iPhone 5 Release Date: Pre-Orders Set for Sept.14; iOS 6 PassBook App to Replace NFC [WATCH LIVE]
Many are anticipating Apple announcing the iPhone 5 at a special event today, Wednesday Sept. 12.
Following the announcement, a new report revealed that the pre-order date will be a couple of days from today.
According to MacRumors, pre-orders will not begin on the same day as the announcement, which is what most reports said early in the game.
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"We're hearing that certain portions of Apple's online sales support team are significantly increasing their staffing levels beginning at 6:00 AM Eastern on Friday, with a major surge for the initial shift beginning at that time and a sustained level of high staffing for at least the remainder of the day," MacRumors reported. "Staffing levels suggest that customers may have to wait until the end of this week to pre-order their new iPhones for delivery a week later."
Friday is Sept. 14, just two days after the anticipated iPhone 5 announcement.
More information for the iPhone 5 has surfaced as well.
Many analysts believe that the iPhone 5 will come with NFC, although recent rumors suggest that it will not.
Newsnet5.com described NFC:
NFC: "Near field communication" is a short-range wireless technology that lets your smartphone do lots of cool things, from beaming content to other devices nearby to using your phone as a mobile wallet.
Most smartphones from Samsung and Nokia include NFC chips. Google made NFC the basis of its Google Wallet payment technology, and it is requiring the chips be embedded on the Nexus Android devices that it has a hand in designing. Even credit card companies like MasterCard have embraced NFC.
"But Apple doesn't appear to see NFC as the mobile payment solution," NewsNet5 said.
Apple announced in June that its new operating software, iOS 6 will include an app called Passbook that stores items like digital boarding passes and membership cards -- and it seems like a short leap to storing credit cards.
"NFC has been around a long time, and to Apple there are still issues from a security and infrastructure standpoint," said Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves. "There are absolutely other ways to achieve what NFC does, and Passbook could be a big part of that down the road," according to NewsNet5.
"They're not Google; they don't try everything and see what works," said Wu, the Sterne Agee analyst. "They don't deploy something until it's really ready, and that can take time."
Reports say that the iPhone 5 will have a release date of Sept. 21.
According to Tech Crunch, well-connected and professional Apple dot-connector John Gruber saod that there will be two separate events.
"I'm thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there's another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds its traditional "music event", exactly along the lines of the events at which they've been debuting new iPods for the last decade," Gruber said.
Gizmodo reported that Gruber traditionally has been spot on when it comes to Apple things.
TechCrunch reported that there is no real reason Apple should have the two devices "crowd each other."
Apple may also announce a new MacBook pro with Retina Display, a new iPod Touch, and a new 21.5-inch iMac.
Reports say that the new iPhone 5 will have a bigger display, be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, and will be able to run on 4G LTE technology. It was also said that it will feature a 19-pin mini connector and it will be equipped with a new technology called in-cell, which integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer. This creates a thinner screen and improves the quality of displayed images. It will also feature tiny SIM cards called nano-SIMS.