The rumors continue to pile up that Apple won’t release the iPhone 5 this summer as expected. The latest word reportedly comes from an AT&T rep, who confirmed to a customer that the next-generation iPhone won’t make its debut in June or July.
According to MacRumors, Apple allegedly confirmed to AT&T that the phone is delayed, and that information was relayed to an AT&T customer.
“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,” an AT&T rep allegedly said. “Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our Web site when it is available to us.”
Apple usually adheres to an annual product update cycle, so if the iPhone is delayed, it would be an atypical move for the company. MacRumors speculates that the device won’t be unveiled as it has been in the past at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off June 6. Instead, the iPhone 5 would be revealed in a September event that is usually iPod-centric.
It would be a surprise if Apple actually commented on the rumors, and Apple product rumors are never in short supply. But evidence seems to be mounting that the iPhone 5 is, in fact, delayed. Analysts have claimed that production hasn’t even started for the phone, and others have maintained that Apple has been plagued by touch-screen shortages caused by the March earthquake in Japan.
But reports have also surfaced that debunk the delay buzz, claiming that the iPhone will be released this summer as expected.
As for what the iPhone 5 will include, there has been chatter that the device will feature an 8-megapixel camera, near-field communication technology, an improved antenna, an edge-to-edge screen, and other goodies. Expect more rumors about other features in the coming weeks—possibly months, if today’s report is to be believed.