Here we are about a couple of months out from the supposed iPad 3 release date and thinking a quadcore processor is almost a sure thing. The Verge is reporting that the next gen iPad may not come with it after all:
“What is surprising, however, is that our sources say that the A6 will not be a quad-core chip, but will remain dual-core. We’ve previously heard that the device would have a quad-core CPU as well as an LTE cell radio on-board, but at least part of that story wasn’t accurate.”
Even though the processor won’t be a quadcore, the GPU will be improved thus finally allowing that long rumored retina display to happen. This processor per 9to5mac is codenamed S5L8945X. Since we’re getting so close to the product announcement, rumors will start heating up. Hold on tight!
Apple’s mythical iPhone 5 is rumored to be revealed this June. ZDNet Asia finds out from users and market watchers what they would like in the device.
Last week, reports surfaced that the next iteration of the Apple smartphone could be announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The latest edition, the iPhone 4S, which was launched last October was an improvement to the line of devices but none of the features would “blow users away”, said an analyst in a past ZDNet Asia report.
For the next edition of the iPhone, there are hopes that users will be allowed more control of the device. “Apple should give consumers opportunities to use their phone more,” said Jayesh Easwaramony, vice president of ICT Practice for Asia Pacific, Frost Sullivan.
This means improvements to battery life and a bigger screen display so consumers can play more games and videos, he said in his e-mail.
Concurring, Pallavi Patel, business development manager at Faqden Labs, who currently owns an iPhone 4 said she would like to see extended battery life, sleeker design and a shatterproof screen in the next Apple smartphone. “These three things can make it the best!” she said.
Besides hardware improvements, Easwaramony said Apple needs to boost its software to accommodate a wider variety of apps. “Especially since a lot of consumers want to use their iPhone for enterprise-heavy apps and some emerging market consumers want apps that download faster,” he said.
More enterprise control
One IT manager hopes to see more enterprise management tools in iPhone 5. Ray Payne, director of information technology at Bento Sushi, said he wants “at the very least the ability to remotely control an iPhone to offer some degree of centralized remote support”.
“I have many users that ask for an iPhone over a Blackberry. Without being able to centrally manage them it just isn’t going to happen,” said Payne. He added that remote management tools only work on a jailbroken iPhone as Apple currently restricts the functionality.
However, he believes there might be a chance that Apple will include the enterprise-friendly feature in the next phone. He pointed to how the Wi-Fi hotspot feature was included in iOS 4.3 when previously Apple had blocked the tethering function.
Even users want finer control in iOS. Debra Chan, a public relations executive, said she would like to be able to better customize the setting of an event’s frequency in the Calendar application, instead of the current “Never, Everyday, Week, 2 Weeks, Month and Year”.
Anti-Apple user remains unconvinced
However, even if there are improvements in iPhone 5, some remain adamant about resisting the brand. Bill Wright, senior recruiter at SourceRight Solutions, said: “There is nothing that can be put on an iPhone that would ever entice me to buy one.”
“Truth be told, I am just not an Apple fanboy. Never really was and I doubt I ever will be,” he said.
The executive, who owns Google Android devices such as a Motorola Droid 1 and an Amazon Kindle Fire, said he would instead buy devices running on the latest Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, when prices comes down.
Sprint Nextel, the nation’s No. 3 cellphone carrier, on Wednesday reported a net loss in the fourth quarter of $1.3 billion, or 43 cents a share, in contrast to a net loss of $929 million in the same quarter a year ago. The company said revenue climbed 5 percent to $8.7 billion.
Excluding charges, the loss was 35 cents a share. Wall Street analysts had expected a loss of 38 cents a share. Sprint’s earnings illustrate the impact of Apple’s iPhone. The October-to-December period was the first quarter that the company offered Apple’s smartphone, which has been a best seller for its rivals, ATT and Verizon. The company said it sold 1.8 million iPhones.
But the iPhone had a negative impact on the company’s balance sheet because of the costs of equipment and subsidies for the handset, the company said.
