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According to the $15.5 million contract signed between Sprint and Apple, the former has to buy minimum 25 million iPhones from Apple in the next four years. If Sprint fails to upgrade its network to LTE at a nationwide level, then these iPhones will go unsold and could cause Sprint to incur huge debts.
Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett reported than 4G network support can be the downfall for Sprint when Apple launches its 4G LTE-enabled iPhone 5. Following the report, Sprint shares dropped by 4.5% on the same day.
“To be clear, we are not predicting a Sprint bankruptcy. We are merely acknowledging that it is a very legitimate risk. And notwithstanding a recent rally in Sprint shares, we believe that risk is rising,” said Craig Moffett in the report. “We believe an LTE iPhone will likely be badly disadvantaged on Sprint’s network, potentially impairing sales … at a time when Sprint is subject to a punishing take-or-pay deal with Apple.”
Sprint is just upgrading its network to 4G from scratch. According to an official note on Sprint Web site, 4G LTE is coming to Sprint in mid-2012 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper will be the first 4G smartphones from the company. Backstage talks are also there that HTC One X 4G variant is coming to Sprint on June 10.
Competition is on a whole new level with big player – ATT and Verizon – offering a more promising 4G network and attracting more and more users towards them. Sprint needs to bring 4G network access across the U.S. before the new iPhone is launched. But that looks like a very difficult task. And if the new iPhone gets released early i.e. in the summer, instead of fall, Sprint might face ruin.
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Investor sentiment is soaring for Apple, as well as its hit smartphone, with the tech giant selling over 37 million smartphones in its recent fiscal first quarter.
Channing Smith, portfolio manager at Capital Advisors Growth Fund believes Apple will continue to set the bar with a 4G-enabled iPhone, which he expects in the fall.
“We expect it to have Near Field Communications (NFC), a larger screen, and a better camera – we expect it will be done without conceding battery life,” he said, over the phone. “Apple needs to continue to improve the competitive advantages it already has – the way Apple has built its ecosystem is brilliant. They’ve locked so many users into their ecosystem – I think that gives them an enormous advantage.”
Intriguingly, Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone made entirely of glass. This could be for the new iPhone, or a future version of the product.
It’s not clear, though, what Apple will even call its new iPhone. The gadget maker has typically numbered its latest offerings, although ditched this nomenclature for the new iPad.
Nonetheless, here’s a list of features that might be in the phone, which could be called the iPhone 5, and is expected to be released later this year.
What It Will Look Like
Apple’s past two releases, the iPhone 4S and the new iPad were more evolutionary than revolutionary. This could be Apple’s big opportunity to push the envelope in terms of innovation.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm has kept the iPhone’s design fairly stable, with a 3.5-inch screen size, tweaking it slightly, as it refines the four-year old product. There are rumors, however, that Apple may decide to radically alter the next version of the phone, increasing the screen size to 4.6-inches.
Changing the screen size this drastically, though, does not seem like something Apple would do, given its propensity to keep things simple. Nonetheless, there has been talk about a 4-inch iPhone screen seemingly forever, so it’s something to keep in mind.
The next iPhone may also be slightly thicker than its predecessors, as Apple tries to keep the battery life the same if it is going to run on high-speed networks. The iPhone 4S is 4.5-inches in height, and 2.31-inches in width, with a depth of 0.37-inches. The latest iPhone weighs 4.9-ounces.
The casing of Apple’s next smartphone could be aluminum, as Apple looks to abandon the glass backing of the current form-factor. There have been problems with the glass backing scratching, so Apple may look to alleviate that.
The launch of the new iPad tablet have made everyone believe that the successor of iPhone 4S, unofficially touted as iPhone 5, will come with support for 4G LTE networks, because Apple made a tradition out of taking the hardware components of their latest tablet release and place them inside the next-generation iPhone.
Until now the rumors have surfaced based on the pattern of the previous Apple releases specifications, but iOS 5.1 has some clues that suggest that Apple could be testing an iPhone with 4G LTE capabilities. Certain code lines inside iOS 5.1 have been introduced to notify the users that they enable a 4G connections, that they start a call via 4G or that they turn off the 4G connection which may result into Facetime ending.
