In a post on the very reputable Guardian site, writer, Charles Arthur gives his reasons as to why he thinks the iPhone 5 won’t be launched in October, instead it will be in September as predicted previously. In stark contrast to most other articles “confirming” release dates, he just states it clearly as his own reason. He doesn’t claim to have inside information when it comes to knowing the release plans. However, he does have very well placed sources who have given some tasty tidbits of information. (Trust me, if the Guardian has sources, they are good sources.)
His carrier sources tell him that Apple has sent out test units in order for the devices to be tested on various networks for compatibility and reliability. Don’t expect any leaked images though. Arthur writes:
“The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It’s very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there’s no clue to what the actual phone will do. This, by the way, is what led to “Antennagate“: there simply hadn’t been enough people outside Apple who had tried the iPhone 4 at length in its real form to discover the problems with its reception.”
So not only do we get tasty information confirming where the next iPhone is, in terms of preparation for launch, but we also get a real reason as to why the previous model suffered with the “death grip” issue. The desire to keep a secret got in the way of better preparation.