Carriers Testing iPhone 5 in Sealed Boxes?
According to the rumor mill Apple will unveil iPhone 5 in September during the annual music event and it’s expected to go on sale in October. Now, a new report published by The Guardian indicates that iPhone 5 is currently being tested by the carriers.
If Apple is indeed aiming for October launch then it’s about the right time to carry out field testing to iron out any issues with various networks.
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.
Various news outlets have reported that third party retailers are lowering iPhone 4 prices in order to clear the stock as they are anticipating new hardware in the coming months. Apple releases just one new iPhone each year as opposed to other smartphone manufacturers who launch multiple models throughout the year.
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