iPhone 5 rumor this, Apple smartphone rumor that — blah, blah, blah. Somebody whispers something about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 then every blogger on the planet reports it. Given that most of these at best half-truths turn out to be wholly false, who and what the heck are you supposed to believe? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the gold standard of Apple rumors.

When, oh, when will Apple introduce and then ship their next-generation smartphone?

Well, yesterday, Tapscape reported that the iPhone 5 will be introduced on September 12 and ship nine days later on September 21. Believable?

Stop thinking about it because Jim Dalrymple of Loop Insight fame has confirmed that this latest rumor is indeed absolutely correct.

You’ve gotta love that Jobsian single-syllable flourish of a delivery. That said, Dalrymple has a nearly unblemished record vis-a-vis Apple rumors and has many, many contacts at Apple and the industry — the iPhone 5 on September 12 is all but certain…

What’s your take?

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