It's been rumored and expected that Apple would announce the iPhone 5 on September 12, and this morning it's been confirmed. In fact, based on the official invitation from Apple, not only has the date been confirmed, but the name of the next iPhone seems to be locked in as well. As you can see above, the 12 is putting off a shadow in the shape of a 5. Of course, the iPhone 4 was actually the fourth iPhone that Apple released, but if the next device truly is called iPhone 5, it will be the sixth iPhone released by the company. Odd, but for the average consumer, we think it makes the most sense (new iPad, notwithstanding.)
The iPhone 5 is expected to sport a new 1136x640 16:9 widescreen display, a thinner profile, and ship with newly redesign Apple headphones. Check out all the iPhone 5 news and rumors we compiled thus far.
It's pretty much a given that Apple likes to make its products as thin as possible, and it looks like the next-generation iPhone 5 will get that same treatment. An image has been put together by Sohu that shows what the next iPhone looks like compared against the iPhone 4S and iPhone 3GS in terms of thickness. As you can see, the front and back glass don't protrude from the metal frame, making the next iPhone even thinner if the leaked design is to be believed. We'll know for sure on September 12.
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With iOS 6, Apple will be introducing new iPhone functionality that's aimed at alleviating the frustration many feel when connected to a weak WI-Fi hotspot. The feature is called Wi-Fi Plus Cellular, it helps keep the data flowing, and it can end up costing you some unexpected cash if you aren't careful.
After reading through the Stabil-i Case Kickstarter page and viewing the videos, we've gotta say, we're pretty excited about the prospects of a product that promises to make videos you shoot with your iPhone look much more fantastic by virtually eliminating the shakiness. You know what we mean. Your smartphones is typically the camera you have with you at all times, right? If you wanna capture a moment on video, it's likely that you'll bust out your phone rather than a camcorder. The Stabil-i case gets rid of the "shaky cam" look, bringing a level of smoothness to your iPhone videos. A version for the next-generation iPhone 5 is even in the works. The project is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, and has raised $23,140 out of the $80,000 goal, and there are just 4 days left. Check out the video after the break, and if it's something you think you'd like, head on over to the Kickstarter page and pre-order one.
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The fine folks over at FreePress are asking the public to take action in an attempt to convince AT&T to reconsiders its position on blocking iOS 6 feature FaceTime over Cellular for all customers unless they switch to a Mobile Share plan. It's an obvious money-grab, a way to encourage its unlimited data users to leave those plans behind, and it shows preferential treatment on how users can use their own data plans. We're signing, and we encourage you to do the same. According to Public Knowledge:
“By blocking FaceTime for many of its customers, AT&T is violating the FCC’s Open Internet rules. These rules state that mobile providers shall not ‘block applications that compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services.’ Although carriers are permitted to engage in ‘reasonable network management,’ there is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime, and another not. ‘Over-the-top’ communications services like FaceTime are a threat to carriers’ revenue, but they should respond by competing with these services and not by engaging in discriminatory behavior.”
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Do you plan on picking up the next-generation iPhone 5 on September 21? If you're currently rocking an iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, you can sell it for cash in order to help pay for your upgrade. This year, Gazelle is giving quotes on Apple smartphones that are locked in through October 1. That means you can head over to Gazelle right now, fill in the details on your current iPhone, accept an offer for it, and then send it to them after you pick up the next iPhone. That means you can get a guaranteed sale on your device without having to be without a phone while you wait for the next one to be released. Prices on the iPhone 4S range from $90-370 depending on storage capacity and condition.
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Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPhone 5 in a little over three weeks, but that hasn't stopped the company from releasing a new accessory for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The new (PRODUCT) RED bumper fits and works with the iPhone 4S, as well as the iPhone 4 from two years ago. It's $29 and joins the black, white, blue, orange, green, and pink bumpers in the Apple lineup. Oddly, it doesn't ship for 6-8 weeks, when the next iPhone launches. Buyer beware--if you plan on picking up the next iPhone, just realize that this bumper won't fit that model.
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Apple has just released iOS 6 beta 4 as an over-the-air download a few minutes ago. We knew something was up when one of our readers alerted us that the Software Update feature was failing with an odd error message, and within a few minutes, beta 4 became available. This release comes a little over a seven weeks after the initial iOS 6 beta that was released during WWDC 2012, just over five weeks since iOS beta 2 was made available, and three weeks since beta 3 first arrived. If you're on an iPhone 4S the download 282 MB in size, while the beta 4 update on the new iPad weighs in at 291 MB. Check Software Update in your settings app to grab it now!
With the release of iOS 6 beta 3 yesterday, a disturbing "feature" was uncovered. Some users on with AT&T iPhones are reporting that, when they attempt to enable FaceTime over Cellular, a prompt pops up that tells the user to contact AT&T in order to enable the feature. Many are assuming that this means that AT&T will be looking to charge a premium for customers to use FaceTime over its data connection, and if that is the case, it is straight up consumer robbery.
As we reported earlier, Apple has released iOS 6 beta 3 to developers. However, as with any beta, there are still some bugs to be ironed out. Reports are coming in that the over-the-air update is failing for some users, with an error message that states "Software Update Failed: An error occurred downloading iOS 6 beta 3.". To initiate an OTA update, you go into the Updates section of the settings app, and tap on Download and Install. The failure occurs almost immediately after doing this. Mutiple hard reboots don't seem to fix the issue. It seems that users that are caught in the OTA fail loop will need to wait until the iOS 6 beta 3 10a5355d images become available on the Apple dev portal, using iTunes to manually update their devices.