Stronger than ever
Now that we’ve finally been introduced to the new iPad, the rumour-mill can shift to another topic; what could be more appropriate, than to buzz about the upcoming iPhone.
This is considering that we can draw some conclusions, relating to the iPhone 5 after analysing technical specs and features of the new iPad. Putting together what we can anticipate about the rumoured iPhone 5, we can expect that the device to feature support for LTE or dual-carrier, a better camera and an even a larger screen.
It has been rumoured that we should expect that the iPhone is to gain some strength, out of some intriguing Apple patents. The Cupertino based company is working on an ultrasonic bonding technique, for the metal components.
Apple engineers have been looking for a solution on this matter for five years. Now, the new iPad reveals that Apple refined the process and we should expect the company to make the best out of this solution, for the new iPhone.
Patently, Apple describes the new technique pointing out that it is cheaper and more secure. “It is an advantage of Apple’s present invention to provide for the ready and secure attachment of plastic items to metal items without requiring the use of an adhesive.”
The Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 look set to be top two smartphones of 2012. Both smartphone’s details appear to be kept under heavy wraps and they appear to be on a collision course this summer. Now, as more details begin to surface about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, they are starting to sound almost alike.
Putting aside the earlier rumored specs of quad-core processors, 4G LTE, 12-megapixel camera sensors, and NFC, the latest details about the exterior materials used and display size seem much more than just a coincidence.
iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 to feature ceramic case
Two separate reports, here and here, suggest that the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will feature ceramic cases. The iPhone 5 will swap its predecessor’s glass for the tougher ceramic, while the almost plastic-like feeling Galaxy S2′s case will be replaced by a ceramic finish similar to that found in Rado watches when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3. Coincidence? Read on.
iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 to boast 4.6-inch display
We’ve been hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S3 getting a larger 4.6-inch to 4.7-inch HD display which makes sense given that Samsung employed a similar screen in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Now Reuters reports that sources have revealed that the iPhone 5 will get a 4.6-inch Retina Display. Given that the iPhone has been using a 3.5-inch screen since the original iPhone was released over 4 years ago, this breaks tradition.
So if rumors serve true, we may see both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S2 boast quad-core processors, 12-megapixel rear cameras, 4G LTE connectivity, ceramic casing and 4.6″ HD screens. Crazy isn’t it?
iPhone 5 : Features specification and pricing
iPhone5 can very well be out before the end of next year. Well, if that is said, you are not alone. With many thousands of Google searches a month after month, people just like you are searching for the facts to know when the Apple will start of sales of iPhone 5.
Whether or not we’re going to have a new design, monitor which is larger in size or any low price models (iPhone Mini), Camera improvements, 3D Display, Processor etc., Innovative iPhone 5 lovers released this iPhone 5 rumor roundup.
According to the reports and Leaks, I’m listing the expected Apple iPhone 5 features and specification.
A dual-core central processing unit for a smartphone is becoming a typical thing nowadays. This could mark the start of a new CPU-arms race available in the market. Among the list, the fundamental competitions between Samsung smartphones operating Android and Apple Inc smartphones operating iOS would be the processor each boasts of. The A5 has defeated most Android-supporting processors that in fact other firms have come up with, but in accordance with certain reports, Apple could possibly be one-upping the event which includes an all-new, better-than-A6, quad-core central processing unit!
People have often nagged that iPhone 4S is usually lagging in tempo, plus as glue to this question, Apple Inc could be looking for the quad-core processor on top of its next-generation iPhone.
This is another rumor that’s been doing the rounds recently is the quality resolution on the iPhone 5. Perhaps, having an increase in the user interface size, the resolution could become stronger. Users could anticipate a more promising video-watching encounter. Of most, the iPhone 5 technical specs we heard, this was incredibly amazing enough because till date, we felt the retina display was the modern-day resolution one could ask for! For the moment though, there’s very little cooking with this concern.
We all know on this a long time back; will the iPhone 5 have 4G facility? Most probably, because Samsung got its Infuse 4G unveiled already! In the group event, it would merely be rational if Apple Inc got a smart phone 5 technical specs sheet that had 4G support. Regarding LTE, that’s dubious. But offering an LTE iPhone 5 would be considered a wonderful boon for purchasers.
iPhone lovers are pretty excited to learn about the iPhone 5 price, therefore, we all hold the same concern that “what would be the commercial price of iPhone 5?, iPhone 5 value for unlocked and locked variety?” As we know iPhone is not really unveiled yet. In case the iPhone 5 is a wide step like the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS, then we’d count on the price to remain more or less exactly the same.
