It’s about time for a new iPhone, and with the rumors about an iPhone 5S and maybe even a cheaper version getting stronger, AllThingsD now reports that the next iPhone will launch on September 10. Apple introduced the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012, so there is a good chance AllThingsD’s sources are correct, though we haven’t heard anything from our usual sources yet (and earlier rumors of a June launch definitely didn’t pan out).
Last time around, Apple started taking pre-orders two days after the launch event and the phone went on sale two-and-a-half weeks later.
As far as the iPhone 5S rumors go, most point to an incremental update with the usual speed improvements, thanks to a faster chip, a better camera with a dual LED flash and enhanced battery life. The only really exciting rumor so far is that Apple will introduce a built-in fingerprint reader for unlocking your phone. There are also persistent rumors of a cheaper iPhone 5 — maybe with a plastic back.
Otherwise, iOS 7 will likely be the most controversial feature of the new iPhone, given its radically new design. Unless Apple still has a few aces up its sleeve, iOS 7 isn’t likely to introduce any major new services besides iTunes Radio. While the first betas of iOS 7 were almost unusable, the latest versions are very stable and feel like they are almost ready for prime time.
Apple, of course, is also about to launch OS X Mavericks, but it would be unusual for the company to announce this during an iPhone launch keynote.