the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 launches, and that obliged many folks who waiting in line on the respective release days to end up leaving home handed, and having to wait weeks or even months to get their hands on the new hardware. I personally waited about two months between the time I decided to purchase an iPad 2 before my local Apple reseller had stock.

Consequently, Major says Apple evidently doesn’t want a repeat of that and is building up inventory before the product announcement as well as making sure that its service carrier partners have their logistical ducks on a row before pulling the release trigger.

Longer iPhone 4 Ship Times Also Point To Imminent iPhone 5 Announcement

AppleInsider Staff reported Friday that new U.S. iPhone 4 orders now take one to three business days to ship from the Apple Store as opposed to within 24 hours in normal times, taken as an indication that Apple is drawing down inventory prior to the iPhone 5 introduction. However, they note that Apple Stores outside the U.S were still advertising 24 hour ship times

iPhone 4 Sales Remain “Robust” Notwithstanding iPhone 5 Enthusiast Hype

Holding that thought, modmyl’s Michael Essany notes that while the Apple enthusiast community is abuzz with excitement in anticipation of a fifth generation iPhone release, iPhone 4, sales are still strong. Essany cites Wall Street analyst Analyst Shaw Wu, in a note to investors, relating that based on intelligence from sources in Apple’s global supply chain, demand for the iPhone 4 remains “ridiculously strong” despite it being well-known that an iPhone 5 refresh is forthcoming, with the iPhone 4 still the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market despite the elapse of more than a year since its release, and that the fourth generation iPhone will be leaving the iPhone 5 big shoes to fill.

Essany also reports that after a shipping slowdown last week, iPhone 4 shipping times appeared to be improving improved and and at least temporarily returned the normal 24-hours, although how long this can be sustained is questionable given that iPhone 5 production is now monopolizing production activity.

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