In connection with the iPhone 5 price, it wouldn’t be shocking when the price was substantially larger than that of iPhone 4S. Considering the economics of smartphones, the trend is upside at this stage!
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With the release of the New iPad 3 and iOS 5.1, we’ve gotten a taste of things to come for iOS devices in 2012. In particular, Apple looks to have jumped on the 4G LTE train and has stuck in a much higher capacity battery to ensure that iOS devices don’t take a hit in usage times because of this.
The next iOS device on the horizon will be the iPhone 5 which is expected to launch either in the summer (WWDC 2012) or follow the later fall schedule that the iPhone 4S did. So what features would you like to see in the next iPhone and the updated iOS (iOS 6?) it will likely release with? Let us get the ball rolling with a couple of the most common requests and you can add your ‘iPhone 5 wishlist’ in the comments at the bottom:
Most-wanted iPhone 5 and iOS 6 features (wishlist)
Ability to hide most native apps: Not everyone is interested in the Weather, Stock and even iBooks app.
Browser Change: It would be great if you could change the default browser app (currently Safari) given that the best browsers are already available in the App Store.
More flexibility in Safari: We would like to see file/photo upload abilities added to the browser.
Brightness slider: Just like how you can access the Brightness slider in the iPad from inside any app, it would be a great feature to have on the iPhone 5 as well.
Landscape Lock: If you have a landscape dock on your nightstand then you will know just what we mean.
Tell us what you want to see in the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 in the comments below!
Reports yesterday relayed by Reuters from the South Korean Maeil Business Newspaper, quoted an unnamed industry source as saying that the next iPhone (the iPhone 5, or simply “The New iPhone”?) will have a 4.6″ screen like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The difference will be the greater pixel density of the iPhone’s retina display.
MacRumors, which keeps tabs on these things, called the rumors “questionable,” but did cite what it considers to by a more reputable source as saying that the next iPhone would have a 4″ screen.
Either way, now that we see how the New iPad’s data usages is challenging carriers and racking up bills for users, it’s clear that screen-size and pixel density do have a real impact on data consumption. And although the iPad comes in a WiFi only model, people are much more likely to use mobile data on their phone than on their tablet.
The New iPad uses A LOT of data, but it’s not your primary device. What happens when your phone has a 4.6″ retina display and you start trying to watch 720p video on the go? Ka-Ching and a nightmare for carriers!
A larger display for the iPhone will be great news for content producers once they gear up to optimize for it. If Apple does throw another major screen dimension into the mix it will accelerate the appeal of responsive and scalable solutions to serving up mobile content. Buckle your seat belts. I’ll be watching this one.
By Tiernan Ray
Barclays Capital’s semi analyst Blayne Curtis today offers his read-through on Apple’s (AAPL) rumored “iPhone 5” based on what he observes from the various autopsies of the company’s latest iPad.
Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) will likely be the “biggest winner” in an iPhone 5, writes Curtis, who has an Overweight rating on the shares.
He concludes that because it appears the company had some significant “wins” in the new iPad, including two 3G cellular “PADS” and “the majority share of 2.4 gigahertz wireless LAN switch/low-noise amplifier.”
Those wins dovetail with what he sees as being the prospective RF layout of an iPhone 5:
From an RF perspective, we see two main changes (1) the use of dual PADs for the 3G bands and (2) the inclusion of support for both ATT and VZ LTE – adds ~$3 in content. Decisions will not be made for another month or so but given our view on each socket, we see SWKS as the likely winner (content up 2-3x).
Curtis raised his estimate for Skwywork’s 2013 EPS to $2.41, above the Street’s $2.08. He also writes Broadcom (BRCM), Qualcomm (QCOM) and wireless test equipment maker Teradyne (TER) will be big winners in both the iPad and iPhone 5.
Shares of Skyworks are up 9 cents at $28.36 today.
