iPhone 5 Release Date – October 7th; Pre-orders – September 30th [Rumor]

iPhone 5

Over the weekend, a report on TiPB claimed that Apple is planning to launch the highly anticipated iPhone 5 on October 7th.

Folks at 9 to 5 Mac are now reporting that they’ve received similar information from their sources. According to them, Apple will start taking pre-orders for the fifth generation iPhone on September 29th or 30th and will be officially available from October 7th or October 14th.

9 to 5 Mac reports:

According to our sources, Apple has been weighing between launching the new iPhone on October 7th or October 14th, but with the product’s latest stages of pre-mass-production currently moving along nicely, Apple is presently shooting towards a launch on the 7th. On top of this, unlike with the iPad 2, Apple plans to offer pre-orders for the new iPhone. 

Apple currently plans to begin pre-orders for their next-generation smartphone in the final days of September. The company has still not finalized the pre-order start date, but is debating between Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th. The 30th seems more likely at this point according to one of our sources.

If Apple plans to start taking pre-orders for iPhone 5 at the end of September, then it means that Apple will unveil the next generation iPhone in the second or third week of September as Jim Dalrymple of The Loop who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related news has claimed that according to his sources, Apple won’t have an event or launch iPhone 5 on September 7th. It has been widely speculated that Apple will unveil iPhone 5 at the fall media event along with the iPod product line.

Apple also releases the next generation iOS few days before the release date of the next generation iPhone, so iOS 5 should also be released at the end of September or first week of October.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the new iPhone. What about you?

[via 9 to 5 MacTiPB]