After many months of rumors and speculation, it appears we finally have an arrival date for the next iPhone. AllThingsD reports that sources have told it to expect Apple to introduce the follow-up to the iPhone 5 at a special event on September 10. The date is almost exactly a year after the iPhone 5 was introduced in a media event at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Arts Center on September 12, 2012.
While it seems certain that an updated, top-flight iPhone to take advantage of the improvements in iOS 7 will be announced, it's less clear if the rumored lower-cost iPhone will also debut.
Since earlier this year we've been hearing rumblings about a budget iPhone, perhaps based on the iPhone 5 design, that could help Apple secure more market share in places like China and emerging markets.
As for a new flagship iPhone, we've heard that upgrades to the display and camera are in the works, as well as the possible addition of a fingerprint sensor. The device is also said to be available in multiple colors, perhaps like the upcoming customizable Moto X from Google's Motorola.
A fingerprint sensor could be among the new iPhone's features (fingerprint image: Shutterstock)
The stakes are high for Apple right now, as the company hasn't delivered a product that really wows consumers in at least the past year, and arguably since Steve Jobs' passing. The smartphone market has become particularly crowded with premiere Android devices in the last few months, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and more recently announced offerings like LG's G2, the new series of Droids from Motorola, and the Moto X.
If AllThingsD is correct, and I have no reason to doubt that they are, we'll see what Tim Cook, Jony Ive and company have up their sleeves in about a month from now.