Reports that Apple could unveil the next-gen iPhone as soon as next month were dealt another blow today, after a mover and shaker at a US network hinted that the blockbuster blower won’t be here until much later in the year.
In a Q&A after Verizon’s recent earnings call, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo disclosed that the network is expecting a “big smartphone” to launch in the fourth quarter.
Although Shammo didn’t mention the iPhone 5 by name, it’s a fairly safe bet that it’s the handset that he’s referring to, especially given that Samsung appears to have already shot its flagship-phone bolt for 2012 with the recently released S3.
The mooted due date for Apple's next contender jars with recent, outwardly believable claims that the tech giant could drop its handset in early August and adds credence to suggestions that the phone will be launched in September or October and hit networks/retail a few weeks later.
Billed as the most far-reaching upgrade for an Apple smartphone so far, the iPhone 5 is expected to feature twice as much processing brawn thanks to a quad-core chipset as well as a larger, taller design to accommodate a more expansive, four-inch display.
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