Apple Roundup: iPhone 5, Sprint, Steve Jobs

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --The top Apple ( AAPL) tidbits from around the Internet include a potential iPhone 5 release date, good news from Sprint ( S), and Steve Jobs joining George Washington on an exclusive list.

As the iPhone 5 gets closer to becoming a reality, various sites are reporting a release date for Apple's next offering.

The blogosphere is reporting that the next iPhone is slated to hit the streets on Sept. 21, which is a Friday.

Apple repeatedly talked about the "fall product transition" on its recent quarterly conference call, but did not mention the iPhone by name. Apple also mentioned consumer speculation as a reason for iPhone sales falling short or estimates, but CEO Tim Cook noted he's happy to keep people guessing.

"We try very hard to keep our roadmaps secret and confidential, go to extreme actions to do that, however that doesn't stop people from speculating and wondering. We can never stop that. That's one of the great things about this country. So we won't spend any energy trying to stop that. I'm glad people want the next thing. I'm super happy about that," Cook said on the call.

Apple could not be immediately reached to provide comment on this story.

Even though Apple fell short of Wall Street's iPhone sales expectations, carrier Sprint ( S) managed to exceed expectations this quarter.

The Overland Park, Kan.-based company activated 1.5 million iPhones during its the three months ended in June with 40% going to new postpaid customers.

Steve Jobs is revered for the contributions he made to technology and society as a whole, but now he's joined a list next to George Washington.

TIME has come up with a list of 20 most influential Americans of all time, listing Jobs as the most recent one.

"He was the high priest of the computer age, and as the pancreatic cancer that would kill him at age 56 took its toll, he appeared ever more gaunt and ascetic in his uniform of jeans and black turtleneck at the live introductions of his latest Apple products," the article said.

Also included on the list are George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; Abraham Lincoln; Sitting Bull; Alexander G. Bell; Thomas Edison; Henry Ford; Wright Brothers; Margaret Sanger; Albert Einstein; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Louis Armstrong; James Watson; Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

Apple shares edged lower in Thursday trade, off 0.07% to $574.56.

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-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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