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IMore was first to report that Apple is likely to unveil the iPhone 5 and a mini iPad on September 12 and a general release on September 21. That story has been confirmed by many sources such as Reuters and All Things D.

The backplate’s length seems to support earlier rumors that a new iPhone will come with a 3.95-inch screen at a wider resolution of 1136 x 640. It will support LTE.

Apple should sell a ton of them, especially since it is said to support China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA standard, opening up the phone to the world’s largest carrier.

Dwight Silverman explains Why he might switch from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. With the surprise taken out of Apple’s announcement, Apple must now battle for leadership.

Android phones feature quad-core processors, LTE and larger screens. Most Android phones also feature removable microSD storage, standardized microUSB for charging, removable batteries, and more than one “app store”. Google’s offline maps, available on Android 4, are also convenient, as are voice search features.

The Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, and Droid Razr Maxx, among others, aren’t likely to become landfill anytime soon.

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