Network provider O2 has notified its UK retail stores that they will be carrying out a three-week process to swap the old iPhone displays with new ones in order to get ready for the release of Apple’s next iPhone.

The news was brought to light by several MacRumors readers, and this report confirms the rumor of an early-September iPhone 5 launch.

Continue reading for the notice sent by O2 to its UK retail stores…

“The following is to advise that we are removing the old iPhone unitary between the 22nd August and the 12th September. This is a 3 week programme which will see all iPhone unitary swapped out for new iPhone unitary, and will of course prepare us for the launch of the new smart phone. At the same time we are installing an International Favourites bay to stores that can accommodate the unit, as well as replacing the existing magazine stand with a new freestanding stand.”

The interesting part is that the changeover will be complete on September 12th. This could either mean the release of the iPhone 5 will be around this date, or that the phone could be announced around this date. The latter makes more sense, as O2 could advertise the iPhone 5 as available for pre-order right after it is announced by Apple.

Are you excited? We sure are!

  • OrangeSn0w

    Actually, I’m on o2, and they are the type of stores to have the actual phones you can use, and they were on 4.3.5… ://

  • Byron Marshall

    Also they will make sure you pay a premium for them that’s why I left !!!

    • I agree with you there
      The other thing is when the ip4 was released the only way you could get one on o2 was if you were upgrading
      I don’t think many If any new customers got one

  • zYx

    Have you heard of apple stores? :p

  • i am from dublen ireland, as im sure you can see from my ip address im in vodafone head office, im a bit annoyed at been at work so late so i tought id finda site and spill the beans as it where!!1 i seen the 9to5 one and ilife and all but i tought id find a low blog and report what we here at VF ireland are doing, on Sept 9th we are launching the iphone 5 and iphone 5LTE with €100 diff in price, their is black and white and sliver avail, starting price for 16 GB is €899 on an 18 mth contract and 999 for LTE on 18 mth,
    apple still did not give us one to test, we have to wait untill next friday, if your good ill send a pic to this website, we had one for one day but it was in light steel case so we could not see anything and we only had basic ios, no camera options or anything like that! they want to keep it secret! their will be a 64GB version but we will not be doing it.
    Also heads up to all jailbreakers! their is going to be a way very soon for a ntwork to know if you jailbreak, not sure if the first iphone 5 will have it but we know apple are setting up AUTO LINK i think its called so that we can auto blacklist the iphone/pad/pod

    Check my ip if you dont believe who i am and ill prove it more when i get my hands on one!

    call me…. davie1 lol!

  • Ste

    For someone who claims to work at Vodafone head office your grammar and spelling is that akin to a 9 year old child.

  • Pete

    Plus, why would networks blacklist you for jailbreaking your iPhone? They don’t lose money from it. It’s Apple’s problem and the last I heard, they couldn’t win the court case against jailbreaking because once the iPhone is yours, you can do with it, whatever you please. The only illegal side of it is uploading/sharing IPA’s from Cydia Apps such as Installous. But then again, I might be wrong, if I am please provide evidence.