[Updated with more thoughtful analysis]
Rumors have it that the iPhone 5 release date will be later than previously expected, due to software that otherwise won't be ready. Some see the dead hand of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) PR on the rumor-mill tiller. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn, for another round of pomaceous pomposity.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Apple and Microsoft have both developed time machines...
John Paczkowski pokes fun at the September rumors:
Theyre wrong. Instead, its going to be an October surprise.
Sources...say reports claiming AT&T has blacked out employee vacations during the last two weeks of September in preparation for...the next iPhone are misinformed
......[A] source familiar with Apples plans...declin[ed] to offer a hard-launch date. Other sources said it will be later in the month.
Daniel Ionescu adds:
In case you lost track of the abundant and conflicting iPhone 5 launch date rumors, China Times reported last week...400,000 trial run iPhone 5 units [are] set to launch sometime between September 6 and 15. Apple...is keeping everyone guessing since June...when new iPhones were traditionally unveiled.
...Besides speculation and rumors, we hardly know anything about the iPhone 5. ... If you were holding back for a September launch ...[and] you really need a new phone right now, have a look at the latest Android offerings.
What's going on? Jonny Evans reckons the software isn't ready:
...[D]igital acres of online claim, counter-claim and wild speculation prove that it's...hard to tell. ... I suspect Apple is determined to launch the new device in close conjunction with its new iCloud suite and iOS 5. It is possible these...won't be fully in place until October.
If Apple introduces its iPhone in October, then it will be claiming a critical position in the incredibly lucrative Holiday season market. ...[M]edia attention will be on the iPhone. ... Competitors will find it hard to be heard above the clamor. ... [H]ardware manufacturers just don't know what kind of feature-set they need to deliver in order to compete effectively.
......[D]espite becoming increasingly frustrated at the paranormal science which...prediction seems to be becoming, I remain most interested in what might actually take place.
While Chris Davies sees Katie in the detail:
Its possible that some of the tips might in fact be an attempt by Apple itself to...establish more realistic expectations and avoid mass disappointment and a potential share price hit.
But Chris Foresman thinks action speaks louder than rumor:
Some retailers have begun marking down the price of the iPhone 4, suggesting stock clearing measures have begun.
......[W]we still (cautiously) believe the launch will happen [in] September...[which] would also allow Apple to report the...sales numbers as part of next quarter's financial results. ...[H]elpful for Apple's market share numbers as iPhone sales...drop shortly before a new model is released.
Meanwhile, Jonathan S. Geller triangulates:
According to confirmed information...from a reliable source at Canadian carrier Telus, [it] looks to be touching down on October 1st in Canada. ...[It's] unclear if Apple intends to launch the iPhone 5 in the U.S. and Canada at the same time or if were still looking at a September launch stateside.
......[W]hile the [date] could just be a place holder, we do not believe [so]. ... The document lists additional launch dates that...line up with what were hearing from other trusted sources. [But] October 1st is a Saturday and Apple has historically released iPhones on either a Thursday evening or a Friday. ...Saturdays are the busiest day of the week for wireless retail stores, of course.
And Charles Arthur also sticks to September:
My carrier sources tell me that the boxes in which the new iPhone hardware is encased have been transported to carriers for testing. ... The next iPhones go for their testing...so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It's very high security...barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes.
...[T]he new iPhones are in the system, which means they now just have to get approval - which will probably only take a few weeks.
Apple will be expecting this to be a big seller around Christmas...why would Apple be looking to release in October? ...[T]here's no sense in waiting so long.
...Who knows, perhaps someone was even misdirecting...by suggesting October, just to forestall any drop in sales. ... I'm not saying John Packzowski is wrong...only that his sources might be.
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