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Apple Announces Press Event And More iPhone 5 Images Leak

It’s the start of a brand new month and so far, September looks to be a great month for potential iPhone 5 buyers. Even though we’re just six days into the month, we’ve already seen a lot of new details come out about the iPhone 5. We’re learning more and more about when the new iPhone will be hitting stores, what features it’s going to have (and what it won’t have), as well as what it’s going to look like. So without further adieu, let’s jump into discussing the latest iPhone 5 news to break this week.

Yesterday many Apple insiders, media professionals and developers were sent mysterious invitations from Apple for an upcoming press event. The event is set to happen on September 12th. That date may sound familiar to you, as it’s the date we’ve been hearing about for a potential iPhone 5 announcement. While Apple’s invitation–as it always is–was quite vague, they do seem to be hinting at the iPhone 5 being announced at the event. Take a look at the image of the event invite below if you don’t believe us:

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See that shadow below the 12? It sure looks a lot like a 5, doesn’t it? Many experts–and us included–think that this is Apple’s way of subtlety hinting at an iPhone 5 announcement at this event. We obviously won’t know for sure until the date is upon us, but the odds are good that Apple will show off the new iPhone next Wednesday(!). All signs point toward a September 21st release date.

Perhaps more exciting than this is the leak of more iPhone 5 images this week. This follows last week’s leak of the new iPhone’s inner components, which gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new device. These latest images come from iResQ and show us the difference between the iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5. And the differences are quite big, as the images below show.

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From the images above, a couple things become strikingly apparent. The first is that the iPhone 5 in these pictures features a much smaller dock connector. This is consistent with what’s been reported for many months now–and it’s bad news for those who were hoping for the same old dock connector. No word on if or when Apple will release an accessory that makes it possible to use old accessories with the new connector.

Secondly, you can see that the new iPhone is bigger yet slimmer, and also equipped with a much bigger screen. We’re thinking the screen is about 4.3 inches given the comparison to the iPhone 5.

So what do you guys think of these new images? Are you as pumped for the new iPhone as we are?

New iPhone 5 Photos Have Leaked

Despite the fact that the iPhone 5 is now likely less than a month away from release, we really haven’t been treated to a lot of juicy iPhone 5 news as of late. Sure, we’ve heard rumors of when the new iPhone will be available for preorder and we’ve seen some pictures of components, but honestly, August has been a pretty slow month for news. That’s why we’re pretty excited about today’s article, as we’ve finally been treated to additional photos of the iPhone 5 that have apparently leaked. And these photos give an excellent idea of just what the new iPhone is going to look like.

The photos come courtesy of Sino Consumer Electronics Trade. Although, obviously, we can’t say with 100% certainty that these are actual photos of the next iPhone, they do look a little too realistic to be fakes. As you can see from the first iPhone 5 photo below, the new iPhone looks to have a bigger display than the iPhone 4S (which is on the left). That’s what we’ve been hearing for months now, so that’s no real surprise. What is surprising, however, is that the FaceTime camera has been moved to the middle of the new iPhone.

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We can tell from the above photo that the new Apple device will have a 4 inch or possibly 4.3 inch display. From the photo below, we can see that the iPhone 5 will be slimmer than its older iPhone brothers. Additionally, you can see that the new, smaller dock connector is there. That’s just another sign that the iPhone 5 will be coming with the new dock connector we’ve been hearing about over the past few months.

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According to Sino, these photos indicate that the iPhone 5 will come with an “LCD touch screen digitizer,” “front panel frame,” and a “home button.” This refutes previous claims that the new iPhone won’t have a physical home button. Oddly enough, there’s no mention of the often rumored Liquidmetal or Unibody design. There’s also no indication, from the new pictures, that the iPhone 5 will have a Gorilla Glass display or anything similar to that. That’s not to say that it can’t happen, just that this “leak” doesn’t show that.

So, readers, what do you think of these photos?

iPhone 5 Set For Pre-Order Soon

As the iPhone 5 release date draws nearer, we’re going to be hearing a lot more about the iPhone 5 than what we’ve been hearing as of late. We’ll inevitably hear more about the iPhone 5 features, such as, how big the display will be, how much RAM the device will come with and even how many megapixels the camera will come with. But perhaps most important of all of these is just when the new device will actually hit stores. Some new reports suggest that both the pre-order and actual release date may be a lot sooner than we all have been thinking.

