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Rumor: iPhone 5 Pre-orders Begin September 12

By - Source: iMore | B 40 comments

Apple will probably start taking pre-orders for its new gadgets when they're supposedly announced on September 12.

The latest iPhone 5 rumor is that Apple will open the doors to pre-orders on September 12, the same day the company will reportedly reveal the new smartphone, new iPod products and the rumored 7-inch iPad Mini. The phone is supposedly slated for a September 21 release locally, and on October 5 in markets outside the United States.

Sources claim that Apple is being a bit more aggressive this year with the launch of its new products. Last year Apple introduced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011 and then opened up shop for pre-orders the following Friday, October 7. The first wave of iPhone 4S releases landed on store shelves on October 14, 2011, here in the United States, and the second wave arrived on October 28, 2011.

It's possible Apple is getting aggressive with the iPhone 5 launch because sales have slumped somewhat as customers are seemingly holding out on upgrading or getting a new phone until the iPhone 5 finally arrives. Apple may also be anxious to squash the competition in the 7-inch tablet sector, as currently Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire are duking it out for the top spot. Amazon is even slated to refresh its Kindle line soon, offering a revamped Kindle Fire while introducing a second-generation tablet.

There's also a good chance that Apple will have two main launch dates per year from here on out: April for its 10-inch tablets or other large devices, and September for its smartphone-sized gadgets like the iPad Mini and the iPhone. Previously April was reserved for its iPad launch, June for its new iPhones and September for its iPod product refresh, but Apple changed all that last year with the release of its iPhone 4S in the fall.

Last week brought reports that Apple plans to implement its new, smaller Dock connector across all iOS devices launching this fall -- including a modified version of the current 9.7-inch iPad 3. Apple has reportedly ditched the 30-pin connector it's used for years and is going with a 19-pin version -- possibly even 8 or 9 pins, depending on what rumor you believe. The reduced width will give Apple more breathing room within the new gadgets for extra features like a larger screen.

Naturally everything mentioned here is mere rumor and speculation. Apple hasn't announced anything official, but it's not out of the question that Apple could have "accidentally released" a few nuggests of info in order to keep the iPhone 5 embers burning. It's definitely common practice in advertizing, and Apple certainly isn't immune to hype.

 

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    Kami3k , August 14, 2012 7:35 AM
    clubsaucekillerReally excited for this fail. Android manufacturers will have another year of a head start.


    Fixed.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 7:23 AM
    HEY CLUB...ARE YOU SERIOUS? APPLE IS THE ONE STILL 2 YEARS BEHIND WITH THE PHONE THEY HAVEN'T EVEN RELEASED YET! LOL
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 7:23 AM
    HEY CLUB...ARE YOU SERIOUS? APPLE IS THE ONE STILL 2 YEARS BEHIND WITH THE PHONE THEY HAVEN'T EVEN RELEASED YET! LOL
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    friskiest , August 14, 2012 7:32 AM
    Apple will still sell these in the thousands if not millions,. there's just so much of the herd in this world.

    Anyway,. I'm more interested in the future of Windows Phone OS,.. and how it'll fare now that I'll support multi-core processors.
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    Kami3k , August 14, 2012 7:35 AM
    clubsaucekillerReally excited for this fail. Android manufacturers will have another year of a head start.


    Fixed.
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    dthx , August 14, 2012 7:52 AM
    clubsaucekillerReally excited for this one. Android manufacturers will be playing catchup for another year.

    Troll spotted ;-)
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    wardoc22 , August 14, 2012 8:16 AM
    friskiestApple will still sell these in the thousands if not millions,. there's just so much of the herd in this world.Anyway,. I'm more interested in the future of Windows Phone OS,.. and how it'll fare now that I'll support multi-core processors.


