New iPhone October 4?

Could well be.

Apple plans to unveil its next generation iPhone next month, technology blog AllThingsD said Wednesday.

AllThingsD cautioned that Apple could “change its plans anytime,” but said the present plan calls for Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook to preside over the launch of the iPhone 5 on October 4.

My current phone is in bad shape but I’ve been holding out for a swathe of new 4G phones to hit the market (there are a few now, but not many).

Could an iPhone 5 be it? Probably.

But there’s just one sticking point…

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple hasn’t said when it will release the next version of the iPhone, but former Vice President and current Apple Inc. board member Al Gore believes “new iPhones” will be here in October.

Wait. What?!?!?

Al Gore?!?!?!?!?!?

    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • September 22nd, 2011

    “March 19, 2003—Apple® today announced that Albert Gore Jr., the former Vice President of the United States, has joined the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Gore was elected at Apple’s board meeting today.”
    … what’s the problem? He’s a former VP o’USA, and does the door-opener stuff as such. I rather doubt Apple is involved in the GW gash beyond what is necessary for business in California. Here are the rest of them: probably each prefers the Democrat Party over its opposition. On the other hand, the supply of proper Conservative types is rather sparse in the IT industry these days.


    • JM. I am talking about Al Gore being on the board of Apple.

        • J.M. Heinrichs
        • September 23rd, 2011

        Yes, he is on the board of Apple; so what?
        1. His major task is to vote ‘yes’ on Steve Jobs’ pay package. And to mention the iPhone 5 when Tim says so.
        2. As ex-VP o’USA, he gets to step in and smooth feathers when someone tries to shake down Apple.
        3. Every time someone wants to slam Apple with wacky environmental complaints, Apple PR stands there pointing to the Honourable Albert “the Apple Board Member” Gore.
        4. If you check Apple’s Environmental Awareness page, everything which might suggest Apple’s high commitment to Mr Gore’s favourite things are items which ‘improve Apple’s bottom line’.
        5. If Mr Gore’s presence on Apple board is a problem, where will you find a suitable alternative? There are problems with purity …

        Mr Gore’s presence on Apple’s board has yet to cause me a sleepless night.


      • Yes. I hope it’s clear that by and large, I was just taking the piss.

    • And since 2003???

        • J.M. Heinrichs
        • September 23rd, 2011

        Everyone knew that!


  1. Yea, I wsa excited about the thought of an October release (I cannot get my Android until my wife gets her iPhone5) until I saw the Gore comment. He is so perfectly wrong, I figure it will be long after october now! Damn! Why can’t he just stick to hoakey sticks!

      • J.M. Heinrichs
      • September 23rd, 2011

      This is Apple business, not Al Gore Warming. He mentioned the iPhone 5 because he was told he could. I would suggest that, were he talking of his own accord, his Apple paycheck will become severely diminished, very quickly.


      • Gore may have been talking through instructions or on his own. But your understanding of the BOD is not accurate. The CEO cannot arbitrarily can one or more. A majority of the board has to do that, or baring that, a majority of stock holders. The Board is the ultimate control of a company (even if they are mostly cosmetic in appearance). They are accountable only to the stockholders, not anyone person at the company.

          • J.M. Heinrichs
          • September 24th, 2011

          Steve Jobs chairs Apple’s board. It would be interesting to see a Jobs versus Gore ‘fight’.


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