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Apple has just invited members of the press to attend a San Francisco-based product launch event on September 12th, where the next generation iPhone is expected to be officially unveiled. As rumored, it seems as if the company’s prior iPod-focused fall events may be split off into two. It’s been reported that an October event may follow this one, with a miniaturized 7-inch iPad on the docket for that. This event, however, seems a lock for the iPhone 5 — or “new iPhone,” or whatever it ends up being coined — and while CEO Tim Cook confessed at D10 that it would be doubling down on secrecy, leakers seem to have doubled down on tipping the world off on what’s to come. The keynote kicks off at 10AM PT in SF.
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Well this could be something. iLounge is reporting that it’s got images of accessories made for the iPhone 5′s new dock connector. And at first glance, they seem to confirm a lot of what we’ve been hearing about it.
The images look like they’re from Scosche, a third party accessories maker. They abide by the 9-pin design that has been floating around for a few weeks now, and a picture of the bottom of a new case seems to give away a dock connector that’s significantly smaller than the current one, or even a 19-pin connector.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen similar connector parts, with eight standard pins and one along the side. And the most compelling piece of evidence is probably still the reference to “9pin” in iOS 6 code, found by 9to5mac.
Still, these could easily be mockups made to spec based on leaked images. Sort of like what happened last year, with all the “iPhone 5″ cases that showed up months in advance. Heck, China’s already bootlegging the whole phone. But there have been enough component leaks over the past several months that at this point, we definitely wouldn’t be surprised if these are legit.
According to highly suspect rumors website NowhereElse.fr, an industrious Chinese company has already copied the design for the iPhone 5—even before we officially know what the iPhone 5 looks like. Meet the Goophone i5, the bastard child of cobbled together rumors and unyielding ambition.
If you ignore the buzzing Android bug (?) on the back of the Goophone i5 it could easily be what many people think Apple’s newest iPhone will look like. At the very least it has the rumored two-tone back design. But where most believe the new iPhone will have a taller design than its predecessor, the dimensions of the Goophone i5 are the same as those on the old 4×3, 3.5-inch iPhone 4S. Oh well. It seems even counterfeiters aren’t willing to fully place their bets based on supposedly leaked specs.
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According to rumormongers, this allegedly leaked iPhone part supposedly shows a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna that would work with iOS 6′s passbook to turn your iPhone into a digital wallet. But is it really?
According to Anandtech’s Brian Klug and Anand Lal Shimpi, it’s not:
Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.
In addition to that, NFC antennas are big, thin flat inductors that work through a magnetic field. This is not it.
So what is this “heavily shielded mystery chip”? We don’t have a clue. Brian and Anand think is a touch and display controller combo. If it’s real and the part is finally there in the new iPhone, we will know what the hell it does in about three weeks.
With the iPhone 5 pre-orders opening up in a matter of weeks, another leak may confirm previous rumors regarding a smaller, miniature dock connector. Unless there is some sort of elaborate conspiracy going on between third party accessory makers, it’s probably safe to say the new iPhone is coming with a smaller dock connector and a whole new set of accessories.
An alleged next-generation Apple USB connector cable appeared in a leaked photo yesterday. With rumors of a similarly shaped 16-pin port for the new iPhone, iPad and iPad mini, we may be looking at the future of Apple’s unique USB cables. Since the cable appears to be longer than standard Apple cables, some have suggested this cable may be a third-party creation based on Apple’s plans.
The connector on the cable definitely matches up with earlier leaked photos, detailing two sides with 8 pins each. While the exact benefits of the smaller connector are still unknown, some speculate it will clip into devices with a looser connection, presumably similar to the MagSafe connectors currently used in the company’s MacBooks.
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Just a day after the tech world was amazed by purported leaked photos of the motherboard of Apple’s next generation iPhone, aka “iPhone 5,” a new report surfaced Monday, suggesting that the release date of the highly anticipated smartphone of 2012 is just over a month away, with Apple to start taking pre-orders from the second week of September.
The news was reported by Rene Ritchie of iMore, who said, citing “sources that have provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past,” that the Cupertino tech giant planned to start taking pre-orders of the iPhone 5, “at least in the US,” from Sept. 12, with the actual release still tipped for the following Friday, Sept. 21.
In terms of the international release of the handset, the report said that “the second wave of iPhone launches, the ones in international markets, will begin in the first week of October,” most probably Oct. 5. The information regarding the international rollout of the iPhone 5 came from sources that had provided iMore with accurate information in the past, according to the report.
Compared to the release procedure of the existing iPhone 4S last year, Ritchie said that Apple seemed to be more aggressive this year. Even as iPhone 4S was announced Oct. 4 last year, pre-orders were made available the next Friday, Oct. 7. The device arrived in U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. Oct.14 and by the end of that month, the rollout extended to 22 more countries.
However, with iPhone 5, Apple seems to have the intention of hitting the market with a bang. As Slashgear rightly noted, with the new iPhone, “Apple will bring the device on so quick you won’t have time to decide if you actually want it or not – you’ll have to buy it!”
Ritchie tried to explain why these rumored release dates indeed make sense:
“While in the past, especially when it came to the iPad, Apple took a while to ramp up international distribution, both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad 3 were released internationally quickly and broadly.
