The October 4 launch date has now been widely reported, though all reports cite the same source. And now, according to Appolicious, Apple board member (and former U.S. vice president) Al Gore has referred to the launch at a conference he was addressing yesterday, saying, “Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug.” Of course, the bloggers picked up on the plural, speculating that this was confirmation not only of the launch but that two phones are coming.
Close on the heels of the surge in Apple's stock price, the website All Things Digital is reporting that Apple's even will be October 4, with Apple's new CEO Tim Cook doing the presentation. Apparently this website has a good track record, and TiPb says that another usually reliable source has corroborated. So it appears that we won't have long to wait to find out what the next iPhone will be.
Apple's stock has been in an upward trend for a long time, but the past two days have seen an unusually large jump. Makes me wonder what the traders know that we don't. It's almost as if they're privy to what the announcement is going to be, and they like what they hear. Yesterday Apple's stock set an alltime high mark, and this morning it's up another 10 points. Apple continues to pad its lead over Exxon as the world's most highly valued company. What's most remarkable is that Apple set its record on a day when the rest of the market went down.
No one knows for sure, of course, but two reports are again suggesting that Apple will be releasing two iPhones this fall: an iPhone 5 with a larger screen and an iPhone 4-plus, a lower-cost phone for the pre-paid and international markets. One report, from an analyst with JP Morgan and summarized on AppleInsider, describes the two phones. He says the iPhone 5 will also be thinner and lighter in addition to having a larger retina display.
A recent survey found that there's more anticipation of the iPhone 5 than any other iPhone so far. Somehow the enthusiasm for the iPhone just keeps building. On Thursday CNET reported that the head of Fance's largest telecom company let it slip that the iPhone 5 would be available for purchase starting October 15. My guess is that the date isn't firm, and that it simply depends on how soon the devices will be ready.
Rumored details of the new iPhone/s continue to crop up, with some suggesting that there will be two iPhones coming out next month: a low-cost iPhone 4S with an option for a prepaid plan and an iPhone with a new design. Read more on TiPb. The best evidence for a larger-screened, thinner, more tapered phone continues to be the leaking of photos of cases that have been manufactured for the new phone.
The website 9To5Mac is reporting that Sprint will be offering an iPad and that it would likely be launched soon after the Sprint iPhone that's widely expected to be announced in early October. If such an iPad is offered, enthusiasts are hoping that it will be compatible with Sprint's 4G data network, meaning a lot faster surfing and download speeds.
Some people prefer prepaid mobile phone plans, which don't require a contract and often cost less, especially for those who don't use their phone a lot. Another advantage is that you're not locked into a contract. There have been rumors of prepaid plans for the iPhone. And Verizon and AT&T have just announced new prepaid plans, with some speculating that this is in preparation for a prepaid iPhone coming out in October.
CNET has posted a summary of comments today from an analyst who has estimated the arrival of the next iPhone based on the timing imminent release of the final version of the iOS 5 software. He's saying that the units won't likely be available the second week of October. He's also among those suggesting that the form factor won't change.
Rumors still point to an October 7 launch, and one rumor is suggesting that the new iPhone 5 may have essentially the same memory configurations and form factor, including glass on the back, as the iPhone 4. Read more on CNET. A fascinating report on AopleInsider says that Apple will be building 30 million of the phones yet this year.