After a chorus of reports pointing to an Apple special event on September 12 comes word from Rene Ritchie over at iMore that pre-orders for the iPhone 5 will open up for business on September 12, to be followed by a full scale launch on September 21.
Ritchie also adds that the international launch of the iPhone 5 is scheduled to commence during the first week of October, with October 5 being a likely candidate.
The information on Apple pre-orders comes from sources that have provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past. The information on the international launches comes from sources that have provided our network, Mobile Nations, with accurate information in the past.
While iPhone events and pre-orders haven’t always occurred at the same time, last year Apple introduced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, and made pre-orders available the following Friday on October 7. This year, it sounds like they’re being even more aggressive.
Random thought regarding iPhone launch dates – we all know that the iPhone 4S launch was pushed back to October last year due to technological glitches that took Apple some time to work out. It marked the first time Apple did not release a new iPhone model during the Summer months. Last year’s launch went down on October 12 and with the iPhone 5 set to launch on September 21, is it possible that Apple is slowly but surely pushing back the release date for future iPhone models closer to the Summer months? In other words, maybe the iPhone 6 will launch sometime in early September and before you know it, the iPhone x will be launching in late July.