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Exclusive rumour: Apple to call iPhone 5 press conference on 5 October

Retail launch on 12 October

Exclusive rumour: Apple to call iPhone 5 press conference on 5 October
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In the sort of hush-hush operation whereby we'd have to kill you etc etc, it seems that Apple is gearing up for a slightly earlier than previously expected iPhone 5 launch.

Our inside source says there will be a press conference announcing the new hardware on October 5th, with retail release occurring a week later.

This broadly fits with the movement of recent rumours, which peaked with a - since proven erroneous - 21st October release date, bought forward to a October 15th date, according to Orange CEO Stephane Richard.

The symbolism works well too: iPhone 5, iOS 5, October 5.

What's in the box?

Of course, the hardware itself remains our main concern, with consensus suggesting iPhone 5 could be less of a radical leap than previously hardware, with considerable focus being placed on iOS 5.

Still, there will, no doubt, be enough things to get excited about, ranging from - perhaps - a better screen, cameras, antenna and - presumably - a new case design too.