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Given the amount of drivel being written around what we already know about the iPhone 5, it seemed fit to get an article out about what we still don’t know about the iPhone 5. Actually, we still do not know whether it will be called the iPhone 5.
All journalists got burnt last year when the iPhone 5 name was widely used as the codename for the next generation iPhone only for Apple to prove anyone wrong by adhering to the same naming convention from two generations ago, adding an S to the iPhone 4.
Amongst the other things we still don’t know include the size of the screen, its processor (and speed), the amount of onboard system memory, the release date, the screen resolution, the battery life, the release date, the pricing and the number of models that will go on sale available.
We also do not know whether it will come with NFC, whether it will make tea in the morning, will have a bigger girth or whether Siri will become more intelligent.
There have been a huge number of rumours but the overwhelming majority of them are likely to be nothing more than speculations, hearsay, hoaxes and day dreams in which Apple may even have played a major role.
In a nutshell, the followup to the iPhone 4S will come out with whatever features Apple thinks is reasonable enough to lure tens of millions of users into its online and offline stores while making sure that it keeps enough flaws and aspirations for the subsequent versions
After all, that’s the exact strategy Apple used for the iPod range which has lasted for more than 10 years now and seen 22 different versions of what was in essence a portable audio player.
Foxconn Technology Co. (2354) climbed to
the highest in more than five months in Taipei trading on
speculation Apple Inc. (AAPL) may use metal casings for its next
generation iPhone, benefiting the Taiwanese company.
The stock jumped as much as 6.9 percent to NT$116 as of
11:16 a.m. local time, the highest intraday level since Aug. 16.
The benchmark Taiex index rose 0.6 percent.
The Cupertino, California-based company is considering new
casing materials for the iPhone, its best-selling product,
Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a report this month.
Apple currently uses a glass casing for its iPhone.
“There’s talk that Apple is going to use metal for its new
iPhone, so this will benefit companies like Foxconn (2038),” said
Dennis Chan, an analyst at Yuanta Securities Co. in Taipei.
“That’s why it’s surging.”
Cheng-Kuang Liu, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn
Technology, declined to comment on the speculation.
Apple and its supply chain are “surprised by the demand
for the iPhone 4S, which increases confidence in strong sales
for iPhone 5 later this year,” Huberty said in the report.
The U.S. company sold 37 million iPhones in the period
ended Dec. 31, with customers snapping up the new 4S model that
went on sale in October.
Apple’s fiscal first-quarter profit more than doubled to
$13.1 billion as revenue rose 73 percent to $46.3 billion, the
company reported Jan. 24.
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Citing a reliable source, 9to5Mac reported a few days ago that iPhone 5 production is set to begin soon, perhaps signaling a Summer release date for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.
The source in question dropped a few interesting nuggets of information:
- 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them).
- No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness (also longer/wider).
- Neither of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor.
- Neither of the devices are the final versions.
So a new form factor coupled with a larger display. So far so good – and while only Apple at this point truly knows what the iPhone 5 will feature, rumblings of a 4-inch screen iPhone have been showing up much more frequently these days.
Furthermore, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu wrote a few weeks ago that the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE networks and will feature “a sleeker, thinner form factor, and a slightly larger screen.”
But throwing a dose of reality onto the rumor mill, John Gruber – who has a solid track record when it comes to discerning which Apple rumors have legs – wrote that iPhone 5 production is not, in fact, gearing up for production.
What’s more, Gruber is skeptical that the iPhone 5 will be both longer and wider.
Longer and wider? … I can see Apple putting a bigger display on a device of the same size. I can’t see them making a bigger device.
Which of course brings to mind all those old rumors of an iPhone 5 with an edge to edge screen.
Rumours – fuelled by comments from a MasterCard chief and an iOS developer – suggest that this year’s next-gen iPhone could be packing a wireless pay-by-wave chip.
The built-in near-field communication (NFC) gizmo would allow the iPhone 5 to make contact-less payments at the tills – a system that has been around on Android phones via Google Wallet for a while, but has yet to take off with customers. That could all change if Apple starts to push the tech.
