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Apple iPhone 4S launching October 14, report says

The last-minute rumor claims Apple stores will open at 7 a.m. local time on October 14 to accommodate expected strong demand for the device.

What does Apple have planned for today's iPhone event?

Even though Apple's iPhone event is just hours away, the rumor mill hasn't stopped producing possible hints into the company's plans.

This morning, 9to5Mac is reporting, citing sources, that Apple will launch the rumored iPhone 4S on October 14. The blog's sources say that the company's stores will open their doors at 7 a.m. local time to accommodate what could be strong demand for the device. In addition, the blog says, Apple employees will be subject to "overnights," so they can get the stores ready for the next day.

Apple will hold its iPhone event today. Although the company hasn't said what it has planned, the latest rumors suggest it will unveil both an iPhone 4S, featuring some improvements over its predecessor, as well as the iPhone 5.

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Over the last several months, rumors have been swirling over when Apple might eventually make the new iPhone (or iPhones) available for purchase. In August, 9to5Mac reported, citing sources, that Apple would launch the iPhone 5 on October 7 or October 14. That report echoed TiPb's claim that Apple would launch the iPhone 5 on October 7. Many analysts, on the other hand, haven't been so specific, deciding instead to say that Apple's new entries will launch in October some time.

Luckily, all the speculation surrounding Apple's plans for its iPhone line should finally come to an end later today when the company takes the stage at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. And when it does, CNET will be there to cover every second, so be sure to check back at 9:30 a.m. PT when pre-game coverage begins.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.