Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at a rumored media event Wednesday, September 12th. Today iMore reports that Apple will start U.S. pre-orders for the sixth-gen iPhone on the same day as the announcement. International customers will reportedly have to wait until the first week of October to place pre-orders.
iMore originally reported the September 12th announcement date and an in-store U.S. release date of Friday, September 21st.
According to Rene Ritchie of iMore:
A couple of weeks ago iMore reported that Apple would be holding their iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012. We’ve since learned that iPhone 5 pre-orders are currently planned to begin that same day, at least in the U.S. Release is still planned for 9 days later, on September 21, 2012. We’ve also learned that the second wave of iPhone launches, the ones in international markets, will begin in the first week of October, likely October 5.
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.
If this timeline is to be believed, Apple will be making a more aggressive international push to quickly rollout the next iPhone. The first wave of pre-orders for the iPhone 4S didn’t start until three days after Apple’s media event last October.
Ritchie has been on a roll lately. iMore has also said that a 7-inch iPad will be announced next month alongside an entire refresh of the iOS device lineup. According to Ritchie’s sources, Apple will update all of its devices with a smaller dock connector to match the new iPhone. The next iPhone (dubbed ‘iPhone 5′) is expected to feature LTE networking and a redesigned form factor.