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Apple sends out invites to October 4 iPhone event

Tuesday, 27th September 2011 16:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Apple has announced its iPhone event by sending out formal invitations to various media and tech outlets.

The event takes place on Tuesday, October 4 at 10am PST at the Apple campus in Cupertino, with CEO Tim Cook hosting.

Apple’s invitation shows four iOS app icons along with the heading: “Let’s talk iPhone.”

The firm is expected to touch upon iOS 5 features, and there’s been talk for ages it is to announce iPhone 5 at the event along with a white iPod Touch.

While nothing is set in stone at the moment as far as announcements go, the firm is also expected to announce Sprint as an iPhone 5 carrier as well – sometime or another.

Again, nothing concrete here, but we were told by a Sprint representative a couple weeks ago that the firm would be getting the smartphone sometime after November 1.

We’ll all know more once October 4 rolls around.

Thanks, Ars Technica.

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33 Comments

  1. Razor

    Yay! An incremental phone upgrade \o/

    /o\

    #1 3 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Rumour is they’re releasing two versions.

    The standard one and a smaller, lower cost one.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Deacon

    Hey, Appletards, it’s that time of the year to limber up and bend the fuck over.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Not a iPhone user myself, but always interested in what Apple will bring out… if only to have a smug air of superiority whilst using my HTC :D

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @4 – This :D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    I’ll just leave this here…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq-e0getf4M

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Can’t wait to not buy this shit.

    but props to them for selling mobile phones with minimum features to douchebags or Apple fanboys for the high price.

    I’m happy with my Nokia. Because i can smash it without jeezing in my pants if something wrong is going to happpen with it.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DaMan

    #6 What’s your point, should a company which pioneered it altogether to begin with, and was ripped off more than it ever borrowed not learn from it’s rivals?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    @8, I think if you dug right into the heart of it I think you’d probably find that Apple have “pioneered” very little. The word you may be looking for is “popularised”.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DaMan

    #9 No, both.

    Some of these statements are funny, the irony of haters is that they ‘re worse than the worst of corporate marketing slogans, lulz. Look, everything found in today’s smartphones is pretty much common sense, the so called ‘ideas’ are ludicrous compared to the costs and difficulty of implementing them.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    @6 Just because you invented the wheel doesn’t mean you can construct a decent cart.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. sg1974

    I’ll just leave this here…

    http://www.redmondpie.com/this-graph-will-tell-you-how-many-patents-apple-holds-and-youll-be-shocked/

    #12 3 years ago
  13. sg1974

    By the way, what’s this got to do with gaming?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 Like it or not, smartphones are a big part of the gaming industry now.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Lounds

    iphone is expensive and people are dumb if they want to buy into a closed system which is fully controlled by the manufacturer, thats like a car manufacturer saying you have to drive you car in a certain way or you can’t upgrade or customise it.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. sg1974

    So are PCs but we don’t get announcements every time a new line is released.

    Plus, over the last quarter, Android’s share has been 58% (to Apple’s 27%). Where are the announcements of the latest Android phones?

    This has less to do with gaming and more to do with “new” media’s obsession with Apple. Like today’s story on the BBC about concerns over headphone use, which was less about the social impact of people wearing headphones and more a chance to show photos of lots of iPods and mention Apple every twenty words. When did the Walkman come out?

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DaMan

    Since you can both play Secret of mana, Chaos Rings, GTA CW and use it as a media player as well as a phone, it does indeed make for a good handheld gaming device and when you continously see releases from the biggest publishers, yes indeed it has everything to do with gaming.

    Besides, it’s closed nature allows for a better stability, as well as guarantees lack of fragmentation which plagues Android.

    Newsflash, all Android based cell phones combined market share is comparable to Apple’s alone. Given all the differences in their models and pricing, what an achievement /s.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. sg1974

    Fine. I look forward to the several articles discussing the possible release dates of the next HTC and Samsung phones.

