This just in: It is believed that the iPhone 5 will release September 5 in the U.S. while iPhone 5 worldwide release will be exactly a month later on October 5. This happens to be the second time a rumour has given exact dates for iPhone 5 release.
The rumour comes in from iPhone Italia who claim that their sources have tipped them off about a Switzerland carrier planning on selling iPhone 5 from October 5. The carrier in question here, is Swisscom. Before that happens, it would have already been a month since Apple would have started selling the next generation iPhone on its home turf. According to this report, September 5 iPhone 5 release in U.S. is a strong possibility.
The legitimacy of this apparent leak of the business strategy of Swisscom hangs in the balance however the source seems to be confident about iPhone 5 release dates. They claim that Apple has already begun contacting carriers around the world to discuss how they plan on distributing the next generation iPhone. Swisscom sells iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 and it seems only logical for them to be in the loop of when Apple plans on releasing its brand new iPhone. Being one amongst the three carriers Apple has contracts with in Switzerland, Swisscom doesn't offer authorized carrier unlock to its customers that purchase an iPhone on its network regardless of the fact that Apple itself is selling officially unlocked iPhone.
It should be kept in mind that this source has not always been correct when it comes to rumours regarding yet-to-be released products. There are essentially two major flaws in this rumour. First the date, September 5 is Monday and given Apple's product announcement history it can be safe to say that the company isn't going to change its mind and release such a major product on a Monday. Second, in a recent interview, Verizon Wireless CEO revealed that he had no idea when Apple planned on releasing the iPhone 5 so it seems illogical for the CEO of Verizon Wireless to not be in the loop when word about iPhone 5 release reaches Switzerland where it is allegedly scheduled to happen a whole month after it has released in the U.S. where VW has a contract with Apple to sell CDMA iPhone.
Regardless of that, we've heard a lot of rumours calling for a September iPhone 5 release. Verizon Wireless claims to have no idea while Swiss seem to know when exactly Apple intends on releasing iPhone 5. It's too much to wrap your head around at the moment, however we'll let you know as soon as we hear more about iPhone 5 release.