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iPhone 5 launch: What to expect from Apple's new phone

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Unless tech journalists have completely misconstrued the signals coming from Cupertino, Apple CEO Tim Cook will climb onto a stage in San Francisco tomorrow and unveil the long-awaited iPhone 5. And yes, smart money says the device will be called the iPhone 5, rather than the "new iPhone," or the "iPhone HD," or something like that – for proof, check out the invite to the event. 

So hey, what should we expect from the iPhone 5 unveiling? Well, probably an iPhone that doesn't look so much different from the iPhones that came before. The screen may be larger – 4 inches instead of 3.5 inches, measured corner to corner – but the basic boxy shape will probably stay intact. In other words, if you were hoping for some sort of curved wonder, you may have to wait a few more years. 

"We need only look at any other Apple design for evidence," Eric Zeman writes over at InformationWeek. "Once Apple sets a design and/or look that it likes, that design sticks around for a while. Look at the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and, for Pete's sake, the Mac Pro. These products' overall look has not changed in years, and neither will the iPhone's."


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