New iPhone 5 release date

Welcome to our New iPhone 5 release date, rumours and leaked images article, here we'll keep you updated with all of the latest speculation about the iPhone 5. We'll bring you everything we know about the new iPhone 5 release date so you'll know exactly when the new iPhone 5 is coming out. We are also going to bring you a all of the rumours that have been flooding the web's most trusted Mac websites. Finally, we have some new iPhone 5 leaked images that we'd like to show you. It's your one stop source for everything you need to know about the new iPhone 5.

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Rumours are hotting up as we near the launch of the new Apple iPhone 5 (which is actually the sixth-generation of iPhone). We're expecting a 4in display, improved Siri, 4G LTE functionality and more.

See also: The last iPhone 5 rumour rollup

Read: The only thing the iPhone 5 really needs

New iPhone 5 Release Date

It looks likely that the iPhone 5 will launch on the 12 September, and could be available to pre-order for a 21 September release on the same day, or, as more recent rumours suggest, on 14 September.

Apple has now officially issued an invitation to a 12 September special event in San Francisco, which you can see below. Several analysts believe that the event will be the biggest electronics launch in history.

Apple appears to have prematurely confirmed that tonight will see the launch of a new iPod touch and iPod nano, and that its sixth-generation iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5.

See also: Decoding Apple's special event invitations

See also: Analysts up iPhone 5 estimations as the 'biggest product launch ever' approaches

Apple has been busy preparing the 12 September event's venue in San Francisco, decortating it with an enormous colourful banner that conceals several iOS icons.

iLounge was first to report that Apple would be holding a special event on that date, citing “sources who have proven accurate in the past,” who also believe we could see an iPad mini and a new iPod launch at the event. However, a survey has suggested that it would be a mistake for Apple to launch both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini at the same event, as 80 per cent of consumers would opt for the iPhone 5, and leave the iPad mini.

Read: What to expect at Apple's 12 September event

Following that report, more evidence of a 12 September event flooded in from publications such as The Verge, The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and AllThingsD. Each publication reported that their sources had given the same 12 September launch date for the iPhone.

Reports are suggesting that Apple has purposefully leaked the news of the iPhone 5 launch, and potentially bought the launch forward in the hope of it impacting the next quarter’s financial results.

Investors get nervous ahead of iPhone 5 launch

Prior to the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple is offering a repair and refurbishment program for the iPhone 4S. So you can use it to part-exchange your iPhone 4S for an iPhone 5. If you're thinking of selling your iPhone 4S before the launch then we have a guide to some of the options available. to you.

See also: Apple tells Genius Bars to replace 3GS with iPhone 4 due to low stock ahead of iPhone 5 launch

New iPhone 5 special event

Since the rumours of the 12 September launch, eBay has seen a 70 per cent increase in iPhone 4S trade-ins, as owners rush to sell their devices before the next model arrives. Some third party retailers have dropped the prices of current iPhone models, and Apple is reportedly offering a price match service at its retail stores in the US.

Read: Apple's iPhone 5 invite sparks new spike in trade-ins

On 17 August, Apple's share price closed at an all-time high, at over $648 a share, a surge that most experts attributed to investors' anticipation of the iPhone 5 launch.

Read: iPhone 5 has Wall Street in a tizzy

One analyst has suggested that Apple may rely on a celebrity to help launch its iPhone 5 at the event on 12 September.

Read: Other than the iPhone, what will Apple launch on Wednesday?

New iPhone 5 on sale date

A FedEx note has hinted at an on sale date of 21 September for the iPhone 5.

At its third quarter earnings report on 24 July, Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenhiemer said that Apple “could not be more confident” in its new product line, and mentioned a “fall transition,” which is expected to be a reference to the next iPhone’s launch. This transition was brought up in the Q&A after the presentation, which Oppenhiemer responded with: “It’s not something that we’re going to talk about in any level of detail today.”

Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, said Apple would be smart to ship its new iPhone in September, especially after recent concerns around the June quarter weakness in the iPhone.

Read: Analysts set high expectations for iPhone 5 today

It is believed that Sharp will begin shipping screens for the iPhone 5 in August, and it has also been reported that Pegatron has begun production of the new iPhone in preparation for a September launch. Japanese Mac blog MacOtakara has agreed that Chinese manufacturers are beginning to ramp up production of the sixth-generation iPhone.

A successful July for suppliers also suggests that the iPhone 5 launch is imminent.

Read: iPhone 5: Expert predictions and the challenges ahead

Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon, began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5, listing the device along with purported mock-up images and technical specifications.

According to analyst research, Apple expects to sell more than 263 million iPhone 5 units, and Gene Munster has recently revealed that he believes a September launch of the iPhone 5 will add six to ten million iPhones to Apple's Q4 results.

There was some concern that the recent court case between Apple and Samsung would delay the new iPhone 5, but analysts have agreed that it is likely that Apple will stick to its original release schedule.

Read: New iPhone 5 'won't include' Samsung chips or screen

It has also been reported that iPhone 5 screen production is being delayed, as factories are unable to ramp up production fast enough to meet the demand for a refreshed iPhone.

See also: HTC, Samsung queue up to sue Apple over 4G in iPhone 5

New iPhone 5 Rumours

Read: Apple patents may point to what's next for iPhone

iPhone 5 leaks are cropping up all over the place in the lead up to the expected 12 September launch. It was spotted at IFA, on Chinese websites and in the hands of a popstar within the first week of September.

The iPhone 5 could be 1.4mm thinner than the iPhone 4S, according to an analyst. This could be achieved through the use of in-cell technology in the touchscreen, combined with a thinner battery. Measurements taken from parts that are believed to have been leaked from Apple's assembly line reveal that the iPhone 5 could be 18 per cent thinner than the iPhone 4S.

