Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on September 12th, the same day the Cupertino giant will launch its new smartphone and the rumored 7.85-inch iPad Mini. According to the report, the iPhone will first release locally in United States on September 21 followed by markets outside theUS on October 5. A company insider confirmed the launch date to iMore, without giving any additional details.
Notably, last year, the iPhone 4S was introduced on October 4 and was open for pre-order three days later on October 7. After a week, i.e. on October 14, the iPhone 4S was launched in theUnited Statesand six other countries. Two weeks later, the iPhone 4S made its debut to over 20 additional countries.
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.
This is a pretty fast turnaround for Apple, as iPhone announcements generally precede the pre-order availability by almost a week. It seems that with pent-up demand for the iPhone 5 and growing interest in Samsung, Apple is getting aggressive with the launch and specially to cater the customers who are holding out on upgrading or getting a new iPhone. On the other hand, iPad Mini is believed to compete directly with Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
The sixth-generation iPhone is widely expected to debut in September and is rumored to use an 8-pin or 9-pin connector, replacing the 30-pin hook-up that Apple has used for its iPods, iPhones, and iPads. A taller, thinner, four-inch display with a 640 x 1136 resolution, centered facetime, redesigned nano-SIM card slot, NFC, LTE connectivity, larger battery, and an improved processor will likely arrive with iPhone 5. The headphone jack will be moved from the upper left to the lower left of the iPhone. The sources suggest that Apple will launch a modified version of the current 9.7-inch iPad 3 with smaller dock connector too.