It's one more rumorific round up of the news before next week's unveiling of the latest and greatest iPhone hardware. Will there be surprises? Should Apple pull a "one more thing"? And what about the iPad? Will we be seeing anything on that score soon? That and more in this week's speculative edition of The Week's Hottest news.
No matter how great its fingerprint sensor is or how elegant the new gold color looks when the iPhone 5S is unveiled next week, there's going to be an inevitable sense of disappointment when the lights come back on after Tim Cook's wrap-up.
But it won't be because the iPhone 5S is underwhelming or the iPhone 5C is too expensive. It'll be because we know too much.
If you've been wondering if all these rumors we've been throwing your way over the last few months have any truth to them, you'll be happy to know that at least one does. As Jim Dalrymple of The Loop relates, Apple just sent out media invitations for an event on September 10, long thought to be the official date for the release of the iPhone 5S (and possibly the iPhone 5C).
It's a very special rumor-laden Labor Day version of the hot news of the week. Did you hear Apple has a new iPhone in production? Well, of course you did. But what else did you hear about it? Anything? Anything at all? Well, we just so happen to have some choice iPhone 5S/C rumors (with video!) and a few other things in the pipeline. So if you aren't already sitting outside grilling for the weekend, have at the week's top news and innuendo.
At this point, the "champagne" iPhone 5S and the low-cost iPhone 5C must count as two of the most leaked devices in Apple history. We've seen plenty of photos of the last couple of weeks, but now, as 9to5Mac reports, we're even starting to see videos allegedly showing versions of the units around two weeks of their supposed announcement on September 10.
Earlier today, TmoNews reported (via MacRumors) that T-Mobile announced vacation blackout days for its employees between September 20 and 22. Why's that news for us? Because it all but confirms that the new iPhones will be available on September 20, the date previously put forward in numerous rumors, most notably by Japanese business publication Nikkei.
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