Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone 5 Event: What to Expect

Ahead of Apple’s highly anticipated event the most controversial question is: What it will emerge on Sep. 12?

The date is set, the invitations are sent and the wait is almost over. Today Apple is expected to announce its next generation smartphone iPhone 5. Photo: Ben/Flickr

Some time ago the Cupertino based company officially announced a September 12 press event in San Francisco, confirming months of rumors. And the invitations leave no doubt that the event will be the rollout of the iPhone 5.

Unlike last October’s iPhone event, where experts couldn’t decide whether there would be an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 (or both), this year the company doesn’t keep in secret that the look and feel of the next iPhone will finally take the design and feature leap many expected in 2011.

Everybody is wondering whether Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook has any surprises up his sleeve, and whether he will show off any technological breakthroughs to put the device above the competition.

“They have been in the crosshairs of a lot of companies for a long, long time,” Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said. “They were the upstarts before. Now they are more in a defensive role.”

For months the Internet was swarming with dozens of rumors referring to the highly expected iPhone 5. Experts and analysts were making their predictions and soon we will see who was right and who was not.

The list of the most discussed questions included the release date, the features and finally the name of the next generation Apple’s product.

Thought the Californian tech giant doesn’t reveal details of upcoming products before its special events, several rumors about the new device have already emerged.

The leaked information was released in pictures showing parts of the new iPhone and even videos of the device in operation have been leaked online.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be thinner than its predecessor the iPhone 4S and slightly taller, allowing for a taller screen.

Numerous reports suggest that the new handset will be faster than the previous model, thanks in part to increased RAM, and that it will feature a smaller dock connector. The headphone socket will apparently move from the top of the phone to the bottom, reports The Telegraph.

As Reuters writes, though few tech experts expect the new device to mark a sea change in smartphone hardware technology, Wall Street analysts are still expecting Apple to sell 10 million to 12 million phones in September alone.

By the way, the new iPhone is not the only device which is expected to be announced at San Francisco event.

The iPhone and iPad maker is likely to confirm the release of iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system.

iOS 6 is predicted to include Apple’s own maps – replacing the ones previously provided by Google, and a new app called Passbook, which collects virtual items such as gift cards and boarding passes into one app.

Other reports about tomorrow’s event have suggested that Californian firm is planning to launch a smaller version of the iPad. However, recent speculations claim that the iPad Mini will instead be announced at a separate event, possibly next month.

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