Those eagerly anticipating Apple’s next iPhone may not have to wait much longer. The company is reportedly preparing to unveil what could be the iPhone 5S and possibly the low-cost iPhone 5C on Sept. 10.
The news comes from AllThingsD, which reports that Apple plans to launch its next iPhone during a special event on that day. Citing anonymous sources, the report doesn’t specify the name of the device or any other details. If true, this would align with Apple’s launch pattern for previous smartphone releases. The iPhone 5 was unveiled at a September 12 event in 2012 and the iPhone 4S made its debut the previous September in 2011.
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Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about its next iPhone, but rumors have persistently suggested that both a successor to the iPhone 5 and a low-cost iPhone are in the works. This would mark the first time in the company’s history that Apple launched two iPhones at the same time, but it makes sense given the pressures that the company is under to better compete in emerging markets.
This purported low-cost iPhone 5C would come with a plastic shell available in various colors and largely the same interior components as the current iPhone 5. Rumors surrounding the iPhone 5S, however have described features such as a biometric fingerprint sensor and a 12-megapixel dual-flash camera.
Although Apple hasn’t confirmed any information about its launch plans, we can expect its next smartphone to come with iOS 7. The next-generation mobile operating system was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC in June and includes a design overhaul, an easier way to access settings and improved multitasking.
This purported launch comes as Android continues to lead the global smartphone market, claiming 80 percent of handset sales worldwide during the second quarter of 2013. Within the past year both critics and industry rivals have accused Apple’s iPhone of lacking the innovation to keep pace with such handsets as Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
If the Sept. 10 day holds up, we’ll be there live to bring you all the news and our hands-on impressions of the newest iPhone(s).