While the release date of Apple's eagerly awaited iPhone 5 is still only a rumor, several sources feel they have enough evidence and/or reasoning to elevate the rumor to the status of a near certainty.
The MacRumors Web site quoted the Kodawarisan Web site as saying the date for Apple's autumn media event had been set for Sept. 7. MacRumors supports Kodawarisan's report by saying that the site does not deal in rumors often, and the last launch date that the Japanese site predicted (for the Mac mini) turned out to be correct.
It is reasoned that holding such an event near the beginning of September has been a habit of Apple's for the last three years. As many have stressed, however, even if this were confirmed, it is simply a confirmed "media event" -- not an official iPhone launch. Apple has focused almost exclusively on the iPod touch, nano and shuffle during previous September events, announcing or releasing new iPod models and features.
Likewise, the iPhone announcements and updates have traditionally been a part of the summer schedule from Apple, taking a large part of the limelight at the WWDC (WorldWide Developers Conference) near the beginning of June in years past.
In defense of the September possibility, it is argued that since no iPhone-related updates took place this June, a fall announcement may be even more likely -- especially considering that many have come to expect an October launch for the fifth-generation iPhone.
At the beginning of July, Monica Chen of Digitimes reported that "sources from upstream component makers" claimed that Taiwan-based notebook maker Pegatron Technology is estimated to have landed orders for 15 million iPhone 5s (iPhone 4S) from Apple. The arguably more-reliable AllThingsD quoted various sources that are confident that the iPhones will launch in October, and probably later in that month.
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