Sometime over the next six months we are due to see the new iPhone 5 from Apple released. This new handset is set to boast a wealth of new features which are yet to be confirmed. One thing that we can be sure of is that when this model is finally launched it will include some of the very latest technology. We take a look at some functionality that we would like to see included on this model when it is finally released, especially in the connectivity and software departments.
We would like to see the new iPhone 5 offer connectivity options that enable the device to connect to the new 4G LTE networks that are being established. This type of network is the fastest method of mobile data transfer and offers speeds that are up to ten times faster than the 3G connection that is used on the iPhone 4S. This means that consumers will be able to enjoy very fast web browsing when they are in an area covered by this type of signal. WiFi web browsing has always been superb on iPhone devices but 3G can sometimes offer an inconsistent service so we would love to see 4G LTE incorporated for this reason. The new iPad3 has been launched featuring this functionality while a number of new mobile phones have been launched that also support this network including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. With the new iPhone likely to incorporate a quad core processor the handset is already shaping up to be one of the fastest phones ever released and the inclusion of 4G connectivity will further enhance the operation speeds that users can expect from the device.
When the iPhone 4S was launched in 2011 it offered a brand new operating system that featured a number of new features but we still feel that Apple could offer us some more software improvements on the iPhone 5. The main competitors to the iPhone are Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2. Devices like this use the excellent Google Maps navigation software which is vastly superior to the navigation tools offered by the iOS platform. We would love to see improved map services featured on this new device when it is finally released. The new notifications system that was introduced on iOS 5 is a great system but managing which application you want to receive notifications from is a very complex task. If these notifications were easier to manage we feel that the phone would feel much more user friendly. The settings for both the WiFi and Bluetooth options are also very difficult to access and a shortcut for activating simple settings such as these would be well advised.
We are sure that when the iPhone 5 is finally released it will offer many improvements over the excellent iPhone 4S. We hope that some of the software improvements that we have mentioned are featured on this new handset and that 4G connectivity is included as it will make this new devices one of the leading handsets available. We are expecting to see the new iPhone 5 launched very soon.The iPhone 5 is coming soon and the Samsung Galaxy S2 is available now.
The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus is set to be the first 4G LTE smartphone on Sprint, which is somewhat surprising as we’ve always seen HTC go for such ‘firsts’. They were the first to unveil a 4G WiMAX phone on Sprint (HTC Evo 4G) and also the first to unveil a 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon Wireless (HTC Thunderbolt). So why did they drop the ball this time around?
HTC Jet to sneak in ahead of iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 with LTE this summer?
With rumors suggesting that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus will likely land on April 15th, just as Sprint’s LTE network is expanding, it may be too fast for HTC to fire out an LTE capable device, especially given that they promised to release fewer smartphones in 2012 and only focus on ‘hero’ devices. And that is what the HTC Jet may just be.
According to the folks over at S4GRU who managed to get their hands on an internal Sprint document, the HTC Jet with 4G LTE will land on Sprint in early June. This may very well put it ahead of the other only two rumored Sprint LTE devices, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. The iPhone 5 is now expected to launch any sooner than late mid-summer after WWDC, while the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will likely be months away from the international version’s launch (could go into the fall)
So what does the HTC Jet have to offer other than LTE? The source suggests that it will be similar to the HTC One X: 1.5 GHz dual core “Krait” (28 nm) CPU, 1GB RAM, CDMA1X, EV-DO Rev 0/A/B, LTE (UE category 3), LTE band class 25 (PCS A-G blocks), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 4.7-inch S-LCD 1280×720 screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and a solid polycarbonate body.
Will HTC’s ‘hero’ phone have what it takes to go up against the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5? Sound off in the comments below.
Samsung Galaxy S3 release date seems to be nearing. Though no definite date has been announced by Korean technology behemoth, nonetheless there are indications that it may be introduced as early as June or July. So the enthusiasm is certainly very high.
Many people are already talking about the clash of two great smartphones Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5. Both the smart phones are expected to come with major improvements including certain changes in their design and even form factor. Though no one is sure about the size of the next Samsung Galaxy S variant, people are sure that Apple is going to come with a bigger size for the forthcoming Apple smart phone.
The two are best in their respective fields. Samsung’s existing Galaxy S2 is the best Android smart phone launched so far in the market and iPhone 4S, is the best phone launched by Apple till date.
