Conventional wisdom has held that the next iPhone won’t ship until September, at Apple’s annual iPod event. That’s three months later than Apple’s historic iPhone release cycles would suggest.
If the idea of waiting an extra three months for your next phone gets your blood boiling, though, it might get even worse: one report is now suggesting that the next iPhone won’t ship until November 21st.
Not that it’s a very reputable source. Rather, it comes from T3, who gleaned the information from a representative of UK retailer Phones4U… although whether or not this was just some doof behind the counter of a store, or an actual higher-up, is not addressed.
Likely? No way. The chances of a November 21st launch date leaking from one of Britain’s nth-tier retailers is slim at best, and the idea that Apple would push the launch of the next iPhone so close to the Christmas shopping season — when past history dictates that it’ll be a hard-to-get item — makes no sense at all. Apple needs to have all the kinks worked out of its supply chain in time for Christmas, in order to maximize sales, and if the iPad 2 proved anything, it’s that that usually takes Apple at least a month.Take with so many grains of salt you get iodine poisoning, people.
[via Distorted Loop]