Apple have sent out media invites for a September 12th launch of what is clearly indicated to be for the iPhone 5 (image above).
This follows very much in line with what we wrote about back in July about a September 12th launch for the iPhone 5.
So far the rumour mill for iPhone 5 specs has remained surprisingly consistent, with most every source converging on a clear set of agreed features:
- Taller screen
- New connection socket/lead
- Slightly thinner
- 4G support
- Improved camera/video
- Headphone jack at the bottom
These are all very much in line with summaries we posted on the iPhone 5: 10 features to expect.
In the meantime, the latest claimed “leaked iPhone video” posted on YouTube pretty much covers all the hardware rumours highlighted above:
There’s an obvious temptation to think it may be a clever fake - after all, that claimed prototype looks more like a Samsung smartphone than an Apple iPhone. ;)
However, it’s not just the iPhone 5 that will be new - we’ll also be expecting the launch of iOS 6.
(Oh, and here’s another iPhone 5 prototype video, claiming to show iOS 6 booting up):
So far, the rumour mill on iOS 6 has been pretty consistent, too:
- Direct support for the new larger iPhone 5 screen
- Siri to work better outside of the US, ie, locally in the UK
- Passbook - an app to store tickets (which may circumvent NFC technology)
- New Apple maps app to replace Google Maps
- Improved Safari browsing, with iCloud Tab Syncing
- Updated phone app, to include call blocking
- Improved apps download - in the background, and without the need for a password for free apps
The actual problem is that if these rumours all prove true, the iPhone 5 will have been the worst kept secret among their product releases.
It therefore remains to be seen which are simply educated guesses, and also whether Apple will pull a few surprises from the hat.
Yet while we only have a week to see what the iPhone 5 will actually deliver, rumours continue that next month will see a new iPad mini released.
Already we’ve lined up the rumours on the iPad mini as an iPad 2 offshoot, effectively cannibalising old product lines.
Suggesting that, perhaps the most radical thing about the iPhone 5 will relate to an entirely new hardware redesign.
If rumours continue to be taken seriously.
That remains to be seen, but in the meantime, we’ll get the popcorn ready.