Android fans are very excited about the forthcoming Galaxy S variant as they believe that it is going to put Android smart phone to an all new level. Meanwhile there are credible reports that their wait is going to end as soon as June as Galaxy S3 is already under production and will be ready for shipping late June.
There are indications that the forthcoming smartphone from Apple is going to have the thinnest body among smartphones, with a body measuring 7mm. it is also expected to come with quad-core processor, AMOLED screen and support LTE technology. Reports doing the rounds suggest that a retailer named Kimstore is accepting pre-orders for the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3. Kimstore came out with a poster up advertising the Galaxy i9300. For those confused here, Galaxy i9300 is the other name of S3.
Samsung is expected to improve the forthcoming Galaxy S phone to a substantial level. The company seems to be trying its best to take control of the smartphone market from Apple iPhone, which launched an upgrade iPhone 4S late last year. So it is high time for the Korean technology maker to roll out its next version Galaxy S phone as early as possible.
Many respected tech blogs have shed more and more light on what the forthcoming Galaxy S phone from Samsung is going to be. A report by Frandroid suggests the new phone will feature a 4.6-inch 720p Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.8GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera.
Another much publicized report in ETnews, suggests that it will come out with AMOLED display while reporting that Samsung has been focusing on shrinking the size of the components used in its devices — allowing it to bring the S III in at a thickness of just 7mm (0.28 inches). Another report suggests that the new Galaxy S is expected to feature a large 4.65-inch 1024p HD Super AMOLED Plus display with a SXGA resolution of 1280 x 1024. Meanwhile reports suggest that we can expect eye-blazing performance from Galaxy S3 thanks to an ARM Cortex A9 2.0 GHz processor.
The forthcoming Galaxy S3 smart phone is going to increase the bar to an all new level when it comes to camera in smartphones. Different sources suggest that Samsung will come with either a 12-megapixel or 16-megapixel rear camera on Galaxy S3. The current version of Galaxy S has an 8-megapixel rear camera.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming soon to U.S. Samsung Galaxy S2 owners, but will that be enough for it hold off the Apple iPhone 5? The Galaxy S2 is one of the most popular smartphones in the world, but a software update to Android 4.0 won’t be enough to slow down Apple. Apple is busy deciding what to do with their $100 billion of cash on hand, so it is not likely to be concerned with what the Galaxy S2 is up to.
It’s a great phone, and the update will add things like a new lock screen and new multitasking menu, but it won’t look anything like the Android 4.0 many might be waiting for. Instead, Samsung has opted for a software look that is more similiar to its own TouchWiz system. Motorula, Sony, HTC and Samsung all add their own software on top of the Android system on their phones. While the phones are all different, those companies don’t want the software to be the same on them, so they add their own, often relying on looks more than functionality.
They all have their fans and detractors, but Samsung’s TouchWiz largely rules on the Samsung Galaxy S2. In fact, almost none of the ICS visual stylings show up on the device, as that might be a jarring change for the 20 million people who’ve bought one over the last year. Begin the slideshow to see how Samsung matches up to some rumored features on the next iPhone.
Unseasonably warm weather, as so often happens, triggered rumor precipitation in the iOSsphere.
This week, the thin-screened iPhone, new guesses about The Date, confirming LTE based on something Verizon didn’t say, the beauty of ultrasonic bonding, and the beer can phone.
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“The latest Apple iPhone is expected to come with a back plate made of the same material used in beer cans, and a rubberized bezel or edge.” – Sangeeta Mukherjee, International Business Times, winner of this week’s Infelicitous Rumor Phrasing Award.
iPhone 5 will be thinner due to touch-screen technology
Business Insider has a post that is essentially an excerpt from a Wall Street analyst’s “report.”
The analyst, Peter Misek, with securities firm Jefferies Co., says Apple is working with Toshiba on an advanced display technology for the iPhone. According to BI, “The new screen technology is said to be more responsive, and will allow Apple to make a thinner phone.”
Misek’s actual quote is: “We believe Apple is partnering with Toshiba Mobile Display on inCell [though its "in-cell" in Toshiba documents] technology for potential inclusion in the iPhone 5 or beyond.” “We believe” is a lot less definite than “I know.”
Toshiba unveiled its in-cell advances in May 2011, at the annual symposium of the Society for Information Display.
We don’t pretend to be an expert but Misek seems to summarize the implications accurately: “It would remove the need for touch assemblies, allow them to reduce the thickness of iPhones considerably, and would enable unbelievably smooth and sensitive touch experiences for Apple devices.” Or, clearly, for any other device vendor that wanted to adopt the technology.
