Apple's invitation for the October 4 event announcing the new iPhone said, "Let's talk iPhone." In the past, the wording of the invitation was a clue to the major theme. So speculation is mounting that this is referring to the deep integration of speech recognition long rumored to be part of iOS 5. Last year Apple bought Siri, a leader in natural language understanding on the iPhone with their free Siri Assitant app. And Apple is rumored to be partnering with Nuance, the developer of a leading line of speech recognition products.
TNW describes a new Facebook app for the iPad that may be announced in conjunction with the October 4 event -- and some of the intrigue behind its development. Apparently the app will let Facebook apps and games run inside the browser without having to run natively. Those who've had a preview of a leaked version have been quite impressed.
DigiTimes apparently has a mixed record in regard to rumors. Most recently they're speculating that Apple may be looking into the use of curved cover glass on the iPhone. The evidence: Apple has reportedly purchased 300 glass-cutting machines earlier this year.
I'm glad that all those rumors I've been posting have turned out to be true. Apple has now sent out invitations to their October 4 media event. Jim Darlymple of The Loop received an official invitation. Also, the rumor that it will be held on the Apple campus in Cupertino also turns out to be true. And a week from today we'll find out whether the other rumors about new models are true.
9To5Mac, which often has pretty solid sources, has posted an article giving many details of the new iPhone. According to the site, it will have an A5 dual-core processor like that in the iPad, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, a dual band GSM/CDMA radio (meaning, for example, that the same phone would work on both AT&T's and Verizon's networks), and a load of speech recognition features via technologies developed by Siri and Nuance — two of the leaders in this area. Will there be both an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4S?
AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has quietly told employees in some locations that they won't be able to take vacation time in the second week of October — usually a sign of a new product launch. This and other evidence suggests to AppleInsider that iOS 5.0 will be released October 10 and iPhone 5 will become available between October 14 and 16. These details fit with the media event rumored to be planned for October 4.
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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.