The Apple iPhone 4s (pictured). Will the iPhone 5 debut in June?
When’s the new iPhone 5 coming? Reports put the release by Apple Inc.
(NASDAQ: AAPL) in June.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics giant plans to unveil the device at its worldwide developers conference, according to a report in DigiTimes (via Minyanville).
Tech website, 9To5Mac, reported in January that different versions of the iPhone 5 have been seen in the developmental stage.
Apple operates a full-service Apple Store in the ABQ Uptown development in Albuquerque. Dallas-based ATT Inc.
(NYSE: T), with nine retail locations in the Duke City, is one of the major carriers for iPhones.
Lance Murray of the Dallas Business Journal
, an affiliated publication, compiled this report.
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Take your phone to the bathroom worry free!
One of the most interesting entries in this year’s CES conference was Liquipel. This remarkable technology promises to make your gadgets completely waterproof. Now it looks like some upcoming smartphones may have Liquipel technology right out of the box.
According to a rumor published by Today’s iPhone, Apple’s next iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III will ship with a Liquipel coating. The report comes from a source inside a British independent phone retailer. Apparently insurance policies relating to the two phones are being changes to alter how they handle water damage, the leading cause of insurance claims on mobile devices.
While this is a rumor and deserves its fair share of skepticism, this is exactly the kind of thing Apple likes to do with its products. When the iPhone 3GS launched, Apple made much of the oleophobic coating on the device’s screen. A waterproof coating like Liquipel (or HzO’s Waterblock technology) would be a relatively small change that Apple could turn into a major selling point. What’s more, it would be fantastic news for the 75% of us who take our phones with us to the toilet.
While there are no devices that currently ship with a Liquipel coating, getting your device treated is a fairly simple process, provided you can stand to be separated from your phone for a couple days. For $59.99 Liquipel will treat an iPhone 4S within 1-2 days of receiving the device. For an extra $10, they will treat it within 2 hours.
Here’s a video of Liquipel in action.
What do you think? Would a waterproof coating be a strong selling point for Apple’s next iPhone? Sound off in the comments.
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On the other hand, the iPhone 5 with its speculated A6 dual-core processor, a 10 megapixel rear-facing camera, a capacitive screen and lightweight polycarbonate body is making quite the stir among Apple enthusiasts.
Here is a comparison of the speculated features of iPhone 5 and BlackBerry London…
Display: The iPhone 5 is rumored to sport 3.7 to 4.0 inch Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display. The BlackBerry London, meanwhile, is expected to have a 4.3-inch touch-screen sporting a Waterloo look.
Processor: The iPhone 5 is predicted to have a 1.2-to-1.5 GHz quad-core A6 chip, with probably 1GB or more of RAM. As per rumors, the BlackBerry London will have a dual core TI OMAP 1.5GHz processor.
Operating System: There has been speculation Apple could launch its next operating system – again, popularly called the iOS 6 – at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June, followed by the iPhone 5.
On the other hand, the new Blackberry London will run on the manufacturer’s own operating system – the BlackBerry 10; the system has been awarded FIPS 140-2 certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC).
Memory: The iPhone 5 is expected to come with 16/32/64 GB internal memory configurations, with external microSD card support. According to various rumors, the BlackBerry London will come with 16GB of onboard storage and slot for microSD cards that will allow up to an additional 32GB of storage space.
Camera: The iPhone 5 will probably arrive with a 12 megapixel (or higher, maybe) dual-LED flash camera, with the flash unit to be separated from the camera sensor. Rumors suggest the iPhone 5 will have a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting. Another rumor indicates the iPhone 5 could even have a 3D camera.
The BlackBerry London is believed to pack an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, geo-tagging and LED flash features. It will also have a secondary front-facing 2 megapixel camera for video calls.
Battery: The iPhone 5 is expected to have a better battery, when compared to the Li-Po 1420 mAh battery in the iPhone 4S. The latter phone can only offer up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks and 14 hours on 2G (GSM).
Meanwhile, information about RIM’s new smartphone battery has not yet been released.
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It has long been rumored that Apple is very interested in integrating NFC technology to their iOS devices even before iPhone 4S released. Now that we’re getting closer to iPad 3‘s release, NFC rumors start flaring up again especially with iPhone 5.
“According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone – although not necessarily the next one – a chip made by Qualcomm for the phone’s processor will also include near-field communication technology, known as N.F.C.”
“This technology enables short-range wireless communications between the phone and an N.F.C reader, and can be used to make mobile payments. It is unclear which version of an iPhone this technology would be built into.”
Google Wallet is trying to do this already with some Android phones. Apple seriously needs to get going with this. MasterCard was asked if they’re one of the launch partners to which they said:
“The timeline is always as rapid as it makes sense for consumers,” he says. “That’s a combination of having a critical mass of the merchants, which is what you’re seeing right now, and getting devices into the hands of consumers. I don’t know of a handset manufacturer that isn’t in process of making sure their stuff is PayPass ready.”
