A mockup of the iPhone 5. (Photo : idealschina.com)
If you've been waiting for the iPhone 5 like (what seems like) everybody else on this planet, then Apple's recent press invitation must have you excited. The Cupertino-based company has invited members of the media to an event in San Francisco on September 12 to reveal the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 will most likely be launching nine days later on September 21.
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Another whole week before official information is revealed might seem like an eternity to some, so here's what we can gather about the iPhone 5 ahead of its announcement based on rumors and reports.
Let's begin with the size. The iPhone 5 should be sporting a 4-inch screen that would make it taller, but not wider than the current iPhone 4S. It will also be thinner than the iPhone 4S, according to leaked images.
It should be a given that Apple will be introducing 4G LTE into the iPhone 5 and that the next-gen handset will be sporting Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. The iOS 6 will do away with Google Maps, introduce Apple Maps, an improved Siri, and a host of new features into Apple mobile devices.
The iPhone 5 will also come with a smaller dock connector that should be around 9 pins rather than the current 30-pin docks. While this has many worried that the new dock size could render all current iAccessories obsolete, blog AWhiteDot picked up an accidental posting in the Apple store that revealed a 9-pin-to-30-pin dock connector convertor that allows Apple devices with the smaller dock to work with current stereos and cables.
The smartphone could also come with an NFC chip for wireless payments.
Other minor adjustments include repositioning of the headphone jack to the bottom of the device.
Carrier-wise, it's safe to say that AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will all be offering the iPhone 5 at launch. Apple's phones seem to have a problem running on T-Mobile's network, and smaller carriers will probably have to wait until the initial demands for the big three are met.
There's no information on t Pricing is anyone's guess, although it will most likely be in line with previous Apple iPhone prices.
Are there any features you would like to see in the iPhone 5 that isn't mentioned above?