TmoNews thinks it scooped a possible evidence that Apple will be announcing its next iPhone in about two weeks time. The site cites “a huge number of emails” they received, which apparently mention “that T-Mobile has called an “All Hands Day” meeting for September 24th for unknown reasons”. September 24 is a Saturday, ruling out the possibility of an Apple media event that day. It could be also just T-Mobile prepping for another product arrival, such as the Galaxy S II, or some non-Apple related marketing and sales initiative. Also, Boy Genius Report offers that the memo actually refers to a high-volume day, which does not compute since iPhone 5 is not expected to hit stores before October.
On the other hand, 9to5Mac heard that Apple could begin accepting pre-orders for the next iPhone as early as Friday, September 30. If T-Mobile USA gets the handset, as rumored, they would want to brief employees at least a week before pre-orders start. And T-Mobile holding a meeting on Saturday, September 24, could mean an Apple media event earlier that week, in which case invites should be sent out sometime in the next week or so.
Also remember that Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent company, is now accepting iPhone 5 reservations in Germany and that Apple last week began rolling out iOS 5 and iCloud training material to store employees. Best Buy is also expecting to carry a Sprint version of iPhone 5 in its retail stores in the first week of October while supply chain sources claim Foxconn is already producing 150,000 iPhone 5s a day.
- iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile USA too? (9to5mac.com)
- BGR: AT&T prepping for early September iPhone 5 launch (9to5mac.com)