Rumors of a new iPhone (perhaps named the 5S or 6?), a cheaper iOS offering, and a next-gen iPad are circling the web ahead of Apple's annual September launch spectacular. Today's big buzz? The next iPhone may come in a glitzy, glamorous (albeit gaudy) hue: gold.
Apple typically hosts two special events: one during WWDC in June that's focused on the desktop/mobile operating systems and the Mac and another in the Fall for mobile hardware releases. In 2012, we met the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini, and this September, we're expecting another big update to Apple's smartphone and tablet lines. What's certain is that the new devices will run iOS 7, the brighter, more beautiful mobile operating system Apple unveiled earlier this Summer.
All the murmurs beyond mobile are pure speculation. A wearable device that some media outlets are dubbing "the iWatch" has been rumored, but September may be too early a launch for the new tech. Wondering what's next for Apple? We've rounded up all the whispers from the iOS rumor mill so far.
iPhone 5S? iPhone 6? - The name of Apple's next flagship is still up for debate, and so are all of the phone's rumored technical details. MacRumors claims that the new iPhone 5S or 6 will have dual LED flash, and CNET reports the device may come in a glam "champagne gold" hardware option. Rene Ritchie of iMore provides the most believable mockup of the new golden iPhone 5S yet. The most curious rumor of all may be the new convex home button that could include a fingerprint sensor, according to VentureBeat. Sensors could be used to authenticate login or switch between multiple users. AuthenTec, which Apple acquired last year, is reportedly the company behind the technology.
iPhone 5C - Photos of a plastic-backed iPhone surfaced in July, and, according to Business Insider, the new model is the "iPhone 5C," a more affordable offering that's suspected to be available in a variety of colors.
The launch date - Last year, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 on September 12, and this year, AllThingsD is reporting that the next iPhone launch will take place on September 10.
iPad Mini-like iPad - The next full-sized iPad will look a lot like the slimmed down iPad Mini, says Wall Street Journal. The same film-based touch panel in the Mini could be used in the iPad.
The iWatch - Apple filed for a curious patent in February that spurred rumors of a wearable device similar to a smartwatch. ReadWrite believes that the concept is very real, but a September launch may be too early for the device, which is apparently made of curved glass. Perhaps the company will offer a preview of the new tech, as it did with the Mac Pro in June.