iPhone 5 delayed? iPhone 4S 10m+ on time

Two new iPhones are incoming, goes the rumour. The iPhone 5 will be delayed, while the budget version is rolling out in big numbers.

iPhone 5 rumour update number 7,268. The latest entry to this already bulging tome says there are two new iPhones coming, which is nothing new in itself , but the big news is the iPhone 5 is delayed. That's right, delayed. Which, if true, is going to be very annoying to those of us eager to get our mitts on one.

A couple of days ago we brought you news that the iPhone 5 will have a new tapered design , thanks to a slip-up from a case maker's website. Now 9to5 Mac is reporting the iPhone 5 will indeed look like this, while the budget version (nicknamed the iPhone 4S) will resemble the existing model. And the bad news is the iPhone 5 is delayed.

There are continued design and production delays with the iPhone 5, a source told the blog, meaning it won't make its early- to mid-October release. (Though that date is still a rumour, as Apple's staying typically tight-lipped on everything iPhone 5.)

But it's not all bad news. The iPhone 4-a-like is rolling off the production line, with Apple expecting to have over 10 million of the devices ready for launch . The rumoured announcement day is 7 October, which would tally with what's already been said .

Could the iPhone 5 be delayed? Apple is notoriously perfectionist with its design, and it's certain to want to avoid the antenna farrago that plagued the iPhone 4's launch. But we've consistantly heard of an early- to mid-October release, so maybe it'll only slip a week or so. Still, this could spell shortages as we approach Christmas.

We'll chuck them on the iPhone 5 rumour pile with the others. You know, the ones about it having a bigger screen, an 8-megapixel camera and all-new tapered design . Stay tuned.

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