Sources: iPhone 5 to Launch in October

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Rumors have been flying fast and furiously that the next version of the iPhone would be launched sometime in September. Now word is coming that it will be in October.

The Wall Street Journal's "All Things Digital" reports that "sources with knowledge of the situation" say it will be in October, likely later in the month than earlier.

The September rumor got started because AT&T reportedly banned vacations for the last two weeks of that month, leading to speculation that it was to prepare for the new phone, to be called the iPhone 5. But the source said that is not the case.

“I don’t know why AT&T’s calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it’s not for an iPhone launch," the source said.

The source did not give any details as to what new features the iPhone 5 will have, but All Things Digital writes: chatter has previously indicated that the iPhone 5 will use the faster A5 processor on which the iPad 2 runs, a Qualcomm dual mode GSM/CDMA baseband, and a higher resolution eight-megapixel rear camera.

The iPhone usually updates in the summer but Apple skipped that this time around, surprising even its partners. The Washington Post reports that Verizon was expecting a new phone this summer. Now it expects it sometime this fall.

Apple also hinted at a major product release this fall, but would not provide details.