Less than a month away from the rumored September launch of Apple’s next smartphone, there’s a scurry of rumors surrounding the highly-anticipated device.
In the round of September rumors, German wireless carrier Mobilecom Debitel has sent emails to its customers, writing that the iPhone 5 will be released next month.
The September 21 launch on the market was confirmed by a Verizon source who claims that the company has announced a vacation blackout for all its employees between the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30.
Similarly, Italian carrier 3 Italia has reportedly prevented employees from taking vacation from 15 September onwards in anticipation of the launch of the new iPhone.
An iPad Mini has also been rumored to be released by Apple in a September 12th event.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball believes that this is mainly due to the importance that the company is giving the iPhone 5, an opinion also shared by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple.
In the meantime, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are also reportedly gearing up for their own launch events set for the month of September: Microsoft with its Windows 8 event, Google subsidiary Motorola for what is believed to be Droid RAZR HD and Amazon with the release of the new Kindle Fire 2.
In Europe, the carrier Everything Everywhere has been granted its request to deliver 4G services from September 11, 2012 in the UK, a date that has led some market watchers to observe that is one day prior to the rumored September 12 iPhone 5 release date.
In terms of production, LG Display has already begun working on a new display rumored to go into the next-generation iPhone that will use in-cell technology, making the screens 30 % larger than the current model.
However, due to the decrease is the low yield rates in the production of new in-cell technology, Digitimes reported that shipments of the iPhone 5 could fall from 20 million units, as it was initially estimated, to less that 15 million in Q3.
Nonetheless, this week also saw Apple become the most valuable U.S. company in history as their market capitalization surpassed that of Microsoft’s previous record of $618.9 billion.
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White estimated that the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and iTV will send Apple’s market cap beyond $1 trillion.
Another analyst, Craig Berger at FBR Capital predicted that the iPhone 5 will be the company’s “most impactful” device so far, with sales reaching 250 million units during its lifespan, grossing a total of $144 billion in revenue.
Ahead of the iPhone 5 release, an online retailer is selling 2 screen protectors destined for the future iPhone on Amazon.
In addition, a “conversion kit” that helped turn the iPhone 4/4S into the next-generation device was put up for sale at Phone5mod.com for around $30.
However, iPhone 5 conversion kit taken down by Apple.
Rumors of a larger 4-inch screen and enhanced 1136 by 640 resolution were reiterate by Digitimes.
The site’s sources also added that in-cell touch screen panels made by Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp will be used in the future iPhone.
Based on rumors that have circulated so far, the developer of the Ninja Fish game came up with a demonstration video of how the game would appear on a larger 4-inch display and 1136 x 640 resolution.
But what is a week without iPhone 5 leaked parts?
Repair firm iResQ posted photos of the previously leaked smaller dock connector and the bottom-placed headphone jack placed in a rear shell.
The same site also came up with pictures of the dock connector and headphone jack for the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, each in both black and white.
A picture of the charge/sync cable with smaller dock was tweeted by an employee at Veister, a Chinese accessory vendor.
Also, the future smartphone’s logic board with the shielding removed was published by Chinese site Sina.com.
Concepts of the future iPhone’s components were also up on the web this past week.
An adapter for the device’s smaller dock connector, which would be used with current iOS cables, was conceptualized by Metablog.it.
An interesting video comparing the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 presented a thinner screen, a smaller dock connector and a unibody design for Apple’s next smartphone, based on leaked parts coming from iLab Factory.
Another video comparison was made by phone repair shop SmartPhone Medic between several iPhone 4S parts and the next iPhone.
Adding to the iPhone 5 videos was a funny clip by Adam Sacks that presented a device built for Instagram addicts who loves photographing their plates.