iPhone 5 release date: production has begun ahead of fall launch

Citing reliable Chinese sources, Japanese blog Macotakara claims that the next iPhone has gone into production in China.

MacRumors writes that Macotakara cited similar insiders when the iPad 3 entered production in January.

The site notes that approximately two months passed between the production and the official launch of the device, suggesting that the iPhone 5 could arrive in September.

A recent report from Know Your Mobile claimed that Apple will present the next iPhone on August 7.

Previous rumors state that the handset would enter production in June, with a possible September or October launch.