Confirmed: Apple to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12

Confirmed: Apple to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12Well, the rumours were right on the money. Apple has sent out invitations for the official unveiling of the iPhone 5 on September 12 – just eight days from today, in other words.

In typical Apple fashion, of course, there's not a sniff of the word “iPhone” anywhere to be seen, but the huge 5-shaped shadow in the foreground of the graphic on the invitation leaves very little doubt.

The prominence of the 5 also surely confirms that the sixth iteration of the iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5 – and not New iPhone or something silly like that.

The announcement puts the final piece of the puzzle in place for what should be a massive week for the world of mobile tech. We've got Nokia World in Helsinki starting tomorrow – with a twin event taking place in New York, co-hosted with Microsoft.

Motorola will also be present at that event, while on Thursday we're expecting to see Amazon dish up the Kindle Fire 2 – and hopefully outline plans to bring it to the UK too.

But like it or not, all that is likely to be a sideshow to the biggest launch event of the lot: Apple's. Nothing matches the excitement and anticipation of an iPhone launch, and this one is worth paying particular attention to since it's likely to herald the biggest change to the iPhone hardware since the original was announced back in 2007 – mainly thanks to the expected jump in screen size from 3.5in to 4in.

The rumours will likely hit fever pitch now as we enter the home straight ahead of the official iPhone 5 unveiling, but knowing Apple there will probably still be one or two surprises on the day.

We'll know in just over a week.

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Pondlife  Sep. 4, 2012 at 18:38

Motorola are also at Nokia World??

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 18:49

£5 says its a new 5 inch ipod touch ;)

Pondlife  Sep. 4, 2012 at 18:53

Ok I'll bet against that.

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 18:58

Ok I'll bet against that.

this £5 note is a theoretical £5 its like a government who are for the people...

universe1992  Sep. 4, 2012 at 19:05

Yawn it's not a GS3

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 19:08

Yawn it's not a GS3

judge koh may think differently.

satchef1  Sep. 4, 2012 at 20:31

Is Apple's iPhone event the big one simply because of legacy? Last year's one sucked, Gizmodo pretty much ruined the one before that and the 3GS was underwhelming. Given pretty much everything about the fifth iPhone has already been leaked, it's not likely to be that exciting an event (or, by the looks of it, that exciting a handset). I'm far more intrigued about the Apple TV set and mini iPad rumours that have been circulating for ages, yet haven't shown up.

Pondlife  Sep. 4, 2012 at 20:39

I think there is a hope that there is more to come that's not been leaked or that the leaks were a smokescreen, but yeah likely a damb squib. Even less interested in apple tv and vapourware midsize ipod touch.

Looks set for three meh wednesdays in a row.

satchef1  Sep. 4, 2012 at 20:45

So basically, it's going to be a crushing disappointment, just like every other event, because people's imaginations feed the expectation of better devices than actually exist (see iPhone 3GS, 4S, Nokia Lumia 920 for particularly potent examples).

Pondlife  Sep. 4, 2012 at 20:52

Well they had a year off last year, so maybe they can surprise... Come to think of it Nokia have had quite a holiday, wish htc hadn't made it three weeks in a row though.
If no surprise for 5 can't even blame the leaks really as even without them its a bit hmmm dull. It'll sell heaps anyway.

(can add sgs3 to that list easily)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 21:52

Yawn it's not a GS3

judge koh may think differently.


hahahaha

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 22:00

I'd kinda like the iPhone 5 to deliver something unexpected and spectacular. Not because it's Apple, but because pretty much all launches this year left me yawning. I'm bored by the now usual 'a bit faster/bigger/pixelier...
But it seems it'll be just more online-cloud services stuff, notifications etc... Better accessibility features, a slightly better cam etc.
No mass storage mode :p

I never thought I'd say this, but I think Apollo might just break more new ground (relatively speaking). And coming from the N9 I fancy those 920 pics....

Pondlife  Sep. 4, 2012 at 22:03

Well if you start from further behind it's easier to improve...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2012 at 22:13

Well if you start from further behind it's easier to improve...

True. Leave out loads at the start and then introduce features Symbian had 6 years ago YAY

Andy247  Sep. 4, 2012 at 22:26

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. iPhone 4
5. iPhone 4S
6. iPhone 5?

