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MacRumors
Aug 15, 2011, 03:52 PM
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Several MacRumors readers have informed us that wireless carrier O2 has sent out notices to its retail stores announcing that it will be beginning a three-week process to change out the iPhone displays in its UK stores ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5.

While we don't believe that O2 has specific information on a release date for the iPhone 5, which has been rumored to not be appearing until October, it is interesting to note that their preparations should be complete by September 12th. From the notice to O2's retail stores:The following is to advise that we are removing the old iPhone unitary between the 22nd August and the 12th September. This is a 3 week programme which will see all iPhone unitary swapped out for new iPhone unitary, and will of course prepare us for the launch of the new smart phone. At the same time we are installing an International Favourites bay to stores that can accommodate the unit, as well as replacing the existing magazine stand with a new freestanding stand.O2 offers several different styles of displays for the iPhone based on store type, and retailers have been notified of the types of new displays they will be receiving in order to plan appropriately.

Article Link: O2 Swapping Out UK Retail Store iPhone Displays Through Mid-September (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/15/o2-swapping-out-uk-retail-store-iphone-displays-through-mid-september/)



lukefinch
Aug 15, 2011, 04:04 PM
Let's hope this is finally a legit timeframe :rolleyes:

Biolizard
Aug 15, 2011, 04:15 PM
I doubt they'd commit to this without some notice from Apple; looks like we have our timeframe.

If it's a 3 week transition ending the 12th, could we be seeing an announcement late this month? They can't put up new decorations until the keynote's passed, so it would be odd if the keynote is right at the end of this designated period, towards the 12th, unless they intend to go without decoration for a week or two.

Edit:

While we don't believe that O2 has specific information on a release date for the iPhone 5, which has been rumored to not be appearing until October, it is interesting to note that their preparations should be complete by September 12th.

I know what Apple's like, but, surely they're going to need to tell networks/carriers pretty soon if they haven't already? They need to sort out staffing, advertising, contract prices, support services and other stuff; it can't be done overnight. Maybe the networks/carriers have been informed in the past week? I suspect this notice from O2 would've been initiated from such an information drop from Apple. That's not to say they know anything about the device itself, only that it's coming on a particular day.

bushido
Aug 15, 2011, 04:28 PM
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this is starting to get rly annoying ^^

dampfnudel
Aug 15, 2011, 05:12 PM
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So maybe there will be an announcement on Sept. 7th or 8th and the rumor of a October release is wrong.

FrizzleFryBen
Aug 15, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Woohoo! We get one day closer everyday!

jamesr19
Aug 15, 2011, 05:54 PM
PLEASE don't release iPhone keynote before 31st Aug Apple, I need to revise for an exam and no revision/work will happen otherwise!!

jwhite878
Aug 15, 2011, 05:59 PM
Why is Mac Rumors so set on an October release date? There is just as much, if not more evidence for a September date.

Sixtafoua
Aug 15, 2011, 06:21 PM
Let's hope this is finally a legit timeframe :rolleyes:

nothing on p̶a̶g̶e̶ ̶2̶, iOS blog is legit.

DerfBWH
Aug 15, 2011, 08:38 PM
Telefonica's reportedly recalling their iPhone stock until September 12th:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/15/telefonica-iphone-stock-being-recalled-in-time-for-september-12t/

So this is two rumors pointing to a September 12th launch. Looks like we have our date.

ChrisRoseMusic
Aug 16, 2011, 01:39 AM
Yesterday when I was whinging about my iP4's screen (getting it replaced today) and I asked them about the upcoming 5, 4 different employees flat denied any information regarding the pending release and said it would be highly unlikely to be announced without any pre training/information.

I don't know whether this is just a blag or not, but I've had the contract 6 weeks so there's no reason to lie to me.

I guess time will tell.:confused:

Westyfield2
Aug 16, 2011, 03:02 AM
Telefonica's reportedly recalling their iPhone stock until September 12th:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/15/telefonica-iphone-stock-being-recalled-in-time-for-september-12t/

So this is two rumors pointing to a September 12th launch. Looks like we have our date.

