“Carriers are beginning to ship the iPhone 5 to customers, at least in the US,” Electronista reports.

“One example is Verizon, which is sending out notifications to people who preordered in time for a September 21st delivery,” Electronista reports. “Some orders could potentially arrive early, but Apple is normally strict about ensuring that couriers hold iPhones until their official launch date.”

Read more in the full article here.

BGR has a gallery of what they’re trumpeting as the “EXCLUSIVE World’s first iPhone 5 unboxing.” It is unknown if this is an early delivery in the U.S. or a unit spirited out of China by other means. See it here.

MacDailyNews Note: We have been tracking our iPhone 5 shipments – ordered from Verizon Wireless within the first minute of online ordering on September 14th – and the units are currently within 300 miles of our shipping destination (in a bordering U.S. state) and marked “Future Delivery Requested” in the FedEx notes. For our units’ estimated delivery, FedEx quotes: “Sep 21, 2012 by 3:00 PM.”

If we get ours early, we’ll certainly let you know!