Apple will launch the iPhone 4S on October 14, according to a premature posting on its Japanese retail store sites. Mac Rumors reports that the site lists the iPhone 4S launch as taking place in Japan at 8:00 am on October 14; it seems likely that the handset will launch in other countries, including the U.S., on the same day. In addition, the page also makes mention of an updated iPod nano, with pricing for the new model to begin at 10,800 yen—roughly $140—down from the current 13,800 yen; it is unclear whether the change is related to a price drop or a change in currency exchange rates.

In addition, images for the iPhone 4S in black and white have been posted to Apple’s site, and appear to be identical to those of the CDMA iPhone 4, save for what appears to be a change in the black model’s proximity sensor. Apple is expected to announce both devices at its special media event, which begins shortly.

Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.