Apple is due to reveal its iPhone 5 later today and customers will be able to pre-order the smartphone on 14 September. See also: iPhone 5 review.

That pre-order date is this Friday and a couple of days after Apple's launch event for the next generation iPhone. According to MacRumours, the iPhone 5 will be available to pre-order from Apple early on Friday morning, possibly 6am. See: iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round-up.

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"We're hearing that certain portions of Apple's online sales support team are significantly increasing their staffing levels beginning at 6:00 AM Eastern on Friday, with a major surge for the initial shift beginning at that time and a sustained level of high staffing for at least the remainder of the day." said MacRumours.

Apple's pre-order tactics, and indeed launches, have varied over the years with the iPhone 4S going up for pre-order soon after the media event finished. This appears not to be the case with this year's iPhone 5. See also: iPhone 5 launch: everything you need to know.

It is believed that pre-orders will be shipped and the iPhone 5 will hit Apple stores on 21 September, nine days after today's launch event. Check out the iPhone 5 price in UK too.

Earlier we reported the first iPhone 5 caseby Sculpteo which shows the iPhone 5 will be larger than the iPhone 4/4S. At EE's 4G mobile broadband launch the firm hinted that the iPhone 5 will be 4G capable.

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