Apple is about to unveil the next iPhone. Press invitations to Wednesday's announcement have gone out, and soon all the rumors will be put to rest. The invitation itself seems to confirm once and for all at least one fact: the name of the phone. The number 12--for the Sept. 12 date of the announcement--casts a shadow in the shape of a five, and the invitation teases, "It's almost here". What else could "it" be but Apple's new flagship product, the iPhone 5?
Unlike in years past when we waited for a new iPhone, leaks this year have been both abundant and remarkably consistent. In past years, numerous "iPhones" surfaced on the Internet but few of the photos matched up. This year, all the leaked photos show the same design and components. Still, Apple has confirmed nothing. So for at least a few more days, all we can do is guess how everything will shake out. Here's what we predict.
A photo that recently hit the Internet showed a box with an iPhone that read, "The New iPhone." Right away, it spread like any other Apple rumor and has people speculating, but no one can confirm the validity of the photo.
Probability: I'm not counting on a name change at this point. While it's possible, and I could be eating my words in a few days, I am going to have to go with a "no". Apple's press invitation clearly features a '5' on the image, and says "It's almost here." Both of these details imply that "it" is the iPhone 5.
On the other hand, the image above does make a good case that Apple will do what it did with the most recent iPad and announce "The New iPhone - 5th Generation".
(Credit: Dutch iPhone blog.)