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.
The metal backplate is another feature we've seen in leaked photos and videos. This is entirely reasonable, and would not only allow for a unibody-type design if Apple chose it, but would eliminate the glass back of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, which are prone to shattering when dropped. It would mean a lighter phone, extra durability--and fewer angry customers with broken phones.
Probability: We say it's happening. There have been enough photos and video leaks to orove it's true.
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