With September 12th and the assumed announcement of the next generation of iPhone just around the corner let’s take a quick pause and peruse some of the rumors bubbling through the pundit-sphere.
MacRumors brings us a couple of tidbits, one welcome and another possibly not so welcome. First, there’s their own iPhone 5 rumor roundup, covering everything from a comparison between the current iPhone 4s and a physical mockup of the iPhone 5 (if that is what it ends up being labeled) showing a noticeably thinner and longer chassis with a bottom-mounted headphone jack and the smaller redesigned docking port to a discussion of the expected hardware features.
MacRumors also passed on a report from iLounge stating that Apple will be the sole provider of cables and adaptors for the new smaller docking port on the next iPhone. Adaptors for the older iconic 32 pin connector used by all previous (non iPod Shuffle) devices are said the be available for $10 each or in three packs for $29, and new USB cables going for $19 each. Considering how much less expensive current third party cables and adaptors are this is a significant markup even if Apple’s manufacturing quality is markedly better.
My friends at MobileFun listed a partially whimsical look at iPhone 5 rumors on their product blog, including the recently reported new design in earbuds (sorry, guys- I disagree with your position on this one, they look legit to me and the enclosed earbuds with the iPhone are lowest common denominator).
Lastly, the iPhone isn’t the only device getting a refresh. Rumors and evidence abound that most of the current iPod lineup may get new models, we may be seeing the iPad Mini soon, and there’s a slim chance we may get the next generation in Apple TV as well!