Reports of the next-generation iPhone, the iPhone ’5′, likely to come equipped with a 4.6-inch Retina Display has gotten tech outlets very excited. While the buzzing report is still a rumor, here is something that’s real.
Forget iPhone 5 rumors, iPhone 4S case boasts 5.3-inch Retina Display magnification
Magnicase has just announced an iPhone 4S case with a built in high-quality Fresnel lens. The lens magnifies the 3.5-inch display on your iPhone 4S to a whopping 5.3-inches. With 250 grooves per-inch destiny, the manufacturer states that it will provide a resolution equal to the new iPad Retina Display. That’s right, the iPad 3!
To use it, you simply flip out the lens which enlarges the display (picture below). The unique Fresnel lens and its extension arm does not block your handsets functions and lets you operate it (touch, swipe, type) like how you normally would. It also folds away very quickly.
The creators of the device are looking for orders via Kickstarter so they get this on shelves. It is currently priced at $40 for the case, with each replacement Fresnel lens setting you back $10. It come in Black, Blue, Clear, Grey, Pink, and White.
With the New iPad ’3′ out of the way, the next most anticipated Apple device is the best-selling iPhone model. If rumors serve true, we will see the iPhone ’5′ launch as early as this summer at WWDC 2012.
New iPhone 5 hinted in latest Apple patent
Just like with all Apple product launches, we won’t be able to confirm any features or specs until the actual day Apple unveils it. However what remains in the open is the patents Apple files with the trademark offices. Now the folks over at MobileWhack have stumbled on one to do with multiple antennas, a dead giveaway that this is for the next iPhone and not say the iPod touch or iPod nano. Check out the picture below.
The patent explains how Apple will be designing and isolating multiple antennas in the unnamed iOS device. Given the ‘Antennagate’ fiasco Apple went through wit the iPhone 4, it only makes sense that they have developed a new way to overcome this for the iPhone 5. As MW points out, “while it’s not official, it’s easy to assume that this technology might find its way into the upcoming iPhone 5, which is scheduled for release this year.”
On a side note, if you look at the filing and indicator #19, it appears that Apple will be keeping a physical home button. Given that this patent is hardware only, we can’t tell anything further (e.g. screen resolution, if it runs iOS 6.0 or not, etc). While it is no surprise that the hardware home button remains, we have been hearing multiple rumors that Apple planned to discard it along with making the bezel thinner in order to accommodate for a larger display and still keeping the overall phone dimensions close to the iPhone 4S.
We’ll keep you posted as more develops.
By Tiernan Ray
Barclays Capital’s Ben Reitzes this morning dips into recent chatter about Apple‘s (AAPL) involvement in China, including reports on Monday that Apple CEO Tim Cook was in China for various meetings, and looking to make greater investments in the country.
Reitzes suggests a deal with China’s China Mobile (CHL) to sell the iPhone could be on tap:
CEO Tim Cook was in Beijing on Monday to meet with government officials, according to the Wall Street Journal. This trip reportedly marks Cook’s first to Mainland China since becoming CEO (he had previously visited in June, 2011 while he was serving as Apple’s COO). We wouldn’t be surprised if Cook was exploring a deal to distribute the iPhone with China Mobile, Mainland China’s largest mobile phone carrier. There are already several million iPhones on the China Mobile network according to the company – and don’t work at speeds we are used to in the US. We believe that China Mobile could be a major driver of upside to iPhone estimates in CY13 – with our estimate for WW unit sales of 189.5 million units still feeling conservative. We believe that China Mobile could sell the upcoming iPhone 5 by C1H13, after a fall launch in the US.
Reitzes also notes press reports that China’s China Quality Certification Centre authority granted approval for Apple’s iPad to go on sale in the country, a necessary step on the way to retail in mainland china.