    I'm waiting on windows phone 8 :/ 

    I'll stick with my lumia 710 until the middle of next year, then upgrade to windows phone 8 if I see it all goes well. :) 
  • 7 Hide
    Cons29 , August 14, 2012 9:28 AM
    i thought apple said 7 inch is too small for a tablet? and 3.5 inch is enough for a phone?
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    mattperkins , August 14, 2012 10:55 AM
    Every single year Android fan boys say that the next iPhone will fail and every single year the new iPhone outsells the top selling Android phone by a large margin. Android fan boys last year said the Galaxy SII would outsell the iPhone 4s and guess what? The iPhone 4s sold as many units in 2 days as the Galaxy SII did in 4 months. But let Android fan boys think every year is the year the top selling Android phone will outsell the new iPhone because every year they end up wrong. iPhone has always been the top selling individual smartphone and there are no signs to show this year will be any different.
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    house70 , August 14, 2012 11:20 AM
    mattperkinsEvery single year Android fan boys say that the next iPhone will fail and every single year the new iPhone outsells the top selling Android phone by a large margin. Android fan boys last year said the Galaxy SII would outsell the iPhone 4s and guess what? The iPhone 4s sold as many units in 2 days as the Galaxy SII did in 4 months. But let Android fan boys think every year is the year the top selling Android phone will outsell the new iPhone because every year they end up wrong. iPhone has always been the top selling individual smartphone and there are no signs to show this year will be any different.

    The ONLY thing that works for Apple here is the fact that the iPhone is the ONLY iOS phone out there. Meanwhile, there are plenty of Android phones to choose from, and Android outsells iOS by a large margin.
    To translate that for ya, if there was ONLY one Android handset manufacturer in the world, that would still outsell the iOS manufacturer, plainly because Android is a more versatile OS. It's that simple.
    People that keep comparing these things keep forgetting that the OS and handset manufacturers are 2 different categories; it only happens that for Apple they are the same thing, because that is what Apple wants - namely, no choice in terms of hardware. Rest assured, there are people out there that are not fond of the glass-made brick-shaped slab that Apple puts out for a phone, but they have no other option if they are already invested in the iOS app environment. Same goes for the rest of Apple hardware, and that why you can find people that make their own hackintosh PCs. If they had a legalized option to do that, plenty would choose different hardware manufacturers to install OSX.

    I, for one, prefer to have multiple options to choose from instead of a single handset version.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 12:20 PM
    As an Apple die hard, I have to say that my interest in this phone is minimal. iOS6 looks more like an incremental release than a major release (much like how the last 4 versions of Mac OS have been), and this looks to be nothing more than a stretched iPhone 4 with faster hardware. LTE is about the only compelling reason to upgrade, so I'll likely be waiting another year. No big deal, as the iPhone 4 is still a more than capable device and will support most features of the "new" OS anyway.

    That said, it will still be far better than any of the Android phones, and this will be the new benchmark (or template, if you are Samsung) for smart phones to aspire to (or copy) when it is launched. I still wish Apple would try a little harder, not that they really have to.
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    teh_chem , August 14, 2012 12:36 PM
    I read a brief run-down of what iOS6 is bringing, and nothing is eye-popping. I think NFC was probably the most technologically "advanced" feature I saw. Curious how this one will sell--probably as well as the previous releases, but it is yet to be seen if people with the 4s will upgrade.

    And for the love of god, please stop talking about the smaller dock connector.

    Fanboyism aside, Apple was ahead (technologically and feature-wise) in the smartphone market with the iphone for a while. But that's no longer the case, with fast refreshes of Android phones from various manufacturers. I wonder how this will impact Apple's future directions. Well, assuming they don't continue to sue anyone that has a phone that seemingly resembles one of their devices.
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    game junky , August 14, 2012 12:41 PM
    not excited for the new dock connector that makes all my accessories obsolete without an adapter. I like the idea of a slightly larger screen, I just hope it doesn't feel like the Dell Streak - that phone was not a phone, it was a small tablet. Bigger screen plus LTE support will make me live through any other hiccups it might have
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    spookyman , August 14, 2012 2:31 PM
    Hmm...

