iPhone 5 Labor Day Release Seems Unlikely

The latest speculation in the blogosphere is that Apple will release its fifth-generation iPhone in the U.S. on Sept. 5 the only problem is, thats Labor Day, and a major product launch on a holiday would be rarer than rare.

The Labor Day forecast comes from the mouth of a an anonymous executive at Swisscom, the Swiss carrier, who told Italian website iPhone Italia that the next-gen iPhone will ship in the U.S. on Sept. 5 and be available in other parts of the world in October.

Even though the date is probably wrong, its another indication that Apple will start selling the device sometime in September. There have been many clues in the past month leading to that conclusion, although the Silicon Valley giant itself has been mum on the topic. A job posting recently went up calling for temporary staff to work on an exciting project” from August to October. Verizon Wireless CEO said we would probably” see the next iPhone launch sometime this fall. And AT&T is said to be making internal preparations for an upcoming launch.

Its likely there will be significant lines for the next iPhone when it goes on sale. A new survey from PriceGrabber says 35 percent of consumers plan to buy the new device. Pretty impressive considering its specs are only rumored up to this point from 4G compatibility to NFC technology to a new, curved design. More than half of the 35 percent who said they would buy the new iPhone said they would get it within its first year of release, and almost one-third said they would get it before 2011 is out, if available. Seven percent said they wouldnt be able to wait more than a week after the new iPhones release before they pick one up.

"Our survey data confirms the strong following Apple has built around its iPhone, with more than one-third of consumers planning to upgrade to the latest model only a little over a year following the release of the iPhone 4," stated Graham Jones, general manager of PriceGrabber. "Anticipation and brand loyalty are certainly high, but in today’s 24-7 work culture and uncertain economic environment, consumers are cautious to look for a reasonably priced phone that will perform optimally over an extended time period."

Not everyone is convinced that well see a full-blown, next-generation iPhone released in the next couple of months. Some analysts are predicting only a less-expensive, souped-up version of the iPhone 4 known by most in the industry as the iPhone 4S while others believe both options will be available.

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