New information on the iPhone 5 announcement puts the preorder date a couple of days back from the originally thought September 12th date.
The announcement date of the iPhone 5 has been known to be September 12th for some time now; only recently was the date actually confirmed by Apple. In general it has been accepted that the iPhone 5 preorders would be starting on the same day that the device was announced, followed by a ship date of September 21st. A report from MacRumors shows that Apple will be greatly increasing its staff volume for one day in the week of the iPhone launch – the Friday after the launch of the device, September 14th.
The significant increase in staffing could mean that Apple is actually planning on starting preorders for the device on the 14th. Last year, preorders for the iPhone 4S didn’t start until the Friday after the devices announcement and they started at 12:01 Pacific time. We aren’t sure the exact time that Apple will be opening the preorders – the staffing increases don’t start until 6:00 AM – but we are sure there will be lines at Apple stores around the US first thing in the morning this Friday.