updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue September 27, 2011
Apple invites press to see iPhone 5
As leaked, Apple has sent out invitations to the media to attend the iPhone 5 introduction on October 4. Saying only "Let's talk iPhone," it shows app icons that reflect the date, the 10AM Pacific start time, its location at Apple's 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, and the phone focus. It's presumed, though not official, that now permanent CEO Tim Cook will lead the event.
The iPhone 5's design has been heavily debated and, depending on the tips, could either be a conservative "iPhone 4S" or a major redesign with a larger screen and a thinner body. Both sides have typically agreed that it will have a dual-core A5 processor, an eight-megapixel camera, and possibly 64GB of storage and a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chip. More contentious rumors have had it getting 1GB of RAM and advanced voice commands.
Regardless of what shows, the event should also provide a reveal for the finished version of iOS 5. The OS is at once intended to catch up with and pass Android by adding a notification bar and improved lock screen, true independence from a computer, and cloud syncing through iCloud and iTunes Match. Twitter integration, reminders, and an improved camera app are some of the extras.
iCloud and iTunes Match themselves should get their formal rollouts, including updates to iTunes and Mac OS X Lion to switch on the new options.
Other possibilities for the event include a minor iPod touch update, other new iPods, and feature additions for the Apple TV.