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Rumor: iPhone 5 to go on sale October 21 (or early October)?

Predicting when the next version of the iPhone will go on sale is something that Internet rumor mongers love to do. Today a new report surfaced that seems to suggest that the launch of Apple's iPhone 5 may still be several weeks away. Thisismynext.com reports they have received a leaked memo that comes from retailer Best Buy. The memo shows the date for the install of an "Apple fixture" on Friday, October 21. That date is a bit later than some other previously rumored dates for the launch of the popular smartphone. Some have put the launch in late September while others have targeted an early October release time period.

The same story also says the Best Buy tipster claims that Best Buy Mobile managers are scheduled to attend a meeting on October 10 to "discuss upcoming BIG release dates". We can't imagine anything bigger than the launch of the iPhone 5 at this point.

But not so fast. Boy Genius Report has posted up its own leaked Best Buy document suggesting that the iPhone 5 could either launch in the first week of October or that pre-sales for the device could happen that week. Yes, it's confusing.

Apple is once again staying silent about when the next version of the iPhone will be released but some kind of press event is likely in the works to introduce the iPhone 5 to the world. As we have reported before the new iPhone is expected to have the same dual core processor as the current iPad 2, which should increase its performance compared to the current iPhone 4. There are also lots of rumors that Apple might release a cheaper version of the current iPhone 4 alongside the launch of the iPhone 5.

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