According to reports from both news sites and Foxconn employees who have “leaked” information, the iPhone 5 is set to be announced shortly before September 12th, 2012. It is expected, say the sources, that the new iPhone will be available for pre-order on September 12th–which is a Wednesday. Given past iPhone launches, the device will likely ship about 7-9 days after this, which puts it on pace for a September 21st, 2012 release date–which is a Friday. That’s roughly in line with what we’ve previously reported here, but is a few weeks earlier than the iPhone 4S release date of October 14th, 2011.

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So what carriers will the iPhone 5 be available on? It will definitely be available for pre-ordering through Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and of course the Apple store. It is expected to be available on other international carriers, and may eventually make its way to T-Mobile–though that’s not 100% confirmed at this point. It’s worth noting that the anticipation for the iPhone 5 is starting to negatively impact iPhone 4S sales, as many stores have cut the price of the device. We expect Apple and the others to knock the iPhone 4S price down to $99 once the iPhone 5 hits stores.

What can you expect from the iPhone 5? Well, for starters, it will feature the brand new iOS 6, so it will be the first iPhone to come with turn-by-turn navigation built in, Facebook integration and a whole lot more. Expect a bigger display, better camera, more durable and sleeker body, and perhaps even a waterproof casing. Read more about the likely features in our iPhone 5 news roundup. JPKU743H2XS3

iPhone 5 Components Are Possibly Leaked

After weeks of not hearing much in the way of news about the upcoming iPhone 5–aside from potential release dates, of course–it seems that the iPhone 5 rumor mill has been on fire as of late. Last week we heard about the iPhone 5 release date (September 23 for those keeping track at home) and even got a possible glimpse at the new iPhone, courtesy of a Chinese case designer. It looks like the rumor mill is continuing to fire on all cylinders heading into this week, as the next iPhone’s components have reportedly been leaked. And the pictures of said components provide us with a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 5 may look like.

Our latest iPhone 5 image leaks come from a Japanese smartphone repair company. This company, known as iLab Factory, has actually posted a big variety of photos of what it says are new iPhone parts and components. The company has presumably gotten its hands on these components so that they can prepare for the onslaught of iPhone 5 repair requests that is sure to follow the launch of Apple’s latest and greatest device.

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Although these two pictures don’t show a ton of the next iPhone, they do show enough to give us an idea of what components will make up the new device. It’s evident from the photos above that the next iPhone will be taller than the previous iPhones; however, by the same token, it will not be any wider. This seems to indicate that the iPhone 5 display will be somewhere closer to 4 inches, rather than the previously speculated 4.3-4.8 inches.

Another thing that we can see from the pictures is that the dock connector will in fact be smaller. This just falls in line with the previous reports of a 19 pin dock connector. In other words, at this point, we highly doubt that the next iPhone will have the same dock connector as all the other iPhones on the market.

You can also see from the pictures above that the SIM tray appears to be smaller. That also falls in line with the old reports of an even smaller SIM tray than the microSIM currently featured in the iPhone.

Lastly, you can see that the iPhone in these pictures appears to have a unibody, liquidmetal design. This is somewhat surprising as we’ve been hearing lately that the next Apple device won’t have Liquidmetal or a Unibody design. The iPhone pictured also has a bigger speaker grill and a headphone jack on the bottom, which is obviously different from the other iPhones.

So, readers, what do you think of the iPhone pictured here? Just right or needs improvement?

iPhone 5 Images May Have Just Leaked

More than anything, most people just want to know when the iPhone 5 is actually hitting stores. And based on our last post, it appears that date is most likely September 23, 2012, with an official announcement coming the week before that.  Next to the release date, the next most desired piece of information from iPhone 5 consumers is what the device will look like. We’ve been treated to many purported leaked images, including some that we debuted back in February. However, the images that were leaked today may be an even more realistic representation of the iPhone 5 than any of the previously shown images on iPhone5Latest.com.

As has been the case with previous Apple product image leaks–such as the iPhone 4S–our latest iPhone 5 image leak come courtesy of a manufacturer. The manufacturer in this case is a Chinese case manufacturer who has decided to use a prototype iPhone (potentially an iPhone 5) in images for their upcoming line of iPhone cases. The case shown in the picture below appears to be a white hardshell case that “snaps on” to the iPhone 5. It’s not indicated if the case will come in other styles or color varieties–although obviously that piece of information isn’t as important as the iPhone 5 in the case.

