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Apple to unveil iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C: Final countdown to the 10 September launch

UPDATE (10 September, 11:15 BST) It's sad to say folks but the time has come for our coverage of today's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch to find a new home. For all the latest news, gossip, and analysis relating to Apple's all-important unveil, head over to our live blog of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch (opens in new tab)or, if you've only just found us here now, read on below and bring yourself fully up to speed ahead of one of the biggest technology events of the year.

We've witnessed the brunt of the IFA 2013 (opens in new tab) storm, headlined by the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (opens in new tab) and Galaxy Gear smartwatch (opens in new tab), as well as Sony's Xperia Z1. (opens in new tab) Now, it's time to set your watches to countdown mode again: on 10 September, Apple will unveil its next iPhone (opens in new tab), likely dubbed the iPhone 5S, at a special event. The premium handset may be accompanied by a mainstream stablemate for the first time, with speculation hinting that Apple is also readying a more affordable device called the iPhone 5C. (opens in new tab) Whatever comes to pass, an Apple iPhone launch is always going to be one of the biggest tech events of the year and this unveiling is arguably the company's most important to date.

After a slightly disappointing iPhone 5, (opens in new tab) the pressure is on CEO Tim Cook and Apple to really "wow" mobile geeks with the new handset. The firm's 2012 offering was criticised on a number of fronts, from the dodgy native iOS 6 Maps app (opens in new tab) to the lack of a so-called "killer feature" like Siri. Fast forward to 2013 and the rumour mill has been churning away vigorously, with much of the gossip pointing to the iPhone 5S featuring integrated fingerprint scanning technology. (opens in new tab) Word on the street also has it that Apple may shake things up aesthetically, introducing champagne gold and graphite grey iPhone 5S variants (opens in new tab) to complement the traditional white and black models.

Certainties include iOS 7 (opens in new tab), 4G LTE compatibility, and a new chipset in the form of the Apple A7. Elsewhere, Apple could look up the camera specification on the iPhone 5S - with 13-megapixels the new standard for high-end smartphones circa 2013, the firm would likely face some flak if it persevered with an 8-megapixel snapper.

The clock is ticking so stay tuned, as we'll be updating this page regularly with all the latest news, rumours, and analysis ahead of the big iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch.

  • 10 September
  • 09:35

    To get you in the mood, check out this early look preview of Apple's iOS 7, the platform that will be powering the new iPhone pair expected to arrive later today

  • 09:35

  • 09:33

    Let the drum rolling begin! Today is the day fellow smartphone nerds - in a few hours, Apple will pull the cloak on its eagerly anticipated new handset duo, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. It's a huge day and we'll be with you every step of the way

  • 09 September
  • 18:38

    That's all until tomorrow folks - just one more sleep until the big iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch! We've come this far together, so be sure to stay with us as things start to hit fever pitch in the AM - we'll be with you every step of the way offering the latest news and analysis surrounding Apple's next big move. Until 10 September....

  • 18:33

    And if the idea of fingerprint scanning is a fancy-tickler for you, be sure to check out this new feature taking a closer look at the security behind biometric authentication. (opens in new tab) Assuming Apple does make the move it's now widely expected to, is it the right one?

  • 18:30

    Has the latest iPhone 5S photo leak confirmed that fingerprint scanning technology (opens in new tab) will be a core feature of Apple's next flagship smartphone? Definitive answers will be available tomorrow, but in the meantime, be sure to share your views via the comment section below

  • 18:28

  • 12:59

    Team ITPP have spent the last week over in Berlin, covering the most important movings and shakings at IFA, Europe's largest technology show. Rounding out our coverage in style, eagle-eyed editor Des has spotted some intriguing new Apple accessories in the wild ahead of schedule - wireless charging cases for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (opens in new tab) tickle your fancy, anyone?

  • 12:57

  • 12:09

    A last minute iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C rumour roundup (opens in new tab)? Yeah, we've got that. Check out all the latest speculation heading into the big day by following the link.

