I really don’t get why Verizon and Sprint have been dragging their heels on this release. We heard that the BlackBerry Tour 9650 was almost ready to go in January (even RIM slipped up about it) and now rumor is on the street it might FINALLY launch in May. The latest rumor comes to us courtesy of Bla1ze over at CrackBerry where they got some info hinting that Sprint would be getting the 9650 on May 16th. The BoyGenius also got word that Verizon would be getting the 9650 as early as May 1st and would announce it at WES.
Should be interesting to see how it pans out. It still blows my mind that the Bold 9700 launched late last year and the CDMA variant Bold 9650 is going to take over 5 months to catch up with features like Wi-Fi and a Touchpad.
As a conciliation prize Verizon has put out a marginally updated version of the Tour 9630 OS 18.104.22.1681 up for download. (via CrackBerry) This is actually the same app version as their first OS 5.0 release (Which took months) but updates the OS platform to 22.214.171.1244 from .272. You can get it through wireless update from your Tour. Should be a doozy!
PS: Let me know if you know who took the picture above. A friend sent it to me a few days ago and didn’t source it but I was looking for an excuse to use it in a post.