At MWC, the Samsung Galaxy S2 beat the iPhone 4S out for the title of best smartphone of 2011. In 2012, the battle for the best smartphone looks set to be between their successors, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. Both smartphones are expected to better than anything else on the market right now, and will mark the beginning of smartphones with next-generation hardware. However it looks like we may now have another ‘hero’ device in the mix that may actually beat the other two to the market – the HTC One X.
HTC One X will be first next-generation phone to hit stores in US?
HTC has been known to be the first when it comes to introducing new technologies in the US market. They were the first with a 4G WiMAX phone (HTC EVO 4G), first LTE phone (HTC Thunderbolt), and now look set to be the first for Sprint as well who recently adopted LTE (Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus). So we wouldn’t be surprised if the HTC One X will be the first quad-core phone to hit the market.
As IBTimes reports, the HTC One X is now already available for pre-order over at BuyMobilePhones for $750, a UK retailer. We have also seen reports of US variants undergoing testing (the dual-core ATT LTE variant but not the quad-core T-Mobile variant just yet).
HTC One X now or iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 later?
Will you still wait for the rumored quad-core Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 even if it means only getting your hands on when late into the summer? With JD Powers and Associates recently ranking HTC as the highest satisfying Android manufacturer, we think many folks will give the Taiwanese company a shot over its Korean rival. As for iPhone 5 fans, well that is a different question altogether. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple’s move to make Best Buy an outlet for the iPhone back in 2008 is proving to be a wise and lucrative decision, according to data released Friday.
Over the past few years, the retail chain became an increasingly important outlet for Apple, extending its reach and distribution with its 1,100 stores — about 600 of which host Apple store-within-a-stores, most in locations that Cupertino feels are too small to support a standalone outlet.
These Best Buy outlets are selling a lot of iPhones, almost as many as Apple itself, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
The firm surveyed iPhone buyers in December 2011 and January and February 2012, asking them where they purchased the device. CIRP found that retail stores accounted for 76 percent of iPhone sales and online stores 24 percent.
“Apple Stores and the Apple website are tremendously productive but limited by their relatively small retail footprint.”
- Researcher Josh Lowitz
More interesting, however, was the actual breakdown of the stores themselves. According to CIRP’s data, Apple sold 15 percent of all iPhones purchased in the US during the period of the survey, with retail making up 11 percent and online sales four percent. Meanwhile, ATT sold 32 percent via its online and retail stores, Verizon 30 percent — again, online and off — and Sprint seven percent.
Meanwhile, Best Buy sold 13 percent, just two percent shy of Apple itself. The remaining three percent falls under “other,” which is a combination of retailers like Radio Shack and Walmart.
So when it comes to iPhone distribution, it is obviously the carriers that drive sales. But retail partners like the big-box retailer are significant, as well.
“Apple Stores and the Apple website are tremendously productive, but they are limited by their relatively small retail footprint,” CIRP’s Josh Lowitz said.
Read more about the iPhone and new iPad at AllThingsDigital.
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By Simon D Thomas on 26th March, 2012
Barely have the hype and the corresponding hysteria surrounding the new iPad receded, that rumours about the iPhone 5 – it will be known as the new iPhone, say insiders – have begun iClouding the online space.
The latest is that the new iPhone will definitely be shipped out of the rich company’s (it’s last reported market capitalization was $555.74 billion, with share price surging 50 per cent in 2012 so far) gates in Cupertino, Silicon Valley.
While the launch date isn’t set in silicon just yet, those who’ve mastered the guessing game on Apple Inc.’s product lineups are fairly sure it will be in fall this year – that makes it around September or October 2012 – although the ‘other’ set of rumour mill suggests a June launch. I guess we’ll have to wait for more ‘rumours’ on that one to take sides.
But that isn’t all of it – after a small hop from the iPhone 4 to the 4S in 2011, Apple is bound to make a quantum jump, technically speaking, with the new iPhone, or so claim experts.