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Based on the picture above, it’s clear that this iPhone is different in a few ways. For one, you’ve got a longer, wider screen. We’re not sure how big the iPhone 5 display will be, though we’ve heard it will probably be somewhere between 4-4.5 inches. The case and iPhone 5 shown seems to prove what these sources have been saying in recent weeks about the display size.

Secondly–and perhaps most importantly, given our recent talk of smaller dock sizes–the iPhone 5 in this image has a much smaller dock connector. Again, it’s not 100% clear from the picture just how much smaller the dock connector is compared to the iPhone 4S dock connector–but it looks to be somewhere in the range of 19-21 pins. If Apple does indeed go ahead with the smaller dock connector, this will render the iPhone 5 incompatible with the older style cables and accessories. That’s obviously not good news for iPhone owners who want to use their current accessories on the iPhone 5.

Lastly the iPhone 5 in this picture is much different from older iPhones in that it appears Apple has decided to move the headphone jack from the top left of the iPhone to the bottom left of the iPhone 5. For iPod Touch owners, this is quite familiar as that’s where the headphone jack on the iPod Touch sits. Personally, we’re not a fan of the move as we think the headphone jack works best on top–but Apple obviously must have something that tells them this is a good idea. We’ll see if it actually happens, though.

So, readers, what do you think of the picture? Are you a fan of the smaller dock connector and moved headphone jack?

Source Predicts iPhone 5 Release Date

As of late, we’ve been given a lot of juicy news about the iPhone 5. We’ve heard about the new iPhone having the thinnest display ever, possibly having a highly powerful quad core processor, and even the possibility of the iPhone 5 coming with a Thunderbolt port. However, the question most potential iPhone 5 buyers ask us most often is when will the iPhone 5 be hitting stores? And as of late, we haven’t heard much about the iPhone 5 release date. Until today, that is. We now have a good idea of when the next iPhone will be hitting stores. And it’s a lot sooner than most expected.

According to several sources–including a French iPhone website–the iPhone 5 release date is [like-locker-pro id=”3c2d84f8a7fb13507″ theme=”facebook” scheme=”default” url=”http://iphone5latest.com/source-predicts-iphone-5-release-date” message=”Click Like to unlock the iPhone 5 release date!”]September 21, 2012. For those keeping track at home, that means the iPhone 5 is mere weeks away from hitting stores. According to the source, Apple plans on shipping the iPhone 5 to buyers and to stores on or slightly before this date, with the iPhone 5 announcement likely coming on September 14, 2012.[/like-locker-pro]

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So just how credible is this source? Well, the French site that broke this news claims that their source for the iPhone 5 release date happens to be a very credible Chinese source. Could it possibly be a worker at Apple’s infamous Foxconn plant that has leaked the release date? It definitely could be, though it’s important to mention that release dates have been “leaked” in the past only to not come to fruition. However, there were some sources who correctly predicted the iPhone 4S’ release date months in advance–so it’s definitely quite possible that this source is correct about the release date, too.

For iPhone 4S owners, such a quick release date spells bad news for them if they were hoping to upgrade to the new and improved iPhone 5. With a release date that falls under one year since the release of the iPhone 4S, it’s unlikely that any carrier will give any 4S owner a early upgrade price of $200-$400. However, one thing that Apple products are known for is their high resale value, so many 4S owners may be able to sell their 4S and then practically pay for an iPhone 5 at retail price without it breaking the bank.

The French iPhone website didn’t just reveal the iPhone 5 release date–it also mentioned some of the likely iPhone 5 features. Things like 4G LTE connectivity, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and 4G LTE are all expected to be included in the next iPhone 5. We also expect the new device to get a bigger and more durable display, as well as a new design. In short, the iPhone 5 is going to be the biggest and best yet, in our opinion.

So what do you think of the iPhone 5 release date? Too soon or just right?

2 Reasons Why The Possible New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Good (And Bad)

One of the longest rumored new features to grace the iPhone 5 is a revamped dock connector. We’ve heard differing opinions on what the dock connector will look like, with some comparing it to a microUSB dock (like that which is found on many Android phones) and others who think it might be similar to or the same as Apple’s Thunderbolt technology. At this point, we’re still not sure but we are pretty sure that the new iPhone 5 will have a different dock connector of some sort. And for potential iPhone 5 buyers, this is both good and bad.

