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Apple iPhone 5 has launch date, but snag for Verizon

IPhone4022811_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

This time they mean it. Latest reports on the iPhone 5 are indicating that Apple's long-awaited device will launch in September.

Bloomberg.com reports that the iPhone 5 will include the A5 processor, a more powerful chip already included on the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an upgraded 8-megapixel camera.

The new iPhone will run the iOS 5 operating system codenamed “Telluride,” that features improved messaging and photo-sharing, and is designed to run on all of Apple’s mobile devices.

The iPhone 5 has reached the final testing stage, according to 9 to 5 Mac, but Apple has yet to work out a deal with Verizon for over-the-air updates, so Verizon may not receive support until after Fall 2011.

According to Engadget, when you first turn on your phone, you're greeted with an option to select your WiFi network , needed for all the cloud-related goodies now featured in the OS. After you're online, you enter your Apple ID, or can sign up for one. Then you are asked whether or not you'd like to use iCloud followed by a prompting to use the free Find My iPhone service.

When users receive a notification, it shows up from the top in a different color so it's not missed, and will disappear with a rotating-cube transition if it is not answered.

As far as taking photos or videos, the iPhone will now have an option to lock focus and exposure by holding down on a part of the image. Zoom controls are now activated via pinch-to-zoom, and you can use the volume up button to take pictures. Auto-enhance, red-eye reduction, rotation, and cropping options have been added, but you will need to switch to the Photos app to use them.

 

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