Apple iPhone 5 release date revealed by St Albans Sales Rep

Posted on May 17 2011 - 3:01pm by Richard Sharp

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?

Source: T3

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  1. cow May 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    MAN I AMSOOOOO DISSAPointed!!!! IM GOING FOR HTC INSTEAD BECAUSE A SIMPLE UPGRADE FRM THE IPHONE 4 WHICH IS TAKING A CONSIDERABLY LONGER RELEASE TIME IS NOT WORTH IT……SCREW APPLE

    • Iphone user/HTC user May 18, 2011 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Lol…..you don't mean that. What phone have you got at the moment? You tried moving from Iphone to another phone? Not a great experience, trust me

  2. ponglong May 18, 2011 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I see the juxtapositioning of the Chinese lady in the photo and "Chinese whispers" line at the end.

    Obviously it's a stupid rumour because Apple wouldn't release a new phone just with a software update, they'd at least do something small to make us believe it's a cutting edge device.. such as include a down-facing camera for when you want to show your junk on Facetime, or a 3D screen where you have to where 3D glasses everywhere you go.

    BTW I'm a huge Apple fanboi. They can sell me Apple branded poo and I'd buy it.

  3. Michael May 23, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Hahahahahaha anyone who lives in St Albans knows how much of a cowboy operation Phones4U in st albans are. They know NOTHING about ANYTHING. The fact you and T3 both posted this is pathetic. Find something proper to talk about.

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