The “LTE” version of the iPad would need further approvals. The development, however, may have a positive implication for Apple’s battle over the iPad trademark in China, he writes: “While still unclear, this approval could be a sign that Apple can move through the legal conflict with Proview over the iPad trademark in Mainland China.”
Apple shares today are up $3.63, or 0.6%, at $618.11.
Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are going to be the best smartphones when launched later this year. Rumors are spreading like wildfire about the two. There is no doubt about it and people are anxiously awaiting the launch of the two super phones. But to keep the suspense intact, neither Cupertino based Apple nor Korean tech giant Samsung have divulged any details about the expected release dates of the two phones or about their specs and features.
But right now the two smart phones that are in highest demand in markets across the world are iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2. The improvement in both the phones is going to be phenomenal to keep the interest of people intact in their forthcoming handsets. And reports have already appeared that both Apple and Samsung are not going to disappoint their fans.
What is confirmed about Apple’s forthcoming smartphone is the fact that Apple has decided to go for a very big 4.6 inch display instead of the existing 3.5 inch display that iPhone 4S comes with. A Reuters report has confirmed the speculations and there is no ground not to trust Reuters’ report, more so when it is clear that Apple will certainly improve the look of the product.
Samsung on the other hand is going to improve its processor in a big way. This would not just make it a lot more powerful, but more powerful than any other smartphone available in the market. Many tech makers have already started working with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad core CPU-powered gadgets. Asus has even realized the world’s first device, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, with quad core processor. As per rumors, Apple may slot in fast 1.2-to-1.5 GHz quad-core A6 chip, with probably 1GB or more of RAM. So, we can look forward for Galaxy S 3 with a quad core processor, which will power up a device five times better than Galaxy S 2 with a dual core processor.
In the meantime, reports suggest that Samsung may not increase the size of Galaxy S3 display to 5 inch. Samsung Galaxy S3 is all set to come with 4.6-inch HD 1280 x 720 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen . On the other hand Apple’s iPhone 5 going by rumors and recent reports is going to come with 4.6 inch Quantum Dot LED display. There are reports that suggest that Apple’s display will be an edge to edge display making the gadget all the more enticing for Apple fans.
Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone is going to be available in the market with Ancroid 4 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s latest smartphone operating system. It is one of the best OS available in the market and every Android phone owner want to have it on his or her handset. On the other hand iPhone 5 is going to be launched with iOS 6.
In the meantime every Apple fan wants to see some improvement in his or her next generation iPhone besides display, camera or processor. Besides bigger screen they want the Cupertino based tech giant to add a microHDMI port on its iPhone. Apple introduced full 1080p video output on iPhone 4S. they don’t want to spend extra money on buying Apple’s Digital AV to send HD video to a TV monitor. If iPhones come with microHDMI out, one will only have to buy a $5 cable to connect the device with a TV. But Apple currently has a nice AirPlay Mirroring feature for streaming contents. But it should be far great if the device has HDMI out as well. But I am not sure if Apple is going to comply with its fans’ this demand.
When it comes to camera, Apple’s iPhone 4S undoubtedly comes with a perfect camera. Not many would be able to point out any shortcoming in its current camera. But there are pundits who are claiming that from iPhone 4S’s 8 mega pixel camera, Apple should improve it to 12 megapixel or more dual-LED flash camera in its forthcoming iPhone 5. Galaxy S3 on the other hand is certain to come with a 12 mega pixel camera with many features that so far are part of high quality cameras.
