A leaked internal memo from US retailer Best Buy suggests that a major Apple installation is due to be set up in-store on 21 October – pointing at a probable date for the launch of the iPhone 5.
With the iPhone 4 still selling like hotcakes, it is no surprise that Apple seems to be in no rush to launch its successor. 18 months on from launch, the iPhone 4 is still the number two best-selling phone on the market.
A source inside Best Buy has leaked an internal memo to website This is my next stating that an “Apple fixture installation” is set for Friday, 21 October next.
No press event has been announced by the Cupertino company yet hinting that a rumoured September release date is a little wide of the mark.
The installation at the Best Buy store will require a manager to be on-hand from 6am on the date in question, while normally the manager isn’t at the store until 7am. This is a similar set up to when the iPhone 4 was launched according to the source.
In related iPhone 5 news, it was reported widely over the weekend that a test version of the handset had been left at a restaurant in San Francisco by an Apple employee carrying out some off-site testing in late July.
While no official word on the matter has come from Apple (surprise, surprise), it was reported that Apple investigators has tracked the device to a house in San Fran and a some of them turned up at a house to retrieve it - which they failed to do.
Now we have gotten some confirmation from the San Francisco Police Department, which has admitted to co-operating with Apple to locate a missing iPhone prototype.
Here is their official statement:
After speaking with Apple representatives, we were given information which helped us determine what occurred. It was discovered that Apple employees called Mission Police station directly, wanting assistance in tracking down a lost item. Apple had tracked the lost item to a house located in the 500 block of Anderson Street. Because the address was in the Ingleside Police district Apple employees were referred to Officers in the Ingleside district. Four SFPD Officers accompanied Apple employees to the Anderson street home. The two Apple employees met with the resident and then went into the house to look for the lost item. The Apple employees did not find the lost item and left the house. The Apple employees did not want to make an official report of the lost item.
Reports are circulating the internet regarding the current location of the prototype iPhone but so far nothing conclusive has been discovered.