No New iPhone This Summer, Claims AT&T Rep in Report

Across four consecutive summers, Apple has used the summertime as a launching pad for a new generation iPhone.

For months, it was believed that 2011 would not deviate from this tradition. But it now appears that Apple’s seasonal release pattern will be broken

On Wednesday, reports surfaced from MacRumors that an unnamed AT&T representative has come forward saying that Apple has notified the carrier that there will be no iPhone 5 release in June or July of this year.

“Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will be a newer version in the future,” the report reads. “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.”

In the wake of today’s report, many are encouraging such information to be taken with a grain of salt, given the unlikely reality that a low-level AT&T representative would be in possession of such sensitive information.

Nonetheless, due to the recent wave of retail-level employee product leaks everywhere from Best Buy to Toys R Us, it isn’t altogether impossible for an AT&T customer care representative to be privy to this news, which has exploded across the tech blogosphere on Wednesday.