Reading While Eating for Sept. 13: The Day After

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Members of the media photograph the iPhone 5 after its introduction during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012.

Great iXpectations: Well, it’s finally here: Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5, to  massive media fanfare, overhyped analysts’ expectations and what seems to be a collective ‘meh’ from the phone-buying public. Sure, we like it, and we’ll probably buy one. But why don’t we love the iPhone 5? (Or, as Jimmy Kimmel pointed out, even notice it’s different?) TechCrunch’s MG Seigler has a smart Christopher Nolan-based take on what we don’t get about Apple’s technological magic. But the big question is: should you get one? Let TIME’s Doug Aamoth convince you. (

Lest We Forget: BuzzFeed has a comprehensive history of Apple’s iProducts that’s worth looking at if only to remind ourselves of the depressing amount of money we’ve spent on these things by this point. (BuzzFeed)

Who Is Sam Bacile? If you’re a journalist in America today, we bet you’re busy trying to find out. Many reports say the man behind the virulently anti-Muslim and unbelievably badly edited film Innocence of Muslims is a Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. (Associated Press)

RIP, Vile Rat: One of the victims of Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was a legendary online gamer. His community, and the rest of us, mourn. (Forbes)

 What Books Are You Listening To? Here’s some new reads to impress the music lover in your life. (Flavorwire)

Battleship! Paging Rihanna: The Democratic National Committee has apologized for using a photo of Russian warships during a video segment honoring veterans at last week’s shindig in Charlotte, N.C. (The Daily What)

Watch Your Mouth: Mental Floss has the politically incorrect etymologies behind many of today’s common words. (Mental Floss)

The Man in the Chair: The man behind the @InvisibleObama Twitter account explains why he did it. Basically, because Clint Eastwood made him. (BuzzFeed)

Meet the New Guy: Back to Portland with you, Fred Armisen! Saturday Night Live is welcoming a new cast member to play Barack Obama. Watch Jay Pharoah and see what you think.  (TIME’s Jim Poniewozik approves.)