The actual development is being done by Toshiba America Electronic Components, based in Los Angeles. The in-cell touch technology is enabled by Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS). Without going into numbing detail, here’s a summary of the two main results, by Toshiba Mobile Display:
“[First] In the polycrystalline substance, the electrons can move at a significantly higher speed (about 100 times) than possible in the a-Si (non-crystalline Si) substance, thus the volume of information handled by the silicon on the glass of a LTPS LCD would be increased to a greater extent. In addition, the driver IC chips, which conventionally have been externally connected to the a-Si glass substrate, can be directly mounted onto the glass substrate, thereby allowing downsizing of the TFT section.”
Essentially, LTPS can eliminate some of the component layers needed in conventional displays by integrating the drive circuit directly into the glass. The result, according to Toshiba, is very clear crisp images, greater resistance to vibration and impact, reduced components, reduced thickness and weight, more efficient light utilization and resulting lower power consumption.
Toshiba isn’t the only display vendor working on this. Arch rivals Sony and Sharp are also, and Synaptics announced on Feb. 29 what it claims are the first volume shipments of an in-cell OEM product, its ClearPad 3250, “a single-chip touch controller for display integrated In-Cell capacitive touchscreens … [that] eliminates the discrete touch sensor by integrating touch in the display, enabling OEMs to develop thinner smartphones.”
Whether any of these are available in time and in volume enough for Apple’s iPhone 5 production run remains to be seen.
iPhone 5 release date is July-September quarter
Or else the fall of this year. Sometime in there, for sure.
That’s the rumor, more technically known as an “investment note,” from a trio of analysts at investment banking firm Piper Jaffray, posted by Mark Long at Sci-Tech Today.
The analysts, Gene Munster, Andrew Murphy and Douglas Clinton, “have pushed back their expected iPhone 5 release date from mid-2012 to this year’s September-ending quarter,” according to Long.
Basically, the three guys admit they don’t really have a clue. “We’re uncertain whether they will try to retain the annual summer launches or have switched to an annual fall release, but some of our insight into the supply chain suggests fall,” Murphy said in an email Thursday. “Also, if they don’t have an iOS software Relevant Products/Services event in the Spring — and wait until WWDC to intro iOS 6 — then that sort of confirms that they’re doing a fall launch.”
And it certainly does. Sort of.
“Looking beyond 2012-2013, Piper Jaffray believes that the coming iPhone 5 will help Apple outperform the firm’s prior expectation of 162 million iPhone unit shipments in 2014.” That’s something of an understatement. The PJs now think Apple will sell 285 million iPhones in 2014, but that will include more than whatever-the-latest-model will in that year: It will include lower-priced earlier models that Apple is increasingly pushing into prepaid markets overseas. The unit growth will be “driven by continued strength in developed markets and share gains in geographies with more prepaid users buying a $200 iPhone,” according to the PJs.
Either they didn’t specify the breakdown between latest-model sales and older-model sales in their projections or Long didn’t report on them. But if the PJs are right, it may mean that Apple is the only company that can use older, repriced products to help power a high-growth product strategy.
iPhone 5 will have LTE
A Verizon press release is being widely interpreted as a “major hint” that the Next iPhone will support LTE.
The original foundation appears to be a brief, sketchy story on March 13 in The Wall Street Journal, by Greg Bensinger. The story essentially riffs on a Verizon press release about the carrier’s plans to expand its U.S. LTE network to new markets throughout 2012.
Importantly, Bensinger notes (but without attribution) that “Verizon Wireless has pumped billions into building out and promoting the high-speed data network known as 4G LTE, but the carrier has drawn just 5% [emphasis added] of its customers to the faster network, as it has struggled to convince customers to upgrade from their 3G devices, most notably Apple Inc.’s popular iPhone.” Of course, iPhone users cannot now upgrade to an LTE iPhone because none exists.
Then Bensinger claims, “The carrier said that for the rest of 2012, it would only unveil smartphones capable of running on its 4G LTE network. The statement [journo-speak for 'press release'] suggests any new iPhone this year will be 4G LTE-capable.”
But assuming that Bensinger is referring to this online Verizon press release (which, confusingly, was issued the day after Bensinger’s story is dated), the release in fact does not say or even imply any such thing.
The closest thing one gets to a potentially and profoundly minor hint is in a quote attributed to the carrier’s CTO David Small: “Our commitment to expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network is enabling more customers across the country to enjoy the benefits of the most popular wireless devices.” The iPhone certainly qualifies as one of the “most popular devices.”
