Speculation that the iPhone 5 will drop early to mid-September was lent fresh credence today, after another source named the date for the release of Apple’s next-gen handset.
According to a report from China Times, which was picked up on for Western eyes by MacRumours, the tech giant is planning to unveil the fifth-gen smartphone to an expectant world between September 6th-15th.
Citing unnamed supply chain sources (they really love to talk, eh?), the site also claims that Apple has already received an initial test shipment of 400,000 handsets ahead of the launch.
Interestingly, the news item goes on to claim that the next-gen iPad, variously dubbed the iPad 3 or iPad 2 Plus and reportedly due to land this year, has been delayed. Apparently, Apple has been forced to push its release back due to component shortages.
Exactly what the slate will offer remains a mystery. While some signs indicate a cut-price edition to compete with lower-priced Android tablets, others claim the device will be a more costly, substantial upgrade with a higher-density screen aimed at so-called power users.