Is 1 out of 6 being numerically accurate really the best we can hope for? Really?

Treab  Sep. 4, 2012 at 22:31

i count at least 2,3 if we include the 3gs ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 00:28

i count at least 2,3 if we include the 3gs ;)
Where's the third?

I see the:

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4

If you're counting the original, remember it was renamed the iPhone 2G. Even without that, it has no number, it therefore doesn't count.

Reser  Sep. 5, 2012 at 03:24

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. iPhone 4
5. iPhone 4S
6. iPhone 5?

Is 1 out of 6 being numerically accurate really the best we can hope for? Really?


The 4S was not a new phone but an upgrade on the old one, as was the 3GS, Really they are only missing an iPhone 1.

2) iPhone 2G
3) iPhone 3G / iPhone 3GS
4) iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S
5) iPhone 5

corgi74  Sep. 5, 2012 at 08:25

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. iPhone 4
5. iPhone 4S
6. iPhone 5?

Is 1 out of 6 being numerically accurate really the best we can hope for? Really?


Don't you mean

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. Galaxy S
5. Galaxy Ace
6. iPhone 4
7. iPhone 4S
8. iPhone 5?

morpheus  Sep. 5, 2012 at 09:47

I predict that Apple will blow everyone away with the iPhone 5...

I have heard it will have this amazing new feature that Apple have recently invent.... ssshhhh... don't tell anyone but on the new iPhone you'll be able to send pictures that you have taken to your friends (as long as they have an iPhone 5)....

I heard it will be called iMultimediaMessagingService...

No one better try and copy it or else Apple will sue the **** off everyone...

And THAT Android fanbois is why Apple lead the tech world...

Stelph  Sep. 5, 2012 at 10:32

I dont see how this is confirmed if it doesnt mention the iPhone, it could be 12th September is when Apple roll out their 5th next big court case against...... Nintendo, the swines, for daring to enter the mobile gaiming space way back in the past since apple have a patent for all mobile gaming from like, last year

You heard it here first

AhmadCentral  Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:15

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. iPhone 4
5. iPhone 4S
6. iPhone 5?

Is 1 out of 6 being numerically accurate really the best we can hope for? Really?


Don't you mean

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. Galaxy S
5. Galaxy Ace
6. iPhone 4
7. iPhone 4S
8. iPhone 5?


Genius!

I'd like to see more integration between desktop and mobile. notifications, texts, music/streaming. Yeh we have some of that now but it need to be better and more open.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:36

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. iPhone 4
5. iPhone 4S
6. iPhone 5?

Is 1 out of 6 being numerically accurate really the best we can hope for? Really?


Don't you mean

1. iPhone
2. iPhone 3G
3. iPhone 3GS
4. Galaxy S
5. Galaxy Ace
6. iPhone 4
7. iPhone 4S
8. iPhone 5?


Genius!

I'd like to see more integration between desktop and mobile. notifications, texts, music/streaming. Yeh we have some of that now but it need to be better and more open.

Really? Funny how different we all are... Those are possibly the things I care about the least. Ce la vie, as the French hardly ever say :p

AhmadCentral  Sep. 5, 2012 at 13:51

Well i do want to see all the other stuff as well. Not just that aha.

What i mean is total integration between Desktop and mobile where you can leave your desktop doing one thing and resume on your mobile the next second. Like chrome does on the desktop and mobile with your tabs.

But more...

I also want to see apple maybe change the visuals a bit. Maybe have a better notification bar where you can add more widgets to it. And they're maps/satnav to actually be good. Plus have the multitasking revolutionised so it's easier to get too.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 14:08

Well i do want to see all the other stuff as well. Not just that aha.

What i mean is total integration between Desktop and mobile where you can leave your desktop doing one thing and resume on your mobile the next second. Like chrome does on the desktop and mobile with your tabs.

But more...

I also want to see apple maybe change the visuals a bit. Maybe have a better notification bar where you can add more widgets to it. And they're maps/satnav to actually be good. Plus have the multitasking revolutionised so it's easier to get too.



Yes, that ueber-bar for notifications they have in Cydia is excellent. And themes would be nice . Not happening, though... But hey, without mass storage mode, I would jailbreak, anyway.

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