The update comes from iMore, which initially claimed that the iPhone 5 would be unveiled on September 12, citing information from “sources that have provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past”.
“iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day, at least in the US,” the site said. “Release is still planned for nine days later, on September 21, 2012. We’ve also learned that the second wave of iPhone launches, the ones in international markets, will begin in the first week of October, likely October 5.”
The report believes that Apple, by organising pre-orders on the same day as the announcement, could be getting “more aggressive” in comparison to last year’s launch of the iPhone 4S.
“While iPhone events and pre-orders haven’t always occurred at the same time, last year Apple introduced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, and made pre-orders available the following Friday on October 7. This year, it sounds like they’re being even more aggressive.”
In the past Australia has received many Apple products at the same time as the US, but the iMore report offers little information on specific countries. If the report is correct, Australia may not receive the iPhone till the first week of October.
If rumours are to be believed, Apple may also reveal a 7.85in iPad on September 12, alongside the iPhone and iOS 6, to counter the success of the 7in tablet form and possibly a new, smaller dock connector.