Today a local news report from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China has reported that the Foxconn factory in the area is looking to hire 20,000 workers to create the new iPhone specifically. This report from Taiyuan notes that the factory “urgently” seeks this massive amount of new workers to work on their new orders for the production of the iPhone 5. This new device will likely be released this year per patterns laid down by Apple over the past few years with mobile device releases. This next-generation iPhone 5 is said to be ramping up for production in the Taiyuan Foxconn specifically, with the local news source speaking how the recruitment for the plant will be posted across Taiyuan this week. A total of 20 recruitment centers are being reported as being constructed now, and not one whole heck of a lot more is known at the moment about this specific manufacturing location. Meanwhile strikes are taking place at this same location, so it is also very possible that the call to create a new iPhone might be a switch-out of old workers. One way or another, we’ll likely get an iPhone this year, and Foxconn as a series of manufacturing plants in China is going to take part in its construction. We’ll certainly continue to hear reports of events like these – calls for additional workers and expansions of the plants themselves – until the actual release of the next big Apple mobile device. [via MIC Gadget]
Today a local news report from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China has reported that the Foxconn factory in the area is looking to hire 20,000 workers to create the new iPhone specifically. This report from Taiyuan notes that the factory “urgently” seeks this massive amount of new workers to work on their new orders for the production of the iPhone 5. This new device will likely be released this year per patterns laid down by Apple over the past few years with mobile device releases.
This next-generation iPhone 5 is said to be ramping up for production in the Taiyuan Foxconn specifically, with the local news source speaking how the recruitment for the plant will be posted across Taiyuan this week. A total of 20 recruitment centers are being reported as being constructed now, and not one whole heck of a lot more is known at the moment about this specific manufacturing location.
Meanwhile strikes are taking place at this same location, so it is also very possible that the call to create a new iPhone might be a switch-out of old workers. One way or another, we’ll likely get an iPhone this year, and Foxconn as a series of manufacturing plants in China is going to take part in its construction. We’ll certainly continue to hear reports of events like these – calls for additional workers and expansions of the plants themselves – until the actual release of the next big Apple mobile device.
[via MIC Gadget]
The rumor mill for Apple’s next iPhone has not stopped and it won’t until the iPhone 5 is out. According to the latest reports, Sprints CFO Joe Euteneuer claimed at an investor conference that their carrier plans to market future iPhone model with faster mobile broadband network known as 4G. The carrier initially plans to introduce the 4G network in only six cities by midyear. However, the Sprint’s rivals have already rolled out 4G LTE to many parts of the country.
From this hint we can safely assume that there are plans for Apple to launch next iPhone (iPhone 5) equipped with 4G LTE technology. One more reason why we can believe in this is that the new iPad already comes with 4G connectivity. So it seems all they need to do is to just integrate that technology in their next model of iPhone.
Sprint initially plans to cover 100 million Americans by offering this new technology. Earlier Sprint has announced that it expects to activate 4G LTE network in Baltimore and in Kansas City. The carrier has already sold many iPhones and will be paying a huge sum of 15.5 Billion during the next four years for the iPhone. The company says that this is an expensive contract but it is worth every penny.
There’s a high possibility that we’ll be able to see iPhone 5 with 4G LTE sooner than ‘October’s launch date‘. So just get ready for the high-speed that you’re craving for long.
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ATT will begin selling the highly-anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone on April 8th for a meager $99 (with obligatory two-year contract). The bargain price for a flagship device may boost both Nokia and Windows Phone, but it’s not the only device offered by ATT for $99. Before choosing, consider the alternatives and see how the Lumia 900 stacks up against the $99 competition.
It is highly unusual for a marquee smartphone to be offered at such a disruptive price. Apple’s iPhone 4S, and the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket are both $200 with two-year contract. If anything, the trend seems to be going higher, not lower. The Samsung Galaxy Note “phablet” is $300 from ATT with contract, and flagship Android smartphones like the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are both $300 with contract from Verizon.
The iPhone 4 is still offered by ATT for only $99 (with contract)The $100 price point is generally reserved for older devices like the iPhone 4, or the Motorola Atrix 2. So, if you’re in the market for a new ATT smartphone, and you only want to spend $100, is the Lumia 900 the best choice, or would one of the other $100 options serve you better?
