Reports are coming in from various sources, thanks to an initial claim from website, iMore, that Apple will be holding a special event on September 12th, where the firm is expected to announce the new iPhone.
It's expected that stock will hit the shelves from Friday, September 21st, though in typical Apple fashion, this will likely be an initial trickle, with the real bulk of orders coming in for the Christmas and the New Year sales. Most interestingly, it's also believed that the iPad Mini will be announced at this same event, perhaps in order to raise the overall impact.
Unlike the iPhone 4S, which arrived 16 months after the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 is set to hit the market with only an 11 month gap. Will this be enough to interest punters who, not so long ago, purchased their current iPhone? How will the iPhone 5 differentiate itself, both against its predecessors' and its number one competition, Samsung's GALAXY S III and any devices that may land on the 15th? All will be revealed in the next six weeks, probably.