iPhone 5 available from 21 October?

It has slipped, that's for sure. We actually expected the iPhone 5 next week, but that's not going to happen now. After all, we've not even had the big press launch. So when can we expect the next-gen Apple phone? Possibly on 21 October.

But keep that pinch of salt handy, this is by no means certain. The date comes from a leaked document obtained by the This Is My Next site, which actually originated from Best Buy. It points to an 'Apple fixture' being installed early in the morning of that particular Friday, similar to the installation organised for the iPhone 4 launch.

If that's not enough, TechRadar also reports that Japanese site Macotakara is claiming that the iPhone 5 is now in production, with the Foxconn and Pegatron factories kicking off assembly. However, the units aren't being packed as yet, due to issues with finalising the iOS 5 software. That could well be the reason for the ongoing delay. But it does sit well with the idea of a late September launch, along with a late October shelf date. After all, software issues are usually easier to sort than hardware. Or white casings.

We expect the details of the launch event very soon. When that's confirmed, everything should fall into place, very likely to be following the schedule mentioned.

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