    “Besides, it’s closed nature allows for a better stability, as well as guarantees lack of fragmentation which plagues Android.”

    Are you saying that a gaming site should preference platforms which are stable and run a closed OS?

    “all Android based cell phones combined market share is comparable to Apple’s alone”

    So?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. sg1974

    Oh, and in the US, Android phones are now outselling Apple phones 2:1. You can talk all you like about hardware. Do you dismiss the PC because there are thousands of different models on sale today and many tens of thousands of different models already in homes?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DaMan

    No, I’m saying there’re pros and cons to each approach.

    When you have cell phones from several competing companies, each offering various models and with prices ranging, it’s no freakin wonder all of them combined have a solid market share. iOS gets the attention because so far it leads the pack games wise, it doesn’t matter how many have Android or Bada or whatever based phones, as long as publishers don’t make profit on those. And as long as they don’t make profit you won’t see Rage or Infinity Blade running even on top tier ones.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. sg1974

    Okay. Tell me what difference iPhone 5 makes to gaming over iPhone 4 that justifies the steady stream of stories about the former’s release on a gaming site.

    You’re arguing that OS is the difference, but so far the only thing you and everyone else knows about this is a change of hardware. PC has a greater dominance over gaming than Apple can dream of, despite what Pat thinks in his recent article. Where are the stories about new PC hardware?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DaMan

    Probably the same as with myriad of articles about every single patch to Live and PSN, including those which do nothing. And to clarify, it’s about the whole device, not just the OS. I was saying how it gets the news due to it’s leading software library among smartphones.

    Er, you know because there’re far too many cards, monitors and mice coming out from various manufacturers all the time to write about them. Same as you’ll have several stories a day the moment new consoles get announced, yet you wouldn’t cover every single graphics card.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. ultramega

    @DaMan

    Unless you hold stocks in Apple, I really can’t understand your obsession with blindly defending them.

    Maybe it’s because you enjoy taking it up the ass from a controlling partner. I dunno. But to each his own, I suppose.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. DaMan

    #23, Well, see I do that as well from time to time when e.g. someone posts nonsensical gibberish about many things, it’s certain people’s tunnel vision which prevents them from noticing anything except Apple (in this case).

    Don’t worry, I benefit from their approach, I do have interest in them succeeding, as well as I do enjoy both their soft and hardware. At least I have reasons to like them, in contrast to folks getting endorphines via posting provocative messages and as you mention, blindly hating them, ultimately to no avail. Sad indeed, but to each their own.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. sg1974

    “Probably the same as with myriad of articles about every single patch to Live and PSN, including those which do nothing.”

    They are gaming devices. In case you haven’t noticed, this is a gaming site.

    Your comment at #24 is drivel. First you come up with the usual crap – you only challenge those who are wrong, a sure sign of an internet know-it-all (who appointed you arbiter?). Secondly, you accuse anyone of not recognising Apple for what you think they are as having “tunnel vision”. Really? Could they just not agree with you? Thirdly, you accuse your interlocutors of blindly hating Apple – with no evidence they do beside the fact they disagree with you, and so what if they did; what is it to you? Finally, you say “each to their own” – quite, so why so much problem with their views?

    Based on #24, you sound like you blindly worship Apple and attack anyone who dares dissent from that view as stupid, all the while fighting the corner of a hugely rich, tax-evading mega-corp. Who’s sad now?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. DaMan

    That’s right, which is why this gaming site writes about a new version of a gaming device called iPhone.

    Comment #24 was solely about a certain group of people, briefly described in the post itself. Why you chose to take that as directed at you, is a question only you might answer. Which is what e.g. stands there for as well. It had nothing to do with you, suggest following conversation a bit closely. I was saying how tunnel vision have those who choose to see my Apple involved posts, while not noticing how I basically discuss it as any other topic.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Christopher Jack

    I don’t think that Apple will ever take gaming seriously ever again, just look at the Mac, misses so many high profile releases & Apple is solely to blame.

