If you're panting to get your hands on an iPhone 5, now you've got a date to mark your calendar with. If your local shopping mall has an Apple (News - Alert) store, you now know when to avoid it if you're not in the mood to dodge miles-long lines of iPhone enthusiasts.
A little less than a week ago, the Web site TiPb published a rumor that the iPhone (News - Alert) 5 will be available starting on October 7. Now that rumor has been confirmed by by 9to5Mac. Apple will reportedly begin accepting pre-orders for the new iPhone on September 30.
The rumors swirling around now are that Apple will actually be offering two new iPhones this fall: one as an upgrade to the iPhone 4 and one as a cheaper, (and maybe even prepaid) version, says 9to5Mac. (There are hints that this budget version might be called the iPhone 4s.) It's expected that the iPhone 5 will feature Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, an eight megapixel camera and, of course, iOS 5. Given Apple's coziness with speech technology company Nuance (News - Alert) as of late, there are also rumors that the iPhone 5 will feature new voice-based navigation. There are also a few rumors swirling around that the new iPhone will have some sexy panoramic camera features, but that remains to be seen.
If you're waiting for an announcement about a new iPad, you won't hear it anytime soon, says the rumor mill. While there had initially been talk about an iPad 3 this fall, it would seem that Apple has decided to skip this option in favor of a (traditional) spring 2012 launch. The company is rumored to be working on some very sexy new features for the iPad 3, including something called a “2048×1536 Retina Display,” but little is known at this time.
Apple fans will just have to console themselves with their iPhone 5s for the time being.
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Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell