Rumor: iPhone 5 to go on sale October 21 (or early October)?

Predicting when the next version of the iPhone will go on sale is something that Internet rumor mongers love to do. Today a new report surfaced that seems to suggest that the launch of Apple's iPhone 5 may still be several weeks away. Thisismynext.com reports they have received a leaked memo that comes from retailer Best Buy. The memo shows the date for the install of an "Apple fixture" on Friday, October 21. That date is a bit later than some other previously rumored dates for the launch of the popular smartphone. Some have put the launch in late September while others have targeted an early October release time period.

The same story also says the Best Buy tipster claims that Best Buy Mobile managers are scheduled to attend a meeting on October 10 to "discuss upcoming BIG release dates". We can't imagine anything bigger than the launch of the iPhone 5 at this point.

But not so fast. Boy Genius Report has posted up its own leaked Best Buy document suggesting that the iPhone 5 could either launch in the first week of October or that pre-sales for the device could happen that week. Yes, it's confusing.

Apple is once again staying silent about when the next version of the iPhone will be released but some kind of press event is likely in the works to introduce the iPhone 5 to the world. As we have reported before the new iPhone is expected to have the same dual core processor as the current iPad 2, which should increase its performance compared to the current iPhone 4. There are also lots of rumors that Apple might release a cheaper version of the current iPhone 4 alongside the launch of the iPhone 5.

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Still trying to convince relatives who've been waiting for the iPhone 5 for 4 months that they'd be better off getting higher spec'd android phone.

drazgoosh said,
Still trying to convince relatives who've been waiting for the iPhone 5 for 4 months that they'd be better off getting higher spec'd android phone.

Android Phones suck, trust me on this: Most of them are NOT running the Latest Version of the Android Operating System, as you have to wait for the Over the Air Update from your Cell Phone Provider!

It should be common knowledge by now that iphone 5 is coming very soon. I know iphone 4 is still selling but there is no denying that the delay of iphone 5 has led to some people moving onto more advanced phones like SGS2 or others.

Like someone posted above, they are having iOS issue and there was also news about camera lens delay from Sony b/c of the earthquake. Factor all that in, I would say iphone 5 would have been out by now if it werent for these plus possibly other delays.

These constant rumours might be apple's PR way of making people hold onto new cell phone purchases until iphone 5 is launched.

d4diesel said,
It should be common knowledge by now that iphone 5 is coming very soon. I know iphone 4 is still selling but there is no denying that the delay of iphone 5 has led to some people moving onto more advanced phones like SGS2 or others.

Like someone posted above, they are having iOS issue and there was also news about camera lens delay from Sony b/c of the earthquake. Factor all that in, I would say iphone 5 would have been out by now if it werent for these plus possibly other delays.

These constant rumours might be apple's PR way of making people hold onto new cell phone purchases until iphone 5 is launched.

Kind of suits me to have a delay really. If it had come out in the normal June time frame, i'd not have been able to upgrade without an early upgrade penalty. My contract expires in March 2012 so the longer it takes to come out the cheaper my upgrade will be.

Read about the IOS 5.0 Beta 7 known issue that I posted above regarding the IPhone 3GS, it is definitely a Show Stopper Bug!

d4diesel said,
It should be common knowledge by now that iphone 5 is coming very soon. I know iphone 4 is still selling but there is no denying that the delay of iphone 5 has led to some people moving onto more advanced phones like SGS2 or others.

Like someone posted above, they are having iOS issue and there was also news about camera lens delay from Sony b/c of the earthquake. Factor all that in, I would say iphone 5 would have been out by now if it werent for these plus possibly other delays.

These constant rumours might be apple's PR way of making people hold onto new cell phone purchases until iphone 5 is launched.


The delay suits me well too. My AT&T Apple IPhone 3GS is NOT Eligable 4 an Upgrade until Feburary 2012. This time I plan 2 buy The IPhone 5 instead of the Older Model IPhone like I did in Feburary of this year when I bought my current IPhone 3GS.

chrispinto said,

Kind of suits me to have a delay really. If it had come out in the normal June time frame, i'd not have been able to upgrade without an early upgrade penalty. My contract expires in March 2012 so the longer it takes to come out the cheaper my upgrade will be.


psionicinversion said,
There installing it wrong! (over used but doesn't feel right not having it in an apple thread )
Are you aware that Beta 7 has a Known Issue where on the IPhone 3GS: If using ITunes 10.5 Beta 7 to Upgrade from Beta 6 to Beta 7, You must first put the IPhone 3GS into DFU Mode, Otherwise you will own a Bricked IPhone 3GS? It's all there in the Release Notes, Just FYI!

Based on all the posts I am reading in the Apple Developer Forums about testers of IOS 5.0 having trouble installing Beta 7, I would say that there is a good chance that the IPhone 5 could be Delayed to at least November if not December! Just FYI!

kevpan815 said,
Based on all the posts I am reading in the Apple Developer Forums about testers of IOS 5.0 having trouble installing Beta 7, I would say that there is a good chance that the IPhone 5 could be Delayed to at least November if not December! Just FYI!

There are a lot of people reporting that. Curiously Beta 7 installed OTA perfectly on both my iPad and iPhone. #luckybreak

chrispinto said,

There are a lot of people reporting that. Curiously Beta 7 installed OTA perfectly on both my iPad and iPhone. #luckybreak

What type of IPhone do you own? If it's a 3GS, read my post below about the known install issue using ITunes 10.5 Beta 7!

kevpan815 said,
What type of IPhone do you own? If it's a 3GS, read my post below about the known install issue using ITunes 10.5 Beta 7!

iPhone 4

chrispinto said,

iPhone 4


Read about the Known Issue Regarding Beta 7 Installation on The IPhone 3GS that I posted below! It is definitely a Show Stopper Bug!

