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And so our long wait is almost over. Maybe. This weekend AllThingsD revealed that "sources" claimed the next iPhone would be revealed on September 10, and this morning Jim Dalrymple of The Loop seemed to confirm this with a simple "yes." Not the hardest evidence to rely on, to be sure, but both sources have a reputation for being right about this kind of thing.
Source: Sonny Dickson
The date would make sense, too, as the iPhone 5 made its debut on September 12 of last year. If the date's correct, this year would likely result in the debut of two new devices: the iPhone 5S and the rumored iPhone 5C, the so-called "budget" plastic iPhone directed at markets overseas. In 2012, Apple launched pre-orders two days after the reveal event, and the phones themselves started appearing in stores around two weeks later.
Hardware aside, the announcement of either new iPhone would also mean that we'll finally get a chance to use iOS 7 for ourselves next month (along with the associated iTunes Radio service), even if we choose not to upgrade to the iPhone 5S. That, indeed, may be the biggest news surrounding the announcement, as it'll provide some hints as to whether or not the world is ready to embrace Jony Ive's redesign of Apple's mobile operating system.
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