Reports suggesting that Apple would be introducing its new iPhone 5 smartphone in September could have been scuppered after a report from AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski suggested the device will be unveiled one month later.
Previous reports indicated that US mobile operator AT&T had blocked employee holiday requests scheduled over the last two weeks of September, suggesting the launch of the new iPhone had been pencilled in for that period.
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AllThingsD’s source said that those believing the holiday blackout was in preparation for the launch were misinformed:
“I don’t know why AT&T’s calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it’s not for an iPhone launch.”
When asked when the iPhone 5 would launch, the source talked of an “October” unveiling, but declined to give a dedicated launch date. Other sources have said it will be late October, suggesting a holiday season push by the Cupertino-based company.