Apple said it sold 37 million iPhones during the quarter, of which ATT sold 7.6 million units and Verizon sold 4.2 million. That means 37 percent of iPhones sales were in the United States.
The iPhone is crucial ammunition for Sprint in its battle for new subscribers. While smartphone sales are soaring, the number of new customers signing up for phone contracts has been shrinking because so many people already have cellphones. Sprint’s strategy to attract subscribers is its unlimited data plan, which ATT and Verizon no longer offer.
It appears to be working. Sprint said it added 1.6 million net subscribers in the October-to-December period, its best quarterly gain in six years and up from the previous quarter, when it added 1.3 million subscribers. Forty percent of its iPhone sales were to new customers. Over all, Sprint has 55 million subscribers.
“Our once-battered brand is strengthening and gaining momentum,” Dan Hesse, Sprint’s chief executive, said in a conference call.
However, Sprint has said that it expected the iPhone to initially depress its earnings because of the high costs of subsidizing each handset, which lowers the retail price of the phone for customers signing a two-year contract.
The company’s chief financial officer, Joseph J. Euteneuer, previously said that each iPhone would cost the company about $200 more than other smartphones. The company said it does not expect the phone to turn a profit until 2014.
Sprint has suffered after a $70 billion merger with Nextel Communications, a smaller carrier, in 2005. Among several issues, the companies struggled to combine their cultures and network technologies.
Although Sprint’s customer base is now growing, Rick Franklin, an analyst with Edward Jones, said the results weren’t as rosy as they seemed.
He noted that 60 percent of Sprint subscribers are postpaid — those who have passed credit checks and committed to contracts — while the rest are prepaid customers, who pay as they go. By contrast, postpaid subscribers, which are considered more valuable, account for 80 percent of Verizon’s subscribers, he said.
“It is going to take Sprint a long time to regain its profitability,” Mr. Franklin said. “The bulk of their growth continues to be in low-value, prepaid customers that generate very little revenue per month and probably lower margins.”
Sprint is also making a bet on faster networks to bring in new customers. The company said it would increase capital spending this year to about $6 billion to build networks comparable with those of ATT and Verizon. Sprint has been investing in an initiative called Network Vision, which it has said would consolidate network technologies and reduce overall costs of operation.
Chetan Sharma, an independent mobile analyst, was optimistic. He said that Sprint’s deployment of so-called fourth-generation LTE networks was faster than Verizon’s, with 12,000 cell sites expected by the end of the year. That, combined with the introduction of the iPhone, could turn things around for Sprint, he said.
] may be edging toward $500, and that kind of round number is usually a psychological level of resistance, but the Fast Money traders say whatever you do – don’t play Apple short.
“I still look at this company and say to myself, it’s still extremely cheap,” says Pete Najarian. “Why people are shooting against this – I have no idea.”
“To sell or be short is suicidal,” adds trader Josh Brown. “This stock has never given you a reason to bet against it.”
In fact, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley sees 3 reasons to bet with Apple. They are iPhone5, iTV and iPad3. And the demand for these gadgets, he believes, should drive the stock more than $150 higher to $665.
This new gadget could be a powerful catalyst very, very soon. Walkley tells us he expects the iPad3 to premiere the first week of March.
“There’s a major trade show in Barcelona at the end of Feb,” he explains. A lot of Apple competitors will announce rival products and we think Apple will want to steal thunder back for the iPad 3. So my firm thinks it comes during the first week in March.
iPhone 5 The anticipation of this new gadget is so intense Walkley tells us competitors are timing their smartphone launches strategically, so they don’t have to compete. “They’re delaying launches on the belief that the iPhone comes out in summer 2012,” he says
Walkley thinks the newest iteration of Apple TV could drive a whole new leg of growth for the company. The popular belief is that iTV will integrate Siri – voice recognition software – as well as all the other Apple gadgets, making it the piece de resistance of the Apple universe.