Reason #1 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Good: Faster Charging

There’s nothing worse than preparing to head out only to discover that your iPhone battery is just about dead and will take quite a while to recharge. If Apple implements a new dock connector in the iPhone 5–presumably with faster charging capabilities–this will be a thing of the past. With the new technology, we could very well see an iPhone 5 that charges from complete depletion to 100% in an hour or less.

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Reason #2 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Good: Faster Syncing

Similar to faster charging is the ability to sync items from the computer to your iPhone 5 faster than can be done with the current dock connector. Rather than the iPhone taking a half hour to sync a large amount of music or other media, the iPhone 5 with a faster dock connector may be able to sync the same amount of data in mere minutes.

Reason #1 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Bad: Potential Problems

Virtually every piece of brand new technology has a bug of sorts that usually gets corrected with an update to a later version. We’re anticipating that the iPhone 5 dock connector will have its fair share of problems when it first comes out and will be fixed with later versions of the iPhone. What will these problems be? It’s anyone’s guess, though it’s just one bad aspect of Apple making the change to a new dock connector.

Reason #2 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Bad: Incompatibility

Apple has been using the same dock connector and cables for the iPhone ever since the original iPhone release back in 2007. If and when Apple changes this (and as we’ve said, we expect it to change with the iPhone 5), the cables and accessories that you own for the iPhone will not be compatible for the iPhone 5. For those of us with iPhone radios, docks and chargers, this is a big deal as it means you’ll have to re-buy each if you buy the iPhone 5.

So what do you think readers? Is the new dock connector a good or bad thing?

Verizon Confirms Fall iPhone 5 Launch Date–Sort Of

No matter what sort of juicy information comes out on the Internet every week or day about the iPhone 5, most customers just want to know one thing: when the iPhone 5 will actually be coming out. Of course, this question is usually one of the toughest to answer because Apple likes to be secretive about the iPhone release date each year. So when someone as big as, say, Verizon potentially leaks the iPhone 5 release date? Well, it’s kind of a big deal. And yet it’s what happened this week.

Verizon held a quarterly conference call today and discussed the company’s earnings for this past quarter–as well as their expected earnings for future quarters. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was asked by an analyst about why some customers were “holding back” on upgrading to new phones, as recent data seems to indicate. Shammo responded that “there is always that rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out in the fourth quarter. And so people may be waiting.”

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Shammo obviously doesn’t mention the iPhone 5 directly in this quote, but it still seems like a pretty obvious reference to the new Apple device. After all, Samsung’s already made their big splash on Verizon with the Galaxy S III and it’s not expected that they–or Motorola–will be debuting any other big smartphones this year. That just leaves Apple as the only major cell phone manufacturer that has yet to release a new device this year (beyond the new iPad, of course).

With that having been said, when exactly can we expect the iPhone 5? That’s the question that most are asking in light of Shammo’s comment as well as speculation about the release date from other analysts. Shammo’s comment implies a fourth quarter release date, which would put the iPhone 5 release date somewhere between the months of September-December. Of these months, we’d say that November and December are not likely. Apple has never released an iPhone during these months and for good reason: it’s harder to get the attention of consumers during the holiday season, as they’re all focused on shopping for Christmas and other holiday gifts.

That just leaves September and October as potential iPhone 5 release dates. As we mention in our big iPhone 5 news roundup, we think September is the most likely release month for the new iPhone. And we still feel that way in light of Shammo’s comment. By releasing the new iPhone in September, Apple is able to take advantage of the back to school rush while still getting a bit of a sales boost from the holiday season. It’s a win-win.

What do you think? Do you think Apple will release the iPhone 5 in September?

iPhone 5 Display Could Be Thinnest Ever

With all of the hype surrounding Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S III, you can bet that Apple is chomping at the bit to outshine Samsung this fall when the iPhone 5 hits stores. One of the best ways for Apple to do this is, of course, by introducing a device that is sleeker than ever before. And it appears that Apple is dead set on doing just this, as they look to be planning an iPhone 5 with a display that is possibly the thinnest ever.

