More warnings that you should hold off on buying an iPhone 4S lest you end up with a superannuated smartie arrived today, amid reports that carriers are stocking up on SIM cards in anticipation of the imminent launch of the iPhone 5.
According to The Financial Times, European carriers have started to place bulk orders for the yet-to-be introduced 'nanoSIM' card that Apple is reportedly set to use for its next phone in place of the microSIMs that feature in the iPhone 4 and 4S.
The news they are already preparing for the arrival of the new handset adds a fresh layer of credence to rumours that Apple will unveil its sixth-generation smartphone in the next two to three months.
August, September and October have all been nominated as potential due dates by Apple watchers.
An October launch would tally with the company’s standard policy of 12-monthly product refreshes – a protocol that it has deviated from only once, when it left 18 months before the iPhone 4 and its current 4S iteration.
As ever, features of the handset are a matter of febrile speculation, with the mooted spec sheet purported to take in a four-inch screen and a sinewy quad-core processor – both of which bring the phone more in line with the current crop of Android superphones.
The iPhone 5 is also expected to offer 4G support in territories where the network technology is in place, plus a taller, thinner design.