    So will this iPhone require a special way of holding it to keep calls from being dropped?

    Will it be able to take being dropped on concrete without breaking?

    Will I be able to change the battery with a spare one when I am on the road?
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    house70 , August 14, 2012 3:34 PM
    spookymanHmm...So will this iPhone require a special way of holding it to keep calls from being dropped?Will it be able to take being dropped on concrete without breaking?Will I be able to change the battery with a spare one when I am on the road?

    Likely yes / no / no.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 3:37 PM
    spookymanSo will this iPhone require a special way of holding it to keep calls from being dropped?
    Will it be able to take being dropped on concrete without breaking?
    Will I be able to change the battery with a spare one when I am on the road?


    1) Was never really an issue, and for the 1% of users it did affect, it was fixed with the 4S. I know four people with an original iPhone 4 that aren't even aware that this exists.

    2) Most smartphones or other devices largely made of glass can't, as evidenced by the large number of Android and iPhones alike I see with cracked screens.

    3) Technically, yes, though it is an involved process. But companies like Mophie make cases that have additional batteries in them and solve this problem. Also, car chargers have existed for years and can help.

    Comments like "no removable storage, marriage to iTunes, locked down ecosystem" are at least viable (to some), but the troll comments made here are weak at best.

    On a side note, I overheard a guy today complain about the ICS update that his carrier pushed bricking two different Android phones and requiring bare metal restores on both. It made me chuckle.

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    junixophobia , August 14, 2012 4:06 PM
    mno22I overheard a guy today complain about the ICS update that his carrier pushed bricking two different Android phones and requiring bare metal restores on both. It made me chuckle.


    Geez talk about rumor. what a troll. you must be working in windows FUD team
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    eddieroolz , August 14, 2012 4:49 PM
    If I was forced between Android and iPhone, I'd still take the iPhone for a bunch of different reasons, which have been beaten to death so I won't mention here.

    However, I must say that Android's slow and sluggish image (dating back from 2.1 and 2.3) is what many people will remember. Heck, when even top of the line phones are still sometimes suffering from lag, you know there's a problem that needs to be addressed.
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 5:21 PM
    junixophobiaGeez talk about rumor. what a troll. you must be working in windows FUD team


    100% true story. He said he was on the phone with AT&T for two hours. First one failed, so AT&T told him to put his SIM card in his other one. As soon as he did, it prompted him to update and bricked it as well. Probably more an issue with AT&Ts image, but still happened nonetheless. Did not catch what model it was. The guy he was talking to said "your ice cream sandwich melted".

    Yes, even your precious Android has its fair share of issues. Deal with it.
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    subaru41 , August 14, 2012 5:34 PM
    mattperkinsEvery single year Android fan boys say that the next iPhone will fail and every single year the new iPhone outsells the top selling Android phone by a large margin. Android fan boys last year said the Galaxy SII would outsell the iPhone 4s and guess what? The iPhone 4s sold as many units in 2 days as the Galaxy SII did in 4 months. But let Android fan boys think every year is the year the top selling Android phone will outsell the new iPhone because every year they end up wrong. iPhone has always been the top selling individual smartphone and there are no signs to show this year will be any different.



    Android owns 68.1% of the market to ios who only has 16.9% of the worlds market share. Apple only releases one phone per year, so people dont have a choice where Android has tons of choices and options. So enjoy camping for a week for an outdated, tiny phone.

    http://www.androidauthority.com/idc-android-jumps-to-68-1-global-market-share-ios-slips-16-9-106446/
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    Anonymous , August 14, 2012 6:07 PM
    Does anybody else find the the iphone os boring? I owned the 3gs and 4 and I got bored with the phone really fast. Does not have alot of customization. Another frustrating thing was the fact that I am left handed and there is no options to slide to unlock from right to left. Sometimes it would take 2-3 tries unlock the phone. Also, I got sick of the small screen. Apple why cant you come out with more than one option, Seriously. Come out with the standard tiny screen, and a 4.5 inch screen.
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