We'll see if the new iPhone can keep up with competitors like Samsung

The newest member of the iPhone family finally has an official debut date, and the budget iPhone may make an appearance that day as well.

Apple has announced a special event on September 10, which is expected to be the unveiling of the next-generation iPhone. Some of the expected updates are a better camera, faster processor and even some new tech like a fingerprint sensor. 

The new iPhone will also feature Apple's latest operating system, iOS 7. It was introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in June, and has been in testing ever since. IOS 7 features a dramatic redesign from previous versions in regards to the look of the icons and menu. The color scheme is much brighter and gone is the skeumorphic design of icons attempting to mimic real-world objects. Many have described it as "flatter" but with a new sense of depth thanks to layers and the frosted glass effect.

The new OS also has some improvements like Control Center (allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to quickly access Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Screen brightness etc.), AirDrop (allows you to quickly share files with friends that are nearby), FaceTime audio (high quality voice-only calls over Wi-Fi), Notifications Sync (if you dismiss a notification on your iPhone, it is also dismissed on your iPad), and “iOS in the Car." Siri also got a boost with new, high-quality female and male voices.

While Apple has decided to pack the new iPhone with a whole new OS, many wonder if it will be enough to pull in customers the way older versions did back in the days of former CEO Steve Jobs' reign. Increased competition from Android makers like Samsung, which offer a range of smartphones at different price points with different features, has made it more difficult for the iPhone to keep up. 

Along with the new iPhone could come a budget iPhone announcement. The affordable iPhone, which aims to compete with low-cost Android phones, is expected to be available in many colors and sport a $99 price tag.

Last month, an employee from one of Apple's Chinese suppliers confirmed that the budget iPhone was, in fact, real. In China Labor Watch's 60-page report, an employee said the following:

"Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple. The task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules."

Another leak regarding the budget iPhone slipped from the Chinese website WeiPhone. It posted a picture of plastic packaging for the "iPhone 5C," which is rumored to be the name of the budget iPhone (which stands for iPhone 5 color).  

Source: All Things D

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