The rumor mill is abuzz with iPhone fodder this week, but it’s not all about the iPhone 5 as you might expect. Reuters is claiming that a cheaper 8GB model of the iPhone 4 will be arriving in late September in an effort for Apple to capture the hearts and minds of the more thrift-conscious among us.
It’s often a bummer to be a cell phone manufacturer catering to the United States, one of the few countries to have dual competing technologies with GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon). In the past that’s meant producing two different devices such as Apple did with the iPhone 4, but that could be a thing of that past come this fall.
Look, anyone outside of the secret circle at Apple Inc. who tells you the iPhone 5 is coming soon probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about. About the only real clue is the promised fall arrival of iOS 5, which is unlikely to be released without new hardware to complement it -- but bear with us as we chat up another new rumor anyway.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to begin pre-orders for the next iPhone on September 30 in anticipation for an October 7 launch. According to sources, Apple has been mulling on whether to release the new iPhone on October 7 or October 14, but decided with the former because of how quickly production is moving along.
Apple has still not officially announced or finalized a pre-order start date, or a launch date- for the iPhone 4. It's also rumored that the company will release two different versions of the iPhone: one as an upgrade, and possibly a cheaper, pre-paid model. It's also likely that the update will feature a faster processor, a better camera and, of course, iOS 5.
As we edge closer to September, the August rumor cycle begins steaming up. Will September 7 prove the magic day? Will the iPhone 5 make its appearance? Will you be able to buy it that day? And what about this mysterious discount iPhone we keep hearing about? Prepaid? All in the cloud? What gives?
As the summer winds down, all eyes are now on Apple’s annual fall event, where the company is presumed to release iCloud and iOS 5, likely alongside a next generation iPhone as well. The company’s music-centric events have generally been held in the first part of September, and a new rumor claims this year’s shindig should be right on schedule as well.
Rob Shoesmith doesn't need an official release date for the iPhone 5 to get in line, he just gets in line. Now. No matter that some people believe the next iPhone won't be out until October; Shoesmith is already there, first in line.
Rumors, rumors, everywhere rumors, the iPhone 5 is coming! But when? And does it look like the sweet picture in our gallery? We can only hope. That's a hot tip all right, and it matches some other bits of information coming in, so it looks like we're down to team September release or team October. But what other hot news what shaking the Applesphere this week? Let's have a look see, shall we?
While neither company is popping the champagne just yet, rumors claim that Apple and China Telecom have reached a “preliminary agreement” that would bring not one, but two iPhones to the carrier this fall -- the iPhone 5 and a scaled-down iPhone 4.