Evidence Builds for an iPhone 5 Launch in Early October

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Although a great many people are hoping that the debut is going to be earlier, several recent reports have indicated that the launch of the iPhone 5 isn’t going to happen for over a month, on October 7.

Ever since Apple broke with recent tradition and didn’t introduce its latest smartphone in early summer, rumors and speculation have been running hot and heavy on when it will hit store shelves. Possible launch days have come and gone, and iFans are still waiting.

Although there’s nothing like a real confirmation, in the last week a number of sources –most recently 9to5Mac — have said that Apple is going to release its next-generation smartphone on the first Friday in October. This website also reports that Apple planning to start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 a week or so earlier, in late September. 

Apple iPhone 5That said, for some time most of the rumors had pointed to a September release, and given how tenuous all the reports have been this is still quite possible. Realistically, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess on when this product will be introduced.

What to Expect from the Next iPhone
The iPhone 5 will supposedly have a slightly larger display than the current model, a faster dual-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. Images that have leaked out, although these are anything but reliable, show a device that’s thinner than the current model. 

Some inside sources have indicated that Apple is actually going to release two smartphones this fall, not just one. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple is allegedly working on the iPhone 4S, which will be just like Apple’s current smartphone but with a faster processor. This will be a lower-cost option, possibly targeting the pre-paid market. 

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