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Rumor: iPhone 5 Arrives September 21; Smaller Connector

The latest rumor surrounding the unannounced iPhone 5 is that it's scheduled to be released on September 21. The rumor stems from the typical unnamed source -- this time from a company that manufactures iPhone accessories -- who revealed the date to French-language website App4Phone (Google translation here). The iPhone 5's predecessor, the iPhone 4S, originally launched here in the States on October 14, 2011.

In addition to the proposed launch date, sources have also confirmed that the new iPhone will sport a 19-pin connector, replacing the typical 30-pin connector that has existed on iPods, iPhones and iPads since the third-generation iPod was first introduced back in April 2003. Other changes will include moving the headphone jack from the upper left to the lower left, and a length of 123.9-mm to accommodate a screen with a diagonal measurement of around 3.75-inches (current iPhone is 3.5-inches).

By changing the connector and moving the headphone port, that would mean the phone won't be able to connect with numerous 3rd-party peripherals currently on the market... at least not without some kind of adapter. Analysts say this would create a new business within the iOS ecosystem.

"It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors," said Pete Cunningham, London-based analyst at technology research firm Canalys. "The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected."

Last week the Wall Street Journal said the new iPhone would feature a thinner screen produced by Sharp Corp., Japan Display Inc. and LG Display Co. The new technology used to make the screen thinner integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer. This makes the overall display not only thinner, but improves the quality of the displayed images.

According to the paper, this new display tech would actually simplify the supply chain and help cut costs, as Apple wouldn't need to buy touch panels and LCD panels from separate suppliers. Other reports claim that the screen is expected to measure 3.99-inches and sport a 1136 x 640 resolution.