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iPhone 5 will "launch" in September

Apple has given its manufacturers a deadline.

iPhone 5 will "launch" in September - that's the claim by rumoursite Digitimes, which cites the ever-elusive but unquenchably talkative "Taiwan-based supply chain makers."

According to the post, Pegatron Technology "reportedly" now has orders for the Next iPhone "to be launched in September" as well as orders for a 10-inch iPad - apparently meaning an iPad with a diagonal screen size that is 0.3 inches bigger than the existing models - which will launch in the fourth quarter. See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round up.

But this is a Digitimes story so one expects (at least) confusion. In this case, the Next iPhones order is not really the news, because Pegatron must have won the Apple deal much earlier: the manufacturer "has already finished expanding its equipment and labor force for Apple's orders," according to Digitimes.

The rest of the brief post is padded out with pseudo-facts about Pegatron's decision to downsize its SI motherboard business to devote more resources to Apple products and about the company's finances.

Asian supply chain sources are endlessly productive of Apple rumours. Last February MacRumors repeated a rumour repeated by Digitimes from a Taiwanese newspaper that Apple had pressured Pegatron to stop building Asus' Zenbook laptop because Cupertino was "displeased with the similarity in appearance between ASUS's Zenbook and the MacBook Air."

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