Guardian is now reporting that iPhone 5 is in final carrier testing stage.
My carrier sources tell me that the boxes in which the new iPhone hardware is encased have been transported to carriers for testing. This is an important step in the release cycle for any phone.
The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs. It’s very high security, as you could guess; my understanding is that barely anyone inside the carriers gets to open those boxes, and even when they do the hardware is encased in a dummy body which means there’s no clue to what the actual phone will do
Earlier report also claimed that iPhone 5 is in final testing stage where Apple and high carrier high level executives are testing it.
Guardian further reports that the carrier test will only take few weeks and Apple may be launching iPhone 5 in September itself to get maximum benefit in its revenue.