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Everything we know about the iPhone 5 launch date, specifications, features UPDATED

Ashleigh Allsopp | Aug. 10, 2012
Rumours are hotting up as we near the launch of Apple’s upcoming iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5, so we’ve rounded up all of the latest in one place to keep you up to date with what’s expected when the popular smartphone launches.

Rumours are hotting up as we near the launch of Apple's upcoming iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5, so we've rounded up all of the latest in one place to keep you up to date with what's expected when the popular smartphone launches.

We'll regularly update this story as new information comes in about Apple's upcoming iPhone

When will the next iPhone launch?

It looks likely that the iPhone 5 will launch on the 12 September, and could be available to buy on 21 September.

iLounge was first to report that Apple would be holding a special event on that date, citing "sources who have proven accurate in the past," who also believe we could see an iPad mini and a new iPod launch at the event.

Following that report, more evidence of a 12 September event flooded in from publications such as The Verge, The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and AllThingsD. Each publication reported that their sources had given the same 12 September launch date for the iPhone.

Reports are suggesting that Apple has purposefully leaked the news of the iPhone 5 launch, and potentially brought the launch forward in the hope of it impacting the next quarter's financial results.

Since the rumours of the 12 September launch, eBay has seen a 70 per cent increase in iPhone 4S trade-ins, as owners rush to sell their devices before the next model arrives.

There has been no official word from Apple on the launch date, but, at its third quarter earnings report on 24 July, Apple's CFO Peter Oppenhiemer said that Apple "could not be more confident" in its new product line, and mentioned a "fall transition," which is expected to be a reference to the next iPhone's launch. This transition was brought up in the Q&A after the presentation, which Oppenhiemer responded with: "It's not something that we're going to talk about in any level of detail today."

Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, said Apple would be smart to ship its new iPhone in September, especially after recent concerns around the June quarter weakness in the iPhone.

It is believed that Sharp will begin shipping screens for the iPhone 5 in August, and it has also been reported that Pegatron has begun production of the new iPhone in preparation for a September launch. Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara has agreed that Chinese manufacturers are beginning to ramp up production of the sixth-generation iPhone.

Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon, began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5, listing the device along with purported mock-up images and technical specifications.


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