There have been more hints that Apple will unveil its next-gen iPhone 5 on 12 September, with the Cupertino outfit set to begin taking pre-orders on the same day.

According to iMore, customers can place their orders on the day of the reveal, with devices shipped nine days later on 21 September.

However, these dates may only be applicable to US residents with Apple said to be prepping a second wave of iPhone 5 shipments in the first week of October for the international markets (including the UK). The rumoured date for this arrival is Friday 5 October.

US network carrier AT&T is also adding fuel to the fire with a source informing Boy Genius Report that a training event for regional staff had been pushed back to the first week of October because a “huge announcement” was taking place in September. 

Apple is yet to comment officially on an iPhone 5 reveal date, but it’s looking wise to jot 12 September down in the diary, at least in pencil.

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