Previous rumors were indicating that Apple’s iPhone 5 might come with support for 4G LTE, but few were those who thought that the Cupertino-based company will allow Facetime calls via 4G. Apple’s nomenclature calls the HSPA+ networks in US “4G,” but iPhone 4/4S isn’t warning the users that Facetime would end if the internet connection is disabled, so the messages might be meant for iPhone 5.
Yesterday we talked about iPhone 5′s display, as some Asian sources said that the maker of iPhone have submitted an order for 4.6-inch displays and that the next-gen iOS smartphone will be introduced around Q2 2012.
Judging by Apple’s habit of including their tablet’s hardware into the next smartphone release, then the iPhone 5 will feature a dual-core A5X chipset, 1GB of RAM and 4G LTE support. As about new iPhone’s display, the same sources that spoke about the size of the display reported that it will belong to the Retina tribe.
The good news is Apple plans an iPhone with 4G LTE support. The bad news is that it will be completely useless in the countries where 4G connections are not available, which by the way are not few.
Article source: http://www.geeksailor.com/iphone-5-4g-lte/
Now that the new iPad is on store shelves across the
country, attention is inevitably turning to the next Apple product waiting in the
wings: the so-called iPhone 5.
Long a target of rampant speculation, despite a near-total
lack of verifiable details, that next-generation device has been tagged iPhone
5 by pundits and media. Whether Apple picks that as the official name remains
to be seen, although the company’s refusal to name the new iPad something like
“iPad HD” or “iPad 3” makes it a bit more unlikely that the next iPhone will
come with any sort of moniker whatsoever.
Amid that speculation comes a March 21 report from Reuters
that the next iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch “Retina Display” and will launch
in the second quarter of 2012. The news service drew that information from
South Korean media, specifically the Maeil Business Newspaper, itself quoting
an unnamed “industry source.”
Across the Web, various tech luminaries voiced skepticism at
the prospect of an iPhone screen that large. “No one seems to be pointing out
that if it’s true, this new iPhone would need way more pixels than the current
960 x 640 iPhone display,” John Gruber wrote on his blog Daring Fireball. “That means every app in
the App Store would need to be redesigned/resized.”
Meanwhile, tech blog Gizmodo is arguing a total lack of need
for Apple to resize something that’s met with praise from customers and many
reviewers. “There’s just something optimal about 3.5 inches,” blogger Sam
Biddle argued in a
March 22 posting. “We know it, and Apple knows it. For a company with such
a monastic dedication to consistency, this isn’t a factor the company is likely
to start screwing with.”
That being said, this isn’t the first time that rumors of a
bigger screen have leaked onto the Internet. In January, Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac
reported that the “iPhone 5” would feature a larger display and redesigned
casing. That report cited a “reliable source at Foxconn in China,” referring to
the factory where iPhones are made.
Over the summer of 2011, analysts and pundits seemed certain
the company would release an iPhone 5 with a radically altered design and
powerful new hardware. In October, however, Apple executives unveiled the
iPhone 4S, whose exterior seemed virtually identical to that of the iPhone 4.
Despite that similarity, a collection of new features—including Siri, a
voice-activated “digital personal assistant”—quickly helped the new smartphone
become a bestseller.
rumors have suggested the next iPhone will support 4G Long-Term Evolution
(LTE) connectivity, something that seems more likely now that Apple’s released
an iPad with 4G support.
Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Thursday:
Leaked Schematics Show Ambitious iPhone 5 Design: A leaked Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent reveals possible schematic changes to the upcoming iPhone 5 — the most surprising of them being that Apple’s next-gen smartphone may be usable as a universal remote, MacRumors reports. The new prototype indicates that Apple might plan on making the iPhone 5 compatible with current-generation televisions — and further points to Apple’s ambitions toward aggressively renovating Apple TV.
Apple Antitrust Suit Could Unfairly Aid Competitors: Bloomberg contributor Scott Turow reports that a Justice Department antitrust suit against Apple would unfairly prop up its competitors. The Justice Department claims Apple colluded with book licensing partners to the distinct detriment of tablet competitors Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Barnes Noble (NYSE:BKS). There is suspicion that the syndication paradigm Apple developed unfairly favored the iPad’s e-book sales model far above the one developed for the Nook and Kindle — as Apple acts as a sort of e-book content licensor under the current agreement. However, Apple’s development of its own sales model actually evened the balance of power in the publishing world enough to diminish Amazon’s functional monopoly. Forcefully dismantling Apple’s current licensing model might only return an undue power to Amazon, the alleged “vampire squid” of the publishing world — leaving little room for emerging competitors such as Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Books.
