Apple announces iPhone 5 event for September 12

Apple announces iPhone 5 event for September 12

Apple has announced their September 12 special event, expected to see the introduction of the next generation iPhone 5. The information on the invitation is sparse. According to the graphic shared by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, it shows the number 12 (the date of the event), and the number 5 (make of that what you will), along with the following line: "It's almost here". According to Jim:

The invitation I received says the event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.

iMore posted the September 12 Apple event date back on July 30, along with what we believe to be the U.S. launch date of September 21. Back on August 13 we posted what we believe is the second wave launch date of October 5.

For more on the iPhone 5, including previews of the expected features, check out our iPhone 5 page and make sure you enter our $500 iPhone 5 giveaway now!

Source: The Loop

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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dloveprod says:

Thank the gods. So happy right now.

Premium1 says:

But but but it can't be called the iPhone 5 because its the 6th iPhone..... /s

iSRS says:

Hahahah. Touché. (I will now stop calling it the new iPhone and start calling it the iPhone 5)

gammills08 says:

well played.....well played.

onlineboypr says:

Since they call the New ipad, and the new macbook pro, my best bet would be the new iphone!

Behshad says:

Are you that stubborn? lol
The shadow is the hint that IT WILL BE IPHONE 5 ! :)

rickeyb2010 says:

There's a 5 shadow, I'm guessing iPhone 5.

cardfan says:

Nope, it means 5 new devices.

TFausett says:

Lol that would be awesome

rickeyb2010 says:

That would explain why the event is at 10 am

Macboy74 says:

10 am specific time? :-)

dalaen says:

Isn't those kinds of event early in the morning so most people in the world can follow it live?

Paradocks says:

If that were the case, wouldn't the caption read "They're almost here."?

Evan_Beezy says:

Or they're are talking about the event as "it"

ght says:

It will be The New iPhone, but with a 5" screen! In all seriousness, I really doubt that, but it would be incredible if Apple pulled off such a thing while leaking all the parts/assemblies we've seen floating around the internet.

iOS Gino says:

That's exactly what that five means!! Given the Apple that I know. It'll be called "the new iPhone" and we'll have four other new shiny devices to go with it!!

siddo_d says:

I just ran around my house like a mad man! I knew they would announce it today with those exact words :D. Can't wait, It's almost here guys :D

dloveprod says:

I'm so jealous I wanted to jump up and down but I'm not at home.

siddo_d says:

Lool I know how you feel! I literally done a little dance and ran everywhere lol

Tre says:

I hope that Apple leaked fake iPhone 5 mock-ups and hits us with something completely different than the 4/4S. I would almost suggest they have an iPhone Classic option (2G form factor) a la the iPod Classic. The lack of selections / variations is hurting Apple's appeal where as Andriod has a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, etc.

BLiNK says:

lower your expectations - seriously. when has Apple ever REALLY surprised us. most of the time these "leaks" end up being not too far off

Tre says:

Don't get me wrong, I completely expect the iPhone 5 to look like the leaked versions.

Dark_Blu says:

I truly hope you are wrong but I fear that you are correct.

TFausett says:

Great job on getting the prediction right Rene this is why I read iMore. One week away woohoo!

johnmarki says:

Great job iMore. Always my first stop for iOS device news!

Raptor007 says:

Finally we have a definite date/time and we can all gear up our wallets for the pre-orders. The question is will you pre-order with Apple or your Carrier? Apple is picky about signatures and where they ship to, the carrier isn't so much. Who will do NBD delivery at no charge or at least get it to you by the launch date?

No1hotpapi says:

I'm so excited .. Can't wait to actually hold it in my hands!!!

Dark_Blu says:

I'm so excited, I can't eat or sleep. What will it be??

FlopTech says:

We can't wait.

And we still think it's impossible for Apple to announce both the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini at the same event. iPhone 5 will need as much time in the media spotlight as possible, by itself. Just like always. The small iPad announcement would logically follow in October.

We think it might all go like this:

Sep 5 - 11
- iPhone 5 pre-announcement hype, media feature guesstimation articles, etc.

Sep 12
- iPhone 5 announcement and subsequent (immediate?) pre-order availability

Sep 12 - 20
- media reaction to iPhone 5 design and features, iOS 6 reviews, etc.

