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iPhone 5 event scheduled by Apple for Oct. 4

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(Read caption) Apple will likely unveil the iPhone 5 on Oct. 4. Pictured, the Apple store in Hong Kong.

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After several months of speculation, scuttlebutt, and wild rumormongering, the long awaited iPhone 5 unveiling draws nigh: Apple has issued invitations to an Oct. 4 press event at company HQ, in Cupertino. And lest anyone worry that Apple will introduce a new computer, or tablet, or something like that, the company has helpfully emblazoned the invite with the words, "Let's talk iPhone."

It's worth noting that the early October unveiling date was accurately predicted by the folks at 9 to 5 Mac, who published a lengthy report way back in August, alleging that the iPhone had moved into the pre-production stages. Oct. 4, of course, puts Apple a bit behind its yearly iPhone refresh schedule. There's no telling what's to blame for this delayed release – some attribute it to the long-delayed spring release of the white iPhone 4, others say it was the slow process of manufacturing tens of millions of iPhone 5 handsets. Perhaps both. Maybe neither. It's not like Apple to say either way.


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