Blackberry Rapidly Slipping to iPhone in Home Market: Despite rapidly losing its share in the broader smartphone market, Research in Motion‘s (NASDAQ:RIMM) Blackberry retained a unique strength in the developer’s home country of Canada. However, according to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple’s iPhone just overcame Blackberry as the top-shipped smartphone in the Canadian market. Losing the eminent position in its home market may prove a serious hit to the Blackberry, and only portend further market decline.
Adam Patterson is an Assistant Editor of InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. For more from the company, check out our previous Apple Rumors stories.
Apple may be setting yet another benchmark in the smart device industry, as sources say that the company is intent on creating a “nano-SIM” for the next iPhone. The company is hoping that reducing the size of the SIM card in their future devices may give them a more competitive edge over other manufacturers.
While the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S already use the micro-SIM, MacRumors said that almost a year ago Apple proposed a SIM card design smaller than their existing card. Ideally, the nano-SIM will be about one third smaller than its predecessor thus allowing additional space which can be utilized for other functions. Such design will allow the company to manufacture a smartphone with a slim frame closer to its Android counterparts, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Droid Razr.
Apparently, Nokia, Motorola and Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion are also rumored to be shrinking the micro-SIM, which is already the standard card used in the Nokia Lumia and iPhone 4S.
However, Nokia does not agree with Apple’s use of a “drawer” to protect the SIM in their smart devices, and the Lumia manufacturer extends this disapproval to the nano-SIM design.
Reports say that Apple has resorted to some debatable means in convincing European operators to give their approval for the proposal. Such tactics may also expedite the finalization and manufacturing process since whispers have been going around that the iPhone 5 might be launched soon.
Apple is targeting the iPhone 5 to bear the nano-SIM, to have a slimmer form and a larger display among other features.
It’s been about six months since Apple (NAS: AAPL) took the wraps off its iPhone 4S. That means it’s about time for the rumor mill to start talking about the next iPhone.
Reuters is relaying a rumbling from the Far East, where most rumors finds their origins thanks to the region’s proximity to the world’s gadget supply chain. The report quotes a South Korean news outlet that Apple will use a 4.6-inch display on the next iPhone. Samsung is one of Cupertino’s biggest suppliers and is located in the region, which is presumably why this rumor has made it this far — a rumor I intend to obliterate.
That would make the next iPhone downright huge. I’d wager my new iPad that this won’t come to fruition and the only thing that will be huge is the number of sixth-generation iPhones that Apple ends up selling.
Unless Apple wants to be like Android
It all ties back to the biggest weakness that Google (NAS: GOOG) Android has, which Apple hasn’t hesitated to vocally point out over the years: fragmentation.
Android’s ubiquity adds a plethora of various hardware layers from a slew of OEMs that can use different processor architectures, including Intel, ARM Holdings (NAS: ARMH) , and MIPS Technologies. ARM takes the lion’s share, but even within that camp, developers for CPU- and GPU-intensive apps like 3-D games need to optimize their apps for different chips from ARM’s various partners.
For example, mobile developer Mika Mobile, the maker of popular games like Battleheart and Zombieville USA, recently detailed some difficulties that it faces with Android’s platform. The developer said that its Android apps “aren’t making money,” primarily because of the extra costs that go into supporting those apps.
Mika said it spent roughly 20% of its total man-hours last year working on its Android apps, yet they contribute just 5% of its total revenue. Here’s where all that time and money went:
I would have preferred spending that time on more content for you, but instead I was thanklessly modifying shaders and texture formats to work on different GPUs, or pushing out patches to support new devices without crashing, or walking someone through how to fix an installation that wouldn’t go through. We spent thousands on various test hardware. These are the unsung necessities of offering our apps on Android.
Source: Mika Mobile official blog.
This is just one example of the problems fragmentation creates. Even something as simple as screen size can add fodder to the fragmentation argument as well. Adding another screen size for iOS developers to accommodate would make iOS a wee bit more like Android.
Unless Apple wants to be like Dell
If Apple were to move up to 4.6 inches, then it would be approaching the awkward 5-inch enormous-smartphone/mini-tablet threshold reminiscent of Dell‘s (NAS: DELL) Streak 5. That’s a space that no one wants to be in — not even Dell.