P.S. The IPhone 3GS seems to be having a whole lot of problems with the Over the Air Upgrade at least according to all the posts in the Private Apple Developer Forums.

kevpan815 said,

Read about the Known Issue Regarding Beta 7 Installation on The IPhone 3GS that I posted below! It is definitely a Show Stopper Bug!

Now we know why Apple sued competitors left and right. Because iPhone 5 will suck so badly that they need to kill off competitions for it to be successful. Pretty pathetic...

The Apple-bashers are far, far worse than any mindless Apple-lovers that I've encountered here on Neowin. It's "pretty pathetic"...

I dont know man. Apple fans dont want anyone questioning their weird motives in obsession. Also it also seems if you are not with Apple then you are part of the other camp, what other camp? Just because we dont like one company we are all the same. Seriously!?!? Are people not allowed to have their pet peaves. You know why i personally dont like Apple - The fans! They follow Apple like its going to give them eternal life, and the more money they throw at Apple the more they love it. That behaviour makes me think the zombie apocalypse is already upon us.

Iridium said,
I dont know man. Apple fans dont want anyone questioning their weird motives in obsession. Also it also seems if you are not with Apple then you are part of the other camp, what other camp? Just because we dont like one company we are all the same. Seriously!?!? Are people not allowed to have their pet peaves. You know why i personally dont like Apple - The fans! They follow Apple like its going to give them eternal life, and the more money they throw at Apple the more they love it. That behaviour makes me think the zombie apocalypse is already upon us.


you need to take a look at all the comments on here

Iridium said,
I dont know man. Apple fans dont want anyone questioning their weird motives in obsession. Also it also seems if you are not with Apple then you are part of the other camp, what other camp? Just because we dont like one company we are all the same. Seriously!?!? Are people not allowed to have their pet peaves. You know why i personally dont like Apple - The fans! They follow Apple like its going to give them eternal life, and the more money they throw at Apple the more they love it. That behaviour makes me think the zombie apocalypse is already upon us.

Do you know why I "throw money" at Apple? Because all the products work together in unison and harmony. There is yet to be another company that integrates all it's products together so tightly. Sure you get the "walled garden" comments but being a little more objective about it all, each of my Apple products work with each of my other Apple products without any messing, mucking around or headaches.

Find me a company that has cross device ecosystem that works off the bat (Pc, Phone, Tablet, TV etc) And i'll see about the switch.

I've invested a lot of cash into Apple kit but that doesn't mean if something else suited to my needs comes along I won't change. I was die hard HTC/WM6.0-6.5 until July 2009. Nothing to do with illusions of grandeur, simply suits my needs and wallet.

Explain to me this integration as all i see is people believing they need iTunes when with non Apple Unix based and Windows not having iTunes with drm is not wrecking peoples lifes. You see with Apple products you need to have only Apple products because they reinvent the wheel just to lock you into their software bud. Facetime ring a bell. Also i love this, in 5 years all of your and the other Apple fans spending will have been for nothing, as web technologies will remove the platform barriers and owning overpriced hardware will only be for ones own ego. I am a tech for a few small to medium sized companies and i can assure you web apps and cloud virtualization are taking over. We could own a computer made by a toilet seat company, as long as it connects to the web it will be the perfect machine. I dont personally care about sitting in coffee shops acting like a pseudo intellectual with my $2000 glowing logo laptop and then claiming to people it is so much better than my old PC while neglecting to tell them the PC was a $500 machine that made Windows run on the bare minimum requirements.

You know what proves the rediculousness of the Apple culture. Apple is the most secretive company in the tech industry, there are no details about the iPhone 5, yet people are already willing to sleep outside shops and que for hours just to own it just as its released. The iPhone 4 had all of these problems in its first few months, why dont people wait and hear the specs and see it and even just hold it and try it out before buying. Never have i ever seen a company which is creating such a cult like behaviour.

I love how Apple is toying and deriding the pseudo-bloggers from these ifansites.

All these rumors have an original source that is based in California...near some loop.

I suppose after the iPhone 4 White fiasco, Apple want to keep the release date a secret until they can be sure that everything is done.

Neowin needs a rumour section where rumours can sit and hide. You can tell it's a slow news day when we have stories like this popping up every other day.

Thanks for the news, but you can make it more general, so you can get it right" IPhone 5 will come out between now and January.

Its been far to long since the last rumour. I was going nuts.

DrakeN2k said,
Thanks for the news, but you can make it more general, so you can get it right" IPhone 5 will come out between now and January.

Its been far to long since the last rumour. I was going nuts.

You're the kind of person I would never invite to a party... You'd just poop on everything...

I know they're just rumors, but honestly, they are good rumors. Even though many hate apple/iPhone, I am one who loves the platform & looks forward to every new release!

Quick Shot said,

You're the kind of person I would never invite to a party... You'd just poop on everything...

I know they're just rumors, but honestly, they are good rumors. Even though many hate apple/iPhone, I am one who loves the platform & looks forward to every new release!

Hey Draken2k, Wanna go to a party without Quick Shot? I invite you

Arceles said,

Hey Draken2k, Wanna go to a party without Quick Shot? I invite you

Thank you very much shall I bring some booze ?