    Android will eventually become the gaming powerhouse of the mobile space just as Windows is in the desk space, it’s only a matter of time. All that remains is the question of who will pioneer mobile gaming, right now the top competitors are Google, Sony, Apple & currently to a lesser extent, Microsoft. Sony’s really the only one showing some real initiative while Microsoft has already announced some plans.

    I don’t agree with the philosophy that home & portable gaming are two different sides of a coin & I like how Sony’s been attempting to remove the barrier despite criticism that gaming shouldn’t be more evolved than the likes of Pokemon while they’re on the go. I do agree that they should be just as accessible but that shouldn’t restrict the game to some sort of technical level from the mid 80s.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Ireland Michael

    @27 Android is amazing, but I’m afraid you’re being a bit of a fanboy if you think it’s going to become “the gaming powerhouse of the mobile space”.

    The reality of the matter is, iOS has much stronger game support than the Android has. By miles. It has more developers, and higher quality games. The Android has very little in this area that really makes it stand out amongst the competition.

    Android as a platform is vastly superior to the iPhone, but I’m not going to delude myself about this one. The game support simply isn’t there on Android – it is on the Apple products.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. DaMan

    Given that they ‘ve been gradually, constantly updating and releasing new services for gaming, like GameCenter, obviously they do. Otherwise what would be the point of including the latest graphics library on your platform?

    You ‘re comparing Macs, which are currently light years behind Windows in terms of games support, with iDevices, which started the trend. Suggesting that you market and push any of your products regardless of circumstances?…

    Either, Android isn’t going to become mobile PCs in any way at any point in time, because yet again it’s a hugely different market, in a hugely different circumstances. Come to think of it, it will only take Apple to release a less pricy second version of iPhone to kill any hopes of Android 90s-like PC popularity.

    Not to mention it’s statistically proven that you make less profit on Android market. Anyone would tell you that, but regardless:

    http://gigaom.com/2011/05/27/android-still-trails-ios-as-a-money-maker-for-devs/

    And ,if anything Android phones ranging from pricy to cheap would prevent the top tier tech being as widely used as on iOS.

    Ultimately, just like with the whole increase of phone gaming in the west and the App store and iPhone in general setting the trend, it would take Apple to make some dedicated controls for Google and everyone to follow.

    Oh, and if you been to/seen any of the Google’s dev lectures, they’ve been saying how the mobile games should be pushed as namely casual, different to consoles experience.. Add to that they bought stock in Zynga, and their recent general interest in social networks.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Christopher Jack

    @28, I did say eventually, at the adoption rate it has it won’t be too long either. With Google’s guidelines being much fairer than Apple’s, it’d be better for everybody from the developer right to us consumers.

    The question is how will gaming on Android evolve? Right now it’s very basic to say the best. Fragmentation remains a major problem, when the iPhone 4 runs games smoother than the Galaxy S II you know there’s a problem & the current games aren’t going to amaze anybody so unless Google pulls their finger out of their arse, Sony & it’s PlayStation Suite seems like Android gaming’s saviour.

    I reckon the least Google could do is create a zone dedicated to gaming which separates the premium games by professionals like Gameloft from the smaller app-like games from indies.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DaMan

    Their guidelines aren’t being better tbh, the way they allow anything being put in there only hurts.. you get an overcrowded store with malware. The way Apple doesn’t allow undocumented ways to work around only makes it more stable.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. ultramega

    @31
    Any intelligent person uses an anti-virus program with Android, so that argument is kind of lame. I’d personally rather see users decide what’s good and what’s not, not a company. The Market just needs a better interface for that.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Christopher Jack

    @32, Completely agreed, unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s can be a bitch to find some nice surprises. I’d like to see them adopt something similar to Sony’s new video unlimited interface, it’s quite pretty if you haven’t seen it.

    #33 3 years ago

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