Apple certainly threw a wrench in Sprint’s plan to launch the HTC EVO 4G LTE this week. Previously slated to launch May 18, an ITC investigation into HTC’s alleged infringements upon Apple patents has held up shipments at customs until some ruling is reached. Sprint has come out and confirmed that the launch is delayed, but they urge customers to stay on-board, especially those who pre-ordered the device:

Sprint will maintain the promise for the preorder customers that they will be among the first to receive their HTC EVO 4G LTE units.

This is unfortunate for the launch of the HTC One X in the US, since it has been so highly praised. Let’s hope that this doesn’t drag out and keep fantastic devices out of people’s hands.

Via: Sprint