So that would include Apple then?
“Um, there are…like I say, [I don't know of] any handset maker out there,” McLaughlin says. “Now, when we have discussions with our partners, and they ask us not to disclose them, we don’t.”
This feature I think can be very good especially if I won’t have to carry a big ass wallet any longer. What do you think?
Following the recent request that Apple should closely watch its Chinese partners, the Cupertino based company announced to change its strategy but with small steps.
Change.org has now opened up a petition to transform the iPhone 5 into the first “ethical smartphone”, which has managed to amass over 160,000 virtual signatures.
The main cause for the public reaction, half a world away, was an article published by New York Times. This revealed the appalling working conditions of the Chinese factories where the iPhones are made. Because of the flawed work legislation in China, workers are harmed or they even lose their lives in the factories run by Apples’ partners.
When the Cupertino based company was in the centre of the public anger, Tim Cook, Apple CEO responded “What we will not do – and never have done – is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain…On this you have my word.”
When the scandal fired up the media, Apple announced that the Fair Labor Association would be monitoring its suppliers. However, it is important that Apple also release the results of these monitor reports, suggests the petition on Change.org.
Apple will finally unveil the iPhone 5 in June at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference, according to a Chinese report discovered by DigiTimes.
Earlier this month “a reliable source at Foxconn”, the electronics manufacturing company used by Apple, claimed the next iPhone will feature a 4+ inch display made by LG on at least one of them and a new form factor.
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, also teased a new iDevice in January by stating that the company has ‘some amazing new products in the pipeline’.
Another recent DigiTimes report has said Apple plans to ‘overhaul all product lines’ and launch iPad 3, along with new iMac and MacBook Air lines this year. The iPad 3 will allegedly be quickly followed by the iPad 4 in October.
(CBS) – The latest buzz over Apple’s iPhone 5 is pointing at a June release date.
According to a report by the Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times, a source at Daiwa Securities claims Apple will announce the next iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June. DigiTimes picked up the story Thursday.
The move would return the iPhone 5 to its summer release schedule. To the ire of anxious customers, the iPhone 4S was not released until October 2011.
A June release would be in line with a previous report by 9to5Mac that Foxconn, the company responsible for manufacturing Apple devices, is gearing up for production of the iPhone 5. Sources inside Foxconn claimed iPhone 5 prototypes have been circulating around the factory.
Some of the features rumored to make it to the new smartphone include a larger display, glass-to-glass touch panel technology and better and a symmetrical design.
Of course, any iPhone 5 news comes with a dark cloud hovering over it. A damning report by the New York Times about the working conditions at factories that manufacture Apple products sparked a firestorm last week.
Working conditions are Foxconn, the factory where over 50 percent of the world’s electronics are manufactured, have been so brutal that employees have committed suicide in masses in 2011. The suicides were so common, the company placed nets around buildings to prevent people from jumping.
Activists have petitioned Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook to release the first ethical iPhone, by pressuring manufacturers to improve work conditions.
Rumors regarding Apple iPhone 5 launch are doing the rounds. Tech geeks have always been crazy to talk about a new iPhone upgrade. Apple unveiled its iPhone 4S in the second week of October last year. Since then, rumor mills have been active with fresh rumor breakups every now and then. Most Apple fans think that the company will completely overhaul the design of its iPhone with the upcoming iPhone 5. Here we are talking about five much-required improvements the iPhone 5 should have from its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. These five features will make iPhone 4S obsolete and iPhone 5 an even more powerful competitor to the top-tier Android smartphones.
Slim and metallic design
The iPhone 4S comes with virtually no hardware changes from its predecessor, the iPhone 4. It is actually a bit tedious to see a monotonous design for the world’s top smartphone. Why Apple is sticking up with the same design and form factor for its iPhone versions? Tech geeks are hopeful that the Cupertino firm will bring some drastic design changes on its upcoming iPhone 5. The new iPhone is expected to have a metallic design and slimmer body. Indeed, such a change will break the monotony and many more customers will come back from the Android side.
The entire iPhone series – that include 3, 3GS, 4 and 4S – sports the same 3.5-inch display. It is high time Apple should roll out a new iPhone with a bit larger display. Android smartphones come with a variety of screen sizes. We have too many 4-inch plus smartphones under the Android belt. As per grapevine, the new iPhone 5 will appear with a 4-inch or bigger edge-to-edge screen. A large display will further help iPhone deepen its roots into the smartphone market, which is already dominated by iPhone. Moreover, iPhone could ward off the stiff challenge from the Android side.
