Rumor roundup: What will the next iPhone look like and when will we see it?
It's September. For iPhone users, this is (likely) the month when Apple will finally release the long-awaited new iPhone. But what exactly are we waiting for? Apple is notoriously tight-lipped about upcoming product releases, but between the analysis by industry experts and leaks coming out of Apple's own factories, we can get a pretty good idea of what to expect this month.
iPhone 5C and 5S: two phones with different target markets
So far, the iPhone has been a high-end product. Instead of offering cheaper versions of the same product, Apple lowers the price of older models. Now, it seems that the iPhone will be going the way of the iPod. Just as Apple released the cheaper "mini" version of the iPod in 2004, it is expected to launch an affordable, colorful alternative to the iPhone with the iPhone 5C.
Leaked photos allegedly of the iPhone 5C show the device in yellow, blue, red and green. According to a Morgan Stanley analysis in June, the new iPhone 5C could retail between $349 and $399 — which is $50-$100 less than the older iPhone 4.
Meanwhile, Apple is also expected to release the latest and greatest version of the iPhone 5. Not very much new information has emerged since we did our comprehensive iPhone 5S rumor roundup a couple weeks ago except that the latest high-end phone from Apple may come in a graphite (not black) color.
September 10th likely for announcement, with a September 20th retail launch
Apple has started a new trade-in program for old iPhones—a sure sign that fresh devices are on the horizon. And since the notoriously accurate Apple source The Loop confirmed the date with an ominous "yep," it has been widely accepted that the next iPhone keynote will happen on September 10th. (Apple has since confirmed the Sept. 10 date.)
Usually, manufacturers like to let things simmer a bit after the announcements. While Apple may reveal their latest phone on the 10th, they are expected to wait until the 20th for the actual retail release. This date has been reinforced by company-wide memos from Apple retailers banning time off for employees around the 20th.
What about iOS 7?
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system will likely become publicly available with the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C. As we reported last week, Nuance — the company behind Siri's speech recognition — sent out an email claiming that iOS 7 will be released on the same day as the iPhone product announcement.
Not everyone is convinced by Nuance's slip. Ars Technica reckons that iOS 7 will likely become available between the announcement date of September 10th and the product launch on September 20th, citing September 18th as the most likely.
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Bing Visual Search is a direct competitor to Google Lens, enabling web search and online shopping through images.
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Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has employed a clever solution to the dreaded display 'notch' – a sliding mechanism that houses the device's front and rear-facing cameras.
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Instagram TV — IGTV for short — is a new app and service from Instagram that puts the focus on video content. You can now follow content creators and watch up to hour-long vertical videos inside the new dedicated IGTV app, as well as directly within Instagram.
Researchers at NVIDIA have used artificial intelligence to train a system that's capable of turning standard 30fps video into 240fps slow-mo video with minimal loss in quality.
Loupedeck has updated its popular Lightroom editing console with a new '+' version featuring improved build quality, more customization and support for some non-Adobe software.
Apple released a new batch of mobile photography tutorial videos this week, each briefly demonstrating how to perform various camera actions using the flagship iPhone X.
Adobe has announced development of Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application that consolidates the entire video creation workflow, from shooting to social media sharing, in a single application.
Adobe's quarterly financial report was just published, and the news is good. Q2 2018 saw a new quarterly revenue record of $2.20 billion, and 22% growth to $1.55 billion in its Digital Media segment.
Just months after launching its QuartzLine filters for DSLR and mirrorless lenses, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will give you credit towards a PolarPro filter for trading in an old one - even if it isn't theirs.
Sigma has announced that five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping.
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Video editing software package Video Pro X has received what is described as its biggest update yet to mark ten years since Magix Video Pro was launched.
Back in 2010, Canon announced that it was developing the world's largest CMOS sensor, measuring about 40 times larger than full frame. The company has just updated its website with more details.
Samyang has launched its latest lens, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF. This telephoto prime is a direct competitor to Canon's $1,600 alternative—and considering it's expected to retail for half the price, it looks like quite the bargain.
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Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.
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