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iPhone 5 pre-event wrap-up

iPhone 5 pre-event wrap-up

In less than 24 hours we'll be liveblogging the Apple event that will almost certainly play host to the new iPhone 5 - what we're doing here is preparing you for the event with everything we've seen thus far. What you're going to see with the iPhone 5 event that commences tomorrow (September 12th) at 10AM PST at the Yerba Buena Center is the smartphone itself, complete with details unknown but tipped and leaked to high heavens - of course there's no telling if anything we've seen yet is real or true without final confirmation from Apple, but let's have a look anyway!

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iPhone 5 called “biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history”

iPhone 5 called “biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history”

If you were looking to get pumped up about how gigantic the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5 device was going to be and you've got stock in Apple, you'll be glad to hear what Topeka Capital analyst Brian White has to say this week. With what's easily the highest target for APPL stock in the analyst universe, White has gone what Forbes calls "uber-bull" with $1,111 USD for what he says will likely be the "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history." The iPhone 5 is likely to be announced on the 12th of September (this Wednesday) and White has just about split his computer open typing furiously about how amazingly gigantic Apple's launch of the smartphone will be.

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iPhone 5 mini dock connector photographed with microUSB

iPhone 5 mini dock connector photographed with microUSB

Several photos have appeared in the wild this morning showing off what very much appears to be the rumored iPhone 5 dock connector USB cable. This cable's head is compared to a microUSB cable head, the most common cable head in the mobile device industry today. These cables have been shown to be significantly similar - so much so that we'll certainly be grabbing twice in our barrel of cords once this new head appears, that's for certain.

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iPhone 5 (N42) model appears with 4S price points

iPhone 5 (N42) model appears with 4S price points

This week a tip has appeared noting several details on the next-generation iPhone, specifically on its price - that being the same as the iPhone 4S is now - and the model number. This iPhone 5, as it's currently being called, has been tipped to 9to5mac as being part of the iPhone N42 model line, this being the generation that does not work with NFC - this is in contrast the N41 model being tested earlier this year which has not made it to final production. The price structure of the iPhone 5 in model N42 is being shown as matching the current iPhone 4S in stores right this minute.

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iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

The next-generation iPad mini, a device tipped to work with what's essentially iPad 2 specifications save it's smaller display, has appeared in several high-definition photos this week. The device appears here from Tech163 as a slightly more blunt version of the larger iPad 3rd generation device on the market today, including here a new dock connector hole and two sets of machine-drilled speaker holes. This device's docking port is likely matching that of the rumored 9-pin connector set for the iPhone 5.

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iPhone 5 release date tipped for September 21

iPhone 5 release date tipped for September 21

On the 12th of this month we're almost certainly going to be seeing the next-generation iPhone 5, a device that today has been tipped to be appearing in Apple stores on the 21st of September (just a couple weeks from now). This tip comes from GottaBeMobile where they've got a trusted source speaking on the subject making it clear that pre-order shipments will be made on the 21st of the month but that in-store deliveries might be made later on. The tipster also mentioned that shippers might be sending out shipment notifications before the actual devices are out on the trucks.

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AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

AT&T defends blocking 3G FaceTime with FCC rule wording

This morning the folks at AT&T have made it clear that they will indeed be blocking Apple's FaceTime usage over their 3G network unless users switch to their new data plan, and have defended this move with a reiteration of an FCC rule on the subject. The FCC has a rule in place that keeps carriers from blocking applications that compete with their own - but because AT&T does not have an application that competes with FaceTime, they've made it clear that they feel justified in this situation. AT&T representative Bob Quinn spoke up today with assurances that criticism of this move by the carrier is nothing more than a "knee jerk reaction" on the part of users.

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New iPhone mini dock connector appears in iOS 6 beta

New iPhone mini dock connector appears in iOS 6 beta

We've been hearing that the next iPhone will be getting a smaller dock connector for quite some time now, though its reported size ranges from anywhere to 19-pins all the way down to 8. We've got another one to toss into the mix today, as 9to5Mac speculates that the new iPhone could be getting a 9-pin dock connector. Apparently a reference to such a connector lies hidden in the iOS 6 beta.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. Apple and Samsung's patent suit is still going on, but today we didn't get too much news about it. Samsung said that the high return rates of the Galaxy Tab had to with the devices malfunctioning, and not because customers were confusing it for the iPad like Apple claimed Apple's expert witness, Peter Bressler, said today that the iPhone brought on a "crisis of design" over at Samsung headquarters, and we found out just how much Mr. Bressler is getting paid to sit on the stand and testify for Apple. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of money, and now we're on the lookout for "expert witness" job openings.

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Apple busts out the Rickroll on iOS 6 developers

Apple busts out the Rickroll on iOS 6 developers

Get ready for a blast from the past, because Apple is using some tried-and-true tactics in trolling iOS 6 developers. Yesterday the company released its iOS 6 beta 4 changelog, giving developers a list of changes that they'll need to take into account. Of course, with iOS 6 Apple is ditching YouTube, so it had to tell developers how to properly embed videos with the new operating system. Apple saw this as an opportunity for a little fun, and decided to Rickroll developers as a result.

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iOS 6 YouTube loss opens door to iCloud video share rival

iOS 6 YouTube loss opens door to iCloud video share rival

Apple's decision to junk the iOS 6 YouTube app has prompted no small degree of surprise from iPhone and iPad owners, more used to platform upgrades adding functionality than removing it, but the multimedia outlook isn't grim. Google is already working on a replacement app - which this time it will maintain and distribute itself - while Apple highlights that YouTube video playback already works within Safari and doesn't demand the standalone software anyway. However, rather than just pushing Google's services further to the periphery, there's also the chance that Apple could move to fill the ensuing gap with a video offering of its own.

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You don’t want Apple’s YouTube anyway

You don’t want Apple’s YouTube anyway

This afternoon it became apparent to sharp-eyed developers working with the newest beta release of iOS 6 that Apple's mobile operating system was about to drop YouTube from its ranks of built-in apps. As the press picked up the story and Apple replied with what essentially added up to, 'yes, we're done with Google's YouTube now, you can download it yourself once Google puts the app out themselves", there was a bit of an uproar on the part of next-generation iPhone customer hopefuls. But here's the truth, ladies and gentlemen: it's better this way, much better.

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