iPhone 5 Being Field Tested By AT&T, Could Be Announced As Early As The End Of The Month [Rumor]

iPhone 5 Being Field Tested By AT&T, Could Be Announced As Early As The End Of The Month [Rumor]

A rather sketchily sourced report says that the iPhone 5 is now in the hands of AT&T’s Mobility division, which is responsible for third-party testing of smartphones before they officially debut. We’re pretty skeptical, but if it’s true, it could mean that the next iPhone could be announced by the end of the month.

According to Chip Hazard, a site whose record on such matters is dim, to say the least:

Our sources claim that the next generation iPhone is in the hands of beta testers right now. They are running tests, including but not limited to signal reception and connectivity tests. They have been given the pre-release version of the iPhone 5 and as soon as they are done with the testing phase, the final work would be sorted out and Apple would then direct manufacturers to start producing hundreds of thousands of new iPhone 5 units, so that they could be timely shipped to millions of anxious iPhone users, and prospective iPhone owners, around the globe.

Chip Hazard says the iPhone 5 has been in AT&T’s hands since July 6th, or about five days ago.

We’re not exactly putting a lot of stock in this report, but if it is true, it means that the iPhone 5 could be announced by as early as the end of this month.

Why? When Apple released the iPhone 4 to Verizon for testing, they only gave Verizon a two week testing lead time, during which period 3rd party field testers had to enter a secret PIN every 12 hours to confirm with Apple that they still had control of the handset.

If Apple has indeed turned the iPhone 5 to AT&T’s Mobility department for field testing, and if they give AT&T the same amount of testing time before announcement as they gave Verizon, that means we could see an official announcement of the next iPhone by as early as July 20th.

That’s pretty unlikely, though. At best, we imagine this reports means that the next iPhone is on track for a late August or early September release, as rumored. Still, if you absolutely can’t wait for the iPhone 5 to drop, here’s a rumor to obsess about for a couple weeks.

  • Tom McGrath

    I would be surprised if Apple didn’t announce the iPhone this month to be honest. However, it’s unlikely that it will be released this month, due to production etc. Who knows, there are too many rumours these days.

  • Kurt Bauer

    So it is using what Ios 4 still Ios 5 isnt stable enough to use properly for any test, I am having a hard time with this Rumor..

  • MediaMentions

    It
    seems I’m as stoked about the next generation iphone as the next guy,
    but there is, as always, the twinge of fear as we all wait to see if
    Apple will manage to once again top itself and keep true to its
    hard-earned reputation as the innovative epicentre of modern society.
    Yet as Apple gets ready to release 15 million devices through the
    upcoming season, I can’t help but wonder if the grandiose investment is
    well calculated. Personal paranoia aside though, I did come across a
    pretty interest article on a similar topic the other day and think that
    it’s something you may find pretty interesting as well. Either way, it’s
    a fun read in case you run out of free fliers during morning coffee: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pr

    P.S. If you’re having cappuccino, leave some for me. Half cream, no sugar :P

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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