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New iPhone to Debut Sept 10?

Apple will debut its next iPhone on Sept. 10, according to a report in AllThingsD. The company is expected to reveal an iPhone with modest under-the-hood improvements but the same external design as the current iPhone 5.

Apple has varied when the iPhone arrives each year. The original iPhone was previewed in January 2007, but it didn't reach stores until June 2007. The iPhone 3G followed in July 2008, and the iPhone 3GS in June 2009. The last iPhone to debut in June was the iPhone 4, in 2010. Apple then pushed things back a few months, introducing the iPhone 4S in September 2011 and the iPhone 5 in September 2012. A mid-September 2013 debut for the next iPhone 5 was expected.

Looking at the pattern set by Apple gives a general idea of what to expect from the next iPhone. The iPhone 3G and 3GS, for example, used the exact same chassis, as did the iPhone 4 and 4S. There were no significant external differences between the 3G and 3GS, or between the 4 and 4S. Accordingly, the next-gen iPhone (iPhone 5S is the assumed name) should look identical to the iPhone 5 -- the same metallic design, the same 4-inch Retina Display, and the same placement for the buttons and ports. Earlier this year, a report in The Wall Street Journal suggested that the next iPhone will look similar to the current iPhone 5. In other words, there shouldn't be any surprises about the basic feature set of the new device.

Get the full story at Information Week. — Eric Zeman, Information Week

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