The Cupertino company is reportedly trying to push its Nano-SIM technology as the new standard in the mobile world. However, Apple’s decision doesn’t please its competitors. According to sources cited by the Financial Times, Apple wants a smaller chip than the current Micro-SIM that equip the iPhone 4S and new iPad. Designing a smaller SIM card would help Apple build smaller, thinner devices. In order to do so, a special “drawer” is needed in the device to protect the card. However, rival companies such as Motorola, Nokia and RIM would have to re-engineer the designs of their smartphones. This way, “phones would need to be re-engineered with this [drawer] in mind,” the insider says. In addition, discontent also comes from the fact that Apple has control over the standard. Next week, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) decides on the proposals for a new, smaller SIM card. The vote is scheduled for March 29.
The Cupertino company is reportedly trying to push its Nano-SIM technology as the new standard in the mobile world.
However, Apple’s decision doesn’t please its competitors.
According to sources cited by the Financial Times, Apple wants a smaller chip than the current Micro-SIM that equip the iPhone 4S and new iPad.
Designing a smaller SIM card would help Apple build smaller, thinner devices. In order to do so, a special “drawer” is needed in the device to protect the card.
However, rival companies such as Motorola, Nokia and RIM would have to re-engineer the designs of their smartphones.
This way, “phones would need to be re-engineered with this [drawer] in mind,” the insider says.
In addition, discontent also comes from the fact that Apple has control over the standard.
Next week, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) decides on the proposals for a new, smaller SIM card. The vote is scheduled for March 29.
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To break it down: A pixel is made of red, blue and green subpixels, and a separate signal tells each subpixel when and how much to light up. This is what creates colors on a screen. Apple wanted to shove four times as many pixels into the same space, but learned that by doing this, the signals can easily get crossed, which results in fuzzy and distorted images. Apple needed to solve that particular problem, and eventually discovered that by elevating the pixels onto a plane separate from the signals, the signals don’t get crossed, and the images look crystal-clear.The result: The new iPad packs in 3.1 million pixels, which is about 1 million pixels more than an HDTV.
Apple, now confident that it can make Retina Displays for most handheld screen sizes, will make a 4.6-inch screen for its new iPhone. As far as the release date goes, Reuters reported that the current plans are to unveil the new iPhone “around the second quarter” of 2012, which would stray from an earlier report from Japanese blog Macotakara, which said Apple could release the iPhone 5 in September or October, abandoning mid-year iPhone launches for a 11-month upgrade cycle starting in the fall. The company’s last iPhone, the iPhone 4S, was the first Apple smartphone released outside the summer months, while the original iPhone, as well as the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, were all released in either June or July.
There is no clear reason why the 4S was the only iPhone released in the fall. Analysts believe Apple attempted to implement LTE into the phone, and failed. Apple has reportedly solved these problems, as the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has already implemented the high-speed “long-term evolution” network into its new iPad (with a little help from Qualcomm).
LTE features significantly higher download and upload speeds compared to 3G technologies, but previous implementations of LTE in smartphones tended to ravage battery life, which was a major complaint from users. If Apple wanted LTE in the iPhone 4S at the time, it would have been forced to increase the phone’s thickness to accommodate a larger circuit board and a bigger battery. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a company earnings conference call in April 2011, said ”first-generation LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.”
“The iPhone 4 PCB [printed circuit board] is already incredibly small, not leaving any room for an extra chip to enable LTE without shrinking the size of the battery,” said Anand Shimpi, a chip expert and CEO of Anandtech.
Fortunately, Qualcomm recently unveiled the fifth iteration of its new chip, which supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, HSPA+, EV-DO, embedded GPS, and LTE on TDD and FDD networks worldwide. The chip works with Android and Windows 8 devices, but there’s a high degree of likelihood that this will be the same chip inside the iPhone 5.
Apple was reportedly gearing up to begin production on the iPhone 5 in January. A source from within China’s Foxconn manufacturing plant told 9 to 5 Mac that various sample iPhone 5 prototypes were floating around the factory floor, but there were a number of common features among the phones, including a display that measured at least 4 inches, and a longer and wider form factor that did not match that of the iPhone 4 or 4S. The Foxconn sources believed the iPhone 5 would retain the rectangular shape of its predecessors, but Ciccarese is holding out hope for the thinner teardrop design.
Previous reports said the iPhone 5 will also feature an improved version of Siri, the voice-activated AI system that was only released as a beta in the iPhone 4S, as well as a bigger screen. In November, Hitachi and Sony reportedly began shipping 4-inch LCD panels for final production of “new iOS devices” believed to be the next-generation iPhone. Upgrading the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen to a 4-inch display would require a rebuilt Retina Display, but a bigger screen would help Apple compete against phone makers that make bigger screens, such as Samsung, while also providing a more immersive iPhone experience.
