Apple made its long-rumored September 10 event official today, sending out invitations to a select few in business and media. The event will showcase the new iPhone model, which is widely expected to be called the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 5S will be physically similar to the current iPhone5 but will ship with iOS 7 and include upgrades to the camera and processor. There may also be a fingerprint reader for device security included.
In addition to the flagship 2013 iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce a second, lower-cost iPhone model, which many believe will be called the iPhone 5C. This model would feature more mid-range hardware and come in a variety of colors.
There’s only a week left for such speculation, though; the event begins next Tuesday at noon CDT.
So, the wait hasn’t exactly been long, but the iPhone 5 is now available for purchase in the United States. Those who were fortunate enough to pre-order in the first hour or so of availability last Friday morning should see their phones arrive sometime today; later pre-orderers will have to wait a few days or weeks. If you order now may have to wait up to a month.
If you didn’t pre-order and want a chance at nabbing an iPhone 5 today, you can try your luck at Apple, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint retail stores, or check out third-party retailers like WalMart or Best Buy.
Let the games begin…
In the most unsurprising iPhone announcement to date, Apple today unveiled its 6th Generation smartphone, the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5, which will ship Friday, September 21st, features everything we expected from the numerous leaks that preceded its announcement: a glass and aluminum shell, a 4-inch Retina touchscreen, a faster A6 processor, a smaller “Lightning” dock connector, LTE “4G” wireless support, iOS6, and improved cameras.
Pre-orders begin this Friday, likely around 12AM Pacific time. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will offer the phone for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) on contract.
The iPhone 5 will be available in either black (shown) or white. You can learn more about the iPhone 5 here.
Ahead of next month’s anticipated iPhone 5 announcement, at least one U.S. wireless carrier has decided to sweeten the pot for customers wanting to purchase last year’s Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S.
Over the weekend, Sprint lowered the price of their iPhone 4S models by $50 each, the 16GB version to $149, the 32GB to $259 and so on. Offers good for both new Sprint accounts and eligible upgraders.
Since the 6th Gen iPhone is widely expected to ship in about six weeks – give or take – now’s not exactly the most advantageous time to upgrade. but if you want an iPhone, are with Sprint, and don’t like 4-inch screens, now’s the time.
Apple’s first update for their latest mobile OS, iOS 5, is now live. The update is supposed to address battery life issues as well as various other bugs in the first release. In addition the update adds gesture support for the 1st Generation iPad.
You can update via iTunes, of course, over a USB cable, but you can also now update over the air, as iOS 5 supports PC-free updating. To get the update directly on your iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S, iPad, or iPod touch 3rd and 4th Gen, connect to a Wi-Fi network and tap Settings > General > Software Update.
This is the first time an OTA update has been publically released for an iOS device, so it’ll be interesting to see if it goes off without a hitch…
For more information on iOS 5.0.1, check out this article at Apple’s support site.