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iPhone: Did You Make a Mistake In Buying a New One?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (August 11, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I just bought a new iPhone 5, but I hear a new one is coming. Did I screw up? -- Harold, Chicago, Illinois.

Harold, probably every consumer of new tech products wonders that from time to time. If you buy a new gadget, will it be obsolete by the time you get home?

In the case of the iPhone 5,, which has a sterling record of breaking stories, is reporting that Apple will introduce a new iPhone on September 10. Yes, September 10, Harold; just one month after you bought the iPhone 5.

The tech web site writes that the new phone -- and there may be two versions, an iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C -- will likely use the new Apple operating system, iOS 7. The new system features a new interface, including menus and icons. While that may seem cosmetic, adds that it also includes some improved photo organizing and more flexibility for third-party developers. That means better apps.

The new iPhone, if the report is true, could also come with an improved camera and a fingerprint sensor, which could be used for purchase verification. says the pricing is unclear, but it's possible that Apple will introduce a lower-cost edition, which could be the iPhone5C.

So, stay tuned. And, consider this as cold comfort. Apple could offer recent iPhone 5 buyers an opportunity to upgrade to the new phone at a discount.

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