Well, actually Samsung does, as its Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch display, and its Galaxy Note has a monstrous 5.3-inch screen.
Source: The Verge. Size comparison of Galaxy Nexus (4.65 inches) and iPhone 4S (3.5 inches).
Source: The Verge. Size comparison of Galaxy Nexus (4.65 inches) and iPhone 4S (3.5 inches).
Source: The Verge. Size comparison of Galaxy Note (5.3 inches) and iPhone 4S (3.5 inches).
Source: The Verge. Size comparison of Galaxy Note (5.3 inches) and iPhone 4S (3.5 inches).
A numbers game
Let’s take this a step further and entertain the rumor a bit more before we shut it down completely. Apple makes a big fuss over its incredibly high-resolution Retina Displays, but it uses the “Retina” term somewhat liberally in its marketing.
The iPhone has always carried a 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, with Apple doubling its pixel dimensions two years ago to 960 x 640 pixels at 326 pixels per inch, or ppi. Increasing the screen to 4.6 inches would be a big jump and would cause some problems with its Retina claims.
A 4.6-inch screen with the same 960 x 640 resolution would spread out those pixels and result in approximately 251 ppi. That’s a big decrease in density that would hinder Apple’s ability to call it a “Retina” Display. The new iPad’s screen comes in at 264 ppi, but Apple justifies this by saying people view the iPad from further distances, which is somewhat reasonable.
That would mean that a 4.6-inch screen at 251 ppi would be lower density than the iPad that’s read from farther away. Tough to call it Retina there.
Another alternative would be introduce yet another screen resolution to the platform. If Cupertino wanted to keep roughly the same 326 ppi and aspect ratio on the bigger screen, that would result in a resolution of approximately 1248 x 832.
At that point, we’re talking about five different resolutions for iOS developers to deal with: 480 x 320 (iPhone 3GS and older), 960 x 640 (iPhone 4/4S), 1024 x 768 (iPad 1/2), 2048 x 1536 (iPad 3), and then 1248 x 832 (rumored 4.6-inch display). Hello, fragmentation.
The current two pairs of resolutions are a little easier to deal with, since the larger dimensions are exactly double the smaller ones in each direction, but a fifth wheel would throw iOS off balance.
There have separately been rumors of a 4-inch screen, which is somewhat more believable. That would imply 288 ppi (same resolution) or 1086 x 724 (same ppi). If Apple ever increases the iPhone screen size, a 4-inch display could happen, but likely with lower ppi and same resolution to fend off fragmentation, with Apple marketing coming up with some clever way to still call it “Retina.”
The next iPhone will be huge, just not physically.
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It was always going to be hard to compete with yesterday’s news of games tax breaks for the UK and GAME going into administration, but there were a few choice headlines today.
The rumour mill suggests iPhone 5 will release in the second quarter of the year with a 4.6 inch retina display, while Cowan Company analyst Doug Creutz said he doesn’t expect Xbox 720 to launch until next year and thinks reports it’ll be a digital-only platform are wide of the mark.
Elsewhere, OMGPOP, maker of wonderful time-eater Draw Something, has been snapped up by casual game giant Zynga for a fee believed to be in the region of $200 million, Microsoft announced its latest Xbox Live Arcade promotion, dating Minecraft, Fable Heroes, Trials Evolution and Bloodforge in the process, and Sony confirmed LittleBigPlanet Karting is in development at ModNation Racers creator United Front Games and set for release on PS3 later this year.
