The iPhone 5 Will Be Released On September 21, 2012 [Rumor]

The iPhone 5 Will Be Released On September 21, 2012 [Rumor]

The iPhone 5 might launch a little bit early this year. (Mock-up by Macrumors.)

According to a French blog site, the highly anticipated iPhone 5 featuring a larger screen and a 19-pin dock connector will be released on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Citing a source within China’s third largest accessory maker, App4phone.fr claims that Apple has released a few scant details to accessory makers, including a target date in late September.

It could be true. Last year, Apple released the iPhone 4S on October 14, 2011, and while usually Apple tends to go by what they’ve done in the past, September 21st is close enough to early-mid October that there are any number of reasons why Apple might want to get out the next iPhone a little bit earlier: for example, to get it in more hands by Christmas.

If the September 21st date pans out, that would imply that Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 5 ten days earlier, as they did with the iPhone 4S. Would Apple really announce a new iPhone on the anniversary of September 11th, though? We doubt it, but don’t think this is a dealbreaker: Apple could easily push the announcement a day earlier or a day later if they’re feeling like a 9/11 iPhone announcement would be in bad taste.

Either way, you may not want to plug this date into your calendar. App4phone.fr is a site without an extensive track record, and until Apple sends out invitations, any possible iPhone 5 release date is just supposition.

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  • ddevito

    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

  • nikond100

    I cannot see the point of this – Seems a waste of time reporting it let alone taking the time to read it or come to that matter tweeting about it… If its not a reliable source then why bother? Or is it just me who feels that way? – Lets have some good rumours with good reliable sources shall we?… At least try

  • ddevito

    The hardware better be great because iOS 6 is a snoozer.

  • lowtolerance

    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

    I think you mean foul.

  • ddevito
    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

    Yes, thx. I use voice dictation, which works great (usually).

    I think you mean foul.

  • Brian Gregory May

    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

    I believe you mean “foul.” Also, what the heck are you talking about?

  • Tallest_Skil

    Also, what the heck are you talking about?

    He’s a worthless troll complaining that Apple fans who are upset about the design of the phone right now will call it great once it’s released.

    Pay him no heed.

  • Shane Bryson

    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

    When a single Android phone outsells the iPhone, then we will talk. Also, I hope they improve spell check for Android. ;)

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Oh, so when they announce an iPhone with a larger screen the fanboys won’t cry fowl, instead will wait in line for four days to purchase one? And of course I’m sure this version will change the mobile world all over. Again. Right?

    And the reason why you bitch isn’t because you care about anybody other than yourself. The sad truth is that the situation pisses you off. Something you like isn’t as popular as the iPhone. A true loser. That’s what it means when your choice loses over and over again and all that you can do is obsess over losing.

  • Sathya Alagarasen

    Well every one is expecting the arrival of iPhone5. So after releasing of the iPhone4 this is quite normal to expect the next newbie.

  • MagicSAXER

    Why the heck does everybody call this next generation Apple Smartphone iPhone 5? Despite the fact that it will likely be called just (the new) iPhone, it’s the sixth generation and not the fifth……

  • breck

    Why the heck does everybody call this next generation Apple Smartphone iPhone 5? Despite the fact that it will likely be called just (the new) iPhone, it’s the sixth generation and not the fifth……

    Thank you MagicSAXER. You are right. Cult of Mac folks, please consider that the new (6th generation) iPhone will probably NOT be released as the iPhone 5. Just an observation > See illustration.

  • iArmen

    Something you won’t ever hear someone say “I’m so glad I got rid of my iPhone”. Enough said. Go troll somewhere else with your oversized screen and “Android had that feature 5 years ago!” argument.

  • churchyfur

    Then why do you post rumors with headlines that suggest they’re facts? Not very responsible. How about, oh, I don’t know, actually WAITING FOR APPLE TO ANNOUNCE THE THING?!

  • Tallest_Skil

    Then why do you post rumors with headlines that suggest they’re facts?

    Did you see the word ‘rumor’ at the end of the headline, or did you just ignore that because your argument’s better without it?

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