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Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 the same day it is unveiled next month, it has been reported.

According to iMore, the handset will be available to order on September 12th – the date the site has previously reported will see the next-gen handset - and the fabled iPad Mini - showcased to an expectant tech world.

Adding a veneer of veracity to the site's claims is that the site’s anonymous sources have purportedly “provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past”.

Billed variously as the most far-reaching smartphone upgrade so far and Steve Jobs's parting gift to the world, the iPhone 5 is expected to see Apple ditch the phone’s 3.5-inch screen for a four-inch number, while doubling the handset’s processing brawn with a quad-core processor.

Rumours suggest that the sixth-generation iPhone will be taller and thinner and house an improved eight-megapixel camera, a Near Field Communications chip that transforms the phone into a de facto digital wallet and 4G support in territories where the super-fast network technology is in place.



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