Sep 21
- iPhone 5 retail availability, coverage of Apple Store lines, first teardowns

Sep 21 - early Oct
- iPhone 5 and iOS 6 reviews, unboxings, user comments in forums, etc.
- Apple announces first (several) million iPhone 5s sold

Then, in early October, the same process starts for the iPad mini.

Possible announcements of new iMacs, the Retina 13" MacBook Pro, an updated iPod lineup, and iPad (3rd gen) update with new smaller dock connector, would be sprinkled in here and there. It's quite possible that the iPad mini will be announced during the traditional fall iPod / iTunes event.

No1hotpapi says:

Question ... Will they do preorders the same day or that Friday ??

Premium1 says:

Depends, probably a day or two after week tops.

DrBrad says:

@renerichie
Was iMore invited this year? With the amount of dead on predictions and the exponential growth you had the year, I hope Apple has you on their radar! You deserve an invite!

NealWong says:

MY HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!

Behshad says:

Wow, not thats a bit sad ! :( Maybe instead of a new phone you need a new life ? :D lol

iRy757 says:

This is great news. Now let's just hope the date of the 21st is correct, considering that I took off of work the 12th and the 21st. I LOVE the anticipation of Apple releases. Those planning to preorder and pick-up, get your lawn chairs and coolers ready! :D APPLE NATION!!

Behshad says:

Instead of a lawnchair , I sit comfrotably on my recliner as I order it through Apple.com and it will be delivered by my happy FedEx guy around 11 Am on 21st ! :)

iRy757 says:

That is, if you can click the refresh button fast enough for the preorder page to be launched before everyone in the world attacks it lol. I don't want to take any chance at having it any later than the launch date, so I will be bright and early at my local Apple store. The couple sleep hours lost will be worth it. :)

Behshad says:

lol
Well it has worked fine the last 3 years :)
I do the midnight release for Video Game Console releases but that about it :)

iRy757 says:

True indeed. Well as long as we all get it when expected then I'm happy!

arcadelion says:

5 devices, not iPhone 5 xD

Behshad says:

So it COULD be 5 devies and still The new iPhone ;)

smp2k says:

Nice!! However, is that a YouTube app icon I see?

paulthefencer says:

This is all good and fine. However I have no interest in the new iPhone. I have been, however, waiting anxiously for over a year now for any news of the new iPod Touch. What the h*ll? Why no rumours or mentions of that device? Come on Apple, let's move.

JNGold says:

They are most likely to be announced at the event on the 12th, according to the "rumors". See how that works?

KCMike says:

I'm keeping my iPhone 4 (purchased this past Spring) & saving up my duckets for the iPad. Just not sure on the size or price point yet.

gammills08 says:

Finally, sold my 4s to pay for the new iPhone and was sweating them to announce it. I was going by iMore's info which is always good to go by.

kilcher says:

This obviously means the new iPhone will come out on December 5th (12/5).

iRy757 says:

Yikes. That could make sense. The quoted message doesn't say "Sept. 12th" it just has a time and location. So it could be 12/5... That would not be good... I can't wait that long after a month of anticipating the September dates.

Dark_Blu says:

I'm going to be rushing out of a boring meeting on the 12th to dash to my PC during my lunch hour to watch this event. \m/ (- -)

ulevangee says:

I'm excited about the iOS 6 and the new macbook pro 13" retina display. What sucks is...I can't get an upgrade not until May 2013.

gammills08 says:

add a line $9.99 and use that for the phone. just a thought

Behshad says:

if you add a line to get the discount, you have to pay more than the $9.99 a month, you have to pay for the data plan too ;)

gammills08 says:

you dont have to add the data plan, you use the $9.99 add a line just for the upgrade price and add to your existing number. i did this last year and only pay the $9.99. i work for At&t and this is how you can do it. Also last year they let everyone upgrade early and there are talks of it again, but we will have to wait and see.

iRy757 says:

Or you could purchase at retail. That's what I'm doing.

