Apple only released media invitations and confirmation for their September 10th iPhone announcement a few hours ago, but according to a source speaking to MacRumors, it appears that shipments of the new iPhones are already being delivered to Apple in the U.S.
Apple having issued invitations for its September 10 media event where it is expected to introduce its next-generation iPhone 5S and 5C models, MacRumors has learned from a reliable source that the company has already begun shipments of at least some of the new hardware into the United States.
As is not unheard of for the company, Apple is already beginning to stockpile units in the United States for quick distribution to carrier partners, other third-party retail partners, and its own channels.
This could possibly suggest that the new hardware may launch before September 20th, as previously rumored, although it also might mean than Apple is simply building up as much stock as possible ahead of an official retail launch. The report also summarizes a separate claim from CTechnology, who reports that 1.2 million units have in fact already been shipped to the United States.
With any luck, Apple might not suffer as serious a demand backlog with the iPhone 5C and 5S as they have with previous releases, including the iPhone 5! We’ll let you know if and when we hear anything further.