August 12, 2013 Last Updated 1:33 pm

Updates and rumors mark beginning of period between dog days of summer and iPhone launch event

The rumors says that Apple will be unveiling its newest versions of the iPhone on September 10, four weeks from tomorrow. Last year’s iPhone 5 event was on September 13, so the date for this year’s events sounds about right. Apple then followed up its iPhone event with an iPad event one month later, so what we can expect for timing is pretty well set.

The expectations are that Apple will unveil a new iPhone, the iPhone 5s, that will include a slight bump in specs, but little else. Also expected is a lower priced model which will also be shaped like the iPhone 5 but will have a plastic back. This would unify the line in display size and connectors and allow Apple to soon stop supporting older models with their older iPod connectors.

BJP-update-iPhone5-lgFew appear very excited about what the new iPhone may have to offer, but it should be remembered that most new features appear in the software update, not the hardware update. The newest version of iOS is generally released to the public about one week after the iPhone event and that pattern will probably be maintained this year. Apple is keen to have developers ready for the launch so they have been busy releasing new beta versions, and digital publishing platforms have been making sure their publishing clients will be ready.

Because of this, a large number of magazines apps are being updated. Yankee Magazine and British Journal of Photography, both of which use the Mag+ platform, updated their Newsstand apps this weekend.

Both The Boston Globe’s ePaper app and Phoenix Magazine, though neither app description mentions new platform changes directly.

Newsstand owners are issuing updates, as well. Nxtbook updated its own digital newsstand app, Nxtbook Nxtstand which now says its supports HTML5 animations – the update also fixes some bugs.

The new iOS will effect everyone’s apps, of course, so radio apps such as Rdio and Twitter’s new app, Twitter #music, have also been updated. Twitter’s app adds localization for languages and lists Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, or Switzerland as areas included in the localization update.

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