With conflicting rumors reports that the iPhone 5 may be launched in September or October, the only thing we know for sure at this time is that there will be an iPhone 5 this year, and it’s going to be big! When exactly this iPhone 5 will be released is a mystery.

If there is an indication of things moving along, it may be this report from The Guardian that claims that carriers have received sample versions of the iPhone 5 in order to test them on their network…

According to The Guardian:

The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It’s very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there’s no clue to what the actual phone will do.

So, what’s next? Carriers are going to make sure the next iPhone works well on their network, and report to Apple. Assuming everything goes to plan, Apple will give the green light to production facilities in China.

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more excited about this new iPhone.

[TNW]

  • anthonyappleguy

    The Photoshopped Apple in the diagram is crooked.

    • Chris

      Who cares !

  • That is pretty solid news there. Nothing that we didn’t already know but exciting non the less.

    I am thinking I may just have to upgrade haha.

    • John doe

      I do

  • ic0edx

    I’m going to set up camp at my local mall and wait for the iPhone 5. (It’s a joke) but yeah I can’t wait for it to come out. I already put money aside for it. I hope they offer it without a contract, because I do not wanna renew my ATT contract.

    • N0N0

      Wow! Any other hopes and dreams you’d like to share with strangers?

      • Brandon

        Lol asshole

      • T-Mizzle

        LOL!

      • QM2

        HEHEHEHHEHEHE……………….

  • Free

    I don’t know about using a “dummy case”, i think after iPhone 4 release, it would benefit that Apple allows carriers to test the actual device, otherwise you could wind up with another atenna gate.

    • ron

      i wuz gonna say the same thing.

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    Please no thinner. The iPhone 4 is thin enough.

    • John doe

      I want it thinner, like an arm patch! Just speak into your shoulder.