Apple [AAPL] has confirmed plans to hold its official iPhone 5 launch event on October 4, where the company's CEO, Tim Cook, is expected to host a special media event at Apple's Cupertino, Calif. campus.
iPhone 5 event incoming...
The Loop tells us that invitations are presently being distributed to selected members of the press, with the event set to begin at 10am PT that day.
(A UK event is apparently planned in or around the company's Covent Garden store, Twitter tells me.)
The event invitation shows four iPhone icons:
From left to right in a clockwise direction these show: the calendar icon (set to Tuesday October 4), the clock (set to 10am); the phone icon (set to "1", which may well suggest one call, or one phone) and the place, this time depicted in a Maps icon. At bottom, the invitation reads, "Let's talk iPhone".
Notably, the invitation does not suggest a plurality of phones.
Should this turn out to mark launch of the new iPhone 5, the device is expected to host the same A5 processor as the iPad 2, which will deliver excellent improvements in both graphics and processing power.
You can also expect it to be equipped with more RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and combined support for both GSM and CDMA networks, so you should be able to use the same smartphone on both Verizon and AT&T's (and also, in future, Sprint) networks.
iPhone 5 may also support some interesting new iOS 5 features, including a new virtual assistant technology which exploits technologies from Apple's Siri acquisition and also new features licensed from the world's leading voice recognition software developer, Nuance.
Apple last week set the scene for launch of iOS 5, when it confirmed plans to reset iTunes Match and iCloud beta accounts. This suggests iOS 5 could ship on the announcement day with devices set to hit channel in mid-October in the US and later in international markets.
In related news, Apple has also recently seeded an all-new, iCloud-supporting beta test of the next iteration of OS X 10.7 (Lion).
With the focus on the iPhone this Christmas, Apple is reportedly hoping to shift 26 million iPhones in the next quarter.
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