Rumor: Leaked memo from Sprint could indicate iPhone 5 launch

The biggest question on tech web sites is, "When will the iPhone 5 launch?" Apple's next version of its popular smartphone missed the usual June/July release date, reportedly due to parts supply issues caused by March's massive earthquake in Japan. Today, the SprintFeed.com web site has posted up the image of what is supposedly an internal memo that may show the time frame for the iPhone 5 launch.

The memo itself says, "Due to the possibility of a major phone launch in October we are blacking out September 30 through October 15." The term "blacking out" means that Sprint employees are not allowed to take any days off during that particular time period. As far as the unnamed "major phone launch," it's hard to imagine any smartphone other than Apple's iPhone 5 getting this kind of treatment in a memo.

If the memo image is genuine it certainly tracks with what other reports have suggested about the launch time period for Apple's next iPhone. It also seems to be a big hint that Sprint will indeed be the third US wireless carrier to begin selling the iPhone after AT&T and Verizon. An earlier rumor today also suggests that Sprint customers will be able to use the company's unlimited data plan for the iPhone 5, something that is denied for new customers at Verizon and AT&T. In the meantime the rumors and the guessing about Apple's iPhone 5 launch will likely continue until Apple itself sends out one of its media invites to its expected iPhone 5 press conference.

Image via SprintFeed

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If that is the case then they are most likely shipping the IPhone 5 with Apple IOS 4.3.5, because Apple only just recently began testing ITunes 10.5 Beta 8 with ITunes Match Service, and they only just recently started to combine ICloud with the latest Apple Combo/Delta Update in the Apple Mac OSX 10.7.2 11C55 Build.

I still can't understand how is it that media, blogs and news sites give Apple product rumors the utmost importance when little to none information is available for confirmation. I know the iPhone is a popular handset and all, but how come there aren't as many rumors or stories about other companies/products launches?

Just wondering, nothing against Apple on my end.

This carpet bombing with Apple rumors and stuff have made me completely indifferent. It is indeed an Infinity Loop - iPhone 5 done, enter iPad 3, enter iPhone 6, enter iPad 4...

It looks to me like "Sprint Feed" is hovering in front of the text as if it was photoshopped into the image to me. Just looks funny to me... not as blurry as some of the text but maybe thats just because it is bigger.... dunno.

I hope Sprint gets iPhone as I might switch to them. But I won't be upgrading my 4 this year.

Shadrack said,
It looks to me like "Sprint Feed" is hovering in front of the text as if it was photoshopped into the image to me. Just looks funny to me... not as blurry as some of the text but maybe thats just because it is bigger.... dunno.

I hope Sprint gets iPhone as I might switch to them. But I won't be upgrading my 4 this year.

That's the name/watermark of the website that leaked the image.

Open Minded said,
OK OK, let me make sure I have this correct. The new iPhone will be launched sometime between now... and the time it's launched?

LMAO!

Judging from how Apple is getting desperate recently (suing competitors) and with the launches of the Galaxy S II lines, Droid Bionic and Windows Phone 7 Mango, iPhone 5 launch won't be a smooth one. Apple also runs out of ideas to keep customers interested in their platforms and their ruthless tactics will backfire. I am looking forward to Android and WP7 success and cheers to the death of a "self-claimed" innovator but has done nothing but stopping innovations. Customers are no longer stupid and it's stupid for Apple for not realizing that.

BK201 said,
Judging from how Apple is getting desperate recently (suing competitors) and with the launches of the Galaxy S II lines, Droid Bionic and Windows Phone 7 Mango, iPhone 5 launch won't be a smooth one. Apple also runs out of ideas to keep customers interested in their platforms and their ruthless tactics will backfire. I am looking forward to Android and WP7 success and cheers to the death of a "self-claimed" innovator but has done nothing but stopping innovations. Customers are no longer stupid and it's stupid for Apple for not realizing that.

You do realize that Apple is not the only one suing everyone? Other companies sued them, they sued back and others too. This is nothing new.

Tech Star said,

You do realize that Apple is not the only one suing everyone? Other companies sued them, they sued back and others too. This is nothing new.


In fairness, I'd say Apple is doing most of the sueing...

M_Lyons10 said,

LOL Just because they were counter sued, doesn't mean they didn't sue first...

What are you talking about? You said Apple is doing most of the suing, and I posted that infograph showing they are not the only ones suing other people. Microsoft, Nokia, Moto, etc. ARE ALL SUING eachother.

M_Lyons10 said,

In fairness, I'd say Apple is doing most of the sueing...

No actually it's just that Neowin is full of Apple haters, so all you hear around here is people complaining about how much they hate Apple for suing and then winning the lawsuits. Common sense would state that everybody seems to be trying to copy Apple since they seem to be winning every lawsuit they file.

Isn't that the same time frame when several Mango devices are launching as well? And this is the first I've heard of Sprint possibly getting the iPhone.

roadwarrior said,
Isn't that the same time frame when several Mango devices are launching as well? And this is the first I've heard of Sprint possibly getting the iPhone.

lol.. what rock have you been under?

roadwarrior said,
Isn't that the same time frame when several Mango devices are launching as well? And this is the first I've heard of Sprint possibly getting the iPhone.


LOL WUT

roadwarrior said,
Isn't that the same time frame when several Mango devices are launching as well? And this is the first I've heard of Sprint possibly getting the iPhone.

It's funny because the majority of the people on this forum are obsessed with WP7 they don't even know the reality of the mobile phone market. Well, let me help you get back in touch with reality. Just a little bit.

1) WP7 is not a big deal phone device. No way in hell you'll ever see anybody make a big deal out of these phones until their market shares improve.
2) You are really stretching if you think that Apple is making the release to Sprint because of Mango. Get real, it's not on anyone's radar.
3) Of course the iPhone is coming to Sprint. It would be stupid of Apple not to open it up more to other carriers.

Anyway, your post made me LOL!