Before Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S on Oct. 4, the Internet was flooded with photos of a thin, large-screen iPhone 4. The photos were widely believed to be doctored until one Chinese site discovered “mold engineerings” of an iPhone 4 with a noticeably larger screen. The renderings depicted an edge-to-edge design for the iPhone’s screen, which looked to measure about 3.7 inches. Component industry trackers believed that the images represented Apple’s wish to compete with rival devices with bigger screens.
Apple’s next iPhone may also include a number of the company’s recently granted patents. Apple won a major patent on March 6 for a piece of technology called the “iWallet,” which is a digital system that gives users complete control over their subsidiary financial accounts on their iPhones, and also leverages Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to complete credit card transactions directly on the phone as well. The iWallet has many different features, including giving users the ability to see their entire credit card profiles, view statements and messages from their banks, and even set parental controls for their children, should they also want to use their iPhones as digital wallets. Outside of the iPhone, users can keep track of their payments and statements within the iTunes billing system, which keeps credit card information and records safe and secure. There’s a possibility that iWallet could also work with other Apple utilities, which could allow users to buy things like movie tickets directly within the apps, but only time will tell with that one.
The iPhone 5 might also be the first phone to feature a new piece of software for multi-player gaming. On March 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that describes a system for multi-player gaming, which allows groups of people to play the same game together and even see it from different perspectives according to the device’s physical relation to one another. The system actually mimics that of the “Find My Friends” app, in which a user’s device detects other nearby devices that it recognizes as “friends,” and invites them to all join a common application. The unique technology also determines the relative position of those devices, so some games — like turn-based role-playing games or card games — can be played in a specific order.
The best patent of them all, however, may be Apple’s patent for crack-resistant glass, granted on Nov. 15. Basically, the crack-resistant glass solution utilizes the same alumino silicate glass used in the iPhone 4 and 4S, but by chemically treating it with potassium and sodium ions, the glass can then achieve greater compression thresholds on the surface and edges of the glass, making it less susceptible to cracks. The patent also involves a shock mount between the glass and the body of the device that will instantly inflate if the device senses it’s falling, which is determined by the device’s internal accelerometer. An actuator within the device sucks in the cover glass as it accelerates to the ground, protecting it from damage.
If Apple waits until the fall to release the iPhone 5, it may unveil its next-gen smartphone alongside a smaller, 8-inch iPad, which is also expected to debut in October. The original report from Apple’s Taiwanese supply chain was later confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, which said Apple is working on an 8-inch iPad.
On Jan. 24, Cook released Apple’s record-breaking Q1 2012 earnings, announcing $46.33 billion in overall earnings, $13.1 billion in profit and $17.5 billion in cash for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2011. In the last 14 weeks of the year, Apple sold 37 million iPhones, 15.4 million iPads and 5.2 million Macs.
“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” Cook said. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”
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While the bulk of current iPhone rumors are connected to what may or may not be found inside the iPhone 5, other sources are suggesting a potential trouble ahead – not for Apple, but for one of the US carriers presently offering the iPhone.
Craig Moffett, an analyst from Berrnstein, is predicting possible economic turmoil for Sprint in 2012, as well as the potential of bankruptcy. That’s right, the dreaded “B” word that has been the last resort of many a once-prominent US company during these troubled economic times.
Why is this so?
First off, Bernstein mentioned that Sprint made an advance purchase of no less than 30.5 million iPhones from Apple (to last a four-year span) last year, regardless of how the flagship handset would perform. This was a good thing last year, as many new customers flocked to Sprint, while old customers stayed because of the promotions.
However, with LTE a very likely feature on the upcoming iPhone, Moffett opined that Verizon and ATT may grab a larger share of the iPhone market as they have far more LTE sites. This could cause financial catastrophe for Sprint, but with all that said, Moffett added that he isn’t exactly foreseeing bankruptcy for Sprint, but rather explaining the possible consequences of Sprint carrying an LTE iPhone this year.
Would Sprint’s gamble of purchasing so many iPhones in advance turn out to be a bad one after all?
Or would they be able to beef up their LTE network in time for the iPhone 5’s launch?
Considering the more likely fall release scenario, we have quite a while before we find out the answer.