Hmmm, guess even Brikk got the memo to manufacture cases for the iPhone 5, and boy have they done it in style. Not forgetting the huge number of iPhone 4 owners out there, Brikk decided to use titanium as the material of choice in their limited edition product range alongside a theme of ‘Altruistic Precision’. This particularly exclusive collection will feature the Trim titanium case for both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, where you can choose from genuine Gold, Platinum, Black DLC and Gray Stealth finishes with a pocket burning price that ranges from $3,000 all the way to $4,500. Each Trim that is sold will fund one metric ton of rice distributed by various NGOs.
Seems like a win-win situation to me – you get the economy moving, Brikk laughs all the way to the bank and the poor get something to eat. Since the iPhone 5 has yet to be released, Brikk will be offering a trade-in to the Trim for the iPhone 5 for all purchases of the Trim before the end of 2011.
Feel like indulging yourself in a little bit of luxury? I guess you cannot really go wrong with a case that costs 10 times more than the handset itself. [Press Release]
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With cryptic messages coming from Apple and a big announcement coming Oct. 4 the Internet rumor mill has been all abuzz. Speculation is running wild with talk of a new entry level iPhone 4S and the new and improved iPhone 5.
However, the iPhone 5 has some very capable competition with the Droid series of phones from Verizon which is powered by Google’s Android OS and is already available for purchase. The Droid Bionic is a 4G monster with plenty of functionality packed into a small and sleek design.
Will the iPhone 5 be able to stack up to the competition or does Droid Bionic just do too much. We sifted through what’s coming down the vine to see if Apple will taste the sweet wine of success or just end up with sour grapes.
Can iPhone 5 beat Droid Bionic? Yes, if it has killer features. Start the slideshow to find out what they are.
Jason D. O’Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984.
He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O’Grady’s PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging. He has been a frequent speaker at the Macworld Expo conference and a member of the conference faculty. He also co-founded the first dedicated PowerBook User Group (PPUG) in the United States.
After winning a major legal battle with Apple in 2006, he set the precedent that independent journalists are entitled to the same protections under the First Amendment as members of the mainstream media.
O’Grady isÃ‚Â the author of The Nexus One Pocket Guide, The Droid Pocket Guide, The Google Phone Pocket Guide, and The Garmin nuvi Pocket Guide (Peachpit Press), the author of Corporations That Changed the World: Apple Inc. (Greenwood Press), and a contributor to The Mac Bible (Peachpit Press). In addition, he has contributed to numerous Mac publications over the years, including MacWEEK, Macworld, and MacPower (Japan).
When he’s not writing about Apple for ZDNet at The Apple Core, he enjoys spending time with his family in New Jersey.
Though yet to be released, the
iPhone 5 is already on the shopping list of more than 40 percent of those polled by InMobi.
In a study released yesterday, the mobile ad network discovered that 41 percent of mobile users in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will buy the new
iPhone, with 50 percent of those planning to pick one up within the first six months of the phone’s debut. If those numbers hold true, the iPhone 5 would become the most successful product launch yet from Apple, according to InMobi.
Apple has an iPhone event planned for next week, at which the tight-lipped company is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 5.
Further, the new iPhone could easily shake up the battle between Apple and
Android by boosting the market share of iOS to 41 percent from its reported 27 percent in June, the study said. A small survey conducted in early August by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster found similar results, prompting the analyst to forecast that the iPhone 5 could double Apple’s market share.
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The iPhone 5 is also expected to steal business from other platforms as it’s being eyed by 51 percent of current iPhone users but 27 percent of Android owners and 52 percent of BlackBerry users. Some of the new features that consumers are hotly anticipating in the new iPhone include better battery life, faster performance, higher screen resolution, and stronger phone service, InMobi said.(Credit:
Though most people may be expecting Apple to unveil a totally new phone at next Tuesday’s event, past reports have claimed that the device will just be a revamped iPhone 4 with a few improvements but the same basic features. Even if such rumors prove true, a new “iPhone 4S” will scoop up business from 11 percent of current iPhone users, 11 percent of Android owners, and 28 percent of BlackBerry customers.
As a mobile ad network, InMobi has seen an increase in ad impressions for iOS, particularly in iPod Touch devices. Including all of its mobile devices, Apple currently holds the leading share of impressions on InMobi’s network at 29 percent.
Though demand for its mobile devices is still running hot, Apple’s iOS has seen its once dominant lead in the smartphone OS market overtaken this year by Android. InMobi points to iOS as the top dog on its network, but fellow mobile ad network Millennial Media has been tracking Android in first place since shooting past iOS early this year.
To compile its results, InMobi polled more than 1,000 people in the U.K. and more than 1,000 in the U.S. via their mobile phones last month.
Updated 10 a.m. PT with details on how survey was conducted.
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InMobi’s research revealed that more than half of BlackBerry users (52%) and as many as 27 percent of Android device owners were planning to switch to the new Apple iPhone 5, alongside 51percent of current iPhone users.
