Sep. 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM ET
We've heard plenty of whispers that the next generation iPhone will hit store shelves sometime in the next few weeks, but now we're reading that the device may be officially announced on October 4.
This particular date comes to us via John Paczkowski at All Things D. He explains that it is "the day Apple is currently expected to hold its next big media event, according to sources close to the situation." Paczkowski adds that the new device would then probably ship "within a few weeks after the announcement."
If correct, this would mean that the rumored mid- to late-October shipping dates are right on the nose — and that we'll have a shiny new Apple gadget in our hands within a month.
It's worth noting that the unveiling date would certainly fit with many of the rumors we've been hearing and that it would also maintain Apple's pattern of holding major media events on Tuesdays. On top of that, The Loop's Jim Dalrymple — a man with a consistently solid track record when it comes to Apple rumors — gave Paczkowski's story a nod of approval.
Does all this mean that we'll see Apple's new CEO Tim Cook make his first big product introduction on October 4? Maybe. After all, nothing's certain until Apple starts sending out invitations.
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