Apple iPhone 5 sent to carriers for testing with production starting soon

Apple iPhone 5 sent to carriers for testing with production starting soon
According to Charles Arthur, tech editor at U.K. newspaper The Guardian, his sources at mobile carriers tell him that sealed black boxes containing the Apple iPhone 5 have been sent to the mobile operators for the final testing before the phone goes into mass production. Arthur says that the black boxes containing the next-gen model are rarely opened and when they are, it is done by senior staff members only.

The final round of testing deals only with the handset's compatibility to a network and doesn't require a large number of employees to look at the phone. Why a black box? Most likely to make sure that the carrier doesn't mix up the box with its inventory of Apple iPhone 4 units. You can imagine what would happen if a carrier accidentally sold an iPhone 5 prototype to a customer.

While no one knows for certain that these black boxes contain the new Apple iPhone, what else would be in a special sealed box coming from Apple that can't be opened except by certain people?

source: TheGuardian via RedmondPie                                                                                                                          

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54 Comments

1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Can't wait to see it i hope its true.

2. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

is real the story when the phone show to those people thas easy to take a pic to the public

5. wishyouwerebeer unregistered

wow this really hurt my head

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

What? OK!

12. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

That's . . . Interesting.

23. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

A little sentence structure would help, really lol

32. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@joey18. You just made my nose bleed. Such a profound comment.

50. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

huhh?? are you drunk ?

54. asdf123 unregistered

For the first time in a LONG time, i had to read, re-read, and re-re-read a comment on the internet... and still have no idea what the poster was talking about. Congrats!

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

D day is coming

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, too bad Android never produces hype like this.

8. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Are u kidding me??? People are going nuts for the upcoming SGSII, Droid Bionic, Nexus Prime.

9. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Correction: Tech geeks are going nuts for the SGS2 and Bionic. Any average person hears about those and is like "ok cool" while those who hear iPhone think "wow, I wish I had one". I gotta give credit to Apples marketing team. They definitely know what they're doing.

10. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

^^^agreed

13. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Agreed, as well.

14. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

oh? apparently, you speak for everyone??? Not everyone likes the simple iphone toy. Get a real smartphone.

16. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

A LOT of people do, though. That "simple iPhone toy" must be pretty nice, lol.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is truth to that. love apple or loathe them.. their marketing is genius and makes some of their followers give a religious type devotion.. proven by articles and surveys.. and by people here.. other than that.. this article is common sence. hopefully for them, they learned from the i4 and fixed the antenna issue. BTW, the GalaxyS 2 is the biggest selling phone in the world right now.. .... other than the US...........................................

41. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Here goes remix trolling again. Accept the fact Apple makes a better product. It's not marketing or "religious devotion". Maybe android products are just inferior.

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

iPhone also outsold GS2 by A LOT and it's over 1 year old

45. TOdoubleD

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Of course, it will always sell more than any individual Android phone. You have many choices when choosing an Android phone.

48. matistight

Posts: 1008; Member since: May 13, 2009

yeah, putting annoying commercials on tv, yeah good marketing. Guys buy the phone and go wow, its pretty stable and fast. Girls go WOAH ITS SHINNY!...why wont my nails work?i hate this phone (they keep it for 3+years). It makes no sense, but everyone would kill for an iphone, when you got a nexus one that(on ebay) matches the price of an iphone 3g. Nexus is proven better. It makes no sense.

49. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I agree... remember the touch nokia phones no one even knew what they where apple knows how to market its products!

26. medalaster1 unregistered

What the f**k are u kidding??? every body knows how SGSII, Droid Bionic, Nexus Prime looks and their hardware capabilities but not the IPhone 5 nobody knows how it looks and feels even the hardware specs are unknown and also the delay means some thing spectacular is on its way.

28. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

We are waiting for what we do not know.

27. medalaster1 unregistered

Because iPhone is awesomeness.

6. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

15. Cinnamon

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

WTF?!

11. pete7625

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 01, 2010

Can't wait! The iPhone 5 is going to be awesome!

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It would be more awesome with an LTE radio inside of it. Unfortunately, an LTE radio will be in the iPhone that follows the 4G/5 (or the second iteration after the 4G/5 version). Look at how long it took to get a 3G radio in the iPhone.... Of course with all of the problems Moto went through getting a dual core CPU to work with LTE, there may be some advantage being late to the LTE party.

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