Anticipation builds, Apple prepares Yerba Buena Center for Wednesday

Apple has been prepping the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco for Wednesday's big event, and anticipation is building to a frenzy. By now, few surprises are expected, since so many details of the forthcoming iPhone 5 have been leaked. The consensus is that it will be taller, with a 4-inch screen, and will have the same width as previous iPhones. It will likely have LTE 4G data speeds. And there will be a new 9-pin dock connector. According to AppleInsider, market analysts are expecting this to be one of the biggest consumer product launches in history, and Apple could sell as many as 10–12 million iPhones by the end of this month. So many iPhones will be shipped that Federal Express is making special preparations for the anticipated shipping date of Sept. 21, according to MacRumors

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.