A mockup of the iPhone 5. (Photo : idealschina.com)
German Carrier Mobilcom Debitel has made an announcement in Germany that may give consumers, located on the other side of the Atlantic, one more reason to seriously consider a US iPhone 5 unveiling in September.
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The mobile network has reportedly announced via its website a "new generation of smartphone" it says it will be released in September. It takes a step further to hint that this new smartphone will come from the line of iPhones with an image in its site displaying a veil covering what closely resembles an iPhone (notice the Apple home button?).
Some other websites are reporting that Debitel has explicitly stated in emails to its customers that Apple's iPhone 5 would be released in September, but Latinos Post was not able to independently verify that detail.
Smartphone sales have seen a drop in the previous quarter and some analysts have already attributed the drop with anticipation of the iPhone 5 as one of the major causes. Perhaps, the announcement from Germany may further keep people from withdrawing their funds to purchase a smartphone when Apple's newest handset is heavily rumored to be launched in September.
A few weeks ago iMore first reported that on September 12, Apple would be making the iPhone 5 announcement and that nine days later - September 21 - it would be releasing the product. Also another website, BGR, reported that a "trusted AT&T source" said the carrier will begin selling the iPhone 5 by the third or fourth week of September.
Rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 release date has not only encouraged people to wait for what an analyst calls "the largest single product launch in Apple's history' but also it has driven Apple stocks to see new highs at unprecedented levels.
On Monday, the company's stock stood at more than $17 when the market closed sending the company's value to over $623 billion.
With the figure, Apple broke Microsoft's record established back 1999 for "most valuable company of all time."
On December 30,1999, Microsoft reached a value of $618.9 billion, according to S&P senior analyst, Howard Silverblatt.