InMobi sampled mobile phone users in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for this study. While nothing was truly known about the iPhone 5, participants said their most desired features for the new iPhone were “improved battery life, increased processing speed, higher-quality screen resolution, and stronger phone service.”
Participants were also asked if they would buy iPhone if it were only a minor update (like what happened when iPhone 3G was upgraded to 3GS).
InMobi’s study indicated that less than 15 percent of mobile customers were likely to buy the new iPhone if the next iPhone were an upgraded iPhone 4. Yet, 28 percent of BlackBerry users said they would still switch to iPhone, which makes one believe that RIM customers are not entirely satisfied with their BlackBerrys.
The research also revealed that consumers expected certain things from the iPhone maker – better battery life, increased processing speed, higher-quality screen resolution and better phone service.
“The combination of Apple’s increasing market share in mobile advertising and general consumer interest in their latest technology is another boon for the mobile advertising industry,” said James Lamberti, VP Global Research Marketing at InMobi, in a press release.
“Apple is currently the clear leader in terms of compelling user experience and customer loyalty, and we feel that their quality and pace of innovation when it comes to mobile devices will continue to improve the content and advertising experience for consumers for iPhone 5 and beyond,” added James.
Earlier this month, Mike Abramsky at RBC told clients that an estimated 66 percent of existing iPhone users were “very/somewhat likely to buy the iPhone 5,” characterizing what he called “unprecedented demand.”
The report additionally indicated that 31 percent of the 2,200 respondents were “very/somewhat” likely to buy the new device.
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iOS 5 would also allow you to connect wirelessly to multiple devices, which means you can play a video on iPhone 5 on your TV without an HDMI cable. MSN News noted that “you can just connect both devices using Wi-Fi and watch your videos with ease.”
Meanwhile, Ted Landau presented “one feature that will be absent from iOS 5 is a significantly improved interface for saving documents.” Ted Landau is a Senior Contributor for Macworld, the author of several Mac and iPhone help books, and the founder of MacFixIt.
The other expected features of iPhone 5 also includes iCloud, iMessage, 4G capabilities, improved voice recognition technology, a faster processor, a more powerful RAM, a bigger storage capacity, a 4- or 4.5-inch touchscreen edge-to-edge display, an aluminum unibody and a curved glass screen.
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On a long-term basis, Apple shares should be rising because of the exceptionally strong consumer demand for its products. Apple has overtaken Exxon as the most valuable company in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $370.2 billion, as compared with the oil giant’s $354.5 billion.
The new iPhone could be Apple’s best-selling product yet. Apple is unveiling a new model 16 months after the iPhone 4 debuted, compared with the 12 months between previous model updates. This may be the last time Apple can wait so long between new iPhones, as rivals, including Samsung Electronics Co. have introduced competing smart phones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system.
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A new pair of reports suggest that changes are headed to Apple’s next
iPhone in the form of a bigger screen and a considerably faster data connection.
The first comes from Japanese outlet PC Watch, (via
Mac blog Macotakara), which reported on a slide shown by carrier China Unicom at this week’s Macworld Asia, suggesting that the
iPhone 5 will add support for HSPA+ technology. HSPA+ is the standard that has a theoretical download speed of 21Mbps, up from the 7.2Mbps HSDPA/HSUPA 3G hardware that ships in the iPhone 4. In the United States, both ATT and T-Mobile support HSPA+ on their networks.
This is not the first mention of faster networking technology making it into Apple’s next iPhone, but it’s of special interest, given that the slide came from a carrier. An analyst note from Jefferies in May suggested that Apple’s next iPhone would be a modest update but that it would be getting a speed boost in processing power and with support for HSPA+. A report last month also suggested that Apple was in the process of carrier-testing devices with support for LTE, the high-speed technology used by Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
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Joining the high-speed data rumors is a report from CNET France today (Google translation) suggesting that the next iPhone will sport a larger screen than that of the current iPhone 4 model. The CNET News sister publication says it’s heard that the device will use a qHD screen that comes in 960×540 pixels and measures about 4.2 to 4.3 inches diagonally. That’s compared to the iPhone 4′s 3.5-inch display that runs at a higher 960×640 pixels.
That size difference raises two questions, the first being if Apple would fracture the screen resolution standard it’s set with previous iPhone models. The first three iPhones had the exact same resolution, with the iPhone 4 jumping to a resolution that simply doubled the pixels within the same amount of space. Shaving off 100 pixels from the horizontal width of the screen could mean that developers would have to make tweaks to their apps in order to get them to fit on the narrower view. Also, having a lower resolution in a larger amount of space would throw off the promise of a Retina Display–Apple’s name for a screen on which you can’t see the pixels when holding it more than a foot away.
Despite these caveats, the larger-screen rumor has been kicking around for months, dating back to February, including a snapshot out of China depicting the front screen of what looked like an iPhone with a larger and wider display. Just weeks before, component industry tracker DigiTimes claimed that Apple was eyeing bigger screens, in part to better compete with Android devices. Then, in March, purported “mold engineering” drawings cropped up, depicting such a device that looked like an iPhone 4, but with a noticeably larger screen. More recently, it’s been a slew of cases that have hit store shelves designed for a slightly larger, but thinner iPhone, from what was allegedly a prototype device that leaked from a Foxconn manufacturing facility.