So, what will the new iPhone have that my phone doesn’t?
For starters, it will have a larger screen – 4.6 inches of it. People who claim to know what’s going on in Apple – and there are dime a dozen of those, mind you – swear that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will come with a 4.6-inch screen.
From the current screen size of 3.5 inches, that will be almost a third bigger, and the success of the new iPad will sure encourage Apple to add the retina display to the iPhone as well.
According to newswire Reuters, the new iPhone will have a sharper (a la the new iPad) and bigger 4.6-inch ‘retina’ display and is set to be launched around the second quarter. The newswire said Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and has started placing orders to its suppliers, citing the Maeil Business Newspaper as its source.
Additionally, the new iPhone might come equipped with a new dock plug (a smaller 30-pin dock connector, predicts the usually accurate iMore blog), as well as an upgraded 4G LTE technology (again, a la the new iPad). The speed would be 10 times faster than the 3G, say enthusiasts.
What else, you ask?
Well, since you asked… Remember how the iPhone 4s’s iOS 5 reached a major milestone which included Siri and iCloud? Trust Apple to go the extra mile, metaphorically speaking, to provide new software or the upgrades with its latest product launches. So, after the release of iOS 5.1, the upcoming iPhone may just bump up with iOS 6.
And, to make it big (or rather small, in true tech tradition), Apple is expected to debut an ultra small SIM card for the new iPhone. According to iPhone5NewsBlog, the iPhone 5 (some say it will be named iPhone 5.1, but we’d rather go with the new iPhone) is rumored to include a nano SIM card, which would be one-third smaller when compared to the current iPhone 4S SIM design. The introduction of nano sim card feature could be a competing factor for the Android powered devices.
But if you have been waiting for an extended memory and storage options, the new iPhone is likely to disappoint in that there have been no substantial rumours suggesting that storage could be upped from the current max size of 64GB to 128GB. But then, there always the next time.
If you do own an iPhone, or want to do so, and have a wish list of your own, do let us know in comments below. Who knows, Apple might just tweak its offering to meet your demand!
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Said to be preparing for the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 release, the Cupertino company’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly hiring an additional 20,000 members of staff to piece together the next-generation iOS smartphone.
The long-time manufacturer of the Apple iPhone, Foxconn has come under fire on a number of occasions for its working conditions with latest reports suggesting it is to add an additional 20,000 personnel to its payroll in order to meet the high demands of Apple’s next-generation smartphone.
“As long as they meet the basic standards, (we’ll) take as many as possible,” Foxconn’s Mr Yu reportedly told the China Morning News. The reports went on to add that “Foxconn in Tai Yuan is now building a new base for iPhone 5 production. The company is now in need of approximately 20,000 workers.”
Far form confirmed the latest iPhone 5 rumours have followed on from a flurry of previous reports that have suggested the iOS touting handset will sport an all new form factor that moves the market leading handset on from the iPhone 4 and 4S design with a Gorilla Glass 2 backing to make the device more life proof.
Originally expected to make its first appearance last year before the somewhat disappointing arrival of the Apple iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, which has recently been tipped for an October 2012 release, is now expected to land without its numerical branding.
As well as a quad-core ARM A6 processor, a number of iPhone 5 rumours have suggested the next-gen handset will sport an improved camera, increased RAM and larger storage options.
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The latest comes from iMore, which today posts some chewy, though anonymously-sourced hardware details about Apple’s next smartphone. Those include a move to a 4G LTE radio like the one the third-generation iPad ships with, a display that’s “similar if not same sized” to Apple’s long-time 3.5-inch spec, and the move to a smaller dock port for charging and data transfers.
The blog, which correctly targeted the announcement date of Apple’s third-generation iPad unveiling, as well as the tablet’s inclusion of 4G LTE networking, added that the new phone would follow in the iPhone 4S’ footsteps and launch in the fall. Read more…