Report: iPhone 5 pre-orders available on September 12th, International launch to follow in first week of October

Several weeks ago, iMore was the first source to claim that Apple would be holding a special event to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12th. And now, Rene Ritchie is reporting that iPhone 5 pre-orders will begin on the same day as the Sept 12th announcement, with a US (and possibly other countries) release planned for September 21st, 2012. This info comes from sources who have provided them with accurate iPhone launch dates in the past. Unlike how the iPhone 4S pre-orders were made available 3 days after it was introduced, it would appear that the new iPhone will be following the new (2012) iPad’s launch strategy – where pre-orders went live shortly after the unveiling.

iMore has also learned that the second wave of iPhone 5 launches for international markets, will commence in the first week of October, with a possible date set for October 5th. While it is not known at this time which countries are part of the first wave of releases (save for the US), it’s possible that Apple will again include those from round one of the iPhone 4S launch: Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan. Obviously, if you live in any of these places, you’re probably keeping your fingers (and toes) crossed that the iPhone 5 will be ready to be pre-ordered and shipped come Sept 21st.

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