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Twelfth of September

September 5, 2012 - Dave Hecei
It’s official. Apple will be holding a press event on September 12th. This is no surprise since most tech blogs and Mac news sites have posted this date three or four weeks ago. The announcement from Apple does not give any other information but most agree that this will be an event to introduce the next iPhone.

The interesting bit of the Apple invite is the photo does give some sort of clue. While some have thought with the third iPad being called just the ‘new iPad’, the next iPhone might be called the ‘new iPhone’. But if you look at the image of the invite the shadow is in the shape of a five. Since the current iPhone is called the 4S, the next numerical sequence is 5. So the next iPhone might stick with the numbering sequence.

A quick roundup of the rumors for the next iPhone has it being redesigned. Having a machined out aluminum body and longer length. This extra length supposedly is because the new display is rumored to be a wide-screen. The aluminum body also means that the back will no longer be glass, something that was very scratch resistant but prone to breaking if dropped just right.

On the outside, the big rumor is the dock connector. Apple has been using their 30-pin dock connector on all iPhones since day one. There are hundreds if not thousands of iOS dock devices out there that will be useless if and when Apple does change to a different dock connector. The rumor is that it will be a smaller 9-pin connector. The other rumor is that the headphone/microphone jack will move from the top to the bottom, next to the dock connector.

Inside, the iPhone probably won’t change much compared to the 4S. The only thing that might change is the addition of LTE high-speed data. This technology made it into the latest iPad, but didn’t make it into the 4S.

So, next Wednesday Apple should announce the new iPhone 5 with larger wide-screen display, sleeker body design, LTE data, and a whole new dock connector.


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