Following the reports of a thinner iPhone 5, Apple was granted a patent for in-cell technology that could help achieve the slimmer design.

If Apple does use a new, thinner display in the new iPhone 5, the battery could pack as much as 40 per cent more capacity than the current iPhone 4S, an analyst has said.

Read: Journalist poses as new worker in iPhone 5 factory

The new iPhone 5 will have a larger 4in display

The consensus is that Apple’s next iPhone will have a larger display, possibly achieved by making the device taller and allowing space for 24 apps on the home screen. Apple's iOS 6 simulator also shows 24 apps on the home screen when scaled up to a 4in display size.

New iPhone 5 small dock connection rumour

Apple was granted a patent for a smaller dock connector in July. It is expected that Apple will reduce the size from the current 30-pin design to a 19-pin or possibly even 8-pin design. A reference to a 9-pin dock connector was spotted in the coding of the iOS 6 beta.

The dock connector could be called 'Lightning', sources have suggested.

Some recently leaked iPhone 5 accessories from third-party maker Scosche have also added evidence to the smaller dock connector rumours.

Photos of a 9-pin dock connector cable have been leaked online, revealing that the new plug could be as small as a micro USB.

However, it has also emerged that a high school student started one of the smaller dock connector rumours as part of a school project.

Respected Macworld columnist Andy Ihnatko is a reliable bellweather for new features and has written a list of new iPhone 5 features he thinks are good bets and ones that are up in the air.

Apple iPhone 5 to have AirPlay Direct

Apple is said to be planning a new type of wireless technology called AirPlay direct that allows wireless music playback without the need for a WiFi network. If so we may see this introduced with the new iPhone 5.

In early August, a detailed hands-on video of the iPhone 5 front panel hit the web. Watch it here.

Images of possible iPhone 5 logic board surfaced on a Chinese forum in August, as did an alleged iPhone 5 display.

Watch: 3D video shows iPhone 5 next to Samsung Galaxy S3

New iPhone 5 Leaked Images

At the end of July, a fully assembled iPhone was constructed from components leaked from the Chinese suppliers, and photographs of the device were published online.

The photos match previous leaks and rumours showing an iPhone with a taller body, larger display, smaller dock connector, and a two-tone metal back.

A detailed video and high-resolution photographs comparing the iPhone 5's leaked front panel with the iPhone 4S's panel provides further insight into what the new iPhone 5 may look like.

Just after Apple sent its invites to the 12 September event, a new video and photos of an alleged iPhone 5 emerged.

See also: Leaked document details iPhone 5 components

More new iPhone 5 rumours

Data from alleged iPhone 5 prototypes has led to the speculation that Apple will implement Near Field Communication (NFC) in the device. An Apple patent also suggests that a NFC chip will be introduced in the iPhone 5, enabling users to quickly send iTunes gifts to one another.

NFC could be used in conjunction with Apple’s new Passbook app, which will arrive with iOS 6 this autumn.

Another patent indicates that Apple could use an NFC chip in future iPhones to control digital devices around the home, including other Apple products, games consoles, digital cameras, or even sprinkler systems and thermostats.

On 7 August, Apple was granted an NFC shopping list patent that could also be used in future iPhones.

An SEC filing revealed that Apple was in a rush to acquire AuthenTec this year, indicating that Apple wanted to get the security firm's fingerprint scanners into the upcoming iPhone.

However, some experts have claimed that there will be no room in the slim iPhone 5 for NFC.

New photographs anc loser inspection of leaked iPhone 5 parts has also added doubt to the iPhone 5's NFC chip and fingerprint scanner

The new iPhone 5 will launch alongside iOS 6

It is expected that the iPhone 5 will launch with iOS 6, Apple’s next mobile operating system. iOS 6 will introduce a raft of new features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including Apple-designed 3D maps, Siri improvements, 3G FaceTime and Shared Photo Stream.

Apple recently redesigned the iOS 6 beta's App Store and activated the Genius Recommendations feature for developers a few days later.

When Apple launched iOS 6 beta 4 to developers on 6 August, it emerged that the company is dropping Google's YouTube app from the operating system. This, and the omission of Google's Maps app, indicates a very public break-up between Apple and Google. See: 4 things Apple will emliminate with iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

Also spotted in the latest beta of iOS 6 is the introduction of a new 'WiFi Plus Cellular' feature.

The new iPad has 4G LTE technology, leading to the conclusion that the feature will be introduced to the iPhone too, though the improved internet access is largely redundant in the UK at present. Apple is reportedly in talks with Korean mobile providers to make 4G available on the iPhone 5 there too.

See also: Why the iPhone 5 won't be 4G in the UK

And: Everything Everywhere launched 4G in UK, don't expect iPhone 4G though

Does the iPhone 5 need LTE wireless to succeed?

The new iPhone 5 will have a new nano-SIM

European mobile operators have reportedly been stocking up on nano-SIMs, the smaller SIM card design set to be used in Apple’s next iPhone.

Apple could also issue completely redesigned headphones with the iPhone 5.

A Macworld survey revealed that nearly 40 per cent of consumers will buy the iPhone 5 no matter what features it has.

See also: Apple will sell 10 million iPhone 5 in one week, analyst

It has been suggested that Apple wants to be the only maker of the iPhone 5's dock adapter for the rumoured smaller connector.

Of course, it’s largely possible that Apple will not launch an iPhone 5 at all. It’s sure to launch a sixth-generation iPhone but it is expected that the company could follow the naming conventions of its new iPad, dropping the number altogether.

Alongside the iPhone 5, Apple could also announce two iPod updates and an all new iPod line at its special event, as well as a redesigned iPod touch.

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See also:

Everything we know about the 2012 iMac
Everything you need to know about the iPad mini