iPhone 5 rumor of the day: Anticipating August availability?

Jun 21, 2011
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For those of us who can’t wait until September (or longer) for the announcement of Apple’s iPhone 5, we’re in luck. We think. At least according to a report from Boy Genius Report. Now rumors like this, in what is now officially the dog days of summer, should be taken with an ocean of salt. […]

For those of us who can’t wait until September (or longer) for the announcement of Apple’s iPhone 5, we’re in luck. We think. At least according to a report from Boy Genius Report.

Now rumors like this, in what is now officially the dog days of summer, should be taken with an ocean of salt. After Apple did not debut a new iPhone earlier this month at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, conventional wisdom held that the company would show of a shiny new iDevice in September. The first week of September is when Apple lately has made significant music and software announcements. So, trading the spot already taken up by iCloud (along with a player to be named later) for an iPhone 5 announcement seemed like a win-win for everyone involved.

But here is what BGR is reporting, based on tips from “reliable sources”.

“While Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals — BGR has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored.”

In April, tech blog thisismynext published renderings of what the iPhone 5 could entail. Here are the essentials:

  • The device will be significantly thinner than the iPhone 4, perhaps for akin to an iPod touch.
  • The iPhone 5 will feature a “teardrop” design.-The home button will be enlarged.
  • The front of the iPhone 5 will be almost all screen
  • Potentially most importantly, the iPhone 5 will be instantly compatible with GSM and CDMA carrier networks (meaning AT&T and Verizon).

Stay tuned!

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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