With the iPhone 4 you get a smaller display than the Lumia 900 or Atrix 2—3.7 inches compared to the larger 4.3 inches. But, the display is Apple’s “Retina” display with ridiculously high pixel-density for crisper text and clearer images. The iPhone 4 has only a 5 megapixel rear camera capable of capturing 720p HD video, and a VGA-quality front-facing camera, and now that it is no longer the premier iPhone model, it is only available with 8GB of internal storage.
If Android is more your style, the Atrix 2 is a perfectly capable smartphone as well. The Atrix 2 is the only smartphone among these three that sports a dual-core processor. It comes with the same 8GB of storage as the iPhone 4, but it is expandable up to 32GB thanks to an SD memory card slot. It has an 8 megapixel camera capable of capturing 1080p HD video, and it is a 4G device for faster wireless broadband.
The Nokia Lumia 900 may be the boost that Windows Phone and Nokia both need.That brings us to the Nokia Lumia 900. The Lumia 900 also has an 8 megapixel rear camera, and 4G connectivity. The display is vivid with a Super AMOLED display, and strong thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass. It has more storage than the other two out of the box with 16GB, but lacks the expandability to match the Atrix 2. At a time when most smartphones have moved to dual core, and cutting edge devices are equipped with quad core processors, the Lumia 900 is driven by a single CPU core.
One of the primary factors in choosing, though, may be the other devices and applications you use. If you use Mac OS X and/or have an Apple iPad, you may lean toward the iPhone 4 for the consistent experience, and the ability to share many apps among your devices. If you rely on Google Docs, Gmail, and other Google products, the Android device may make the most sense because of its seamless integration with the Google ecosystem.
But, if you use Windows, Microsoft Office, SkyDrive, and other Microsoft tools and products, the Lumia 900 may be the way to go. Microsoft has developed a solid competitor with the Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone is unique, and innovative, and the Lumia 900 will most likely give it some badly needed momentum.
When you walk into ATT with your $100 on April 8, though, think about the pros and cons of the different devices, and how your smartphone will mesh with the other tools you rely on, and choose the one that best meets your needs.
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One of Foxconn’s factory situated in Taiyuan city in Northern China is mass hiring 20,000 workers. This plant will reportedly manufacture more than 80% of total iPhone 5 units. Adding more workers in mass number simply reflects that Apple and Foxconn are speeding up the process of manufacturing next generation iPhones.
It has fueled the rumors that iPhone 5 is coming out in June instead of October. Adding more workers will speed up the process and millions of iPhone 5 units can be produced within a matter of a month or two. Foxconn’s hiring spree is also prompting us to speculate June release of iPhone 5. It could mean that iPhone 4S will have a shorter life cycle than previously thought.
iPhone 5 will possibly feature quad-core A6 processor, 16/32/64GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, new iOS build, NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and 4G LTE connectivity. Also, we cannot resist the temptation of mentioning that Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and ultrasonic bonding could make the new iPhone one of the most rugged iDevices ever.
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Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to be released in summer or fall. 1. Citing a source within Apple, iMore has recently reported that the next iPhone will have the same 3.5 inch screen that we’re already used to. The site wrote that the iPhone 5 will work on LTE networks, that it will have a smaller USB connector and will likely be launched in the fall. 2. Reuters cited a source in South Korea that claimed the device will be available in Q2 of 2012. The same insider said that Apple is planning on launching an iPhone with a 4.6 inch screen. The current iPhone features a 3.5 inch display and shifting to 4.6 inches would be a significant change. 3. Japanese blog Macotakara, which previously provided valid information about other Apple products, reported that the iPhone 5 will be released in September / October of this year. 4. Last year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held before June 10 but this year the company planned the event for 11 – 15 June. Analysts speculate that the iPhone 5 is likely to be launched during that interval, reports Digitimes. 5. Ibtimes wrote that the new iPhone will arrive on the market sooner than expected, that is before October. The reason for which Apple would hasten the release would be the drop in sales for the iPhone 4S, a device that looks just like the iPhone 4 and that is likely to lose its attractiveness a year after its release. What release date do you find the most likely for the iPhone 5? Voting is open until Sunday (April 1). Loading …
Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to be released in summer or fall.
