Apple Smartphones are quite popular of late. While AT&T is under pressure for "aiding" iPhone thieves; Apple lovers are scouring the Internet for any information on when the iPhone 5 release date will be.
Apple is good about keeping their new gadgets under lock and key, so it's no surprise there's been little concrete information about the handset. Then again, no one really knows for sure if there will even be an Apple Smartphone launch this year, but the company has put out a new model each year.
A recent iPhone 5 release date rumor suggests the device will indeed launch this June. Of course, techies have seen many rumors surface over upcoming Smartphone and tablet launches for 2012, but Apple fans are hopeful this one's true.
As far as AT&T's woes, a recent article mentions a class-action lawsuit which alleges the wireless carrier "aided, abetted, and assisted" persons possessing stolen iPhones by allowing them to activate the devices on their network.
This seems a bit shabby of AT&T, however they are not the only wireless provider who has practiced this shady antic for business. Most wireless carriers don't check to see if a phone is reported stolen before activating the device for a new customer. It isn't really that hard to do either, as the carriers have ways of knowing who a phone is registered to.
At any rate, major wireless providers have announced the creation of a new database which will log all cellular devices which have been reported lost or stolen, and thus allow them to prevent the device from being reconnected. It's a little too late for consumers who have had their devices stolen in the past, but hopefully it will deter iPhone thieves, and other smartphone thievery from happening as often.
What are your thoughts on the AT&T class-action lawsuit and accusations about iPhone thievery? Do you think carriers are partly to blame for so many stolen mobile devices since they've carelessly allowed thieves to connect their loot back to their mobile network?
Do you think the iPhone 5 release date will be in June 2012? Or will Apple fans be waiting for September or October? Share your thoughts below.