But yeah you can add a line to get the phone at discounted price, then put it on your existing line and replace the ESN you just added to a basic phone. Problem is, you will not have the one year warranty that Apple offers since you're upgrading on one line then taking it off and putting it on another. That's why I'm doing retail. I'll save 240 dollars ($10x12mo.) plus the $300 I'd have to pay for a 32GB upgrade (assuming the prices are parallel with the 4S prices) so that's already 540 I've paid for the new iPhone 32GB with no warranty. I'll pay $200 extra to keep my warranty (especially since its the 1st wave on release and could always be susceptible to a malfunction) and to keep an extra line of my account. Anywho. September 12th!!! Wooooooot!!!

Behshad says:

Apple's Warranty has NOTHING to do with your plan. You get ONE year warranty regardless of how much you paid for it, what carrier you have and even if you switched SIM cards. The one year factory warranty stays with the phone no matter what !

iRy757 says:

I'm telling you for a fact if you add a line or upgrade a line to get a phone at discounted price without doing a proper "alternate update" in said carriers POS system and then put that phone on a different line you will void the one year manufacturer warranty. You HAVE to do a proper alternate upgrade or standard 2 year/ annual upgrade or purchase the device at retail value to maintain the warranty.

Behshad says:

Im telling you , youre wrong. Applecan not VOID a warranty just like that. No new product from Apple can be sold WITHOUT any kind of warranty, thats FACT.

Behshad says:

Well its funny cause I did the same thing last year and they would NOT allow me to just add a $9.99 line and qualify for a subsidized lowest price iPhone. The whole point of getting that discounted price is so they make it up in form of what you pay for your data plan for 24 month.
Every year around this time we get a wiseguy that says they work at AT&T and they managed to get the discounted price for a $9.99 line , but we both know its not possible, cause I tried this at two different AT&T stores and they both made it clear to me that the only way you can get the lowest price on a new iPhone is by having a 2 year conract , WITH data plan. AT&T doesnt even sell any of their iphones without the data plan unless you pay FULL price !

iRy757 says:

Well, I suppose it's different with Verizon then. Let's just say its the safest route to use a plain old upgrade or buy it retail! Lol. :)

gammills08 says:

i would say thats the safest bet. but i do this every year and always retain my warranty. i am with att, but thats just the carrier, not apple. either way get it!!! right. lol

Vanti says:

Finally now the speculation will come to and end. I can stop listening to rumors and what ifs and just wait until next wednesday for everything to pan out.

Behshad says:

dont be a fool. there is still more rumors to come up until 10am Sept 5th! lol

nate8it says:

There were so many ppl on this site who couldn't handle it whenever someone referred to the new device as iPhone 5. They just couldnt wrap their heads around how anyone could possibly think...I wonder how they are feeling about that graphic.

Vanti says:

Friend you are not alone. I always wondered what was going to happen to all the extremist's who stated religiously that this was the 6th version etc..... lol look at them..... they are the village fools who cannot grasp simple logic.

( lol on flip side let it not be called the iphone 5 and watch me take this comment down asap >:)

Lui says:

I still find it pretty inconsistent to call it the iPhone "5" considering it will be the sixth iPhone soon to be sporting iOS"6"

GreenDize12 says:

Won't be buying it for myself because well, my Factory Unlocked iPhone 4S with 2 year warranty is doing just fine. However, my brother is due for an upgrade on his line (last time I'll be doing it too), so there will be a next gen iPhone in my home that I will play with for a bit. And why do I get the feeling the only thing different about this next gen iPhone is the screen size?? I mean, I'm sure Apple will do a "one more thing" announced with this phone, but I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't either.

SimplyApple says:

Firstly well done to Rene Ritchie and the iMore team for the accuracy of their predictions.

Apples invites always hint at what's coming, so the shadowy 5, is it as simply as the next gen iPhone 5 (even though technically it will be the 6th gen one) or a massive 5 inch screen or 5 aliterations of model size/network or a day day/hour battery life or Some random improvement 12/5 giving 2.4 something or nothing to do with any of it??

tiny.cc/SimplyApple

Bhadresh#IM says:

yes its iPhone 5 Day on sept 12th, Apple hints iPhone 5 launch day on Media Event Picture check this report - http://ipad3wiki.com/apples-september-12th-media-event-logo-is-clue-it-s...

iPhonetrini says:

Hi Rene, have you or anyone else considered that the 5 could mean 5 years later? It is of course the 6th iPhone and since Apple does not like to confuse people they may take this opportunity to course correct the numbering system as they did with the iPad... Hmmm. Something to think about...again. :-)