1. Citing a source within Apple, iMore has recently reported that the next iPhone will have the same 3.5 inch screen that we’re already used to. The site wrote that the iPhone 5 will work on LTE networks, that it will have a smaller USB connector and will likely be launched in the fall.
2. Reuters cited a source in South Korea that claimed the device will be available in Q2 of 2012. The same insider said that Apple is planning on launching an iPhone with a 4.6 inch screen. The current iPhone features a 3.5 inch display and shifting to 4.6 inches would be a significant change.
3. Japanese blog Macotakara, which previously provided valid information about other Apple products, reported that the iPhone 5 will be released in September / October of this year.
4. Last year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was held before June 10 but this year the company planned the event for 11 – 15 June. Analysts speculate that the iPhone 5 is likely to be launched during that interval, reports Digitimes.
5. Ibtimes wrote that the new iPhone will arrive on the market sooner than expected, that is before October. The reason for which Apple would hasten the release would be the drop in sales for the iPhone 4S, a device that looks just like the iPhone 4 and that is likely to lose its attractiveness a year after its release.
What release date do you find the most likely for the iPhone 5? Voting is open until Sunday (April 1).
Sure, the new iPad just came out a week ago. But it’s never too early to talk about what everyone’s expecting next on the iFrontier – iPhone 5, of course.
There’s no shortage of speculation on what it could have and what it should have. The biggest chatter seems to surround the possible announcement date of iPhone 5 and its screen size.
The timing most discussed is spring or Worldwide Developers Conference in June for an announcement. One analyst, Chris Caso of Susquehanna Financial, is quoted as writing to clients that “iPhone 5 production is expected to start around the June time frame.”
Of course, there’s a lot of buzz around October, as well. That timing seems a little more in line with how Apple likes to space out the release of its iterative products. The iPhone 4S hit the market just last fall. With that generation, we saw an improved rear camera (8 megapixels), increased storage options (a 64 GB phone) and the inclusion of Siri, of course.
On the issue of screen size, there’s a lot of heated discussion online about whether the competition’s bigger screens are pushing Apple to follow suit. The speculation has the screen going from its current 3.5 inches to anywhere from 4 inches to 4.7 inches.
While the screen is rumored to possibly get bigger, there’s talk of the micro-SIM card and the dock connector getting smaller. Maybe a micro USB connector instead of the 30-pin dock? Not likely, says iMore.
There’s every expectation of a 4G iPhone 5, particularly with the release of the new iPad with 4G LTE. Some dedicated geeks have gone digging in the latest iOS code and have found compelling hints that suggest it’s coming.
Another upgrade expected is a quad-core processor to replace the current dual-core chip in the iPhone 4S. This would give more kick but would also require more battery juice, and Apple already has a quick drain issue with its phones.
Some have been talking about a change in form factor. I can’t lie; I do miss the sleek, easy-to-hold curves of the iPhone 3 and 3GS. Sure, the current iterations look stylish, but they just don’t fit properly in the palm. Please, Apple, bring back some curves.
For those of us who haven’t yet put all of our faith — and music — in the cloud, bigger is always better when it comes to storage. With the advent of a 64 GB option in the iPhone 4S, those awaiting the iPhone 5 will likely not see the jump to 128 GB this go round. Maybe iPhone 6, guys.
At the Consumer Electronics Show, we saw a great demonstration of how you could ditch the vat of rice as a remedy for the iPhone-in-toilet scenario. I’d love to see a waterproof iPhone, so I wouldn’t have to terrify my infant with my reaction every time I catch him teething on my beloved iPhone.
What’s on your iPhone 5 wish list? Maybe biometric scanning or a laser-projected keyboard, like here? Tell us in the comments.
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