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Report: iPhone 5 pre-orders available on September 12th, International launch to follow in first week of October
Several weeks ago, iMore was the first source to claim that Apple would be holding a special event to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12th. And now, Rene Ritchie is reporting that iPhone 5 pre-orders will begin on the same day as the Sept 12th announcement, with a US (and possibly other countries) release planned for September 21st, 2012. This info comes from sources who have provided them with accurate iPhone launch dates in the past. Unlike how the iPhone 4S pre-orders were made available 3 days after it was introduced, it would appear that the new iPhone will be following the new (2012) iPad’s launch strategy – where pre-orders went live shortly after the unveiling.
ETrade Supply has posted a detail look at an allegedly leaked iPhone 5 front glass panel, even providing some exact measurements of its dimensions. This comes about 2 months after they posted a video comparing the shell of the two-toned next gen iPhone with that of the 4S. In ETrade’s latest report, the iPhone 5 glass panel measured in at 4.065 inches diagonally, 90.25mm tall while maintaining its previous width of 51.60mm (vs 3.61″ x 76.65mm x 51.60mm on the iPhone 4S). It’s also 0.1mm thinner (perhaps thanks in part to the new in-cell technology) and the home button area has shrunk from 18mm to 15.4mm (the actual home button is also 0.3mm smaller).
According to iMore's sources – ones they claim have proven accurate in the past – Apple is planning to unveil the iPhone 5 during a special event that'll be held on September 12th, with a release date to follow 9 days later, on September 21. The iPad mini, along with an all new iPod Nano (and likely iPod Touch) is set to be announced as well during the same event. From what iMore is hearing, the iPad Mini will be exactly the same as the 9.7″ big brother, only sized down to 7.x inches. A recent rumour had pegged the smaller iPad to feature a 7.85″ IGZO screen and a $250-299 price tag.
Meanwhile, iLounge has also published a report this morning providing a number of juicy tidbits regarding the release of the new iPhone and other iDevices. Here's what their “highly reliable source” is saying:
Japanese repair site iLab.cc have posted a handful of images of what apparently is a fully assembled iPhone 5. They’re among the most in-depth look yet of the next gen iPhone that have been circulating around the web over the past several weeks. Very similar to a previous leak of shots taken, these latest ones also show a two-toned design, a repositioned facetime camera (now sitting centered above earpiece) and earphone jack (bottom left of device), the long rumoured smaller dock connector and of course, the slightly larger (4 inch) screen. And as first reported by iLounge, iLab’s photos suggest a visibly slimmer body, which could directly be attributed to Apple supposedly using the all new in-cell technology for its display. More up close and personal images of the iPhone 5 after the gap.
Update: Macotakara have posted a video (below) of a very similar looking iPhone 5.
One of the things we hear most about when it comes to the iPhone 5 is that it will sport a bigger 4″ Retina Display. The Wall Street Journal reported back in May that Apple had already begun to place orders for screens that are “at least” 4 inches diagonally for the next generation iPhone. And now the publication is reporting (along with a tweet) that the new 2012 iPhone will feature an all new touchscreen technology that will allow for the display to be even thinner. This is in line with a previous rumour that speculated the iPhone 5 will be 20% slimmer than the iPhone 4S (9.3mm vs 7.4mm).
KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo, who AppleInsider say is known for having “sources deep within Apple’s chain”, is fully expecting that the iPhone 5 will move from its traditional 3.5″ 4:3 display to a 4″ 16:9 screen. More specifically, Kuo claims that Apple will be featuring a 4.08″ in-cell IPS panel screen with a resolution of 640 x 1136 and 500-nit brightness in its next generation iPhone. Previously, WJS had reported that the new iPhone’s screen will be “at least” 4 inches diagonally, and 9to5mac revealed that Apple had been testing out a taller display with 640 x 1136 pixels.
New images of (alleged) iPhone 5 with metal back, smaller dock connector and centered FaceTime camera
After seeing numerous mockups of what the iPhone 5 might look like, 9to5mac has today posted some high quality images of what supposedly will be the next generation iPhone. Shown in both black and white, the back panel is said to be made from metal, which is in line with a report previously posted by iLounge. Other noticeable changes include the earphone jack being moved to the bottom left corner of the device, a redesigned speaker grill, a new and much smaller dock connector, and a new opening between the camera lens and LED flash.
According to 9to5mac, Apple is currently testing two prototype iPhone 5 models and both have displays that measure 3.95″ diagonally, with a resolution of 640 x 1136 thanks to the extra 176 pixels that have been packed in. As for the width, the screen will remain 1.94″ wide, and increase in height to 3.45 inches.
Right now we know of a few next-generation iPhone candidates in testing. These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has already begun to place orders for the iPhone 5′s screen and they’re said to measure “at least” 4 inches diagonally, with production for the screens set for next month. In a separate report from Reuters that provides similar info, Apple indeed plans to use a larger screen for the next iPhone (“4 inches from corner to corner”) and has placed orders for the next display from LG, Sharp and Japan Display Inc. Reuters was more specific with manufacturing dates, with production for the screens to start as early as June, which would allow the iPhone to go into full production by August. Neither report though has given any indication if the iPhone’s current 2:3 aspect ratio (vertical) or width will be changed, though iLounge’s recent rumour pointed to an elongated 4″ screen that keeps the same dimensions widthwise of an iPhone 4/4S. If the above production dates are true, there’s a good chance we can expect the iPhone 5 to be released sometime in October, a full year after the iPhone 4S first hit the market. And by the looks of it, it appears more and more likely that the iPhone will finally ditch its 3.5″ screen for a larger one.