“With all the growth and momentum and all the market share they can win, we think shares remain undervalued. Apple is our top pick,” says Walkley.
Trader Jon Najarian agrees entirely. However with the stock trading near $500 he also knows a bullish bet requires a lot of capital. Therefore he suggest playing Apple with options. “I’d play it with upside calls,” he says.
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With certainty, many people are already saying that iPhone 5 will indeed come with support for LTE. This is backed by the many rumors about LTE coming from different places as well as from Apple insiders themselves. Reports say that Apple is expecting to ship over 30 million units of iPhone 5 that are LTE enabled within 2012 only.
The figure on the anticipated iPhone 5 shipment is huge especially when the fact that it will be launched at the latter parts of 2012 is considered. With that number, Apple will manufacture almost 5% of all the handsets worldwide. The best part is, all of those handsets will be ready for LTE.
The number of iPhone 5 that Apple plans to create is a major share in the smartphone and mobile device market all over the world. Surely, Apple will not stop at this and will in fact continue to do everything to keep up its dominance in the world market. The key to this is LTE and it will surely stay for as long as Apple truly adopts it.
The main reason as to why Apple was not able to include LTE in its earlier devices because the feature needs some great battery power. Since a high powered battery usually comes in big sizes, Apple does not find it fitting to include it in its slender phone. However, to be able to ensure that LTE will be a part of iPhone 5, Apple will reshape the size of its battery in such a way that it will be able to provide high power without compromising the slim frame of the device.
Speculations have already been made in the past that Apple is actually looking on its alternatives for better battery technology on its soon to be released iPhone 5 and iPad 3.
LTE phones by Android have already been available for quite a while now. Nokia and HTC also offer Windows LTE handsets. Even if the feature is not yet in majority of the phones, the demand may change if Apple puts it in the iPhone 5. Thus, now may be the best time for Apple to join the 4G arena with a device that is LTE ready.
With the rumor mill hinting that the iPhone 5 may launch as early as this summer, we’re beginning to see more purported details regarding the next-generation iPhone surface on the Web. The most common information suggests an upgraded camera (12-megapixel Sony sensor), a higher capacity battery, larger display (4-inches), 4G LTE antennas and lastly, NFC.
Top iPhone 5 concepts that may be on the right track
However at the same time we’re seeing many more iPhone 5 concepts pop up. While some may be out there and not likely to be the iPhone 5 (or 6,7 and 8 for that matter), others show us something more tangible. Here are the top three iPhone 5 concepts we’ve seen to date that may or may not have some resemblance to the upcoming iPhone 5.
Full-screen iPhone 5 - Antonello Falcone has designed this beautiful iPhone 5 concept with no bezel that ultimately allows for a larger display but still maintaining the overall dimensions of the iPhone 4S.
iPhone Air - Based on the MacBook Air, its cheese-wedge design will allow for the iPhone 5 to possibly house the thick 4G LTE antenna while still maintaining a thin profile.
iPhone 5 nano - Ever since the iPhone 4 launched, we saw the hype that was built when Apple announced they were releasing a white variant. So it comes as no surprise if Apple follows its iPod nano strategy and decide to release it in a host of new colors.
Do you think any of the features from these three iPhone 5 concepts will make it into the production model? Sound off in the comments below!
InRumor offers you a recap of the iPhone 5 rumors that have circulated this year, as far as design specs are concerned. In early January, Charles Moore at The iPhone 5 News Blog speculated that the iPhone 5 might be powered by an A6 CPU. Citing a post at DigiTimes, Moore wrote that the next iPad models could be the first to use Apple’s quad-core A6 processor. At present, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S feature the dual-core A5. A small U.S. company has created a method of using a “nano” coating of the inside and outside of the iPhone that will protect it if you are clumsy by nature or your job requires you to be near water. This new tech is called Liquipel. The company, based in Santa Ana, California posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.
InRumor offers you a recap of the iPhone 5 rumors that have circulated this year, as far as design specs are concerned.
