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iPhone 5 pre-order to begin 12 September, global rollout expected in October

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by Chloe Albanesius, 14 Aug 2012News
iPhone 5 pre-order to begin 12 September, global rollout expected in October

Unlike in years past, the date for the rumoured unveiling of the next-gen iPhone has held steady at 12 September. The iPhone 5, or whatever Apple decides to call it, is expected to hit stores by 21 September. But an iMore report suggests that date could be US-only, with those of us in different parts of the world getting our hands on the device beginning early October.

Citing sources who have provided accurate Apple data in the past, iMore has reported that the second wave of markets to nab the iPhone 5 will begin in the first week of October - likely 5 October.

In the US, buyers will be able to pre-order their new iPhone on 12 September and it will arrive about a week later.

iMore was first to report the expected 12 September event and 21 September launch; Apple has not yet made any announcements.

Apple announced the iPhone 4S on 4 October 2011, and it arrived in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK on 14 October. By the end of October, the rollout expanded to 22 more countries. It arrived in Hong Kong and South Korea on 11 November and in China on 13 January.

The iPhone rumour train is moving full-steam ahead. Several US retailers and mobile operator Sprint have dropped the price of the iPhone 4S in recent days, which normally signals that a new iPhone is en route. 

In the past few days, there have also been reports of a bumped-up battery and leaked images of the iPhone 5 motherboard.

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