Sony to Announce iPhone and Android Smartphone Lenses at IFA

More details about Sony's new lens attachment for Apple and Android mobile phones has been leaked. Sony is expected to announce the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 “lenscameras” at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September. The QX10 will feature the same 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3,3-5.9 lens as the Sony Cyber-shot WX150, and will be priced at $250, according to SonyAlphaRumors. The QX100 will cost around $450, and will feature the same sensor and lens as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II.

Sony Smart Shot

SonyAlphaRumors has also learned that the new lenses will be called “Smart Shots“, which is a combination of "smartphone" and "Cyber-Shot". The lens attachments will feature lens stabilization and will be able to capture low noise full HD video in MP4 format. The lenses will also support Sony's PlayMemories Mobile app, and connect to both iOS and Android devices via Wi-Fi/NFC.

T-Mobile Reportedly Blacking Out Employee Vacations in Anticipation of iPhone 5S

T-Mobile has reportedly blacked out employee vacations between September 20th and 22nd, according to TMO News. Employee vacation blackouts normally occur around big product launches to ensure there are enough employees around to assist customers. The only known upcoming announcement is the Samsung Galaxy Note III on September 4th, but it is more likely T-Mobile is preparing for the launch of the rumored iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5S Rumors

Apple is expected to announce both the iPhone 5S and low cost iPhone 5C on September 10th. Apple typically announces new devices on a Tuesday or Wednesday before releasing them on a following Friday. This means a September 20th release date would fall in place with previous Apple product launches.

Prepare Yourself for the Gold iPhone!

Rumors of a gold iPhone have been floating around since June, but no one has been taking them seriously, until now. Citing "sources in a position to know," and other blogs such as iMore, the normally reliable John Paczkowski of AllThingsD, claims Apple will release an “elegant gold tone" iPhone in September. But why?

Gold iPhone

As iMore points out, the rumored iPhone 5S is only expected to receive a bump internally, not externally. Perhaps Apple is just trying to spice up what could potentially be perceived as another "boring" iPhone S model launch by adding a third color option. According to Paczkowski, Apple probably chose gold because it's "the easiest colors to anodize," and it is a "sought-after color option at the higher end of markets like China."

Alleged iPhone 5C Volume Buttons Show Red, Green, Blue And Yellow Colors

An image gallery of iPhone 5C volume buttons posted by Sonny Dickson reveals that the low-cost device could be available in red, green, blue and yellow. The alleged photos also show that the buttons will feature a pill-shaped design, instead of the typical round shape found on other Apple handsets.

iPhone 5C Volume Buttons

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and plastic multicolored iPhone 5C on Tuesday, September 10. Some analysts believe the low-cost iPhone will feature a four-inch display, and low end internal hardware to keep production costs low. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told investors on Monday that Apple will also "exclude some software features, such as Siri," and that the iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 4S as Apple’s lowest-cost device in the upcoming iPhone lineup.

Alleged iPhone 5C Parts Shown in Video

The rumor that the iPhone 5C is Apple's low-cost device is picking up steam after Mac Otakara published a video allegedly showing the rear shell and front bezel of the phone. The video was published alongside another video showing off a partially assembled iPad 5.

There have been plenty of alleged low-cost iPhone leaks, but this is the first one we have seen since an image of some iPhone 5C packaging popped up online. It is unknown if any of the images are real, or if the iPhone 5C is even Apple's rumored budget iPhone.


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