With Apple expected to officially unveil the iPhone 5 release date at an October 4th event headed by newly instated CEO Tim Cook, new reports have suggested the iPad and iPod maker will shun its usual San Francisco unveiling location in favour of hosting the event at its Cupertino campus.
The latest iPhone 5 rumour to circulate within the increasingly crowded pool of Apple speculation would see Apple heading for a low key unveiling of its next generation handset with the much mooted iPhone 5 to enter the realms of reality in a little over a week’s time.
Citing “sources close to the company,” the Wall Street Journal’s tech blog All Things D has claimed that Apple will forgo the usual high-profile San Francisco based announcement in favour of a more intimate product showcase on home soil.
iPhone 5 Rumours: The full story
The most eagerly awaiting gadget in recent memory the iPhone 5 release date has been a thing of speculation for many months with most recent reports hinting at an October 21st arrival.
Looking to compete with the likes of the dual-core powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Apple iPhone 5 is set to land with the same A5 dual-core CPU found within the iPad 2 as well as an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capabilities and a new slimmer form factor.
iPhone 5 Release Date: What to expect
As well as the iPhone 5, Apple’s upcoming event is expected to see a number of other new products announced. Landing alongside the iPhone 5 the repeatedly leaked entry-level Apple smartphone, the iPhone 4S to set to make an appearance with the iPod range getting its annual update to produce the new white iPod Touch 3D.
The HTC Runnymede will hit the shops as the HTC Sensation XL and not the HTC Bass, as had been rumoured, according to reports.
The name would make sense as, like the recently announced HTC Sensation XE, the Runnymede will be packing integrated Beats Audio. There will be two options on offer apparently: one an in-ear buds bundle and one an over the ear job.
The Android 2.3.4 phone is said to have a 1.5GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3-megapixel one on the front. Its big talking point, literally, is the display at a mammoth 4.7 inches and a 960×540 qHD resolution. Storage is said to be 16GB or 32GB.
The HTC Sensation XL/Bass/Runnymede has also been caught in action. A YouTube video is doing the rounds, although the footage is continually being pulled. It shows an almost-ghost like phone running on the Vodafone network in the UK.
There’s no official word from HTC or any carriers yet though – chances are this could just be an unlocked tester model.
The Motorola Xoom 2 has been spotted out and about and, whats more, is that it seems to have a little friend in tow – the 8.9-inch Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition.Both tablets have been leaking like an Android filled tap all over the web this past weekend, ramping up excitement levels of fandroids everywhere.Starting with the biggie, and guestimates suggest that were again looking at a 10.1-inch model but with a meatier engine room running the Android 3.2 and Flash 11 action. The RAM is said to be the same as the original at 1GB, but it will be powered by a dual core 1.2GHz chip, possibly of the TI OMAP 4 variety.1080p video recording is said to be on board the 5-megapixel camera, which is why theres a HD logo on the camera which now finds itself in the centre of the Xoom sequels back. Also on the back are the physical buttons or, at least, theyre pointing backwards due to the 2s sharp angled design which measures 9mm thick.The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Editions 8.9-inch display is apparently a HD IPS one that is made of Gorilla glass and is splashproof. Its packing an integrated IR remote and a subwoofer on the chassis.Codenamed Fleming, it is also said to be running Android 3.2 and has reported thickness of 9.3mm and a weight of 430g. Theres LTE on board and, like its big bro, theres also backwards facing buttons and a 5-megapixel camera – this time positioned front and centre in a portrait setup.No official word as of yet, but hit up the original sources for plenty of leaky image action.