New iPhone 5 release date nears: More pictures leak

As the New iPhone -- or iPhone 5 -- release date gets ever closer, the inevitable feature rumors get ever stronger. Bolstered by yet more pictures of Apple's (NASDA:AAPL) components, fanbois are in a frenzy of fanaticism.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't get enough of Apple rumors (and Apple is probably happy to silently oblige).

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Gregg Keizer kicks off the roundup with this sober reportage:

Friday's closing price of $648.11 was a record for Apple. ... Investors are expecting record revenue from...the iPhone 5—the name...in lieu of any firm title from Apple.

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Apple may...also announced an "iPad Mini"...probably be priced between $249 and $299. ... Earlier this year...IDC said that the...iPad Mini...would increase sales by 23% during 2013.  MORE

Arnold Kim has more triangulation of those persistent 4-inch screen rumors:

UBreakiFix has received these photos of the full front panel.

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The new screen is said to have increased to 4" in diagonal...while preserving the same pixel density.  MORE

And Shawn Ingram analyzes the imagery:

[They] show the new taller display mounted on the back of the front display panel...we can see that it is taller than the screen on the iPhone 4S.

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[It] might confirm the authenticity of the front panel and other parts...we’ve seen [and] helps prove the front panels we’ve seen recently are real.  MORE

Actually, Keith Melendez has other parts -- in his actual hands:

In the first picture below, you’ll see two 8-pin dock connector and headphone jack assemblies for the Mini iPad...[and] the iPhone 5. ... Pretty cool.  MORE

Want more? Zach Epstein adds his own take:

Apple’s (AAPL) sixth-generation iPhone is just weeks away...bits and pieces continue to leak.

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Apple’s next iPhone is [also] expected to feature...4G LTE, NFC and a 7.6-millimeter-thin case.  MORE

Oh yes, the cries of SUATMM are palpable now; Jonny Evans tells us when that could happen:

Apple seems set to introduce [it] on September 12, with the device shipping September 21...[but] customers outside of the US and certain key territories will need to be prepared for a short wait.

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...an Apple survey revealed during the Samsung case claims...that 30 percent of consumers want a larger screen.  MORE

Meanwhile, Katie Marsal returns to the stock-price angle:

Equity research firm Jefferies...raised its price target on shares of Apple to $900.  MORE

But Andrew Dodson won't be swept up, listing all the ways the hype "could bomb":

iPhone 5 is one of the most-hyped...devices in the past decade. ... But here’s a thought: Could it flop?

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[If] Apple decides to hold the release a month or two...due to supply issues it would be a huge disappointment.

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...if you waited until October or November to pick up that iPhone 4, you may have to wait...before upgrading.

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Battery life on the iPhone 5 is a legitimate concern.

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It’s unclear how long Apple has been manufacturing the iPhone 5, but...supply problems [may mean people will] not wait and choose to go with Samsung’s Galaxy III.

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Part of the iPhone 5’s new design is its smaller dock connecter...loyal Apple users have piles upon piles of 30-pin chargers that we will have to start throwing away.  MORE
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