Apple iPhone 5: Snubbed at WWDC, Images Build Release-Date Anticipation

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It came as little surprise when Apple ignored new iPhone hardware in favor of the unveiling of new Mac computers and significant upgrades to its mobile operating system, iOS at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference  after all, the company said as much prior to the event; nonetheless, it left some Apple device addicts a little discouraged.

But general consumers, business users and the service providers that offer the iPhone won’t have to wait much longer before Apple announces a release date for the latest version of the iconic device. This week, Ming-Chi Kou, a KGI analyst who recently predicted that the iPhone 5 will sport a larger, 4-inch screen (now almost universally accepted by smartphone pundits), said September is the month to keep an eye on.

“Based on the release schedule for iOS 6 GM, there is a very good chance iPhone 5 [or whatever it will be called] will start shipping also in early September,” Ming-Chi told investors.

The analyst also gave photographers reason to be excited about a new iPhone, saying the device’s camera will be 8MP and offer a maximum aperture of 2.4, up from 2.2 in the 4S, according to ComputerWorld. The site goes even further, making a prediction for the camera on the 2013 version of the iPhone. A patent filing suggests Apple is working on technology that would somehow let a user change the lens to allow for different types of shoots.

This week also showed the remarkable fascination some people have with the iPhone and the technical lengths they will go to show off what they imagine the new version will look like.

A Chinese tech blog conjured up some images that look amazing; they’re not real, but they imagine a redesigned smartphone that would have fans drooling. And a teenager from Oklahoma took the time to make his own fake iPhone commercial and posting it on YouTube:

Of course, the unveiling of iOS 6 at Apple’s WWDC on Monday gave us some genuine specs to look forward to in the new iPhone, including a smarter Siri, stunning 3D traffic maps, Facebook integration and more.

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