With the release of the next greatest iPhone coming in just a few weeks, Apple will (yet again) likely pull off what some might call the most-hyped product launch in tech history.

Whether you believe the rumors or not, as with so many other Apple product launches, we?re seeing the product hype machine in full swing. What appear to be rumors and (unauthorized?) leaks have been swirling for weeks, stirring up a feeding frenzy the Silicon Valley tech press and the blogosphere can?t ignore.

As launch day draws nigh ? it?s looking more and more like Sept. 10 will be the day ? consumers too are salivating at the stats. But while the iPhone might be the most iconic digital device to get people swooning, it?s is not the only phone to generate epic levels of buzz before launch.

So here?s to highfalutin hype and grand expectations. Now let?s a look back at some of the most high-profile phone launches ? and whether the phones lived up to their advance billing. (CNET)


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