Apple is Getting Ready for the iPhone 5 Launch
One of the biggest Chinese newspapers, China Times, reported this week that Apple has received a shipment of 400,000 iPhone 5 smartphones, that are to be tested before the release of 4,000,000 units this September. This article suggests that the big launch will take place in the second week of September.
Rumors from other iPhone publications and websites, like iPhone Italia, who heard this from an undisclosed executive at Swisscom, point towards a more exact release date, it being September 5, which is also Labor Day in the U.S. this year. A major product launch on a holiday is very unlikely and Apple hasn’t confirmed, denied or announced anything official.
More info from this report indicate that Apple will also launch the new iPad 3 around Thanksgiving this year and that it will be a big improvement over the current iPad. The device is being released later than it was initially thought due to component problems. Most analysts are skeptical that Apple will launch an upgrade to one of their best sellers, the iPad 2, only 9 months after it was introduced, while other analysts say we will see a new iPad this year in the form of an “iPad 2 Plus”, which will be a slightly improved iPad 2.
Apple has previously launched new iPhones at the Worldwide Developers Conference(WWDC), which is held in June, and most people were expecting the iPhone 5 back then. Attention now turns to September, when Apple normally holds its iPod focused event. Also, because the new operating system is scheduled to be released this Fall, it is expected that the iPhone 5 will be introduced at the same time as the iOS 5.
Apple and AT&T Preparing Staff for the iPhone 5 Release
According to Boy Genius Report(BGR), AT&T is expecting a large influx of customer in September. They have asked managers in locations all over the country to finish employee training so that they can be ready and available for the big number of people that will want to purchase an iPhone 5 immediately after its introduction.
Other reports show that Apple is increasing its staff in store locations around the United States and United Kingdom. Job listings have been posted on UK websites, looking for iPhone sales persons and specialists, and US Apple stores are asking former employees to return as part time employees for “new product launches”.
Whether these rumors are true or not, we will find out shortly. Apple is expected to announce something officially about the iPhone 5 any day now and they will most likely do that by the end of August.