Telefonica and O2 are the same, so that's one rumour really.

camperdown9
Aug 16, 2011, 03:15 AM
Telefonica's reportedly recalling their iPhone stock until September 12th:
http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/15/telefonica-iphone-stock-being-recalled-in-time-for-september-12t/

So this is two rumors pointing to a September 12th launch. Looks like we have our date.

Telefonica owns the O2 brand. O2 is the brand that Telefonica use in the UK, Ireland & Germany. Its the same company (or same ownership)

Just a guess but could it be that there will be an announcement before 12th September and the phone sometime after that? I just find it difficult to believe that Apple will tell the carries much before a public announcement. We all know how Apple like to keep things to themselves and telling lots of carries what they are going to do in advance does not seam like a great way of keeping things to themselves.

Alex

P.s. I do wish they would hurry up with iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s.I have stared to find myself back looking at Blackberrys again.

alexexexex
Aug 16, 2011, 07:20 AM
Yesterday when I was whinging about my iP4's screen (getting it replaced today) and I asked them about the upcoming 5, 4 different employees flat denied any information regarding the pending release and said it would be highly unlikely to be announced without any pre training/information.

I don't know whether this is just a blag or not, but I've had the contract 6 weeks so there's no reason to lie to me.

I guess time will tell.:confused:


"Oh you're on a new contract? then of course we'll let you know privileged confidential corporate information that isn't in the public domain despite everyone wanting to know."

jfrancis04
Aug 16, 2011, 09:49 AM
http://www.cultofmac.com/uk-carrier-expects-the-iphone-5-to-be-announced-on-tuesday-september-13th-report/109032#more-109032

troop231
Aug 16, 2011, 09:57 AM
Doesn't make much sense for them to put up iPhone 5 displays if it's going to be announced a day later. Maybe they mean the launch day will be September 13th, and possibly the iPhone 5 will be unveiled the first week of September.

sephyleader2
Aug 16, 2011, 10:01 AM
Honestly that's what I thought too, why would they reduce all their stock and phase the iPhone 4 out and change all the displays and everything for a phone that wouldn't come out until october? Would't this mean that it's coming out the 13th but announced at a more early date?

jfrancis04
Aug 16, 2011, 10:10 AM
September 12th launch would be awesome...but what day does the iPhone usually launch in the UK? It's Friday in the the U.S. So that should put us at a U.S. Launch on September 9th or 16th.

troop231
Aug 16, 2011, 10:11 AM
Honestly that's what I thought too, why would they reduce all their stock and phase the iPhone 4 out and change all the displays and everything for a phone that wouldn't come out until october? Would't this mean that it's coming out the 13th but announced at a more early date?

Yes, I believe so. I believe this is how it will work: iOS 5 beta 6 will come out either on the 17th or 18th as predicted by 9to5mac, and then the Apple invites will go out for an event the first week of September, that's where they'll announce the iPhone 5 and the iOS 5 GM is available, with launch of both to occur September 13th.

Jibbajabba
Aug 16, 2011, 10:12 AM
September 12th launch would be awesome...but what day does the iPhone usually launch in the UK? It's Friday in the the U.S. So that should put us at a U.S. Launch on September 9th or 16th.

I am sure, if they release it September 12, you can buy one on eBay for 20K or something ....

jfrancis04
Aug 16, 2011, 10:13 AM
Yes, I believe so. I believe this is how it will work: iOS 5 beta 6 will come out either on the 17th or 18th as predicted by 9to5mac, and then the Apple invites will go out for an event the first week of September, that's where they'll announce the iPhone 5 and the iOS 5 GM is available, with launch of both to occur September 13th.

Man I hope it's true. Doesn't iPhone usually launch on a Friday in the U.S. though?

troop231
Aug 16, 2011, 10:16 AM
Man I hope it's true. Doesn't iPhone usually launch on a Friday in the U.S. though?

They have been before, but Apple can do what they wish. :) Hopefully the sooner the better. Hopefully I'm right with my prediction.

twitt3r
Aug 16, 2011, 10:27 AM
Woohoo! We get one day closer everyday!
Not until we get a release date from Apple we don't.

