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Apple will likely unveil the iOS 6 Golden Master in September early enough to release the next-generation iPhone that same month and generate "significant" sales of the device in the third quarter of calendar 2012, according to one insider.

Banners at the Moscone Center revealed last week that the Cupertino, Calif., company is gearing up to take the wraps off of iOS 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins Monday. In keeping with earlier claims about iOS, Apple's signs contain the tagline: "The world's most advanced mobile operating system."

With beta releases of iOS 6 expected to be released to iOS developers shortly after the unveiling of the mobile OS on Monday, one proven analyst believes that the final release could be ready in three months.

"We expect Apple to unveil iOS 6 GM (Golden Master) in early September," KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note obtained by AppleInsider. "Based on the release schedule for iOS 6 GM, there is a very good chance iPhone 5 will start shipping also in early September."

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A September launch would give Apple the rest of the month to rack up sales of the device before the end of its 2012 fiscal year. Last year, the later-than-usual October launch of the company's annual iPhone release resulted in a slower September quarter that took Wall Street by surprise.

Kuo's note also included a list of the "major modifications" that KGI expects to see in iOS 6: greater integration with iCloud and Facebook, integration with iTunes Store and App Store "to some extent," improved Spotlight capabilities, updated user interfaces and an Apple map service to replace Google Maps.

AppleInsider reported last week that, according to Kuo, Apple's next-generation handset is likely to include the company's first change to the size of the device's screen. Kuo believes the sixth-generation iPhone will sport a taller 4-inch screen that will be stretched to a ratio of 16:9. The analyst also believes the new iPhone will be noticeably thinner and make use of an HD-resolution front-facing camera.

In addition to the iOS 6 announcement at WWDC, Kuo said he believes a new MacBook line will be Apple's "main weapon" at the conference, supplemented by a redesigneds iMac. He suggested that Apple may aim to release the products with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which is due out this summer. However, Apple has yet to release a GM build of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, so if Apple were to release its new Macs with the new OS, they would likely not begin shipping until at least a few weeks after WWDC in order to give the company enough time to finalize the software.

Apple's highly-anticipated keynote kicks off on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific. AppleInsider will have full, live coverage of the event and the rest of the conference.
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One giant step for Mac, one giant leap for Mac-kind.

 

I'm actually more excited about what we'll see new about iOS 6. It's here where Apple needs to really shine in order to emerge from the hoard that has nearly caught up to where Apple was a year ago.

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I think, as I've been saying, iOS 6 will be out with the new iPhone 5 and available for iPhone 4/4S/3G, etc shortly there after.

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Yawn.

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Have they actually ever shown an iPhone three whole months before releasing it? Isn't it usually a month, at the most?

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Best mobile system is soon to come. Iphone 5 is imminent in Early to mid  September as Apple will need the sales to boost the September quarter earnings & sales.

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Have they actually ever shown an iPhone three whole months before releasing it? Isn't it usually a month, at the most?

 

The first iPhone was announced in January and released in June, I believe.

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Have they actually ever shown an iPhone three whole months before releasing it?

 

 

Edit: Double post. hallcr3 beat me to it by 37 seconds.

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iOS 6.  New iPhone.  And Mountain Lion.  The possibility of new hardware (macs) and maybe an new iLife.  Sounds like a keynote in time and history to remember.  I have almost all the Keynotes ever done on video.  Can't wait to get this one.  I just love watching them.

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This is my time to upgrade, as I skip the spec boost versions and wait for the form factor to change before I sign up for another 2 year plan. I'm hoping this update is as significant, relatively speaking, as the 3GS>4 update was and if it is, I'll be more than pleased. 

 

Although I won't complain about the new, taller size (if there is a new size) because I know Apple will had done the research to ensure no degradation, compromise or concessions with the user experience, I will go on record with a prediction...

 

She will be thinner, the width will increase by a scant amount and the height will NOT increase more than 3/16".....unlike this.

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Normally I would agree but there's just so much detail on display in the video of the new iPhone back plate that I can't imagine it would have been worth the cost to fake it. Also, given that size change has been shown in other leaked parts and the iPhone 4 was also leaked before WWDC, I'm convinced we're going to see a new taller iPhone in about 10 hours.

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Oh look. Kuo has another opinion and AppleInsider reports it.

Not news, not rumor. Just another analyst opinion.

WWDC will be much more exciting. And factual.

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Normally I would agree but there's just so much detail on display in the video of the new iPhone back plate that I can't imagine it would have been worth the cost to fake it. Also, given that size change has been shown in other leaked parts and the iPhone 4 was also leaked before WWDC, I'm convinced we're going to see a new taller iPhone in about 10 hours.

The only thing I fail to see in that "iPhone 5 unibody" is the lack of hole on the top for the ambient mic (I think that's what it's for), whether that's significant or not is anybody's guess. Plus the SIM card door is off-color when it's installed and I think Apple would make it blend perfectly.

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It appears the noise canceling mic is now positioned on the back of the iPhone near the camera.

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It appears the noise canceling mic is now positioned on the back of the iPhone near the camera.