The latest rumour mill spin comes from 9to5Mac, which chatted up a developer at MacWorld and heard how he is betting his new app on the belief that the next iPhone will feature NFC capabilities.
“He had no hardware knowledge, but he had spoken to Apple iOS engineers on multiple occasions, and they are ‘heavy into NFC’,” says their reporter. The unnamed coder said he was confident enough to “bet the app development” on it.
The account adds weight to a FastCompany story of MasterCard’s new tech man – the head of emerging payments – implying that Apple was working on getting NFC payment systems into its new gear.
Ed McLaughlin was quoted as saying that contact-less mobile payments would definitely take off because all the hardware makers were committed to the new technology: “I don’t know of a handset manufacturer that isn’t in process of making sure their stuff is PayPass ready.”
PayPass being MasterCard’s tap-to-pay system. The credit card biz bod back-tracked when asked if that included Apple.
“Um, there are…like I say, [I don't know of] any handset maker out there,” McLaughlin said. “Now, when we have discussions with our partners, and they ask us not to disclose them, we don’t.”
MasterCard says more than 150,000 merchants offer its PayPass tap-to-go systems. ®
Back in October 2011 everybody was awaiting Apple’s iPhone 5. But as we all know, this didn’t happen. Instead we got the iPhone 4S – Apple’s fifth-generation handset, but sadly not the iPhone we’d all been expecting. Nonetheless the iPhone 4S was still one of the best devices to launch in 2011, despite the fact that it looked pretty much identical to 2010’s iPhone 4.
According to official figures Apple’s iPhone 4S was the fastest selling iPhone handset to-date, shifting some four million handsets in its first week. So when Apple announces the iPhone 5, which will not only look radically different from the iPhone 4S but also feature previously unseen technology, you can bet there’ll be even more hysteria surrounding its release.
So what will the iPhone 5 actually feature?
The central USP behind the iPhone 5 will no doubt be the way it looks. Apple has to change the design of the iPhone this time away from the style it used on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. We’re expecting something similar in size and shape but significantly thinner and a lot more lightweight.
There’s been a lot of talk about the handset featuring an iPhone 3GS-esque aluminium back panel. The reasoning behind this is that it will enable Apple to add more antennas inside the handset, effectively boosting the reception and wireless capabilities of the device.
‘The conservative lines of iPhone 4S – basically a remodel of the previous year’s iPhone 4 – will be radically redrawn for next year’s iPhone 5,’ reports The Daily Mail.
But that’s not all. iLounge claims that Steve Jobs’ ‘refusal to upgrade to a bigger screen is going to be the first thing to go.’ The new iPhone 5 will have a four-inch screen, putting it on a par with many Android rivals.
‘Our most reliable source has spoken: expect body changes for the next iPhone,’ closed iLounge.
We don’t expect Apple to touch the display. Its Retina Display set-up is still one of the best in the business and will be for some time to come. Apple could of course upgrade the panels to Super IPS+ one. This would add some more clarity and colour. Whether it will remains to be seen. Personally, we don’t see it happening. The iPhone 4’s Retina Display, despite launching nearly two-years ago, is still well above average.
The screen, as we established above, will of course be larger than the one on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, although we’re not expecting anything too drastic. Our best guess would be either 4-inches. Maybe 4.3-inches – but that’d be at an absolute push. Anything more would alienate hardcore Apple users.
Apple could launch the iPhone 5 on a brand new update to its iOS platform. It could be iOS 6 and a massive overhaul, like we saw with iOS 4 and iOS 5, bringing new and previously unseen features into the mix. Alternatively it could just launch the device on iOS 5.2 or without any supporting software. We hope it’s the former.
According to Jail Break Nation, ‘in November, a patent was submitted by Apple that details a possible new control interface for iOS. “Persistent Overlay” is a new interface that uses a new way of managing data, like Web pages, music, and photos. The belief right now that this could be a feature that Apple will implement in iOS 6.’
