The last week has been filled with iPhone 5 news items that seem to be important markers on the way to the device’s highly-anticipated release this fall.
First, we got confirmation from Reuters of the new, smaller Dock Connector that had been rumored for some time. A pain for owners with many Dock Connector accessories, this update will nonetheless be a welcome one for fans of smaller cables. USB 3.0?
Next, there was a series of photos, including the one above, which iLab Factory purports to be of a fully assembled, ready to roll iPhone 5 production unit. These photos aren’t fuzzy, sneaked shots of a prototype in a darkened closet, but full-on, high-res images of what looks to be a handset that matches every rumor and leak we’ve seen over the last few weeks.
And finally, iMore.com is reporting that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 – and perhaps the new “iPad mini” and next-gen iPod nano as well – on September 12, with new products shipping the following Friday, September 21 – the first day (though not full day) of fall. This is the least reliable of the recent news regarding the 6th Generation iPhone, but it sounds right to us. If true, there are just 44 days until we get our first official look at the hardware and are told how the design team at Apple started from scratch again to build the best phone ever.