February 4, 2012 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
The iPhone 5 will see its release date in June, according to too many sources to count at this point. And while that’s good news for those who have been hoping the new iPhone would arrive sooner than later, it brings a whole new round of upgrade eligibility issues for Verizon and ATT customers who are already in the iPhone family. ATT’s policies allow iPhone users to become eligible for upgrade pricing either twelve or eighteen months after their last iPhone purchase, depending on a complicated formula which includes factors such as the size of your monthly bill and the last time you made a late payment. The iPhone 4S arrived late last year, meaning that by June of 2012 it’ll only have been on the market for eight to nine months. For the first time ever, literally no one in the United States who bought the current iPhone will be able to buy the iPhone 5 on its release date for advertised pricing. The story doesn’t get any better for Verizon customers…
The Verizon iPhone 4 launched in the spring of 2011, eight months after its ATT iPhone 4 counterpart. Verizon’s standard upgrade eligibility policy is at twenty months, meaning that no one who bought the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S from Verizon will be able to buy the iPhone 5 at standard pricing when it launches either. So just who will be buying the iPhone 5 on its release date? That group will consist of ATT iPhone 4 users who bought early enough to be upgrade eligible by this summer, iPhone 3GS users who arguably should have upgraded awhile ago, and those BlackBerry and Android users who’ve decided to make the switch but have been waiting for the iPhone 5 to land before making the jump. Those who bought an iPhone 4S at launch, or who bought the iPhone 4 late enough in the game that they won’t be eligible either, will be facing a financial fiasco when it comes to the iPhone 5…
The simplest move is to simply stick with what they have. Apple typically releases its new iPhone system software for free to users of the previous two generations, and if history holds up, most of the new software features will work on the iPhone 4S while some of them will be enabled on the slower iPhone 4. So those users who aren’t upgrade eligible will at least be able to partake in some of Apple’s new circa-2012 iPhone features. Another move is to wait until upgrade eligibility arrives and then pounce on the iPhone 5. It won’t be on launch day, but it’ll happen at some point during the iPhone 5 era for all existing iPhone users. The aggressive play is to buy the iPhone 5 on its release date and pay the $200-$250 overage fee, but then sell your existing iPhone in an online auction where it’ll fetch way more than its sticker price and more than cover the overage fee (for instance, an iPhone 4 still sells for more than $300 on eBay). Finally, there’s the play in which you call up ATT or Verizon and threaten to switch to the other unless they move up your eligibility date to match the release date of the iPhone 5. We’ve seen it work, so long as you’re not more than a few months away from being upgrade eligible to begin with. Here’s more on the iPhone 5.
Apple first revolutionized mobile display technology with the high definition ‘Retina’ panel revealed alongside the iPhone 4. Two years later, it appears as though Apple is looking to set the standard again.
The next generation iPhone handset will feature a ‘SuperRetina’ display, according to Movement. The Japanese tech blog says the display panel will offer more than 500 pixels per inch. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S displays feature a 960×640 resolution at just 326 pixels per inch.
A mobile display that offers such clarity is unheard of. While some ‘Super AMOLED HD’ displays from Samsung have been able to go toe-to-toe with the modern day ‘Retina’ display, matching 500 (or more) ppi is doubtful.
Last week it was revealed that the sixth generation iPhone display may feature a display larger than 4 inches. An enlarged panel and higher pixel density would put Apple light years ahead of its competitors.
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Looking to bring an end to the watery based deaths of high-end handsets, new reports have suggested that both the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 and the long mooted Apple iPhone 5 will land boasting Liquipel moisture repelling technology.
Showcased at CES 2012, Liquipel is currently a post-production treatment that can be given to handsets ensuring that when caught in heavy rain or taking an unwanted trip into a puddle or toilet bowl devices remain unscathed and no longer the victim of a watery based demise.
Tipped to add further unique selling points to the next-generation of market dominating smartphones, new reports have suggested that like the waterproofing nano tech currently used on the recently revised Motorola RAZR, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5 will combat costly insurance claims with their own water repellent coating.