That may be an additional mic for stereo video recording, who knows. I just don't buy it. It's not going to be much bigger than it currently is and it will certainly not be as tall as in that video.

 

That said, I'm also preparing my crows for lunch just in case I need to eat.

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I'm convinced we're going to see a new taller iPhone in about 10 hours.

Hopefully so.

I mentioned it was possible in another post and some people shot that idea down.

I just don't see how they can deliver iOS 6 (well i can see how, I just think they shouldn't) without announcing the new iPhone
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Which will be the name

"The new iPhone "

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September, based on detailed analysis of.... what happened last year. Thanks. Got it.

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Hopefully so.
I mentioned it was possible in another post and some people shot that idea down.
I just don't see how they can deliver iOS 6 (well i can see how, I just think they shouldn't) without announcing the new iPhone
.....
Which will be the name
"The new iPhone "
IMHO

This is what they've always done with the exception of the first iPhone (which had a longer period between announcement and release than any other iPhone).
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Got my dev account ready, cannot wait to install when I get home!

 

 


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Hopefully so.
I mentioned it was possible in another post and some people shot that idea down.
I just don't see how they can deliver iOS 6 (well i can see how, I just think they shouldn't) without announcing the new iPhone
.....
Which will be the name
"The new iPhone "
IMHO

So the previous 4 times that they've previewed the OS first didn't give you a clue? iOS 2, 3, and 4 were all previewed months in advance of their respective new phones that released in June/July, and iOS 5 was the same, only it was previewed at WWDC. WWDC is shaping up to be a software keynote, with Mac hardware upgrades when needed/ready. iPhone is too big to be a "One more thing" at WWDC anymore, so don't get your hopes up.

 

edit: for grammatical mistakes

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The new iPhone will be the fastest, smartest and bestest iPhone yet.

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Got my dev account ready, cannot wait to install when I get home!

I'm thinking about it, but don't want to take a chance of things not working right when I take my trip to Peru soon. iOS 5 beta 2 worked fine for me in NYC last year however....
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Hopefully, this new release will make iOS less stale and stagnant. After using Windows Phone 7, I honestly think iOS looks and feels antiquated now.

 

No, I'm not trolling. I now have a Lumia 900, just to give it a whirl, since my iPhone4 contract was upgraded in May. WP7 is so well made it makes me wonder if Microsoft is feeling ill or has been replaced with an evil (good?) twin.

 

iOS is still leaps and bounds ahead of Android, we all know that; but Windows Phone just needs a hand full of extra features and it'll be way ahead of iOS. In terms of user experience, in my honest opinion, Windows Phone has already beaten iOS by a considerable degree.

 

This is all from a guy who owns and loves pretty much everything Apple, need I remind you.

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So the previous 4 times that they've previewed the OS first didn't give you a clue? iOS 2, 3, and 4 were all previewed months in advance of their respective new phones that released in June/July, and iOS 5 was the same, only it was previewed at WWDC. WWDC is shaping up to be a software keynote, with Mac hardware upgrades when needed/ready. iPhone is too big to be a "One more thing" at WWDC anymore, so don't get your hopes up.

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True, I should really start rereading my post entries and making them more clear before submitting.

What I'm really trying to say is while I do understand not everything can be slammed into one keynote, I feel it makes more sense to make an iOS announcement along with the introduction of a new iPhone.

Since iPhone ushered in the new era of mobile OS as well as a new revolutionary handset (which everyone copies) I feel they go hand in hand and I think it makes perfect sense to group them together for a more powerful message and impact.

Apple believes in hardware software unity which is created, controlled, and operated by one company. This makes the iPhone (IMO) operate more efficiently than other phones, more secure, more intuitive . . ect

This belief can be no better supported and stated by debuting them together in one keynote.

Segregation in this, makes no sense to me.

It also helps new adopters better understand how they work in unison, as well as help reinforce the the knowledge of the new features.

The first iPhone keynote was like this. Admittanly because it had to be, but I thought it was the most effective.

The iPhone gets the most attention in the media, why not put them together?
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iOS is still leaps and bounds ahead of Android, we all know that; but Windows Phone just needs a hand full of extra features and it'll be way ahead of iOS. In terms of user experience, in my honest opinion, Windows Phone has already beaten iOS by a considerable degree.

This is all from a guy who owns and loves pretty much everything Apple, need I remind you.

No need to worry about trolling. I think your thoughts and conversation like this are healthy and necessary for the industry. You also stated your thoughts very nicely.

You may be right about windows phone, I've heard good things about it. Might check it out soon.
But it will most likely suffer from the same problem android is. Multiple hardware iterations by every company trying to out do eachother every other month. This is causing a segregation of the OS due to all the different options and hardware features that make it difficult for the OS to be as unified as it can be. To put it simply . . Amongst other things. Lol

Most my android friends can't even run, or haven't received the newest OS becaus their handset either can't run it or the software hasn't been made to support it yet.

I don't know maybe I'm wrong but I can see windows (if it picks up steam like the android and apple) going the same way eventually.
Edited by StephanJobs - 6/11/12 at 10:17am
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