Apple Announces iPhone 5 Event for September 12th

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    Ladies and gentlemen, it's official. As widely anticipated, Apple will formally unveiled it's 6th generation iPhone next Wednesday, September 12th.

    Moments ago, word broke that Apple has begun inviting media to a company event scheduled for next week. Although no directly-stated mention of the iPhone was found on the invitation, Apple is all but certainly going to take the covers off of the refreshed iPhone next week.

    The invitations, which read "It's almost here," display a bold number 12 in light of the event's date. But the shadow cast by the date reflects a number 5, indicating that Apple is likely going to call the next-gen iPhone the "iPhone 5."

    For now, few other details we've heard in the rumor mill in recent months can be confirmed or denied. But we can finally put a time frame on when all of these answers and more will become clear.

    As of this writing, it's safe to expect a new iPhone on shelves or at your door on or around September 21st.

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    There's been so much rumor-hawking and speculation the past few weeks that whether you're ready or not, we're squarely in the middle of iPhone season. So here's a quick rundown of everything we think we know about Apple's next iPhone.
    Appearance

    We think we have a pretty good idea of what the new iPhone will look like; we've been seeing leaked parts for months now, and recently that has moved up to fully assembled phones, and possibly a whole phone smuggled out of a plant.
    The phone will reportedly be a unibody design, with a two-tone back, and come in both black and white. And it turns out, all of the leaked internals fit perfectly into the leaked outer casing.
    Want proof beyond the leaked parts, though? How about Apple ramping up its long-term component contracts at a massive level. That is almost certain to mean new, different-looking products. It could be the iPad Mini, but the step up is large enough for it to be behind two new products.
    Additionally, iOS 6 scales to the exact resolution that the rumored 4-inch screen would have—and only to that resolution. There would be little reason for Apple to add support for 640x1136 screens if it had no plans on making them a reality.


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    Screen

    First and most obviously, the display is probably going to be four inches, and 16:9. We've heard this again and again, and iMore's report today suggests that's the configuration that Apple's locked into.
    On a technical level, though, the iPhone is probably going to use Sharp's IGZO display technology. IGZO screens are thinner, because they use smaller transistors, allowing more light to pass through. That means they use fewer LEDs, and therefore take up less space and consume less power.
    iOS 6

    We all know that the next iPhone will come with iOS 6. And we've learned a good deal about Apple's next mobile OS, too, since it was announced at WWDC in June. It will feature Apple's own mapping system, as well as some pretty cool new features like Passbook.
    Traditionally, we get an early look at the new iOS during WWDC, and then get the full dose of it when the new iPhone comes out. This year, if reports are to be believed, we'll also be getting an iPad Mini at the same time, so there could be some differences across devices. But we'll absolutely have the final versions of all the new features.
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    Peripherals

    All signs point to the new iPhone having a smaller dock connector. Like the move to MagSafe 2 adapters, the reported new 19-pin dock connector is a necessity. And it has been for two years, at least, when the iPod Touch reached critical thinness mass.
    And if you're really that upset about all of your peripherals, dollars to dock connectors says there will be some kind of converter—like with the MagSafe. It might even be compatible with micro USB (though almost definitely not, in all likelihood).
    There's also word coming from iLounge today that the new dock connector will be an insanely small 8 pins, but that seems unlikely because each pin has a separate function, and 8 would limit the functionality of the connector.
    Beyond the dock connector, there's also a hopeful little rumor out there that the notoriously terrible Apple earbuds might get an upgrade. If only!

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    Network

    It would be hugely surprising if the new iPhone doesn't have 4G LTE. Not only because of the necessity of keeping up with Android and even Windows Phone, but because Apple has been reportedly installing LTE equipment in its stores since last year.
    Battery life is also a factor. The IGZO screen's low power consumption, as well as the extra space in the body afforded by the longer, thinner screen, would allow for the iPhone to have a big, long-lasting battery. That's important.
    Until now, one of the main reasons Apple hasn't pulled the trigger on LTE is that the hyperspeed connections would have drained the iPhone's battery too quickly. Apple has always prized batter life in its devices, and there was no was it was going to ship an LTE iPhone that couldn't last a whole day on one charge.
    Although if the leaked battery that turned up a while back is any indicator, the battery isn't all that much bigger.
    NFC

    There have been some rumors about the new iPhone having NFC, but at this point, they seem like a bit of a long shot. Passbook in iOS 6 seems like a natural fit for NFC.
    Thing is, no one's really drooling over NFC right now. Not like they are for LTE speeds. Apple probably has the muscle to push its own NFC venture through the carriers, unlike Google Wallet. But while it makes perfect sense to pair a mobile payment system like Passbook with NFC, if demand isn't there, there's not much reason to stick its nose in the fire. Even Apple's WWDC announcement of Passbook made it seem like we'd be without NFC for a while.
    Update: After a false alarm that the leaked internals showed an NFC chip, but it turned out that's highly unlikely.
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    Release Date

    As of today, the best idea we have is that report from iMore that the iPhone will be announced alongside a new iPad Mini on September 12th, and released on the 21st. It would be about a month earlier than the presumed October announcement and release, which would have been a year after the 4S. But it also makes sense, since the iPhone 4S has lost a lot of momentum the past few months, since everyone's already talking about its successor.
    Update: The official announcement will be on the 12th. The 21st still makes sense as a release date, but we'll know for sure after the official event.
    Name

    It's easier to call it the "iPhone 5," but it also doesn't make any sense; this will be Apple's sixth handset, after all. What's far more likely is that Apple will ditch the numerical naming convention like it did this year with the iPad. Your next iPhone will just be the iPhone.
    Update: Looks like it actually is called the iPhone 5. The shadow under the official announcement image from Apple shows a large 5.
    Availability

    Of course, none of this matters if you can't actually get your hands on one to buy. Word is, Sharp, one of the main display manufacturers for Apple products, is having a hard time meeting demands, possibly shutting down manufacturing entirely. That would seriously hamper the number of phones available, and possibly make them a hard ticket to come by.
    Also, it seems that T-Mobile probably won't get the iPhone. Again. Ha ha T-Mobile.
    Maybe

    Of course, this could all be totally wrong. As we saw from the cache of iPhone prototypes last week, Apple works on multiple designs at once. So while it seems unlikely, the final released design could be totally different from what we've been seeing for the past several months. But it's way more likely that this is the iPhone that's going to land in our laps in about seven weeks.
     
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    Finally! The darn wait was beginning to kill me..
     
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    it was unofficially known months back..
     
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    i know that man.. but this is Apple, everything is unofficial unless its official.. :p
     
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    :truestory: true man!! .. now when does iPad mini comes out.. this month or next
     
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    My bet is with the thinking it's getting it's own launch in Oct. This one will be all about the iOS6 and iPhone 5 along with the made-for-5 specifics of the iOS 6 / Siri improvements etc. Not to mention the replacement of the usual Google suspects of maps/youtube etc.

    All in all, 12th is a big day! Looking at the stock chart of AAPL right now.. I'm betting it's only going to go deep space on the 12th! :p
     
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    i know that deep inside .. but being an apple fan.. i wanna see it soon..
     
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    yup.. i've got both on my wishlist. the mini is very interesting because believe it or not, i found the ipad a bit too big for most of my uses. the mini should be just about perfect.. though i will wait to see it in person. It might just be a size too small even!

    So for me, the iphone 5 is a sure buy.. the toss up is between the Mini and the iPad 3.
     
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    Well its exactly the same here.. But for monetary reasons mini is preferred


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