Report: Apple Holding iPhone 5 Launch Event On October 4

Can you feel it in the air? No, not the onset of fall, silly. The new iPhone! Ever since the release of the iPhone 4, it was obvious that the iPhone 5 would be coming. The only question was this: "When?" Rumors have been flying over the past few months about when exactly Apple would step up to the plate and reveal their next smartphone. WWDC came and went without a peep about the next-gen phone, and rumored September dates slipped back as well. So now, it looks like early October will do the trick.

Apple quite simply has to get this phone out before the holiday shopping season, or at least we would assume so. Waiting until 2012 is highly doubtful, particularly since iOS 5 will hit the public at some point in the fall. Timing the release of iOS 5 and the iPhone 5 to hit simultaneously seems to make logical sense, and All Things D has confirmed that a "special event" will take place in San Francisco on October 4th. Naturally, newly-appointed CEO Tim Cook will be the man taking the stage to introduce the new software and hardware, and it'll be quite the important showcase in his career.

It's almost hard to believe that we're coming up on our fifth iteration of the iPhone, but it's true, and if the sources prove correct, the handset will be on sale "within weeks" after the keynote. So, are you up for contract renewal? Are you planning to switch carriers to get it? What if Sprint joins the fun and grabs a version of their own? We suspect you won't be able to miss the fireworks. 
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