iMore claims that “sources who have proven accurate in the past” are saying that the iPhone – commonly referred to as the iPhone 5 – will then be available to buy on September 21.
iMore has been an accurate source of Apple information in the past, accurately reporting the launch date of the latest iPad as well as the pre-order date for the iPhone 4S.
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has also responded with a “yep” to the iMore report.
The report follows the earlier discovery of alleged iPhone 5 images, showing a device fully assembled from parts leaked from Chinese factories. It is expected that Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be taller, with a larger display, smaller dock connector and a two-tone metal back.
The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD is also confirming the September 12 Apple event, writing: “iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Wednesday, September 12, and now we’ve confirmed it as well. Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple is currently planning an event for that week. And while we haven’t yet confirmed its focus, history suggests it will indeed be the new iPhone.” AllThingsD points to the company’s large increase in component prepayments as a sign that the iPhone is involved.
Verge is also reporting that in fact there will be an event on September 12, writing: “The rumour cycle this time around for the next iPhone has been a bit unusual — multiple leaks have all depicted the exact same — but it looks like we’ll be seeing what Apple has up its sleeves come Wednesday, September 12th. Our own sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that date, and multiple websites have similar reports as well.”
iLounge has also reported new details, including new iPhone cases Apple is rumoured to be working on, and an iPad mini smart cover.
The iPad mini is also rumoured to be announced at the same September 12 event, as will the new iPod nano and iPod touch. A release date for the iPad mini has not be reported.
Apple’s shares jumped after the September 12 event reports, closing on Monday at US$595.03, up US$9.87 (1.7 percent).