AT&T has officially been told by Apple not to expect the iPhone 5 in June or July. This news, first reported by MacRumors, confirms what we’ve heard for months: the next-generation handset won’t debut until later in 2011.
Apparently, an AT&T customer received word that his eligibility date for a subsidized update had been pushed back by over five months. Concerned about the change, he contacted AT&T customer support and received this explanation:
Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will be a newer version in the future. Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our website when it is available to us.
For what it’s worth, I recently checked my eligibility date for an iPhone upgrade using the AT&T website. Since there are five lines on my account, AT&T is typically very generous in allowing me, as the account holder, a phone upgrade each year.
Two weeks ago, my eligibility date for an upgrade was June 11, 2011. This made sense since I purchased my iPhone 4 last June. However, today that date was pushed to June 25, 2011.
Although this two-week shift is shorter than the delay mentioned above, it is a shift nonetheless.
To be sure, I also contacted AT&T customer support and received the same confirmation. In my case, I am still eligible for some sort of upgrade in June, because of having five lines. For example, if I’d want to purchase an Android-based device (which I do not).
In the end, Apple will be the one to announce when the iPhone 5 is released. I believe it is safe to say it won’t happen at next month’s WWDC conference. However, it will almost certainly occur sometime later this year.
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