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Apple Confirms September 12 Event

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Last Tuesday, Apple sent out an invitation to press people, officially announcing that it will hold the highly anticipated event on September 12—the way when everyone is expecting the company to take the wraps off its next-generation iPhone. The invitation reads “It’s Almost Here” with a large number 12. Below the date is a shadow cast that forms as number “5,” implying that it will be launching the upcoming device on the said date. The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

It was first reported in July that the company will launch its much-awaited smartphone on September 12. Pre-orders will also take place on the same day, followed by a U.S. release on September 21.

Expectations for Next-generation iPhone

In line with this, a lot of website posted leaked components of the forthcoming handset, showing what it would look like. It is expected that the next-generation iPhone will feature a larger 4-inch screen display and a two-toned metal back. Furthermore, the device will retain its home screen button, while front-facing camera will be relocated above the ear piece.

Previous leaked parts also showed that the headphone jack was relocated at the bottom of the smartphone, and it will also feature a smaller 9-pin dock connector. There were also rumors that it will feature a Near Field Communication technology, although it was immediately refuted by Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug of AnandTech.

Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.

This surfaced after a leaked image showed a “mystery component” found next on the handset’s front-facing camera. However, the tech and gadget website concluded that it is more likely the touch-and-display controller that would power the next-generation iPhone’s in-cell touchscreen.

Regardless, it will run on Apple’s new mobile operating system, the iOS 6, that carries the new Passbook application. The app will serve as a digital wallet with event tickets, boarding passes, store cards, and more.

Although Apple could potentially face more constraints on releasing the next-generation iPhone due to “manufacturing difficulties,” the company will roll out its upcoming device in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, U.K., and the United States on September 21. The launching will soon be followed by a staggered international release.

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