iPhone 5 won't launch 'til August at the earliest

Apple has no plans to release the iPhone 5 in either June or July according to a loose-lipped AT&T customer services rep.

The fifth-generation Apple smart-phone, which many have predicted will slot into the Cupertino company's traditional time frame for a mid summer release, will be delayed until at least August according to one MacRumours reader.

The customer in question reportedly contacted the US telecoms giant after his eligibility for an upgrade was mysteriously pushed back by five months. Asked for a reason for the unexpected change the AT&T rep replied, "Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July time-frame, though there will be a newer version in the future. Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our website when it is available to us."

Quite frankly we wouldn't trust your average mobile phone flogger to tell us the correct launch date but the bold statement of apparent fact does tie in with assumptions that Apple will now announce the iPhone 5 - which is widely expected to be a minor upgrade to the current iteration rather than a ground-breaking new product - in September.

As always, Apple rumours should be taken with a fistful of salt as the notoriously secretive company has broken its traditional launch cycles so often in the recent past as to make them all but irrelevant.