Apple’s iPhone 5 ‘Lets talk iPhone’ Event – Top 10 places where you can find the best live coverage online

In true 'Apple Event' fashion, the event will be covered across every apple blog going in real time from 10AM PST or 6pm GMT this evening if you're in the UK.

Apple iPhone 5 Live Event

Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, is expected to unveil new iPhone 4S and not the iPhone 5. Apple are also due to set release date for iOS operating system. One of the more prominent rumours is also that the new iPhone could contain ‘world changing’ voice interaction.

Unlike the event in September last year, Apple will not be live video streaming, and apple does not allow any live streaming from inside the keynote theatre – so it’s down to the big tech blogs, and smaller apple fan blogs to cover the event through text based live blogs.

First, here is a quick rumour round-up.

  • Accessory manufacturer Case-Mate briefly posted renderings of a line of cases for a new iPhone. They suggest that the forthcoming handset will have a rounded aluminum backing, similar to the iPad 2′s design. The images are quickly replaced with a generic notifications page, but Boy Genius Report managed to post them on its Web site.
  • Through a “reliable source,” TUAW says the new iPhone will include 1GB of RAM and a voice-control system known as the Assistant.
  • There is debate over whether Apple will introduce more than one iPhone on October 5, but if 9to5Mac’s tipster is right, it will be more than one. According to the source, there are two new iPhone models floating around Apple’s retail system, with one possibly being an entry-level 8GB version of the iPhone 4. In addition, three new iPod Touch models were also spotted in the system.
  • PC Watch in Japan reported that the iPhone 5 will offer HSPA+ support, which will allow for theoretical download speeds of up to 21Mbps, and feature a larger (4.2 or 4.3 inches) 960×540-pixel qHD touch screen.
  • 9to5Mac and SlashGear report that a phone with the code-name N94 has been discovered in Apple’s inventory system and is believed to be the iPhone 5. Information on the label also points to it being a dual-mode CDMA/GSM phone.
  • The same 9to5Mac source who spotted new iPhone models in Apple’s retail system says that a 64GB iPhone could also be in the cards.
  • Gizmodo is also carrying a good ‘what to expect‘ post.

Here’s a run down of  the top 10 places to find the best coverage of live Apple events – in our experience of past events.

  1. Good coverage – currently unavailable Engadget - traditionally some of the best realtime coverage of apple events are once again running a live blog in their usual ‘blog post’ format. Tim Stevens and Darren Murph are providing the coverage. There is an auto-refresh feature on the Engaget live blog, and there are usually several photographs of a reasonable quality.
  2. MacRumors – This popular mac website will be providing their usual extensive coverage of this live event on their blog and their Twitter account @MacRumorsLive
  3. Currently down The Loop – A relatively new apple blog founded by ex MacWorld staff Jim Dalrymple and Peter Cohen. Jim will be at the event live blogging in real time.
  4. Good Coverage GDGT – Ryan Block, previously of Engadget will be providing content of  equally high standard at the GDGT Live blog.GDGT usually provide a slightly better live text stream than Engadget, and provide high quality photographs. GDGT also have an auto-refresh feature.
  5. Good Coverage – intermittently down Thisismynext - Joshua Topolsky (also ex-Engadget) and a small group of journalists are behind this website, and judging by the coverage of the last two apple events they tend to do a good job. The coverage auto-refreshes.
  6. ArsTechnica – A usual high standard of coverage will be expected from this Condé Nast owned tech news site
  7. CNET – Another big player on the tech scene – and they are using popular live coverage service CoverItLive.
  8. Currently very slow – Another typically high quality live blog from this popular apple news site
  9. PC Magazine – reporting live from the event today using CoverItLive
  10. Mashable – Another big player in the tech blog scene – typically they offer less comprehensive coverage.

Gadget site Gizmodo on the other hand, won’t be covering the Apple event as they have in the past – since they still appear to be banned from Apple events as a result of the iPhone 4 incident. They will however be running a ‘meta live blog‘ with content syndicated from the sources above.

Be aware that other, smaller technology blogs frequently claim to be offering live coverage but they are in fact regurgitating what they read from the live blogs above.

If you don’t want to sit infront of the computer for the next hour and a half – take a break and come back to at about 7pm – you’ll find a complete roundup of all of the announcements.