So, these dates do line up with past Apple release schedules.”
iMore was the first to report last month that Apple was expected to introduce its next iPhone model in a media event Sept. 12 with the final launch Sept. 21. The report also stated that the long-rumored iPad mini could also accompany the new iPhone during its launch.
Last week, another iMore report claimed that Apple planned to roll out the new smaller dock connector across its entire range of iOS devices this fall, including the upcoming iPhone, iPad mini, iPod touch, iPod nano and iPad. If all this information turns true, it will be one of the most intense release schedules in Apple’s history.
AT&T Plans iPhone 5 Launch In Late September
Technology news website BGR reported Monday that the U.S. carrier AT&T was planning to launch Apple’s upcoming iPhone in the third or fourth week of September.
AT&T sources told BGR that the launch had been scheduled “with an all-hands-on-deck policy in place for employees that will extend through to the middle of October.”
“A second AT&T source confirms that a large training event for regional employees has been rescheduled from the first week of October due to a conflict with a ‘huge announcement’,” BGR reported.
Meanwhile, a number of retailers like Best Buy and Target have cut down the price of iPhone 4S, a move that suggests that an all new iPhone is on its way. Even Apple is also matching the discounted iPhone prices, PC Mag reported.
Late July and early August have been busy times for the iPhone 5 rumor mill. With the September announcement inching closer and closer, more photos and videos appear, detailing everything there is to know about the upcoming device. By now, we’d say it is pretty safe to assume the new iPhone will be sporting a longer screen, capable of displaying 5 rows of icons on the home screen as opposed to the current 4.
Now, another leaked photo is making its rounds from Chinese forum iColorOS. If the photo turns out to be real, it could prove to be a clear confirmation of the information reported from the previous video released by iPhone parts manufacturer ETrade. In addition to confirming screen dimensions and design, the photo also backs up some other rumors, such as a new micro-SIM card slot and smaller home buttons.
With all of the rumors buzzing about, we can now paint a possible picture of what’s to come: a longer, stronger scratch-resistant screen, miniaturized dock connector, 5 rows on the home screen, two-tone metal casing and updated speaker arrangement. However, if history has shown us anything it’s that we can never be too sure. We’ll just have to wait until the rumored September 12th announcement to find out. Until then, expect more rumors and leaks to generate additional buzz.
We’ve seen the rumored next iPhone’s minuscule docking port more than once. Any of the cabling that plugs into that port, however, has been non-existent until today. If photos slipped to Nowhereelse.fr are more than just flights of fancy, they show a much narrower and possibly slimmer connector that matches up with the hole we’ve seen. It’s so small that a full-size USB connector dwarfs it by comparison, and there’s only eight contact pins per side (or possibly total) versus the 30 overall that we know today. We’re not told if there are any special tricks besides the size reduction, though: while the new cable end looks dual-sided, there’s no guarantee
The source claimed that there are eight pins on both sides, but that they perform different functions and might not let us plug the connector in any which way. Supposedly, the connectors also aren’t the final models and reflect the problems the unnamed contractor has had meeting Apple’s standards. Don’t worry about claims of future iPads leaping to the new connector: if there’s really a format switch underway, it’s only natural that other devices will follow suit.
Apple will have eliminated the right-side-up requirement that afflicts just about every mobile-sized port format we’ve seen to date. If real, the redesign could lead to one less hassle for charging and syncing. It just wouldn’t be much consolation to those who’d been hoping for a switch to a standard like micro-USB — or, for that matter, to long-time iPhone owners who may have to give up or convert legions of accessories.
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I’m sorry if you’re bored of hearing the same thing over and over again, but it looks like the next iPhone will really have a longer 4” display. According to a picture of iOS 6’s home screen, it is able to be scaled to show five full lines of apps when displayed at 640 x 1136 – the resolution a 4” iPhone should have.
After tweaking the iOS Simulator, the folks at 9to5mac found that when the display resolution is changed to 640 x 1136, iOS 5.1 displayed the home screen with a stretched set of 4 rows of apps while the iOS 6 showed five complete rows that come with a perfect fit. However, when the display resolution is changed, the simulator will not correctly display 5 rows of icons; the icons will instead be scaled to an iPad alike home screen layout, so this could very well confirm that the next iPhone will be equipped with a 640 x 1136 resolution 4” screen.
So how will the longer new iPhone look in your hands? Sure we’ve seen alleged iPhone 5 parts and casings, there were even pictures of everything pieced together, but how will the phone look in your hands? Thanks to some rendered images, check out how good it looks to hold the new iPhone; personally I’m glad that it’s longer and not really much wider because as much as I love big screens, they’re usually not one-hand operable. More images available over at source link, there are even images of the next iPhone in other colors like blue, pink, green, etc.
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Rumors about the new iPhone have basically everything but the screen shrinking. That includes the SIM card and its ejectable drawer. French site NoWhereElse scored some photos of what it claims is the new tray, alongside the 4S version for comparison. As you can clearly see, the new SIM slot is narrower and the insert has a slightly different cosmetic design. If the part turns out to be legit, it will hardly come as a surprise. Apple made a big push for a nano-SIM standard to be adopted over competing designs from Nokia, RIM and Motorola. If the rumors and Cupertino’s reliable refresh schedule hold up, you won’t have to wait long to find out for sure. The next iPhone is expected to be announced next month. Hit up the source link for a few more photos.
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