Apple sets September 12 event, latest iPhone expected

SAN FRANCISCO Tue Sep 4, 2012 1:28pm EDT

The Apple Inc corporate logo is pictured on rear side of the Macbook Pro notebook computer in Warsaw February 6, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

The Apple Inc corporate logo is pictured on rear side of the Macbook Pro notebook computer in Warsaw February 6, 2012.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc distributed invitations to an event in San Francisco on September 12, setting the stage for what is widely expected to be the release of the iPhone 5.

The typically cryptic invitation said "It's almost here", sported a number 12 - corresponding to the date of the event - and cast a large shadow of the number 5, a clue that the fifth version of the popular smartphone could be in the pipeline.

Apple's iPhone launches are among the most-watched events on the tech industry calendar. The latest version of the company's main product -- generating more than half its revenue -- may sport a larger, higher-end screen, sources have said.

The new screen could measure 4 inches from corner to corner, one source has said, an increase from the 3.5-inch display that has been held constant since the smartphone began selling in 2007 and revolutionized the mobile industry.

Some analysts say the larger screen may be a response to rival Samsung Electronics, whose larger, Google Android phones have helped it become the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Speculation had also arisen in past months that the company might offer details about a smaller version of its iPad, but the emailed invitation offered no hint of that on Tuesday.

The event will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the preferred venue for the unveiling of past products such as the iPad.

The new iPhone will hit store shelves in time for the crucial holiday season. Shares in the company edged 0.6 percent higher to $669.44.

(Reporting By Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

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ShaneMc67 wrote:
12 million Apple devices have had their UDIDs leaked by AntiSec, reportedly from a breach of an FBI agent’s laptop.

AntiSec claimed on Tuesday that it had culled 12 million device IDs, along with accompanying personal information, from the FBI in March of this year.

The hacker group then leaked 1 million of them, saying it had removed some of the identifiable information from the list, while leaving enough for users to see if their device was leaked.

Since UDIDs are unique to each iPhone and iPad, having yours end up in the wrong hands is a concern. The bigger issue, however, is that they were tied to additional personal information, including user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses, that could potentially lead to identity theft.

Sep 04, 2012 1:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Prairiefire wrote:
First…. Who cares that Apple is having an event on Sept. 12… Second… All those sheep that drank the cool aid will now have all their personal info scattered into the wind… Good luck with your uncrackable operating system…ROFLMAO

Sep 04, 2012 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Iphone? sept 12? who cares, 4″ across screen, big whoopee. Media gives too much importance to this product hence the sales. Just love the new samsung 111S fast and crisp and can be manupilated in so many ways for a developer. Iphone YUK!

Sep 04, 2012 4:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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