  • 11:36

    Thanks partly to its purchase of security hardware and software company AuthenTec back in July 2012, Apple's iPhone 5S is hotly rumoured to pack fingerprint scanning technology. For more, check out our roundup of Apple's best strategic acquisitions (opens in new tab), which tells the story behind some of the killer iPhone features of yesteryear as well as harking forward to 10 September and the next-generation of iPhones.

  • 11:29

  • 08 September
  • 09:29

    Hot on the heels of recent leaks and the news that Apple will stage a standalone launch event in China next week, insider sources have apparently confirmed that China Mobile will join China Telecom in offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (opens in new tab) for the time. This would be huge for Apple from a business standpoint, as China Mobile is thought to be the world's largest mobile operator with as many as 740 million subscribers.

  • 07 September
  • 10:15

    Happy weekend y'all! Here's one to read while the bacon's sizzling away this morning: Nearly seven years after Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone, some say the Apple's smartphone is starting to look dated. What does the iPhone 5S need to do to keep pace with Android (opens in new tab) devices? We take a closer look.

  • 06 September
  • 17:44

    After the iPhone 5S you say? Rumours suggest Apple's next move is a 6in phablet to rival the Galaxy Note 3 (opens in new tab) - will it be the iPhone 6 or might Apple look at alternative branding? Whatever the case, continued diversification of its smartphone portfolio seems something of an inevitability.

  • 17:41

    Concept design by (in case you missed the massive watermark)

  • 15:29

    Looking past the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (Is that even possible? Well, we'll try...), one of the hottest rumours surrounding Apple's future product roadmap is its alleged interest in debuting a smartwatch product in the not-too-distant future. Now that the likes of Samsung, Sony, and Qualcomm have all outed their intelligent smartphone companions, the stage is suitably set for the Cupertino behemoth to launch its hotly tipped new gadget in 2014, according to Mr Seb, who breaks down how the Galaxy Gear and Toq have paved the way for Apple's iWatch. (opens in new tab)

  • 12:19

    The People's Republic is leading the latest round of iPhone 5S and 5C news, actually, though this one isn't pretty reading - yet more labour rights violations alleged at Apple's factories in China. (opens in new tab)

  • 12:05

    JUST IN: A borderline blunder by China Telecom has confirmed Apple's new smartphones as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (opens in new tab)

  • 09:58

    We know that iOS 7 will be one of the main talking points when the iPhone 5S and 5C launch next week, and many of its features have already enjoyed a considerable spell in the limelight. But if you really want to get your head around Apple's new mobile OS before it goes live, you need to dig a bit deeper, and we've duly got a roundup of the best iOS 7 features you may have missed (opens in new tab) for your nerding pleasure.

  • 09:54

    Did you know the iPhone 5S is coming? Well, it is. And the latest gossip has it that Apple's Japanese manufacturing partners are working overtime to get the new iPhone ready (opens in new tab) in time for its imminent launch.

  • 05 September
  • 14:40

    The journey to 10 September started a while back for many Apple fanboys. Relive some of the drama by checking out our closer look at the iPhone 5S specs leak (opens in new tab) from earlier in the summer.

  • 12:57

    Don't forget that we've got a full iPhone 5 review (opens in new tab) to gander at folks - going to be important reading for those weighing up whether or not to get cozy with forthcoming flagship the 5S.

  • 11:13

    Now that we know the iPhone 5C is coming, the question is how will Apple's first foray into the mainstream smartphone market size up? One hot rumour is that the iPhone 5C won't feature Siri (opens in new tab)- would this be a deal-breaker for you?

  • 09:41

    As big as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch is going to be, it's not the only game in town - far from it. To see what the new iPhone is going to be up against in Q3 and Q4, check our hands on with the Sony Xperia Z1, (opens in new tab) as well as our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (opens in new tab).

  • 00:44

    Those of after a bit of the juicy-juicy on the next iPad may want to check out this new video of Apple's alleged iPad 5 (opens in new tab), which is being tipped to feature a narrower body than its predecessors.

