iPhone 5 has yet to reach final stage of production; 4G LTE testing confirmed
I'm not even gonna bother leading into this with “Oh wow, another iPhone 5 rumor,” because, seriously. By now, letting a single day slip without one of these juicy tidbits would be more shocking. It would be the obvious lack of yet another guess at the iPhone 5 launch that would warrant a sensational headline: iPhone 5 rumors die (gasp!).
Anyway, without further ranting, here's the latest.
According to BGR, Apple's iPhone 5 launch is slated for this fall. If you've been keeping up, that might sound pretty obvious, as it's what we all originally anticipated. But then all of these crazy “reports” surfaced, suggesting that Apple would likely bump up its launch date due to some big rivals rolling out slick handsets just ahead of the iPhone 5. We initially scoffed at that, but then we heard from one of our own insider sources that Apple would launch its precious sixth-gen smartphone in August.
But now it's looking like the iPhone 5 isn't even in its final stage of production, as some previous rumors have suggested. Instead, it's purportedly somewhere in “engineering verification test” stage three and has yet to undergo the “design verification test.”
Testing between these two phases, based on past production, takes about a month. Here's how BGR breaks it down:
Verizon iPhone 4: This hit the EVT2 stage in mid-November, hit EVT3 the last week of November, and got up to DVT2 in late December.
iPhone 4: The unit that was lost in a San Francisco bar was in DVT stage in late March, and had hit EVT2 by mid-February of 2010.
Basically, if the iPhone 5 really is still in testing phase three, an August launch date isn't much of a possibility. That pretty much sucks, but there's good news here, too. It has been confirmed that Apple is testing integrated 4G LTE radios. So you may have to wait a bit longer, but you can rest assured that it'll be well worth it.