But that, and the fact that the “news” contained in the press release was reported by the Journal, is enough for the iOSsphere. Small’s committee-written quotes are a “major hint” that the next iPhone will have LTE, insists Steven Kovach, writing for Business Insider. Adam Mills, at GottaBeMobile, says, “Verizon pretty much confirmed what we think we know.”
“From now on, all of Verizon’s new smartphones will be able to connect to the carrier’s 4G LTE network, the company’s chief technical officer said in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires,” Kovach declares, based on Bensinger’s story based on the Verizon press release which didn’t actually say that.
“Assuming Apple plays along with Verizon’s plan, that means the next iPhone will likely have 4G LTE, just like the new iPad,” Kovach asserts.
That seems to Rollup like a pretty major assumption. Even assuming that Verizon said what Bensinger, Kovach and others think it said, the iPhone is such a hugely popular phone that it creates its own exceptions. Even if Verizon did decide to offer only LTE phones from now on, the chances of it not offering the next iPhone, even if it lacks LTE, seem remote: Verizon needs Apple more than Apple needs Verizon. (OK, OK, we jumped on this story too: See “Verizon Wireless: 4G LTE or bust in 2012.”)
iPhone 5 will have better ultra-sonic bonding
Who could resist a rumor about “ultra-sonic bonding”?
Certainly not “Nicole,” at InRumor.com, where she breathlessly reports, “A new patent application from Apple published in the US Patent Trademark Office today revealed that the company is considering new ways to permanently bond plastic and metal parts for its products.”
“New patent application” actually means “new patent application first reported on by Patently Apple,” where they pore over this stuff seemingly day and night. Nicole, doubtless through an oversight, didn’t link to the other website, but we boldly go where InRumor doesn’t.
Patently Apple found the March 15 publication by the U.S. Patent Trademark Office of an Apple patent application that actually “refines an older 2008 patent on using Ultrasonic bonding in products like the 2009 metal back iPhone and current iPods. Apple may have refined the process of ultrasonic bonding in their latest Apple TV and iPad designs where it’s necessary to bring metal and plastic together to save on costs and to keep the devices lighter.”
According to PA, ultrasonic bonding can make a stronger, more permanent bond than using adhesives to hold different materials together (in a phone casing, for example) and can be applied more flexibly than traditional metal welding. And Apple’s refinement lets the technique be applied to different materials.
“Apple states that ultrasonic welding of plastic materials is used extensively in many other major industries, offers advantages in speed, efficiency and economy, and is often used where parts are too complex or expensive to be molded into a single piece,” according to the website. “One big advantage of ultrasonic welding is that heating tends to be localized, such that the ultrasonic welding of plastic parts can take place at various stages of the overall manufacturing process without unduly disturbing nearby parts. Seams and joins of plastic parts that have been ultrasonically welded together can also be quite aesthetically pleasing in comparison with some traditional metallic welds.”
Exactly. “Industrial design” doesn’t mean having an iPhone welding seam that could be used on the Gerald R. Ford class of Navy aircraft carriers.
The problem is that different materials, like metal and plastics, have different melting points. According to PA, Apple’s solution is to machine the metal surfaces in the dovetail pattern common to carpentry joinery, and then let the melted edge of the plastic components marry with the dovetail.
Nicole, as do so many others, interprets every Apple patent award or application as an unerring indicator of the Next New Thing in the Next New iDevice. But the patent application doesn’t, of course, show that.
But who could resist a rumor about ultrasonic bonding?
iPhone 5 rear housing will use a new material
You can’t really satirize an industry, in this case the international Apple rumor industry, that so successfully satirizes itself.
Here’s the rumor, courtesy of International Business Times’ Sangeeta Mukherjee, who offers it as part of the “rampant speculation that Apple’s next generation smartphone will have some stunning features which will outshine all its competitors.”
And what is one of these stunning features?
IBT has the scoop, though as befitting a real rumor, it’s entirely unsourced: “The latest Apple iPhone is expected to come with a back plate made of the same material used in beer cans, and a rubberized bezel or edge.”
This reminds Rollup of a now-ancient Mad Magazine advertising satire of the Madison Avenue mindset promoting a new toy ball “made with the same material used in B-52 bomber tires!” That would have been, back then, basically rubber.
