According to a “very reliable source,” iPhone Italia has reported that one of Switzerland’s carriers, Swisscom, will start offering the rumored iPhone 5 on October 5. Also, the Italian site’s source is “100% sure” that the iPhone 5 will also be available in the US on September 5, as Apple would already have to be talking with carriers about distribution for a new device this Fall.
With rumors like this, it’s always important to take anything you hear with a grain of salt. Swisscom currently offers the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, and there are also two other carriers in Switzerland that Apple has already partnered with for iPhone distribution.
September 5 falls on a Monday, and Apple has never released anything like a new iPhone on a Monday. Without any more background information to where this information from Swisscom actually came from, it’s difficult to place trust in this rumor.
Also, the soon-to-be CEO of Verizon recently said this about Verizon’s last quarterly earnings call:
“We are probably what I would view as maybe a quarter behind what we had talked about in January, primarily because we expected an iPhone 5 refresh sometime this summer.
We don’t know when the next one is going to come out. You will have to ask Apple that, but we expect that probably sometime in the fall, and I think you will see a significant jump there when we get to that point.”
If the incoming CEO at Verizon doesn’t even know when the next iPhone is coming out, then how in the world would someone from a Swiss telecom know? It all seems very far-fetched.
All of the rumors floating around have pretty much agreed on a September timeframe for Apple’s next iPhone announcement. Apple even said that a “product transition” was scheduled to take place this Fall at its last earnings call. So we would say it’s a good bet that Steve Jobs will take the stage in two months. Other than that, everything is speculative.