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iPhone 5 launch delayed until late October

Everyone has been assuming, based on reports that Apple and AT&T retail staff have been ordered not to take holiday in the first couple of weeks of September, that the iPhone 5 would launch then.

With the technosphere starved of information from the notoriously secretive Cupertino company, pundits have been grasping at that particular straw for some months now with some even suggesting a firm date of September 24th as cold, hard fact.

Now it seems that secret sources talking to the Wall Street Journal's tech site All Things D have thrown a spanner into the works, suggesting that the launch of the next generation handset will happen some time in October, possibly even late in the month.

The anonymous mole apparently said: “I don’t know why AT&T’s calling for all hands on deck those weeks, but it’s not for an iPhone launch.”

Some crystal ball gazers have predicted that the iPhone 5 will use the same ARM-designed chip as the iPad 2 and come with a beefed-up rear facing camera capable of capturing eight megapixels.

Others have suggested that, rather than an iPhone 5, Apple will punt a budget version of the current incarnation, possibly called the iPhone 4S, with a cheaper screen and less RAM.