Apple iPhone performs pretty well on 3G network. Some iPhone users may claim that an iPhone with 3G performs almost like an Android phone with the much-touted 4G. However, Apple should bring out its next iPhone 5 with 4G connectivity. As of now, almost all major Android and Windows Phone handsets come with 4G. But the latest iPhone 4S still depends on 3G, though it provides quite faster internet. Both Verizon and ATT, major iPhone carriers in the U.S., avail better 4G service to the customers with the former having an upper hand.
Siri has been the most revolutionary feature the iPhone 4S has. The intelligent personal assistant app entirely changed the way we had been using iPhones in the past. As per some analysts, the iPhone 4S gained market only because it has Siri. Otherwise, the new iPhone, with no hardware changes from its predecessor, wouldn’t have made any movement out in stores. Siri helps users do many activities with voice commands. If you want to send a text to your friend while driving the car, you just need to request your phone to do so. However, Siri has a few shortcomings, which we can expect the new iPhone will resolve. Well, a revamped Siri app will make the iPhone 5 a groundbreaking product.
The iPhone 4S runs on a dual core processor with Apple’s A5 chipset. We can probably wait for the iPhone 5 with a quad core processor, the latest technology in computer processing. All leading Android product makers are about to roll out tablets and smartphones with the high speed processor. Moreover, Apple will upgrade its A5 chipset for the iPhone 5. In short, the new iPhone may have better processing speed than the current version.
Anyway, it is too early to speak about the specs and features of the forthcoming iPhone version. As per Apple’s annual iPhone upgrade release pattern, we have to wait at least until June this year for the new iPhone. But if Apple follows the schedule of last year, we will have to wait until late this year for a new iPhone. Even though, tech rumormongers are talking about the new iPhone. It is because Apple has made such a huge impact in the smartphone market with its iPhone series.
A new appeal is being made for workers who are involved in the manufacturing process of Apple products – most notably the iPhone and iPad. SumOfUs, the organization behind this petition, simply states, “The quality of working conditions matters as much as the quality of your products. Make the iPhone 5 and your other products ethically.”
Here is what the petition states,
Every day, tens of millions of people will swipe the screens of their iPhones to unlock them.
On the other side of the world, a young girl is also swiping those screens. In fact, every day, during her 12+ hour shifts, six days a week, she repetitively swipes tens of thousands of them. She spends those hours inhaling n-hexane, a potent neurotoxin used to clean iPhone glass, because it dries a few seconds faster than a safe alternative. After just a few years on the line, she will be fired because the neurological damage from the n-hexane and the repetitive stress injuries to her wrists and hands make her unable to continue performing up to standard.
Right now we have a huge opportunity as ethical consumers: The launch of the iPhone 5 later this year will be new Apple CEO Tim Cook’s first big product rollout, and he can’t afford for anything to go wrong — including negative publicity around how Apple’s suppliers treat their workers. That’s why we’re launching a campaign this week to get Apple to overhaul the way its suppliers treat their workers in time for the launch of the iPhone 5.
In many cases, people literally are dying while making Apple products. Reporters have documented cases of deadly explosions at iPad factories, and repeated instances of employees dying of exhaustion after working thirty to sixty hour shifts. In some of the factories Apple contracts with, so many employees have attempted suicide that management installed nets to prevent employees from dying while jumping off building ledges.
Can Apple do this? Absolutely. Apple is the richest company in the world, posting a profit margin for the last quarter of 42.4% yesterday. They’re sitting on $100 billion in the bank. According to an anonymous Apple executive quoted in the New York Times, all Apple has to do is demand it, and it’ll happen – “Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice.”
For those of you who would like to take a part and sign this petition, visit the source link below. Hopefully, something gets accomplished. Any thoughts?
We were all expecting an iPhone 5 at the end of last year, but Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, which did seem a bit like an epic fail to most people around the world. But the iPhone 5 is on it’s way, baking nicely in the oven.
The iPhone 5 release date is obviously still unknown, Apple being Apple will announce ‘one of the years most waited date’ just a few weeks before the release of the infamous smartphone. However, what is expected from the iPhone 5? Well, to be quiet frank, a lot is expected, especially after the surprise release of the iPhone 4S as mentioned earlier.
iPhone 5: The Release Date
Yes, we are hoping the awaited smartphone to be released sometime in the summer this year, although rumours claim it may be released sometime in October instead. But looking at the stats, if the iPhone 5 follows its name (if Apple doesn’t release the iPhone 4GS o something) it should be out by sometime between June and July this year.
iPhone 5: The Form Factor
We are hoping for a few changes obviously, like a bigger screen and maybe less sharp edges? Although the physical changes aren’t a biggie, we can be assured that the iPhone won’t go back to it’s previous shape, iPhone 3G.
iPhone 5: Specs and 4G/LTE support
The iPhone 5 will have the specs that should be able to beat the Samsung Galaxy S II with a more processors as well as increased amount of RAM. Rumours say that the iPhone 5 will support 4G support, both in the US as well as the UK.
What are you looking for in the iPhone 5? Do you think it will fail you? Drop your comments.
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