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iPhone 5 Gets a Release Date, Say Sources

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It's official! Well, the rumor anyway.

9to5Mac reports that Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 now has a release date: October 7, though October 14 is still in the running. However, given that the pre-production of iPhone 5 units going smoothly, the 7th is more likely of the two dates.

Confirmed with multiple sources, Apple will be taking pre-orders as soon as September 29, but one insider points to the 30th as being more likely. And with pre-orders taking place at the end of the September, that puts Apple's live event some time next month.

The launch date coincides with an earlier report by TiBp which pointed to October 7 as the iPhone 5 release date.

But could there be two iPhone models come October?

9to5Mac perpetuates the claim that along with the dual-core A5 processor-packing, eight-megapixel camera-sporting, iOS 5-running model, Apple will also release a cheaper, "possibly prepaid" model as a smaller upgrade to the iPhone 4 -- which could be the iPhone 4S we heard about earlier this year.

But as with any Apple rumor, there has to be a caveat offered. 9to5Mac says, "As we noted earlier, the launch date was already moved up a week in the company's recent launch planning. We are reasonably confident, though, that as of today, Apple is planning to unleash their next iPhone on October 7th and offer pre-orders starting on September 29th or 30th. The date could and likely will change again, but we feel it is necessary to report the company's current plan."

Duly noted.

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