This new iPhone 5 display rumor comes courtesy of the typically reliable Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ, Apple plans to use displays from Sharp and LG for the new iPhone. These displays are made out of liquid crystal. That alone isn’t very important, but it’s what’s inside the crystal that counts. That’s because Sharp and LG have come up with a way to integrate touch sensors into the LCD. This makes it unnecessary for Apple to have a separate touch-screen layer, as they’ve had to do with the previous iPhones.

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The result of a display with touch sensors already built-in? A slimmer display screen, of course. And perhaps even more importantly is that a slimmer display screen will most likely lead to a slimmer iPhone 5. Although the current iPhone comes in at 9.3 mm thick, many users are looking to see the iPhone 5 slimmer than that–and this new technology will no doubt help Apple to accomplish their goal of a slimmer, sleeker device.

So what would an iPhone 5 with this new display look like? Well, it would probably be most comparable to the Galaxy S II or S III, both of which feature OLED screens–which are similar to what Sharp and LG will be manufacturing for Apple’s next iPhone. These screens are known for their thinness and brightness. They’re also known for helping the S II and III to maintain their overall thin figure.

Indeed, if Apple does in fact use the integrated touch sensor LCD display from Sharp and LG in the new iPhone 5, they’ll have more room for other components such as the battery or even the processor. This may enable Apple to build an iPhone 5 with a bigger and therefore longer lasting battery, which would certainly make those who complain about battery life (or lack thereof) on the iPhone 4S a lot happier.

Will Apple actually use this display in the iPhone 5? At this point it’s possible, though not without hurdles. As WSJ points out, in-cell touch screens are much harder to manufacture compared with standard LCD screens. So Apple’s manufacturers–Sharp and LG–may have a tough time manufacturing enough of these screens to keep up with the anticipated massive demand for the iPhone 5.

Quad Core Powered iPhone 5 Likely On The Way

Here’s something we’ve been hearing about for months now, though not so much lately due to the near constant talk of the iPhone 5 display size: a faster processor is likely for the device. Up to now, we’ve mostly heard talk about the iPhone 5 coming with an A5x processor, much like its big brother the new iPad. However, the newest rumor is that the iPhone 5 will actually be coming with an even more impressive quad core processor.

iPhone 5 Macroscalar A6 Processor Mentioned In February

You might recall back in February we discussed the possibility of the iPhone 5 coming with a macroscalar A6 processor. At the time, this processor–which was revealed by a patent actually filed by Apple–was rumored to include the ability to process tasks concurrently. That, of course, would mean that apps would launch and run faster on the iPhone 5. While this latest rumor does not specifically mention a macroscalar processor, it does mention the A6 processor–which leads us to believe that a macroscalar processor is still possible for the A6.

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Somewhat Reliable Source Reports Quad Core iPhone 5 Coming

This latest rumor comes from Digitimes, who are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. In this case, we’re more inclined to believe they’re right as the iPhone 5 is very likely to get the coveted A6 processor. Based on Digitimes sources (those in the industry, reportedly), the iPhone 5 will be “based on Qualcomm’s quad core chips.”

Further, Digitimes said that Apple is “also expected to release its next-generation iPhone built on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor in the second half of 2012, heating up competition in the segment.” The Exynos 4 processor is prominently featured in the latest (and very popular) Samsung Galaxy S III, so it seems pretty clear to us that Apple is looking to best their Korean counterparts. Using the very same processor that the Galaxy S III uses is a good way of doing that.

Exynos 4 Would Be Called A6 Processor, iPhone 5 More Battery Efficient

So what’s the benefit of using a processor like Exynos 4 quad core to power the next iPhone 5? Well, for starters, the battery on the device would be significantly more efficient. The Exynos 4 uses 20% less power than its earlier counterparts. It’s also very fast with a reported 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor.

Processor speed and efficiency plays a big role in how well a device like the iPhone 5 functions. Take, for instance, the earlier Android smartphones that featured slower, older processors. These devices suffered due to the sluggishness of the processor. However, the Galaxy S III, with its powerful and efficient processor, handles apps and games with ease. The iPhone 5 would do the same if given the Exynos 4 quad core processor. And for Apple–who are trying hard to keep Samsung below them in the battle for smartphone supremacy–having a better processor in the new iPhone would be huge.

What Do You Think?

Is a quad core processor powerful enough for the iPhone 5?