Backing up a report from TiPB last week, 9to5 Mac claims it has independently confirmed Friday, October 7, as the launch date of the iPhone 5. Unlike with the iPad 2, Apple is also rumoured to take pre-orders with the next-generation iPhone at the end of September.
Apple has not said when it will launch the iPhone 5, which is widely expected to arrive this spring along with a final version of iOS 5. This left pundits debating for the past two weeks over the exact day of the iPhone 5 launch, with the general consensus that the new device is bound for release either late September or early October.
An October surprise
Rumours of a September iPhone 5 launch have shifted at the beginning of the month to October, when All Things D’s John Paczkowski quoted “sources with knowledge of the situation” saying that the next-generation iPhone would be an October surprise.
Other sources, namely TiPB and 9to5 Mac, have now agreed upon an October launch, too (either October 7 or 14), but say pre-orders could start either September 29 or 30.
New iPhone 5 features
Apple is rumoured to be ramping up production of the new iPhone 5, which is widely expected to feature the A5 dual-core processor found inside the iPad 2, and a better camera (possibly 8 megapixels). A photo published by MICGadget claims to have been taken inside an iPhone 5 production facility and allegedly shows the new device featuring an elongated home button to accommodate gestures.