iPhone 5 release date news, rumors, pre-orders, cases and others

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India and several other countries, including Mexico, Greece, the Dominican Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta and Thailand, will reportedly welcome the new iPhone on November 2.

Online pre-orders for the device start at Rs 45,500 in India for the entry-level 16GB model.

The handset is also rumored to arrive in Chinese retail stores by December.

In UK, Vodafone has launched a campaign to try to keep its clients with its own 4G service ahead of EE’s forthcoming 4G launch.

Another major operator, but this time in the US, AT&T, has published its third fiscal quarter earnings report on Wednesday, revealing scores of 4.7 million iPhones activated during the period.

Apple also revealed that its fiscal fourth-quarter brought an earnings growth of 24% thanks to sales of the iPhone 5.

A test performed by CNET’s Scott Stein showed that there are differences in call quality when using the iPhone 5 on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, with the latter being named the winner.

Market research firm IDC released their quarterly report of the mobile phone market, revealing that Samsung leads sales thanks to its Galaxy range, followed by Apple’s iPhones.

The two devices were pitted against each other in a blender test performed by Blendtec.

Based on claims by Peter from Double Helix Cables who got his hands on a Chinese-made dock for the new iPhone, a Gizmodo report stated that these are fake products.

Photo: Gizmodo

Rumors circulated this week that Apple has begun testing an iOS 6 update with U.S. carriers that is expected to fix several issues, including the keyboard flickering, that have been reported by users lately.

The rumors were soon confirmed. Apple’s senior vice president Scott Forstall responded in an email to an iDownload Blog reader that a software fix is on the way, simply saying: “Thanks. Yes, we have a fix”.

Speaking of issues, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu estimated that the company to partially absorb quality control costs associated with the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 support and the ability to download photos at full resolution are now offered by Dropbox in its updated iOS app.

iPhone 5 cases from Speck and Otterbox or simply laser-engraved were released recently on the market, in a bid to offer an interesting dash to the device.