Thursday March 22
- Max Payne 3 PC gets Direct X 11 support, new screens
- XBLA ‘Arcade NEXT’ announced – Fable, Minecraft dated
- Next-gen ‘provoking fear in developers and publishers alike’
- Average games price up 5.4% in 2011
- Activision’s 11 reasons why you need Prototype 2 video
- LittleBigPlanet Karting: United Front Games confirmed – First video
- Fire Emblem 3DS StreetPass features detailed
- New Splinter Cell ‘will explore one of franchise’s root themes’
- Halo 4 video introduces the 343 team
- EA expects GAME to ‘rise from the flames’
- Xbox 720 may launch autumn 2013, digital-only unlikely – analyst
- Silent Hill: Downpour – First 10 minutes of gameplay
- WRONG: Games tax breaks rob our pensioners! Sun, Metro sound the alarm…
- Composer thinks EA would ‘probably back Shadows of the Damned 2′
- Ex-Tomb Raiders designers form iOS studio
- 6 potential bidders for GAME UK – report
- New iPhone ‘will have a larger 4.6 inch screen’
- Japan: Mass Effect 3 debuts at No.20, 3DS still top
- Zynga buys Draw Something dev for $200m
- US news round-up: MW3 ban threats and a CryEngine 3 tech demo
The iPhone 5, or the “New iPhone” which some people are calling it, will most likely come with a larger screen, thinner form factor and 4G LTE. But in all reality, we have no idea what it will look like. Perhaps Apple will go towards a more iPod-esque design, reverting back to the natural curves of the 3GS, or they may go with a larger, boxy iPhone 4 style. ADR Studio has come up with their latest vision of how the iPhone 5 will look like, and they are also speculating on some of its features.
“Every Apple concept is a new challenge.The cool thing is you can use your own imagination to create some features don’t exist on the market, focusing on design aspect and futuristic approaches.
First of all it’s sim-less: it doesn’t use a simcard by our phone mobile operator. It can grab your data directly by the mobile network, also in 4G LTE. It uses a new audio section, with two panel speakers, on the rear of it aluminum forged unibody. All the controls are now on the top and the edge is so thin! The great news is the new iPhone haven’t just one retina display. It has three ones!
One strip screen is on the top, to show you all the network infos, clocks, notifications and so on. The bottom one is for App dock, multitasking panel and so on. The central one is only for the desktop: more space, more freedom. The home button is integrated into bottom strip display and it can be activate thanks to the closer motion sensor. Obviously the new iPhone has Siri, gyroscope on 4 axis, motion sensor, as you know and the other great features of the previous iPhone 4s. In addition you’ve a “led powered edge”. You can use it to show the strength of battery life or to show you a preferred caller: you can choose the color thanks to the led edge dedicated app.”
Article source: http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/03/22/new-iphone-5-renderings/
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Processor: Apple, along with its new iPad, brought the upgraded A5X chip. However, it is now widely believed that Apple will not use the same chip for the new iPhone. Earlier an A6 chip was heavily rumored to arrive with the iPad this year, but that never happened and Apple fans had to settle with an A5X chip.
Now, tech enthusiasts are pretty sure that the desirable A6 chip will arrive with the iPhone 5 and will also sport a quad-core processor. The HTC Blast, on the other hand, is also rumored to integrate Qualcomm Snapdragon MS8660 1.5 GHz quad core processor along with Adreno 220 chipset. This very fast processor is also complemented by a 1 GB RAM.
Camera: Apple has introduced 2592 x 1944 pixels, 5MP camera into its new iPad tablet with features such as autofocus, touch focus, geo tagging, HDR and face recognition. The previous iPhone 4S also sported an 8 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and other features. Samsung, Apple’s biggest competitor in the market, is now rumored to release the Galaxy S3 which is said to offer a 12MP camera that can be a game-changing feature in the battle for smartphone market supremacy.
However, tech enthusiasts all over are expecting a much improved camera from Apple with at least a dual LED flash when the iPhone 5 arrives. The Blast is also rumored to arrive with a 12 MP rear camera with full HD recording and a 3.2 MP camera on the front for making video calls. Most of the smartphones in the market at the moment sport a maximum of an 8 MP rear camera.
Display Size: While the iPhone 5 is said to arrive with a 4.6-inch screen with Retina Display, the HTC Blast is expected to showcase a giant 4.7-inch AMOLED screen with 1280 x 720 pixels. The Blast is also said to have dimensions of 120x65x9 mm and weigh about 165 grams.
4G LTE: Apple is expected to introduce the 4G LTE technology in the iPhone 5 after the company provided it on the recently announced iPad. The HTC Blast is also said to arrive with the 4G LTE technology which is offered by most of the service providers across United States like Verizon, Sprint and ATT.
Memory: As Apple launched the previous iPhone 4S in as many as three avatars – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB – it is now expected that the company will do the same with the new iPhone 5. The Blast, nonetheless, is said to arrive with 32 GB of internal memory with an external card slot that will also provide the option of adding another 32 GB on the smartphone.