The next iPhone is widely rumored to debut in September, but according to an AT&T rep, it’s going to slip even later, and won’t be seen until October.
According to a new report sourced from a user who recently spoke to an AT&T rep about signing up for the next iPhone, AT&T has already hosted meetings with many of its staff, coaching them on what to say to customers asking when the new iPhone will arrive. That makes sense: many people who signed up for the iPhone 3GS when it became available in July two years ago will be looking for a new iPhone in a month or two… an iPhone Apple won’t be providing.
According to the AT&T rep, corporate is telling employees that the next iPhone has been delayed because of the “white iPhone” until October.
That’s one month later than has been widely rumored, although it still fits into Apple’s announcement line-up. If Apple announces the next iPhone at their annual iPod event in September, they could ship the new iPhone just a few weeks later.
As for whether or not the next iPhone would be a true work phone, with each handset capable of working on both AT&T and Verizon, the AT&T employee said that wasn’t discussed at the meeting, but that he personally believes that Apple won’t do it “until the next iPhone after 5 when 4G will be on it.”
If that statement is to be believed, consider that confirmation that the iPhone 4S will not boast LTE capabilities, and that AT&T is telling its reps as such.