Media camps outside Apple's Fifth Ave store as world awaits iPhone 5

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in iPhone edited January 2014
Apple's online store has gone dark ahead of today's product announcement in California while media gather at Apple's flagship retail store across the country in New York, as excitement builds for the company's next iPhone.

Fifth Ave
TV trucks assemble outside Apple's Fifth Ave. Store on Wednesday. Photo via AppleInsider reader Ryan.


Apple's Web store went offline early Wednesday morning, only hours before the company is set to kick off a media presentation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. The company is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 5, a device with a larger 4-inch display and a redesigned exterior.

In New York City, Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store has already become a gathering place for media looking to report on the buzz surrounding today's event. Inside the Fifth Avenue store, it's business as usual thus far, with no signs yet of any new products potentially going on sale immediately.

Beyond the next iPhone, Apple is believed to be prepared to introduce a number of new products this fall. Perhaps the most anticipated among them, a new 7.85-inch tablet known colloquially as the "iPad mini," is not expected to debut today. Instead, Apple is rumored to hold another media event in October to expand the iPad lineup.

However, Apple's own website mistakenly revealed earlier on Wednesday that the company plans to unveil a new iPod touch, iPod nano, and a new version of iTunes.

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The new iPod touch is rumored to feature a taller 4-inch display, like the new iPhone. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he believes it will feature a dedicated GPS receiver and a high-definition forward-facing FaceTime camera, and that it may act as a game controller for other devices like a Mac or iPad.

Apple is also expected to launch a redesigned iPod nano with a larger touchscreen and iOS-style home button, as well as built-in Wi-Fi and connectivity with iTunes. Kuo has said that product will debut in October, along with a new 27-inch iMac, and a modified third-generation iPad that will sport a smaller 9-pin dock connector.

No details are yet known about the new version of iTunes, including whether it will be called "iTunes 11" or something else. The last major update to the media suite for Mac and PC came in September of 2010 when iTunes 10 launched with the Ping social music network.

Beyond the new iPhone and iPod touch, Kuo has indicated that a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and redesigned 21.5-inch iMac are strong candidates for a September release. This week it was said that Apple's over suppliers are now shipping the new finalized hardware. However, the leaked press release headlines on Apple's website did not indicate that new Macs will be launching on Wednesday, suggesting the new systems are likely to debut at a later date.
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  • Reply 1 of 37


    Ok

  • Reply 2 of 37
    The media are morons if they think anything other than iOS6 and iTunes will be immediately available.
  • Reply 3 of 37


    AI has no Live Blog this time?  :(

  • Reply 4 of 37

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ddawson100 View Post


    AI has no Live Blog this time?  :(



     http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/12/apple-iphone-5-liveblog/


    http://live.arstechnica.com/apple-september-2012-event-its-almost-here/


     


    I prefer Ars, as Engadget can be a bit snide sometimes...

  • Reply 5 of 37


    Just few hours to go for the iPhone 6 rumors!!! Yay!!

  • Reply 6 of 37

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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post



    The media are morons if they think anything other than iOS6 and iTunes will be immediately available.




    They just want to use the cube as a background when reporting the news from today.


     


    Or they want to block off spots for their transmission vans when the first people starting lining up for a product that won't be available for weeks. haha

  • Reply 7 of 37


    Why doesn't Apple have their events on IOS devices like they did a few times with steve jobs?

  • Reply 8 of 37


    If iOS 6 comes out right away, I'll be running home to get on wifi and will be installing. 


     


    can't wait..

  • Reply 9 of 37
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,720member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OriginalG View Post




    They just want to use the cube as a background when reporting the news from today.


     



     


    Maybe they could do their live feeds from inside a data center?  The only thing interesting happening today will be iOS 6 and ML 10.8.2 downloads.


     


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by OriginalG View Post


    Or they want to block off spots for their transmission vans when the first people starting lining up for a product that won't be available for weeks. haha



     


    Days, not weeks.  I'm expecting the iPhone 5 to be available on Friday.

  • Reply 10 of 37

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MacVertigo View Post


    If iOS 6 comes out right away, I'll be running home to get on wifi and will be installing. 


     


    can't wait..



     


    Seriously. Can't wait for that.

  • Reply 11 of 37


    Originally Posted by John.B View Post

    The only thing interesting happening today will be iOS 6 and ML 10.8.2 downloads.


     


    And apparently iTunes 10.7, though iTunes 11 is being announced (October).

  • Reply 12 of 37
    macvertigo wrote: »
    If iOS 6 comes out right away, I'll be running home to get on wifi and will be installing. 

    can't wait..

    Some people won't do that as they like their current Street View and ad-free YouTube...
  • Reply 13 of 37

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    Originally Posted by Apple_Fan_Boy View Post


    Why doesn't Apple have their events on IOS devices like they did a few times with steve jobs?



     


    It's unnecessary because it will be a news throughout the world anyway and there's live bloggers too.


     


    And maybe because they don't want the media/people use the low quality video stream as news to masses.

  • Reply 14 of 37

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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post



    The media are morons if they think anything other than iOS6 and iTunes will be immediately available.


     


    iOS 6 will be around 3 days before iPhone 5 release date. But the new iTunes is possible to be released today.

  • Reply 15 of 37
    All this hype to profit Apple. You people are fools. You bought a iPhone 4s a year ago and now you're going to dump that and buy a new Chinese phone.
    Does apple care about their customers, I think not, they are just numbers on a P
  • Reply 16 of 37


    Originally Posted by Rodent View Post

    All this hype to profit Apple. You people are fools. You bought a iPhone 4s a year ago and now you're going to dump that and buy a new Chinese phone.

    Does apple care about their customers, I think not, they are just numbers on a P


     


    Blatant trolling, pure lies, and we have to allow it to be here.


     


    I hope other users see where I'm coming from in wanting to ban these people sight unseen.
  • Reply 17 of 37

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rodent View Post



    All this hype to profit Apple. You people are fools. You bought a iPhone 4s a year ago and now you're going to dump that and buy a new Chinese phone.

    Does apple care about their customers, I think not, they are just numbers on a P


    What phones are manufactured in the US? 

  • Reply 18 of 37


    Why is the media gathered in front of the 5th Ave Apple store? Is Apple planning to launch something immediately?

  • Reply 19 of 37


    I don't agree with the post AND don't want the troll banned. Censorship is censorship. Besides, the heated arguments they start inspire research and greater detail in later posts.

  • Reply 20 of 37


    Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post

    What phones are manufactured in the US? 


     


    Isn't the Galaxy S III? Or so they say.






    Originally Posted by NotScott View Post

    Censorship is censorship. Besides, the heated arguments they start inspire research and greater detail in later posts.



     


    If censorship is censorship, we should be able to just throw around insults willy-nilly? Maybe I should stop banning the spam accounts, too. image


     


    And the lies they spew don't inspire anything meaningful. 

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