iPhone 5 Pre-orders Begin on Sep. 12

According to a “trusted AT&T source”, Apple is planning on having the new iPhone (iPhone 5) shipped by September 21st, 2012, with pre-orders beginning September 12th, the same day we’ve heard the Apple event for the device will take place.

It is said that AT&T is gearing up for an all-out approach to selling the next Apple handset, noting that the company plans to keep “an all-hands-on-deck policy in place for employees that will extend through to the middle of October”. Also AT&T has been forced to reschedule a large training event due to a “huge announcement”.

According to Taipei-based Digitimes, the iPhone 5 will run a quad-core processor, Apple’s A6. The latest version of the iPhone will feature near-field communication (NFC) technology that would allow the iPhone to better compete with Google’s wallet service and Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices, which will offer their own NFC experience. The iPhone 5 is also expected to be completely redesigned. Apart from the typical 3.5-inch screen, the new iPhone will have a large 4-inch screen.

It is very likely that the new Apple smartphone will have a unibody design. This will allow for a thinner, lighter and more robust iPhone 5. The new iPhone could be two to three millimeters thinner than its predecessor.

There is also evidence that Apple made ​​the case from stainless steel, rather than the previously accepted aluminum.

The fragile glass back of the previous models iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, is a thing of the past. Most areas in the back of Apple iPhone 5 will be replaced with steel, plastic or glass will be used to improve the performance of the antennas.

For added robustness, the use of Gorilla Glass 2 for the glass display is expected. According to rumors, Apple is also currently testing the use of sapphire crystal.

The other difference is the dock connector—instead of the inch-wide plug that Apple has placed on almost every iPod, iPhone, and iPad since 2003, the new iPhone will inaugurate a new, tiny plug that we’ll presumably find on all of Apple’s other devices, too. Finally, and strangely, the headphone jack is now on the bottom of the phone, rather than the top.