iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Begin

Even though theres little suspense left surrounding the iPhone 5s pending release date short of Apples official announcement weve now learned that at least one carrier is taking pre-orders for the update to Apples iconic device.

Most signs point to an early October release of the next-generation iPhone, with an announcement from Apple later this month. The anticipation of the device might be even more significant this year because its now been 15 months since the iPhone 4s debut in June 2010; most iPhone updates have come just 12 months after the previous release. Case in point: Germanys Deutsche Telekom (DT) is now taking pre-orders for the new iPhone, a company spokesman told Bloomberg. The carrier will give coupons to prospective customers who request the next-gen model, but no, precise details about a release date wont be given out.

Apple has remained mum about specifications of the new device. Speculation has ranged from a new, sleek design to LTE-readiness to near-field communication (NFC) capability for mobile payments. The skys the limit when most everything remains a rumor. A less-expensive version of the iPhone 4 might also be on tap for emerging markets or those consumers who dont want to pay top dollar for the latest Apple has to offer.

Apple seemingly continues to control its own destiny. Despite competition from Android which has passed the Silicon Valley giant in operating-system market share Apples iOS has grown the last couple of quarters, thanks in part to the deal that brought the iPhone to Verizon Wireless earlier this year. Consider the fact that its one phone against dozens, market share of 27 percent is pretty darn good. A new report out this week shows the iPhone 4 was the biggest-selling smartphone at AT&T and Verizon Wireless in August, more than a year after its release.

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