  • 04 September
  • 16:05

    Here's the deal: couriers are reporting that Apple is down to ship huge volumes on 20 September and 27 September - in other words, that's when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will release in the UK. (opens in new tab) Ya dig?

  • 13:35

    Still think the budget iPhone 5C might not really be coming? I'll go out on a limb now and say it definitely is. Why the sudden certainty? Other than the faery whispers in my head, it's the fact that Apple is holding a dedicated iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C event in China (opens in new tab) on 11 September. Cheap, cheerful and colourful - watch out, here it comes!

  • 13:33

  • 10:36

    Still not sure that the iPhone 5S is going to be the right phone for you? Then you'll want to check out our guide to the best Apple iPhone 5S alternatives (opens in new tab)

  • 08:18

    Still with us? Grand. You know what I like with my caffeine fix in the morning? A hot off the presses iPhone photo leak. And that's exactly what we've got for you today - check out this reasonably snazzy slideshow of (alleged) pictures of the Apple iPhone 5C (opens in new tab) over your Shreddies.

  • 08:15

  • 03 September
  • 21:20

    More details as promised: Apple has confirmed its 10 September iPhone launch event (opens in new tab), mailing out invites that explicitly tip a "colorful day." Hello, iPhone 5C...

  • 18:43

    BREAKING: Apple has apparently mailed out invites for a 10 September event, confirming the launch of a new iPhone for next week. More details soon

  • 17:27

    Would you buy an iPhone 5S if it came at a discounted price? According to one piece of gossip, that could well be on the cards, as Apple may launch an iPhone trade-in scheme (opens in new tab) to give potential 5S buyers a break

  • 16:31

    Rumour has it that the iPhone 5C will feature a potentially revolutionary LiquidMetal scratch-resistant coating (opens in new tab) - a potential boon for a mid-range smartphone

  • 14:12

    Another dead cert for the iPhone 5S is 4G LTE support - Apple's hardly going to retrograde its next handset to a pre-iPhone 5 connectivity standard, is it? Fortunately, 4G is starting to become widely available here in the UK, after Vodafone and O2 finally switched on their LTE networks to compete with EE. Three also confirmed it will be joining the party, though not until December, so be sure to study our guide to 4G LTE in the UK (opens in new tab) before signing up to get yourself a shiny new iPhone 5S on contract later in the month as there's a lot of factors that merit consideration, especially when it comes to data allowances

  • 13:44

    One of the interesting things about Apple's autumn iPhone launches - a trend that started back in 2011 when the iPhone 4S broke cover in October - is that they increasingly complete with IFA, Europe's biggest technology showcase, for the limelight. This year, the grudge match is looking as fierce as ever, with IFA set to be headlined by the unveiling of two bonafide iPhone 5S rivals - the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1. (opens in new tab) What device are you most excited about? By the by, be sure to follow our live updating coverage of IFA 2013 (opens in new tab), and you may also be interested in checking out our Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch rumour roundup (opens in new tab) while you're at it.

  • 13:26

    We know that punters are generally keen on the flattened look of iOS 7, but how does the imminent arrival of Apple's new mobile operating system affect businesses? Find out why iOS 7 is a no-brainer for the enterprise market (opens in new tab) by following the link.

  • 13:14

    Another overview of what to expect from the iPhone 5S (opens in new tab)for your background reading pleasure - is this the last iPhone that Steve Jobs had a hand in and could it come in a 128GB iteration?

  • 13:05

    One of the few certainties about the new iPhone is that it will be the first device to officially ship running Apple's latest mobile OS, iOS 7. But with a little bit of lateral thinking, you can actually start running iOS 7 on your current-generation Apple device today (though we should clarify that this is technically illegal for non-developers). For more, check out our guide to downloading iOS 7. (opens in new tab)

  • 12:36

    To get things rolling, be sure to check out our recent iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C rumour roundup (opens in new tab) and let us know what you think might be coming via the comment section below or by engaging with us on social media

  • 12:33

    Welcome to our iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch home! This page will be constantly refreshed with new and exciting content between now and 10 September, so please join us as we gear up for next week's big Apple launch

James Laird
James Laird

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.