The best part of Apples news event next week is that well likely see a real, honest-to-goodness iPhone 5 with a 4-inch screen and fitted for LTE connectivity. The worst part: No more iPhone 5 rumors and artists renderings. Join us at 6pm for the iPhone 5 launch: live.
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Thankfully, a couple of iPhone 5 videos have slipped out just before the window closes, one a tad more realistic than the other. How to watch Apple's iPhone 5 launch live
Hate to ruin the dramatic conclusion of this hands-on video, but it ends with an error message. The video has been viewed more than 1.1 million times, giving some sense of how much anticipation there is for the product (though many viewing the video questioned its authenticity).
The other new video, by a design firm called Aatma Studio, dreams up some possible features including a Siri notification center, fingerprint scanning and ta-da, the ability to rubberband from an iPhone 5 format to an iPad Mini to a full-blown iPad! Somehow, it seems unlikely Apple's going to discourage fans from acquiring multiple devices.
Still, with even some capabilities like that, Apple just might beat the high expectations of Wall St. analysts like Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, who predicts that Apple could sell 6 to 10 million of the gadgets this month even if they dont ship until Sept. 21)
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