Apple’s iPhone 5 will make its public debut at a company event Oct. 4, according to an All Things D report.
That’s nearly in sync with the Oct. 7 event that Sprint is holding in New York, where it’s expected to announce that it will carry Apple’s new smartphone.
It also gives Apple a jump on Nokia and Microsoft, which are announcing new Windows Phones later in October, presumably at Nokia’s global conference in London on Oct. 26.
UPDATE: Microsoft is also playing launch hopscotch. This morning it announced that the new “Mango” version of Windows Phone will be released “in the next week or two.” The revamped operating system is appearing on new phones and will be streamed out to current Windows Phone 7 devices via the hardware companies.
There’s been a flood of early iPhone 5 rumors and reports based on whispers from unnamed sources.
But the early line on the new iPhone is that it will look roughly the same as the current model but have a bigger screen and 8 megapixel camera — par with the latest Android and Windows phones — and a new antenna design that fixes the iPhone 4 issue that cuts signals if the device is held a certain way.
The phone may be pitched as a 4G device if it works with AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but there’s no indication yet that it’s going to work with the new LTE networks operated by AT&T and Verizon.
The All Things D report focused on the importance of Apple’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, making a splash at the event.
But given the way the tech press treats Apple product launches, no matter who unveils the iPhone 5, he or she will get a warm reception.
Windows Phone owners, meanwhile, will see major changes and feature additions as Microsoft rolls out the first major update to its year-old mobile platform.
In a blog post today, the company advises phone users to use the official version of the “Mango” software provided by phone manufacturers and not install “unofficial or leaked copies.” An excerpt:
“During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone–and apps–work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.”