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August 14, 2012 - Dave Hecei
It is very clear that anticipation is growing rapidly for the next Apple iPhone. In the past, since the very first iPhone in 2007, Apple has released new iPhones in the summer. That ended last year with the late release of the current iPhone, the 4S. It was released in October. The next iPhone looks to be released a month sooner, which should place it sometime in mid-September.
Of course this is all rumor and guessing on the part of the tech press. Apple has not made any official announcements of any new device. This doesn't mean that there are plenty of signs on the Internet pointing to an imminent release. As with the current and previous model iPhones, as the next generation model is close to release the web fills with leaked descriptions and photos of cases, parts, and such. This time around is no exception. There is plenty of reported next iPhone breadcrumbs to find.
The majority of tech sites agree that Apple will likely hold a press event sometime soon after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Most have Apple having the event on September 12th with a release date of September 21st. The 12th is a Wednesday and the 21st is a Friday. Apple traditionally makes an announcement on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays with hardware sales occurring on Fridays.
While the last two iPhones were named the 4 and 4S, the next iPhone should be named the 5. With the release of the 3rd generation iPad, many were expecting it to be called the iPad 3. Apple called it the new iPad. It is very likely they will do the same with the next iPhone. Most believe Apple will simply call it the new iPhone. It will have a similar look to the current model, but will likely have a larger screen. Other than a larger screen, the new iPhone will not change much. Inside will likely have the same processing power as the current iPad, but with slower clock speed to keep heat down.
The most controversial rumor about the new iPhone is the loss the 30-pin dock connector. This docking port has been around since the beginning and by changing it now will leave plenty of useful iPhone/iPod accessories in the dust. Of course this dock change has only been a rumor as Apple has not confirmed or denied anything. If Apple does happen to change this important connection point, they could possibly create some sort of dock adapter. But it will be an added expense for Apple consumers.
If the past is any indicator of what Apple will do, they will make an announcement of the press event about a week prior. They will hold it at the Town Hall on the Apple campus. However, if they hold it at the Yerba Buena Center, then it will be a much more significant announcement. One that could encompass more than just a phone, like a mini iPad. We'll just have to wait and see. Next month is not going to come soon enough.
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