iPhone 5 expected to ship Sept. 21
FedEx is preparing for a "surge volume event" on the same date that the iPhone 5 is rumored to begin shipping
We've already heard that the iPhone 5 could begin shipping as early as Sept. 21, but now there may be proof to back it up. The latest iPhone 5 shipment speculation comes from MacRumors, which reported Friday that FedEx is planning for a “surge volume event” on the aforementioned date.
FedEx is purportedly moving around training plans it had scheduled between Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, most likely to deal with an influx of iPhone 5 deliveries. According to MacRumors, here's what FedEx said in its company notice:
"Due to the upcoming 'surge volume' event between Sept. 21-24, this class has been postponed to the week of Nov. 5-9 and you have automatically been moved to that class. If you are unable to attend the week of Nov. 5-9, please send me an email and we'll remove you from the roster. Thank you for your understanding."
On the other hand, neither FedEx nor Apple has specified exactly what that event could be. But the rumors of the iPhone 5 shipping date line up just a little too well to ignore it.
To quickly recap, the iPhone 5 is slated for its official announcement on Sept. 12, which means it will likely go on sale a week or so afterward. It's expected to boast a larger 4-inch retina display, a smaller dock connector and 4G capabilities. There has also been a good deal of debate about whether Apple's sixth-gen iPhone will sport NFC, but we'll find out for certain next week.