Reuters: iPhone 5 to Launch by End of September

Reuters today had some new info on the release date for the iPhone 5, citing a source claiming Apple is aiming for a release at the end of September. Their source indicates that the iPhone 5 will look much like the iPhone 4, gaining only a few hardware updates like a larger 4-inch screen:

In addition to the launch of the smaller iPhone 4, Apple is targeting an end-September launch for the next-generation iPhone 5, one source said, confirming earlier reports on Apple follower blogsites and industry websites.

The new iPhone — which some call the iPhone 4S because of its largely identical appearance to the existing iPhone 4 — will have a bigger touch screen, better antenna and an 8-megapixel camera, one source said.

The iPhone 5’s two manufacturers have been told to prepare production capacity for up to 45 million units altogether, the source said. The phone will be made by Hon Hai Precision Industries Co Ltd and Pegatron Corp, the person added.

Reuters’ September release date is at odds with an emphatic report from a weeks ago by the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD that insists the iPhone 5 will arrive in October. Apple in the past has been relatively flexible on its release dates and could move it forward or back depending on circumstances and quality testing reports for the hardware and iOS 5, currently in beta.