Jibbajabba
Aug 16, 2011, 10:27 AM
Not until we get a release date from Apple we don't.

Oh, we do get a day closer. We just don't know how close :)

twitt3r
Aug 16, 2011, 10:41 AM
Oh, we do get a day closer. We just don't know how close :)
You cannot get a day closer to a date you do not know. I understand your logic, but you are completely wrong.

outlawarth
Aug 16, 2011, 10:56 AM
You cannot get a day closer to a date you do not know. I understand your logic, but you are completely wrong.

Not to flame or anything but... as the days go by towards a date in the future (even though the exact date is not known) then are we not getting closer to this presumed date in the future?

ShivneelSingh
Aug 16, 2011, 11:32 AM
Yesterday when I was whinging about my iP4's screen (getting it replaced today) and I asked them about the upcoming 5, 4 different employees flat denied any information regarding the pending release and said it would be highly unlikely to be announced without any pre training/information.

I don't know whether this is just a blag or not, but I've had the contract 6 weeks so there's no reason to lie to me.

I guess time will tell.:confused:

I went to the Apple Store an HOUR before the iPad 2 was officially announced and I "numbingly" asked if there was a new iPad coming out, and 3 different employees said they have not idea. Remember they said this an HOUR before it was officially announced...

outlawarth
Aug 16, 2011, 01:27 PM
I went to the Apple Store an HOUR before the iPad 2 was officially announced and I "numbingly" asked if there was a new iPad coming out, and 3 different employees said they have not idea. Remember they said this an HOUR before it was officially announced...

This. Same thing happened to me.

I was actually in an Apple store few days before the iPad 2 announcement and the one employee I spoke to said he didn't know.

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Yesterday when I was whinging about my iP4's screen (getting it replaced today) and I asked them about the upcoming 5, 4 different employees flat denied any information regarding the pending release and said it would be highly unlikely to be announced without any pre training/information.

I don't know whether this is just a blag or not, but I've had the contract 6 weeks so there's no reason to lie to me.

I guess time will tell.:confused:

Don't expect retail Apple employees to tell you anything about future products.

AIP5
Aug 16, 2011, 08:25 PM
Wasn't it AT&T who blocked leave dates for their employees around the end of September? And that with the increased hires around September, too... That matches with this O2 report and the other Telecom (?) report that someone posted about...
I guess it could be true then... September iPhone release?! Or at least the September event to showcase the iPhone...

Nightarchaon
Aug 17, 2011, 09:39 AM
I like the fact no one is going near the fact this might be new displays with a 4G and 4S branding rather than a 4G and 5G branding to replace the current 3GS and 4G stands in action at the moment.

Ill laugh my socks off at everyones dissapointment if apple release an iPhone 4GS and the 5 doesnt roll along until this time next year.

I still feel a 4GS is more likely than a true 5 this year (or knowing apple, they will release a 4GS now, wait for the fanboy early adopters to upgrade, then release the 5 in feb and double down on the purchases)

Or even more likley, no new iphone at all, and this is just rebranded store displays showing off the new iOS features

Cynical, me, never !

obamtl
Aug 19, 2011, 11:35 AM
I like the fact no one is going near the fact this might be new displays with a 4G and 4S branding rather than a 4G and 5G branding to replace the current 3GS and 4G stands in action at the moment.

Ill laugh my socks off at everyones dissapointment if apple release an iPhone 4GS and the 5 doesnt roll along until this time next year.

I still feel a 4GS is more likely than a true 5 this year (or knowing apple, they will release a 4GS now, wait for the fanboy early adopters to upgrade, then release the 5 in feb and double down on the purchases)

Or even more likley, no new iphone at all, and this is just rebranded store displays showing off the new iOS features

Cynical, me, never !

The 5th generation iPhone (incremental or not) will likely be called iPhone 5 (or 5 something if there are multiple variations of the device). Even if all they upgrade is the processor, that doesn't stop Apple from calling it an iPhone 5.