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Apple to Announce iPhone 5 and New iPods

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After months of rumors and speculation, Apple will announce on Wednesday its next iPhone -- the iPhone 5.

Starting at 10:00 a.m. PT, Apple's CEO Tim Cook is expected to take the stage and detail the new features of the phone.

Thanks to those rumors, we have an idea of what Cook might just reveal.  Numerous reports have revealed that the new iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display, a new dock connector, a faster processor and LTE for faster data speeds.  Purported photos of the phone have also leaked over the last few months, indicating that the phone will have a different design than the current iPhone 4S model.

When it comes to the software, the new iPhone will run Apple's iOS 6, which the company detailed in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference.  iOS 6 has a whole host of new features, including Apple's own homebrewed maps app (which will replace Google Maps), Facebook integration, and a new passbook app, which organizes airplane tickets, coupons and other passes you might have.

YouTube is not preloaded with the new software, but earlier this week, Google released a new iPhone YouTube app.

The iPhone 5 has been rumored to go on sale as early as Wednesday following the announcement and start shipping on Friday, Sept. 21.  The iOS 6 software will likely be released around the same time and will be available for previous versions of the iPhone via download.

In addition to the iPhone, Apple is also rumored to announce new iPods on Wednesday, including a new iPod Shuffle, a redesigned iPod Nano and a new iPod Touch.

Apple is not expected to discuss its smaller version of the iPad on Wednesday. According to technology sites and ABC News' own sources, Apple will hold another event in October to release the so-called iPad Mini.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


New iPods Expected to Launch Alongside iPhone 5

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- It's already widely known: Apple will take the stage on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to unveil its next iPhone, or what many believe will be called the iPhone 5. But the new iPhone won't be the only product Apple introduces: Various technology sites and blogs report that Apple will introduce two to three iPods this week, including a new iPod shuffle, new iPod nano, and a new iPod Touch.

Much of the reporting comes from The site's editor Mark Gurman reports that the new iPod shuffle won't get much of an overhaul, but will be $49 and come in a couple of more colors. The new iPod Nano has been rumored to be slightly taller than the current generation.

The iPod Touch is rumored to get a bit more of an update, with a redesigned body. iMore's Rene Ritchie reports that it will feature a larger 4-inch display similar to the one rumored to be used on the iPhone 5. It also might use the new dock connector that has been rumored on the iPhone 5. The new iPod Touches will run iOS 6, Apple's forthcoming operating system, which includes Facebook integration, new Maps, and an updated Safari browser.

Many of the sources believe the iPods will be on sale this week or next. The iPhone 5 is anticipated to launch on Friday, Sept. 21. Apple is also expected to hold another event in October to announce a smaller version of the iPad.

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Facebook Camera: New Camera App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- The world might be focused on the issues surrounding Facebook’s stock price and Mark Zuckerberg’s relationship with investors, but the social media giant is trying to move ahead with business as usual. And today’s business? The announcement of a brand new Facebook app: Facebook Camera.

Two months after announcing its $1 billion dollar purchase of the photo-sharing app Instagram, Facebook is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that is entirely focused on the camera. It makes it easier for you to interact with your Facebook photos and upload your photos from your phone.

You can view your photos and your friends’ photos when you open the app and you can easily share photos you have taken on your phone. You can also “crop, rotate, and add filters to any picture in your camera roll,” Facebook’s Dirk Stoop said in a Facebook blog post.

Instagram, which is a standalone app for the iPhone and Android phones, has very similar features. While Facebook did announce its purchase of Instagram, the deal hasn’t actually closed yet.

The free app will be available in the App Store later Thursday.

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Apple Designer Jony Ive is Now a Knight

REBECCA NADEN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Jony Ive, the man who designed the iPod and the iPhone, might already be considered technology royalty amongst geeks.  Now he’s an actual British knight. Apple’s lead designer was knighted Wednesday in London and given the title of Knight Commander of the British Empire. He is now officially Sir Jony Ive.

According to the BBC
, Ive was knighted at Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne. Following the ceremony, the princess talked to Ive about her iPad. During the knighting ceremony, Ive was tapped with a sword on each of his shoulders.

Ive was born in Chingford, London and studied industrial design at Northumbria University. In 1992, he joined Apple’s design team in Cupertino, Calif. In 1997, he became the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design. He has been the lead designer of iconic products such as the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, and the MacBook Air.

However, after the ceremony, Ive told the Daily Telegraph that he believes he is doing his most important work right now. “A lot does seem to come back to the fact that what we’re working on now feels like the most important and the best work we’ve done, and so it would be what we’re working on right now, which of course I can’t tell you about.”

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Steve Jobs Announces Apple iCloud Service

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared at a software developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday to introduce a new operating system called Lion and a wireless service called iCloud, but his mere presence at the event dwarfed the announcement itself.

After several years of stories about his failing health and the self-imposed medical leave of absence he announced earlier this year, he got a standing ovation just for being there.

"We love you," shouted someone in the crowd.

"I appreciate it very much," Jobs answered.

People emailing or Tweeting from the conference said he looked gaunt.

Jobs "looks extremely thin," ABC News correspondent Neil Karlinsky wrote in email from the audience, but added, "He's walking steadily and seems to have energy.", a website that covers Apple full-time, commented, "Steve sounds... exasperated. Weirdly quiet and not as energetic."

Jobs didn't stay long, commanding the stage for approximately 3 minutes. "Today we're going to talk about software," he said, before handing off to Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president for worldwide marketing.

Schiller and colleagues showed how the Lion system, on a properly-equipped computer, could offer the same kind of touch-to-activate features one finds on the iPad tablet. He said it offers 250 new features.

Jobs returned to the stage to introduce iCloud, a service he said would make it possible for users to access photos, music, documents and other content at any time from any device. He demonstrated how photos taken with an iPhone were visible on a user's iPad moments later.

ICloud, which will be free initially, replaces an earlier Apple service, MobileMe, which Jobs called "not our finest hour."

Many users of Apple devices had been frustrated that if, for example, they bought a piece of music from Apple's iTunes store, they were limited in how many places they could store it -- and in trouble if their iPod or MacBook computer broke down or was lost. The iCloud, Apple said, will solve such issues.

The service will integrate what you can get on different Apple devices, the company said. If you've been reading a book on an iPad, Jobs said, you can open it on an iPhone -- and the bookmark to show your place will open with it.

Personal photos, the company said, will not be kept permanently on Internet servers. After 30 days they will need to be downloaded to one's own devices, because they consume large amounts of computer memory.

Immediate reaction to the new offerings was positive, but many in the crowd of 5,200 were still reacting to Jobs himself, who wore a trademark black mock turtleneck and blue jeans.

Jobs' health has been a public issue since 2004, when he announced that he had a rare -- and treatable -- form of pancreatic cancer. In early 2009 he took a medical leave, and, it was later revealed, traveled to Memphis, Tenn., for a liver transplant. He came back to work full-time later that year, but in January of this year he took another medical leave.

This was his second public appearance since then. The other, in March, was for the release of the company's successful iPad 2 tablet.

Jobs had handed off day-to-day operation of the company to his principal deputies some years ago, so his medical problems have not greatly affected the firm's success. Apple stock, valued around $120 per share when he took his 2009 medical leave, hovered around $340 Monday.

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