iPhone 5 release date tipped as November 21st

Next-gen Apple iPhone to hit UK markets on November 21st?

The fifth instalment of Apple’s hugely successful iPhone range is expected to hit stores across the UK on November 21st, a representative of retailer Phones4u has claimed.

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Apple iPhone video: rumour update

 



Source: Apple iPhone 5 video | T3 Tech Videos

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Speaking exclusively with T3.com, Shazna, a customer sales representative at the St Albans branch of Phones4u has confirmed that "the iPhone 5 has been delayed until November following an issue with the handset's software."

A November release would add velocity to the spate of rumours suggesting that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled in September 2011, doing away with Apple’s previously rigid annual summer release schedule.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the retailer announced that Apple's next generation handset, which they pegged with a November 21st release, would "be pretty much the same as the iPhone 4 with new software. The software is the main difference with the iPhone 5."

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T3 has contacted the St Albans store again today and once again had confirmed that “the iPhone 5 has been delayed until November but the only difference between the 4 and the 5 is software updates, that’s the only difference.” The retailer went on to announce: "Apple had a software issue with the handset so they are still waiting to fix that up so it will be November when it is coming out.”

Having contacted Phones4u head office in regards to the claimed iPhone 5 arrival, the retail chain stated that it would not be issuing an official quote on the handset's arrival at this time adding word of a November 21st release can be attributed to an "over-excited member of staff who is clearly a fan of the iPhone brand."
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Whilst a November release would add velocity to the spate of rumours suggesting that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled in September 2011, doing away with Apple’s previously rigid annual summer release schedule, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, announced at the unveiling of the WWDC 2011 dates: “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.”

The idea that the iPhone 5 will not be available in stores until November 21st suggests a late September unveiling with staff at Phones4u in St Albans adding to T3 that Apple’s latest edition would be available on similar tariffs to those offered to early iPhone 4 adopters.

The Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to kick off on June 6th with the expected appearance of Steve Jobs. Component rumblings for the iPhone 5 continue to dominate the web with a dual-core processor expected, added camera capabilities and a 4-inch edge-to-edge display all hotly tipped for iPhone 5 inclusion.

First word of a delayed iPhone 5 arrival came back in February as industry analysts suggested the next-gen Apple blower was to be pushed back following component shortages and late orders on Apple's part.

What features would you like to see bestowed upon the next generation Apple iPhone? Share your thoughts with us via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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