New rumors about the much anticipated iPhone 5’s release date have cropped up and suggest that the upcoming smartphone will arrive about three weeks from now.

Previous rumors suggested that the Cupertino-based company may delay the launch even further up to October after a Sept. 9 release was on the cards, as Apple always likes to launch a major retail product on Fridays. The date also comes a few days after the Labor Day holiday on Sept 5. Others, however, are sticking to the late September/early October release date, according to a Beatweek report.

Other release date rumors have suggested that mobile carrier AT&T has confirmed the device’s October launch date, and if the rumor is true then customers will have to wait for another month before the iPhone 5 finally arrives.

Although the body of the iPhone 5 may remain same as that of the iPhone 4, reports said the iPhone 5 may go back to the original design of the iPhone 3G and will have a curved back that will eliminate all the gripping problems faced with the iPhone 4.

The device will feature a better, 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video playback and panoramic photo capture capability and an improved dual-LED flash unit, and a front facing 5 MP camera. More RAM, possibly 1GB, is also expected, along with an improved A5 processor. Dual-core SoCs are also expected by few.

Other reports have suggested that the upcoming smartphone will arrive with a tapered teardrop design and the bottom will be much thinner in comparison to the top end of the phone, which might have been made for making video watching more convenient. iPhone 5 may have a metallic back, but there has been rumors about Apple buying about 300 glass cutting machines for a curved glass panel in iPhone 5.