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iPhone 5 hits final testing stage, dropping September?

iPhone 5 hits final testing stage, dropping September?

Apple has hit the home strait of the testing process for the iPhone 5, it has been reported, leaving the gadget maker on target for a September launch date.

The next-gen iPhone, variously informally dubbed the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, even the iPhone '5G S' in one case, was originally expected to show its face to an expectant world last week at Apple’s WWDC event.

However, when the traditional ‘and one more thing’ segment of Steve Jobs’ keynote came and went sans any news of a new device, the disappointment was palpable.

That fuelled persistent rumours that Apple could now hold off until next year to bring the handset to market.

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Not so. According to an anonymous source at Cupertino cited by 9 to 5 Mac, testing of the handset is now in its “final stage” and is currently “being carried around by high level Apple and carrier executives”.

In our book that makes it much more likely that the phone will make its debut in September, meaning it’d land just in time to capitalise on the seasonal rush in the last quarter of the year.

iOS 5, the software that the phone will run on, or its ‘soul’ as Jobs would have it, did, however, make an appearance at the WWDC. For a comprehensive breakdown of what it offers, check out our top ten list of its highlights.

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