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Apple iPhone 5 Release Date for iCloud Launch + App Store Update

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By: Corey Tate
August 17, 2011

The latest iPhone 5 release date theories say it'll happen on either Oct. 7 or Oct. 14, with the iPhone 5 production moving better than expected, according to a report that surfaced today. There was an older theory that had stated Sept. 30.

"Apple has been weighing between launching the new iPhone on October 7th or October 14th, but with the product’s latest stages of pre-mass-production currently moving along nicely, Apple is presently shooting towards a launch on the 7th," reads the report from 9to5Mac.com.

This would point to a October iPhone 5 event, one that has seen rumors in the past about including a new iPad. The best of the best theories say that the iPhone 5 features an eight-megapixel camera while the phone gets slimmer and faster. Most iPhone releases get a little slimmer, so that's not a surprise. It also allegedly gets faster, possibly with an A5 processor that's also in the iPad 2. Less loading time means better access to music, right? Each incemental improvement means that music and video play fast, so this would be a welcome addition to the iPhone 5.

Which could include the much-vaunted new iCloud iPhone. A new iCloud phone could be offered by Apple as a lower-cost alternative that features less flash memory onboard, so that users can tap into iCloud features for storage. An iCloud IPhone would work well in the Apple ecosystem of encouraging users to take advantage of Apple services. If you bought a lower-priced iPhone, you'd obviously be encouraged to pay a subscription fee to store stuff via iCloud, right?

This would all work nicely with the looming iCloud release. Apple took their first step "in to" the cloud with the launch of iCloud.com, a site has gone live as a beta. iCloud should be available this Fall, with 5GB of free storage, plus an additional option of 10GB for $20/year, 20GB for $40/year and 50GB for $100/year. The iCloud release date is like to happen in line with the iPhone 5 release.

There's also today's talk of an Apple Store app upgrade, inline with the iPhone 5 release. Whether this is news or just rumors is hard to tell, but it would make sense in an iCloud world to have an updated Apple Store app that allows you to use a mobile device for all things Apple.


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