Rumors of the iPhone 5 being delayed could be proven fruitless. Apple is planning to debut the new iOS 6-powered iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources that iMore claims “have proven accurate in the past.”
Our own sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that date, and multiple websites have similar reports as well.
It’s still not certain what will be announced at the event, but it seems very likely that it will be the next-generation iPhone 5 (also known as the new iPhone in conjunction with Apple’s latest iPad device). AllThingsD points at Apple’s prepayment for inventory components — which rose by $1.15 billion last quarter — as evidence that the next iPhone will be announced at the event.
Apple is also notorious for releasing products less than two weeks after they’re unveiled. Last year, the iPhone 4S was announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, and released 10 days later on October 14. This year, the iPad 3 was announced on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, and released 9 days later on March 16. It looks like all eyes will be on Apple come September. Until then, there are plenty of iPhone 5 rumors to go around.