In what seems like a rerun of its previous blunders,
cyberspace is being inundated with mock ups, app tests, specs details
and accidental leaks of images of the iPhone 5, as a prelude to its
imminent launch this month, report said.
The keynote address announcing the launch of the new iPhone, as many
believe it will be called, is expected to be held on September 12, with
September 21 being rumoured to be the date when Apple’s new device
should be available in stores, the Emirates 247 reports.
If that is indeed the case, then the timing of the ‘leaks’ is just about
right. Like in previous years, Apple’s water-tight security of its new
devices tends to be breached about two weeks or so prior to their
official unveiling. This, believe Apple-watchers, generates enough hype
for its products to ensure a big-bang launch.
Of course, Apple products have, almost always, lived up to the hype and,
therefore, have been hot-sellers through and through, but a number of
analysts credit the Cupertino-based tech giant’s marketing efforts for a
sizeable part of its success.
The latest chink in the hitherto well-guarded iPhone 5 fortress occurred
over the weekend when Jimmy Lin, a Taiwanese-born popstar who is
extremely popular in China, accidentally stated in his Weibo update that
the new iPhone will indeed be longer than its previous iteration, and
also posted images of the new iPhone as well, suggesting that Apple has
offered him its latest smartphone ahead of the official launch.
Lin wrote in a blog post: “Today I can confirm that the upcoming iPhone
5 will be longer and will have aluminum back like the iPad. With its
four-inch screen and thin body it feels about the same in the hand [as
iPhone 4S did]. The iPhone 5 doesn’t use the standard 30-pin dock
connector; instead Apple put a smaller 19-pin connector.”
“It uses the same iPad aluminium alloy and a 4-inch screen, which has
become thinner so it feels almost the same in hand [translated],” Lin
said in Weibo, with a photo collection of the suspected new iPhone.
Lin added that the headphone jack also has been placed at bottom of the
handset, and as reported, the iPhone 5 will use a smaller 19-pin
connector instead of current 30 pin connector.