For those of you itching to see what Apple has in store for its next iPhone, you won’t have to wait much longer!
Following a report from iMore, which claimed that “sources who have proven accurate in the past,” have said the iPhone 5 (or the new iPhone) will be unveiled by Apple on the 12th September. While most tech rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt, this one seems to hold much more validity with iLounge, AllThingsD, The Verge, Reuters and Bloomberg confirming the rumours with their own sources.
One needs only to look at Apple’s latest 10-Q filing, which shows a substantial rise in the the company’s prepayment for inventory components during the June quarter of 2012, which AllThingsD believes indicates a big product launch around mid September.
Many believe the ‘leaked’ news came from Apple itself, with Business Insider noting that after the story original broke on iMore, other news sites reported the same thing, all with a “source familiar with the situation”. It is because of this, that Business Insider believes the
leak to be an “approved, coordinated leak from Apple.”
It also seems as though there is a possibility that a new iPod Touch will be unveiled according to iLounge, which will sport a bigger screen and better processor. While a few tech sites have voiced their conjecture over the rumoured iPad mini making an appearance at this event, iLounge have dismissed this as their source says “it could ship by November”, which points towards the iPad mini having a separate event.
In addition to the leaked date of the iPhone 5 event, photos of what seems to be a fully assembled iPhone 5 have surfaced on the internet. While the pictures above (leaked by iLab, an iPhone repair shop in Japan) do show a thinner, taller iPhone, Henry Blodget of Business Insider states the iPhone 5 may receive the same, disappointed reception as the iPhone 4S, which showed very little variation between earlier models in design if these pictures are the real deal (we think these iPhone 5 concepts are much cooler). Of course, however, even if the new iPhone doesn’t reveal a ground breaking new design, Apple’s loyal following will still queue for miles in the wee hours of the morning to get there hands on the latest gadget, which begs the question of does Apple really need a radically different iPhone design?
Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, has announced that the company will start shipping screens destined for the iPhone 5 this month. Sharp, identified as a supplier by Apple last year, is one of three companies expected to build the screens for the latest Apple offering, along with LG Display Co Ltd and Japan Display Inc.
The screens will be 4 inches corner to corner, which is 30% bigger than current iPhones, while the screen will also be thinner than its predecessors with the use of in-cell panels.In-cell panels embeds touch sensors into the liquid crystal display, eliminating the touch-screen layer found in current iPhones.
Japanese blog Macotakara has also released a hands on video of what appears to be the same assembled iPhone. Check out the video below:
Do you think Apple needs to come up with something revolutionary with the design of the iPhone 5 or will sticking to their tried and true formula continue to delight their fans?