We might just found our first reliable iPhone 5 release date rumor, and October 21 is looking like the magic day to mark on your calendars. The Verge has received a tip from a Best Buy employee that suggests the retailer is set for an ‘Apple fixture’ installation on the 21st.

What makes this seem so plausible is the continued rumor that October is indeed the timeframe in which we should expect an iPhone 5 to go on sale, with an announcement coming some time in the next few weeks. Does Best Buy know something we dont? It’s entirely possible…

The tipster says that while the instructions from Best Buy are intentionally vague, such occurrences don’t happen often, and a similar request for a member of the management team to be on hand was also part of the iPhone 4 launch documentation.

It’s clear that Best Buy is expecting something from Apple on that date, and it has to be something that both parties deem worthy of a new point-of-sale.

The date also falls nicely around a planned meeting of managers of Best Buy’s mobile devision, according to the source, suggesting plans may be afoot.

“On a related note, our tipster tells us that Best Buy Mobile managers have a meeting scheduled for October 10th to “discuss upcoming BIG release dates” (emphasis his). Assuming we get an Apple press event for the new iPhone a few weeks in advance, the managers would be well aware of the release date in time to discuss it at that meeting, so that’d support a release on or around the 21st, too.”

We’ve been more than a little skeptical about such rumors, and possible release dates are always tricky to pin down, but this does have a good feel to it. Did we just find out when Apple will bring its next iPhone to market?

We’ll let you know when we find out more!

  • John doe

    Your an idiot! If you have learned anything about apple and retail, you would know by now that noone knows apple shipment dates until the evening before. Find some real news please!

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  • topsy

    I really wonder if you get paid by the numbers of post you put in. Some pretty useless and unwanted and repeated post like the coming of the iPhone 5. It’s pretty boring now. I know you will say I should bog-off, but think about it.

    • Binary-Stalker

      Shut up, all you you. He is a reporter/blogger, he is doing his ‘job’.

    • Brandon

      Yeah in a way I agree. Maybe they should just make one post at the end of the day, rounding up all the rumors of the day.

      • Then you wouldn’t get the news of the rumor immediately, which is essential for some.

  • Mark

    All we know is that iOS 5 is being released to GM on October 29. Either the iPod Touch 5th generation and the iPhone 5 will be released with it, or one of the two will be released with it, and the other being released on January(probably). The date is from the betas and Apple will not release it after fall, and we know it will not be in November. The rest, we know from common sense.

    • Michael

      Where exactly do you get the 29th of October from, there is no set date for iOS 5.

      • I think he’s Talking about the expiry date of the beta version which runs out on the 29th of Oct. UNLESS Apple decides for another beta 8!! If no beta 8 to be released, then yeah we should see a new hardware before the end of Oct.
        For people who had enough of the rumours, just stay away from the posts, simple!

    • Michael

      iOS 5 in the fall, fall starts September 23rd and as for your post saying “all we know is”, you then go on to say “probably”, probably isn’t knowing now is it !!

  • Jeff

    LOL, NOBODY knows when the iPhone5 will be out, not even Best Buy employees. I don’t know what you don’t understand about that…. this e-mail doesn’t say anything about the iPhone5, it’s talking about endcaps, do you really think they are going to put iPhone5s on an endcap? Stop reporting such useless garbage.

  • Max

    Yesterday was my birthday.

    • Byron

      Mine too!