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Apple to hold special iPhone event Sept. 10th, sources say

updated 07:49 pm EDT, Sat August 10, 2013

OS X Mavericks launch predicted to be separate

Apple is planning to hold an iPhone-related press event on September 10th, sources say. The people haven't revealed any other details about the event, but AllThingsD suggests that OS X Mavericks -- which is almost complete, and due this fall -- won't be getting a formal launch at the same time. There also haven't been any hints that the iWatch or a TV set will make a debut.

Instead Apple is typically expected to announce the iPhone 5S, an evolutionary upgrade of its flagship device. Rumors have called for features like a faster processor and a 12-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. A potential highlight is NFC and/or a fingerprint sensor, although no parts with a integrated sensor have surfaced to date.

In a radical departure, Apple may also launch a long-anticipated lower-cost (mid-tier) iPhone, possibly known as the iPhone 5C. The product is rumored to have an 8-megapixel camera like the iPhone 5, and a plastic back, unlike the more expensive metal and glass used on the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5. That back may also come in a range of different colors.

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  1. FireWire

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 10-03-99

    It's about time! My 3G has been on life support for a while!

  1. juanm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-26-03

    "although no parts with a integrated sensor have surfaced to date."

    While your article is full of conjecture, it makes sense since it is no secret that something is coming from Apple later this year. This statement in the article makes me think that you have no idea about what kind of a company Apple is:

    "although no parts with a integrated sensor have surfaced to date."

    Apple is a software company first. Right now I can put my finger over the camera lens and have my pulse read. I can also do all sorts of finger gestures on the display and get different results. Perhaps the sensor is already in the iPhone and other iDevices and it just needs software to interpret the image it sees.

    There is a story that when the iPhone wss being developed, Apple and AT&T engineers met. The AT&T engineers at some point said to the Apple engineers that the new phone would need a certain button on it to perform a specific functions. The Apple engineer replied "we can add that later." The AT&T engineer, not having seen an actual iPhone, could not understand how Apple would be able to add the button later. Of course now we know, and that AT&T engineer knows, that you add the button in software and have it appear on the display.

    so maybe the sensor is already there. You just need the software that will be in iOS 7 to access it.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    The reason they could add buttons was because the large display meant it could be done in software.

    Adding a sensor to hardware that has been sold millions of times and dissected by countless engineers an technicians is not going to happen.

    It's possible - though unlikely - that we just haven't seen the component for the new phones yet. No way it will be added to previous models.

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