The “material used in beer cans” is aluminum, stamped to paper (or less) thinness, and the details are on view in this Discovery Channel video on how beer cans are made. You can hear real men talking lovingly about the qualities of aluminum. There is also, as it turns out, more than one online History of Beer Cans.
That’s what you can look forward to in this pinnacle of mobile phone industrial design: a beer can with a rubber edge.
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One of the most awaited devices of the year, the iPhone 5, is under the spotlight again. A while ago we did a small article covering some of the release dates and specs rumors and now we are back. This time around, we will cover what has happened in the months since that guide has went live.
iPhone 5 Release Date and Specs
The first news byte that came around after the first guide, was in relation to the network connectivity of the iPhone 5. The latest information was pointing towards the iPhone 5 coming with LTE connectivity. Not only that, but a release date was also rumored and namely autumn 2012.
We heard that time frame being mentioned a few times before that, but before I could even say “finally”, something new popped up on the horizon. It seemed that the iPhone 5 was determined to make fun of me as the newer information indicated a release set for summer. The same source indicated that the new iPhone 5 would come with a new form factor.
It almost seemed that the autumn release date was gone after all and that we would get the iPhone 5 in summer. This was hinted by a leaked document indicating a “corporate meeting” between June 11 and 15. Could we possibly see the iPhone 5 in summer during WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference)?
To cheer up the atmosphere after so many conflicting announcements, we lined up a series of wacky rumors surrounding the iPhone 5. Not only that, but the autumn period somehow jumped again in. The iPhone 5 would come out later after all.
Not being content with all the mischief and confusion we instated, I went ahead and wrote up a quick rant on why Apple should wait until autumn with the iPhone 5 release. The issue is still up in the air, as that was just dreaming and ranting from my part, but nothing official.
Being a bunch with obviously way too much free time, we ran over the iPhone 5 launch again. This time though, we looked not only at the issue from a marketing point of view, but a financial one. What about those who will actually spend money to get these devices – the users? What release date would suit them better?
At the end of the line, the fact remains that we do not know more about the iPhone 5 release date now than we did in January. Although some leaks and rumors have shed some light on the matter, the fact remains that these are all speculations at the end of the day. With the iPad 3 already released though, we might start finding out more about the iPhone 5. That of course, if Apple is willing to thrown us a bone (probably not).
Your thoughts on the iPhone 5 and its release date? At this point, it is anyone’s guess, but the more important matter is – will you get one? Drop us a line and stay tuned for more!
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Battery life will be the undoing of the next generation of smartphones, warns Farhad Manjoo at Pando Daily. He’s right, and that’s why for the next version of the iPhone, probably due out in the fall and probably not to be called the iPhone 5, Apple should pass on the opportunity to add fourth-generation LTE wireless.
At least with current radio technology and networks, LTE is a terrible battery drain, a situation not likely to change much over the next few months. In the history of wireless, most new radio technologies have initially hurt battery performance and LTE is worse than most. Apple was smart to put LTE into the new iPad and will be smart to leave it out of the iPhone. (Daring Fireball’s John Gruber also speculates that Apple might skip LTE.)
Why different treatment for the iPad and iPhone? Apple could satisfy the power demands of both LTE and the new high-resolution display by making the iPad a tad thicker and adding what iFixit calls “a hulk of a battery.” That’s a less attractive an option on the iPhone. Any increase in thickness would be much more noticeable on a phone than on a tablet. If Apple enlarges the height and width of the iPhone to accommodate a larger screen, it would gain some room for a bigger battery, but would also need more power for the display. In addition, an iPhone would probably spend far more time active on the LTE network than the more sedentary iPad, which can often do fine on Wi-Fi, which is much easier on the battery.
More significantly, the iPhone really doesn’t need LTE the way the iPad does. The iPad has a PC-like appetite for data. It takes a lot of bits to use all the pixels on that lovely screen to their maximum advantage and you want the screen to fill fast. There’s a big payoff for faster wireless. The iPhone is more of a data-sipper and does very well on a 3G connections, especially of the HSPA+ variety (which ATT now confusingly calls 4G.)
The smaller the device, the greater the tradeoffs that have to be made in design. Personally, I’m not willing to sacrifice battery life for faster data on my iPhone, which can just get me through a long, busy day now. Nor do I want a bulkier phone to support a radio technology I don’t really need. The main pressure for LTE is coming from carriers, especially Verizon Wireless, that want to shift traffic to their newest network. Apple should resist, at least for one more generation.
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