In early January, Charles Moore at The iPhone 5 News Blog speculated that the iPhone 5 might be powered by an A6 CPU.
Citing a post at DigiTimes, Moore wrote that the next iPad models could be the first to use Apple’s quad-core A6 processor. At present, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S feature the dual-core A5.
A small U.S. company has created a method of using a “nano” coating of the inside and outside of the iPhone that will protect it if you are clumsy by nature or your job requires you to be near water. This new tech is called Liquipel.
The company, based in Santa Ana, California posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.
In anticipation of the future iPhone 5, analysts predicted a future partnership between Apple and Corning, with the presentation of Gorilla Glass 2 at the CES.
“The thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity,” a press release from Corning stated.
The new Gorilla Glass is up to 20% thinner than the original but it still offers the same strength.
In mid-january, tech sites went abuzz after an iPhone 5 concept-video by designer Kris Groen was posted on the web. The clip showed a device with a 4-inch display in which the home button has been replaced by two separate home bumpers on the side.
The idea behind the concept is that with the future iPhone the user can simply squeeze the size of the phone on the left or right side of the device to use the home button. By squeezing the buttons there a number of functions that the smartphone can perform, with no need to touch the screen.
The technology developed by HZO is able to make watertight any electronic component by applying a protective film at the nanometer scale on them during the assembly of a device
“HzO uses a unique coating processes to shield almost anything from water and corrosion damage,” the company said.
“Unlike other water damage solutions, with HzO technology a device is not sealed, water is able to enter. Instead, the electronic components inside the device are coated to provide protection, leaving the device unencumbered and always guarded against unexpected accidents.”
Carlo Raphael Diokno at popherald.com speculated that the next-generation iDevices will have to integrate a heavier battery if they are to feature LTE technology.
Diokno assumed that Apple will need to insert a heavier battery if it plans on introducing Long-Term Evolution to its gadgets in 2012.
The analyst also concluded that if the Cupertino company decides to add either the 4G/3G toggle or 4G, there is a high possibility that the next-gen iPhone and iPad will be thicker due to antenna and the battery.
In a note to his clients, Susquehanna Financial analyst Chris Caso wrote that the iPhone 5 will enter production this year in June, ahead of its fall release, and that it will come with a larger 4 inch screen.
The analyst also predicted that the Cupertino tech giant will shift around 36 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012.
Sony’s “next-generation” back-illuminated CMOS image sensor layers the pixel section the formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips that have the circuit section for signal processing.
Two new eight and 13-megapixel sensors equipped with a “unique RGBW Coding” function that allow a higher image and noise quality have been released by Sony. In addition, they feature HDR (high dynamic range) imaging skills, which ensure more dramatic lighting in videos.
This new design seems perfect for thin devices that need to work properly both in and outdoors, and the iPhone is a perfect example in this sense.
(CBS) – Activists plan to deliver two petitions to Apple stores demanding ethical work conditions for laborers assembling the upcoming iPhone 5.
According to CNET, the watchdog group SumOfUs will deliver their own petition, as well as one created by Change.org, to Apple stores worldwide. Cities to receive petitions include New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore.
Over 250,000 combined signatures have been collected to pressure Apple into releasing the first ethical iPhone.
The petitions were created in response to an expose by the New York Times and an episode of This American Life – both painted a dark picture of suffering factory workers in China. Days after the Times article was published, Cook sent an email to employees stating the company cares about all workers.
“We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain,” Cook said in the email. “Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us.”
The opposition points out that if Apple put enough pressure on the manufacturers, factories would have no choice but to improve work conditions. A former Apple executive told the Times anonymously, “Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice.”
Foxconn manufactures over 50 percent of the world’s electronic devices for companies like Microsoft, Samsung and Apple. Conditions are so bad that a spike of suicides plagued the company in 2011. Because suicides are so common, the company placed nets around buildings to prevent people from jumping.
“Can Apple do this? Absolutely.” SumOfUs said in their petition. “Apple is the richest company in the world.”