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iPhone 5 in Final Testing, Due in September

Apple was careful about managing expectations heading into the WWDC keynote. A week before the keynote, they spelled out exactly what they would talk about (OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud) and also specifically omitted any reference to new hardware. We believe the reason for the candor was the public expectation that the WWDC keynote has always been the launchpad for the new iPhone.


iPhone mockup by blkr

Instead, rumors have been persistent that the next iPhone would be released in the September timeframe. Reuters detailed the timeline back in April:
Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Right on schedule, we are now hearing from 9to5Mac that the iPhone 5 has reached the final testing stage and should be ready in time for a September launch.

Their source must be based in Verizon as they claim that it's not clear when Verizon will support 3G FaceTime, and reportedly some negotiations about the details of over-the-air updates remain ongoing. Verizon iPhones have strangely been left somewhat behind in software updates, still only able to support iOS 4.2.8 as the highest version. iOS 5 will consolidate the codebase across all iPhone models when it is released this fall.

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37 months ago

Do they really mean the iPhone 5 is coming or are they talking about the iPhone 4s?


Comments like these just baffle me.
Rating: 16 Positives
37 months ago
That's a nice mock-up. I was going to do one until I googled iPhone 4 and called it good.

Regardless Apple will have to change something about the general appearance to "show" consumers" it is different. Doesn't have to be major but just something.

BTW if I hear one more 3GS user complain about being on their last leg I will scream. Try a 3G in iOS4.
Rating: 12 Positives
37 months ago
Final testing, you say?

Let's hit the bars, fellas. There's bound to be a few in the wild somewhere.

brb cupertino bars.
Rating: 10 Positives
37 months ago

Do they really mean the iPhone 5 is coming or are they talking about the iPhone 4s?


I think that 9to5Mac are stupid when they say it will be called the 4s. Apple wouldn't get their numbers out of synch again.
Rating: 9 Positives
37 months ago
Sweet. Now I can retire my iPhone 3G.:)
Rating: 8 Positives
37 months ago
Hopefully they'll get rid of the Glass back.... Aluminum ftw. Maybe curved edges too? iPad 2 Style
Rating: 8 Positives
37 months ago
Yay. :)


Do they really mean the iPhone 5 is coming or are they talking about the iPhone 4s?


It doesn't matter what they decide to call it, but they are referring to the 5th generation iPhone.


Verizon JUST got the iPhone and they're already trying to screw their customers....


You mean to say that customers are getting screwed with each new Android that comes out every week?


This needs to hurry up - my 3GS is on it's last legs as it is ;-) An announcement date would at least let me know how much to spend on my 'get by till then' phone :)


Same! I want it now!
Rating: 8 Positives
37 months ago

If Apple is planning on permanently shifting their iPhone announcements to a September timeframe each year, I think it's a great move. Here's why. Previously, the first half of the year always seemed a little packed. iPad and iPhone announcements all within the first half of the year, leaving a silly little iPod refresh event till the end of the year? Nah ah. A lot more spaced out now. iPad owns the first third of the year. Software and the Mac own the second third and the iPhone and iPod in a combined September event. Awesome arrangement.

(fixed that for you)

Man, the people around here that are so pleased that Apple is delaying the iPhone until September. "Brilliant!" "Awesome Move!" You guys will swallow anything Steve gives you and ask for more.

I, instead, am wondering why the delay and what it means for us:

Is Apple development really so pathetic that it takes them 16 months to insert a new chip and camera in the iPhone 4?

Have they run into much more trouble making a "world phone" than they thought? Seeing how long it took them to iron out the white phone problems, this really isn't too surprising.

Has Apple been shaken up they the new Samsung phone and felt it needed to give us something more than a warmed over iPhone 4, so they delayed the release so they could give us something really worth the extra wait?

Or is it pure marketing so they can milk us for all we're worth with things like the white model mid-season?

I wonder just what the hell Apple devs have been doing for the last year?
Rating: 7 Positives
37 months ago
This needs to hurry up - my 3GS is on it's last legs as it is ;-) An announcement date would at least let me know how much to spend on my 'get by till then' phone :)
Rating: 6 Positives
37 months ago
Great news! If all goes well we should be seeing lots of leaks next month on what to expect. Here's hoping for a bigger screen and a redesigned antenna, with a possibly curved back. C'mon Apple surprise us in a good way.
Rating: 6 Positives

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