One of the more understated yet practical features tipped for potential inclusion on Apple’s next-gen smartphone powerhouse, Liquipel waterproofing is tipped to land alongside a completely redesigned form factor with improved camera optics and a potential ARM A6 quad-core processor also on the eagerly awaited handset’s hit list.
Would a waterproof nano technology coating further tempt you into splashing out on the next breed of high-end smartphones? Let us know via the comments box below.
While it’s hard for some gamers to believe there are people considering buying a PS Vita or a new phone like the iPhone 5, which wouldn’t even be an option a few years ago although neither would the type of graphics and gameplay seen in the Vita for handheld gaming.
Let’s get the obvious points out the way first and most notably is the PlayStation Vita can be considered a true gaming device, and phones are not dedicated for portable gaming. The iPhone 5 (a common name used while it’s in fact the 6th generation iPhone) is expected this year partnered with games reaching new levels via iOS apps, and high spec hardware.
Then we have price – the PS Vita is around half the cost of an iPhone 4S in the UK and the iPhone 5 is expected to be around the same price. You get many extras inside an iPhone and the 6th generation device is expected to include a lot more than the minor 4S upgrade, although the same can be said for the PS Vita and enhancements for gaming that are not seen on an iPhone or other high-end phones.
Some people just don’t get it – as we said above there are people seriously considering an iPhone 5 or PS Vita this year, and this is made possible thanks to the vast amount of games found on the App Store and in some cases users have already collected a massive amount of iOS games, which makes the choice between buying a PS Vita or iPhone 5 even easier. When budgets are tight some casual gamers see an iPhone 5 with improved graphics as a better option, and the device can also be their phone, GPS, web browser and help with many other tasks.
Cheaper PS Vita games would be good – The best apps found on the App Store are good value for money, although Sony has recently confirmed PS Vita games will be cheaper on PSN than in games stores. Competition is good for the consumer and if an increasing number of portable gamers choose phones over handhelds in 2012 this could lead to cheaper PS Vita games, especially if Sony sees Android phones and iPhone’s eating into portable gaming market share.
Sony’s PS Vita enters a different market to when the PSP launched – The handheld gaming market has changed a lot since the first PSP released and while the Vita has some amazing specs, would it really be enough to convince mobile gamers that own an iPhone 5 (or other high-end phone) to buy a PS Vita as well?
When the iPhone 5 release date is confirmed we expect to see full reviews and comparisons, although you can already see detailed comparisons of the PS Vita and iPhone 4S. One of the best can be seen in this article, so have a read and let us know what you think? Some of the latest Apple iPhone 5 rumors point to major GPU increases, which you can read about in an earlier article.
Would you rather own an iPhone 5 with gaming expected to reach raw Xbox 360 power, or a PS Vita and lower budget phone? Maybe you have the money for both although in the current economy this is not the case for millions of people. It’s still early to think about the iPhone 5 specs but you can expect the device to be a major improvement on the 4S, which some people skipped and considered it a minor upgrade.
Another interesting article can be found here that looks at the opinions of certain analysts, and considers the PS Vita, iPhone 5 and Nintendo 3DS. You might also want to read a more biased article that thinks the PS Vita is a little late, although we’d love to hear your thoughts on that. Do you think the PS Vita is too late and should have been launched a year ago?
Do you think the iPhone 5 and future iOS platform can complete with handheld devices like the PS Vita?
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February 05, 2012, 7:48 AM — Apple is planning to unveil the sixth-generation iPhone at the WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) scheduled for June, a report has claimed.
According to the Chinese language Commercial Times, and picked up by Digitimes, the iPhone 5 will use glass to glass touch panel technology like its predecessors, which are produced by touch panel suppliers TPK Holding and Wintek.
The news agency picked up the information from Daiwa Securities, an Asian financial services firm, though few other details are provided.
If the report is correct, it means Apple is returning to its usual schedule for iPhone releases, as the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3G were all announced at WWDC events, though the iPhone 4S was announced in October last year, a few months after most had expected.
Article source: http://www.itworld.com/247080/iphone-5-be-revealed-wwdc-june