Speculation around the Apple iPhone 5 is at fever pitch this week as reporters have been badgering an employee of phones4u into spilling the beans on its official release date. Yesterday a vague date of November was being thrown around but today a more definitive release date was given by the same employee, who as far as we can tell works the shop floor in his local store.
Shazna, from the companies St. Albans branch says that the iPhone 5 will be released on 21st November 2011 in the UK, which is a Monday and falls just before Christmas. According to their source the delay is due to problems with software rather than shortfall in hardware and components, sounds a little far fetched to us, especially when you consider iOS 5 should be unveiled next month at WWDC but the ‘evidence’ kept on coming.
A later update said the iPhone 5 will: “be pretty much the same as the iPhone 4 with new software. The software is the main difference with the iPhone 5.” Which again was later confirmed, “the only difference between the 4 and the 5 is software updates”. Which if true would surely eradicate the need for a new handset entirely?
Interestingly Phones4U had less of an idea on the actual release date of the iPhone 5 explaining the news has come from “”over-excited member of staff who is clearly a fan of the iPhone brand”. Basically outing the news as a far fetched rumour from a member of staff, think about it for a minute, why would a sales rep in a store in St Albans be outing the iPhone 5 official release date ahead of other people in the supply chain or even the production/development team?
Is this a reliable source or a load of Chinese whispers at best?