This would be a great development if true as Apple’s UI is in desperate need of a rethink. Yes, it is nice and simple – that’s a given – but it’s also looking pretty dated next to Android 4.0 and Windows Phone 7 Mango. What Apple needs to do is re-invent its UI once again by introducing a load of new navigation tweaks that we’ll re-instate the iOS’s UX as the market-leader it once was.
iOS 5 was predominately about adding services, iCloud, Siri and Reminders, Apple’s iOS platform. We think iOS 6 will be more about usability and utility, featuring things like NFC, developments in AirPlay, and UK-based navigation for Siri. Of course there’ll be plenty more in there that we’ve completely missed but these are some core aspects we see Apple adding in its next iteration of its iOS platform.
With the iPhone 4S being a minor redesign in terms of form factor, the iPhone 5 is expected to be fresh from ground up. While not much else is known beyond that at this time, there may now be some potential clues as to what we can expect.
iPhone 5 rumors
Earlier this week a report came in stating that the iPhone 5 was ready for production at China’s Foxconn factories. According to the source that leaked the intel, there were several distinct iPhone 5 models being produced, which suggested that Apple may be trying to throw off a potential leaker that they can’t seem to get their hands on.
However as the source notes, there were a couple of things common between these iPhone models and hence appear to be what we can expect the new iPhone 5 to based on. They all have screen sizes bigger than 4-inches, they are all symmetrical in thickness (that’s right, no teardrop design as previously suggested), and best of all: they all look nothing like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The last part is our favorite.
Now what wasn’t mentioned but is very obvious right now is that if the iPhone 5 was in fact ready for production in China then we may actually be able to see it hit shelves here in the US this summer instead of the proposed fall release date given the iPhone 4S launch.
We’ll keep you posted as more develops. Have a great weekend folks!
If you can get past a name, you’ll soon learn that these Wangs (or indeed, Fannys) are stuffed with top-notch sound-producing kit. [...]
According to a blog by Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, scammers are using people’s impatience for the new iPhone to their advantage.
In one scam, Tumblr’s “staff” is looking to give away a “free” iPhone 5 to Tumblr users. “We are happy to announce that Tumblr and Apple have joined together in a promotion to giveaway FREE iPhone 5’s to each of our users!”, the scammers enthuse. You just have to click on the link.
The link actually takes you to a bogus webpage that asks you to take a survey before you can get your “free” iPhone 5. The survey asks for name, email, and other personal information. “You have no way of telling what they’re going to do with it, but don’t be surprised if you’re spammed in the future or subscribed against your wishes to a premium rate mobile phone service”, warned Cluley.
This iPhone 5 fraud is similar to scams being used on Facebook in which users are offered “free” products in exchange for filling out surveys, which generate payments for the scammers through affiliated marketing fees, according to a recent report by Commtouch.
Facebook users are induced to click on the scams through such social engineering tactics as free merchandise offers, celebrity news, fake Facebook applications, or a “trusted” friend sending a message, noted Commtouch.
January 30, 2012, 11:47 PM EST
By Weiyi Lim
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Foxconn Technology Co. climbed to the highest in more than five months in Taipei trading on speculation Apple Inc. may use metal casings for its next generation iPhone, benefiting the Taiwanese company.
The stock jumped as much as 6.9 percent to NT$116 as of 11:16 a.m. local time, the highest intraday level since Aug. 16. The benchmark Taiex index rose 0.6 percent.
The Cupertino, California-based company is considering new casing materials for the iPhone, its best-selling product, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a report this month. Apple currently uses a glass casing for its iPhone.
“There’s talk that Apple is going to use metal for its new iPhone, so this will benefit companies like Foxconn,” said Dennis Chan, an analyst at Yuanta Securities Co. in Taipei. “That’s why it’s surging.”
Cheng-Kuang Liu, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn Technology, declined to comment on the speculation.
Apple and its supply chain are “surprised by the demand for the iPhone 4S, which increases confidence in strong sales for iPhone 5 later this year,” Huberty said in the report.
The U.S. company sold 37 million iPhones in the period ended Dec. 31, with customers snapping up the new 4S model that went on sale in October.
Apple’s fiscal first-quarter profit more than doubled to $13.1 billion as revenue rose 73 percent to $46.3 billion, the company reported Jan. 24.
–Editors: Garry Smith, Suresh Seshadri
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