It goes without saying that all the mystery into what the next iPhone will look like, inside and out, are certain to be unveiled at the “Let’s talk iPhone” event Apple’s holding next week.
If the rumors hold true, Sprint will get the iPhone 5 on October 4th. This is the first time Sprint will have the iPhone 5 on their network, and marks the third U.S. carrier for the device – leaving T-Mobile clamoring for the iPhone.
When we asked shoppers which carrier they want to purchase the iPhone 5 on, Sprint was a close second to Verizon with 26% of the vote.
Why is Sprint such an attractive place for consumers to purchase the iPhone 5?
Sprint is known for unlimited, unthrottled data, consumer friendly prices, annual upgrades for big spenders and many other consumer friendly policies.
These have helped Sprint maintain relevance as a 3rd place carrier, fighting big players like Verizon and ATT who have larger networks and bigger high-end phone selection.
(More Details: iPhone 5 Carrier Breakdown: Speed, Coverage, Quality More)
Unfortunately, it looks like Sprint is willing to trade the magic that has helped it stand out from the rest of the Wireless industry in order to get the iPhone 5.
Here are a collection of changes made by Sprint in the lead up to the iPhone 5 release date.
- Sprint Tightens Up Return Policy
- Sprint Shuts Down Premier Program
- Sprint Confirms Plans to Cap Mobile Hotspot Data on Smartphones
- Sprint Gets Shady With New Contract Changes That “Don’t Materially Alter the Contract”
While Sprint hasn’t shot down their unlimited data plans, it is possible that this could come in the months after the iPhone lands.
Luckily Sprint still offers some of the most attractive smartphone plans in terms of price, but will that be enough to add the 1.2 Milllion subscribers that analysts originally thought the iPhone 5 would bring to Sprint?
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple will take the stage at Apple headquarters on October 4th for an iPhone event, where the company will “talk iPhone.” We expect to get the official iPhone 5 announcement, including carriers and the release date.
We expect a new iPhone 5 with a thinner design, dual core processor and 8MP camera to be announced. Read the latest iPhone 5 release date, hardware and carrier rumors for more information.
Apple may also announce a cheaper iPhone 4, called the iPhone 4S. This device would run iOS 5 and most likely have 8GB of memory with looks much like the current iPhone 4.
Apple is also expected to share the iOS 5 release date. iOS 5 brings over 200 changes to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. These include new notifications, a better camera app and more. Find out more: What is iOS 5?
Apple will be pulling the wraps off the next-gen iPhone in only a matter of days and although there’s the possibility that it could turn out to be only a minor upgrade to a rumored iPhone 4S, there’s no stopping the anticipation for something more radical in the form of an iPhone 5. The folks at Giga.de have rounded up all the rumors surrounding a more drastic revamp along with CAD designs, leaked cases, and hardware components to create their own realistic mockup. Previous rumors have pegged the iPhone 5 to feature a larger display that’s slightly wider than the iPhone 4 and also a teardrop profile that’s thinner and tapered. It’s also expected to have a wider home screen button that’s now touch-enabled, a return to an aluminum back cover instead of glass, and a relocated mute switch that’s now at the top right. Many of these details were supported by the various case designs and prototypes leaked since July. Taking all these details into account, Giga.de created a 3D computer model that was then used to precisely machine the back of the physical mockup out of a solid block of aluminum. That aluminum was then treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough texture that’s on the existing iPad. However, since very little is known about how Apple’s camera would look like, that part on the mockup has been left with just an abbreviation. Nonetheless, the mockup looks very convincing and if that’s what Apple’s actual iPhone 5 turns out to look like, most folks should generally be pleased.
Apple will be pulling the wraps off the next-gen iPhone in only a matter of days and although there’s the possibility that it could turn out to be only a minor upgrade to a rumored iPhone 4S, there’s no stopping the anticipation for something more radical in the form of an iPhone 5. The folks at Giga.de have rounded up all the rumors surrounding a more drastic revamp along with CAD designs, leaked cases, and hardware components to create their own realistic mockup.
Previous rumors have pegged the iPhone 5 to feature a larger display that’s slightly wider than the iPhone 4 and also a teardrop profile that’s thinner and tapered. It’s also expected to have a wider home screen button that’s now touch-enabled, a return to an aluminum back cover instead of glass, and a relocated mute switch that’s now at the top right. Many of these details were supported by the various case designs and prototypes leaked since July.
Taking all these details into account, Giga.de created a 3D computer model that was then used to precisely machine the back of the physical mockup out of a solid block of aluminum. That aluminum was then treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough texture that’s on the existing iPad. However, since very little is known about how Apple’s camera would look like, that part on the mockup has been left with just an abbreviation. Nonetheless, the mockup looks very convincing and if that’s what Apple’s actual iPhone 5 turns out to look like, most folks should generally be pleased.