The iPhone 5 will be shipping on September 21, if recent reports are accurate.
Last month, TechCrunch got a tip from a "trusted Verizon employee" indicating that the company would enter an all-staff vacation blackout from that date through the 30th, and that the 21 would be the actual release date.
Last week, further confirmation of this date appeared to surface, as GottaBeMobile reported, citing "a trusted source familiar with Apple's iPhone shipping plans," that the device would be released on that date.
According to MacRumors, FedEx has also begun alerting employees about a "surge volume" event beginning that day, as it postponed a class. The publication shared the following message from the company:
Due to the upcoming "surge volume" event between Sep 21-24, this class has been postponed to the week of Nov 5-9 and you have automatically been moved to that class. If you are unable to attend the week of Nov 5-9, please send me an email and we'll remove you from the roster.
Thank you for your understanding.
While there is no specific mention of the iPhone 5, FedEx is Apple's primary shipping partner for U.S. orders, most of the time, as MacRumors notes.
The device is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday.