As we move into Q2 2012, the flagship models from each of the top smartphone manufacturers appear to be set already. If you’re waiting to upgrade to the next superphone then you will obviously be waiting for either the Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Motorola Blade (DROID Fighter) or the HTC One X.
Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, HTC One X and Motorola Blade: Biggest upgrades rumored to be quite similar
At the moment, it is difficult to tell which smartphone will be coupled with the best hardware as the rumor mill seems to suggest that they all have many similarities between one another. Let’s take a quick look.
All four smartphones are expected to get larger displays than their predecessors, measuring anywhere from 4.6″ to 4.8″. They will all feature 4G LTE and boast either dual-core or quad-core processors (recent tests showed that the new-generation of dual-core processors were as powerful if not more than the Tegra 3 quad-core we’ve seen so far). Next, they will all get camera upgrades, with both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 expected to lead the pack with 12-megapixel shooters or stick with 8MP but with improved low-light sensors and software like the DROID Blade and HTC One X.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
So is there another flagship successor that we missed out on that would stand uncontested? Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Just like how the Samsung Galaxy Note isn’t stuck in a dogfight with the Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola DROID RAZR, HTC EVO 3D and iPhone 4S thanks to the unique selling points it has carved out for itself (5.3-inch display and advanced stylus support); its successor will once again be able to do the same given that it should share most of the hardware upgrades the Galaxy S3 gets but still retain its ‘phablet’ title.
With over 5 million Samsung Galaxy Note units sold in just 5 months, you can bet there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The only question is just how far along is it.
What do you have your eyes on? The Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5, Motorola Blade, HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Sound off in the comments below.
There is no doubt that one of the most eagerly anticipated mobile smartphone releases of all time is the iPhone 5. Whenever a new Apple iPhone is released it always proves very popular with consumers but this new model looks to be more popular than all of its predecessors thanks to a brand new design and larger Retina display. Until this phone is officially launched we are having to look at the hundreds of rumours surrounding this new phone to see if there are any clues about the specification and release date of this phone and some new rumours have surfaced in the past few days that look very interesting.
A recent firmware update for the iOS operating system that is used by all iPhone models has hinted that Apple are already testing iPhone 5 devices. Obviously Apple have not officially unveiled the new handset so the design is a closely guarded secret but it is believed that there are some iPhone 5 devices in circulation but fitted in an iPhone 4S chassis as to not arouse suspicion. This gives the developers a chance to see how the new rumoured chipset behaves in daily use. A report on internet site 9to5mac.com stated “”This iPhone that we are describing is an internal-only unit built for testing the performance of a new chip in an iPhone, not an actual phone that Apple will produce”. It is suspected that Apple will opt to fit the new A5X processor in the new model and this is the chip that the prototype models are rumoured to be running on. In addition to this there is also set to be a massive 1GB of RAM memory available on this exciting new handset.
Some more rumours relating to the specification of the new iPhone 5 have also surfaced recently. These rumours give us a little more indication about the design of the new handset. It looks as though the model may be the first iPhone to sport a uni body design. This means that the chassis of the phone will be constructed from a single piece of material. This is in contrast to the iPhone 4S which featured two separate sheets of glass with a metallic band sandwiched between the two. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets recently completed a tour of numerous Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturing plants and was very excited by what he saw. He commented on the Business Insider internet site, “In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a uni body case”. If these rumours are correct it seems that the new iPhone will impress with both its design and its technical specification.
We are expecting to see the new iPhone 5 launched during the summer of 2012. Whenever Apple do decide to release this phone we can expect an unprecedented level of demand thanks to an exciting new chassis and a very powerful new chipset.
The iPhone 5 is coming soon and some great iPhone 4S contract deals are available now.
iPhone 5 will really be about software and artificial intelligence
Forget about big screens, big processors, and release dates. Focus on what’s really big: software that can, yes, change our lives.
“But for as much as the speculation over the iPhone 5 is heavily focused on screens and release dates, I think that, in the end, Tim Cook’s iPhone 5 pitch will be mostly about how the iPhone 5 will change our lives,” intones Michael Nace, at the iPhone5NewsBlog.
So, how will it change our lives, you ask. Let’s start first with NFC, near field communications, the short-range radio link that is used in contactless mobile payments.
“Recently, rumors of NFC for the iPhone 5 have waned,” Nace says. “But I believe that Apple is ready to move on this technology, and if they do, it will quickly become a defining feature.”
NFC has been, for years, all set to quickly become a defining feature that changes life as we know it. But breath-holding is not recommended, based on the World Payments Report 2011, which predicted that mobile payments will represent just 15% of all card transactions by 2013, growing from 4.6 billion transactions in 2010 to 15.3 billion in 2013.
Then there’s the Siri voice interface, introduced in beta form with iPhone 4S. Nace sees great things ahead. “An advanced Siri — sometimes dubbed “Assistant” — could extend its functionality into the Safari browser, and be able to answer more questions and perform (more) complex functions than what we currently have,” he says, predicting in effect that Apple will improve a software application.
If we’re really lucky, Apple will improve Siri to the point where it will be able to answer really life-changing questions like “When will the next iPhone be announced by Apple?”
And don’t forget games, and maps: “an improved gaming platform — a trend we saw established with the new iPad — as well as a stunning new set of maps that would finally put their use of Google Maps to rest.” And if games and stunning maps aren’t life-changing, what is?
You have to realize that although “Sure, the retina display [technology] is incredibly advanced and impressive,” that really it isn’t: “but the display in the abstract wasn’t impressive,” Nace explains. “[I]t only became impressive after we saw it working in tandem with new iLife elements: photos, painting, games, etc.” It’s obvious: if there’s no app on your screen, the display is just an expensive glass paperweight.
Oddly, Nace doesn’t mention the two software pieces that nearly everyone actually cares about: iOS and iTunes (both the computer application and the online store). AppleInsider, citing multiple anonymous sources, this week says Apple has internally deployed the next major release, Version 11, of the iTunes application.
The sources, according to writer Mark Gurman, say the new version will “support” the upcoming iOS 6 firmware release for iPhones and iPads.
“Multiple independent whispers” tell AppleInsider that the iTunes site, including the App store, are undergoing a revamp, due to be unveiled later this year. One key change according to Gurman: improved content discovery.
At Macworld, Jason Snell sees individual changes only contributing to the “complete mess” of the online store. A thorough rethinking and redesign of iTunes is long overdue. He notes that when iTunes was unveiled in 2001, it was just one thing: a music jukebox app.
“These days, iTunes is simultaneously Apple’s most important and problematic product,” he says. “Apple has packed almost everything involving media (and app) management, purchase, and playback into this single app. It’s bursting at the seams. It’s a complete mess. And it’s time for an overhaul.”
Linking to Snell’s post at his DaringFireball blog, John Gruber asks, “Is there anyone who disagrees with this?
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Iphone 5 Release Date, Features, Specs And More
The release date of the iphone 5 has been just an on going rumor for months now. Among the new features every new Iphone brings, the release date is just as hot a topic. People want to know exactly when it’s available so they can have it first, or have it at all. Every new Iphone release has always been a hectic yet very successful one for Apple, selling faster than they can deliver. People always want what they can’t have which just makes these launches that much more troublesome. Fear not, when the Iphone 5 release date is leaked you can be certain that we will have it for you first.
The Iphone 5 was expected to be released with the new iOS 5 but complications happened which made the release of the iphone 5 with iOS 5 impossible in Apple’s eyes. So here we have the Iphone 4S, which to many was a major disappointment. Most people were expecting more from one of the world’s biggest and most technologically influential companies to date. The day the Iphone 4s was announced, Apple’s stock plummeted and for good reason. While the Iphone 4s does offer performance upgrades and added features, it was not enough according to the majority of Iphone enthusiasts. While it isn’t the first time Apple released an ‘S’ version in between official versions, it was the fact that it was so out of the blue and unexpected it has shocked people and Apple’s stock.
The iPhone 5 release date is still just rumors circulating with no concrete information. However the fact that Apple seems to prefer to have their major launches in late spring to early summer is probably a good place to speculate as the next release date for Iphone 5. As of right now most tech gurus are saying early summer 2012, but now with the recent release of the Iphone 4s the iphone 5 release date could be delayed further. Customers that buy the iPhone 4s could be extremely angry if Apple were to release the Iphone 5 less than a year later. Unfortunately in today’s technology world 1 year is a very long time, so get used to it.
Not only are these release dates a matter of releasing a bug free product, but there is also a marketing aspect behind them. Apple wants to release at the absolute best time to maximize profits after building months and even years worth of hype. Delaying too long could allow for competition to come in and snag a good percentage of customers that grow tireless of waiting. Releasing too soon could result in a bug filled product that wasn’t tested enough causing major customer support issues and potentially damaging the company’s reputation.
As you can see the iPhone 5 release date is a very touchy subject for both customers, developers and manufacturers with many variables coming into play. Who will know the official release date of the Iphone 5 first? Apple of course! Who will be the next to know? Something to keep in mind though is that Steve Jobs delayed the iPhone 5 because he felt it wasn’t ready, however his successors seem to feel otherwise moving forward with the new phone. So there could be new standards and protocols Apple is taking now that could affect things like release date patterns we’re used to.
iPhone 5 Specs
There is good reason to believe that Apple will be introducing a new quad-core cpu with it’s next iPhone release, with the CPU rumored to be called an Apple A6. It would be a huge disappointment to many if the iPhone 5 is launched with anything less than a quad-core CPU especially the way mobile devices have been trending for 2012 launches. We can also expect to see increased memory, at least we hope.
iPhone 5 Screen
According to a few sources, both Sony and Hitachi have shipped prototype 4-inch screen sized iPhone 5′s to Apple for testing. If this is true it could mean an iPhone 5 release date as early as March 2012 but more than likely later rather than sooner. There are new rumors constantly circulating about what screen-size Apple will go with. There are reports of screen sizes up to 4.75″, 4.6″ and 4.25″. There is no concrete news on which one will actually be chosen or if Apple is willing to chose just one. There is word that Apple may be considering multiple screen size options for their iPhone 5, trying to appeal to the masses and compete with their increasingly growing competition.
iPhone 5 camera is rumored to be 8MP offering 1080p HD video recording and pictures.
iPhone 5 Features
Digital Wallet (NFC) – With this new technology popping up in more and more recently released cell phones like the Nexus, it’s only a matter of time before Apple is forced to follow suit. With Apple being known in the past for being the pioneers of innovative new technology being the first to incorporate, it seems as though times are changing and they are being beat to the punch by a host of new competitors. If Apple is going to incorporate a digital wallet NFC option with the iPhone 5, look for it to excel over whats available right now in terms of speed, flexibility and security.
4G/LTE Support – With the recent release of the iPad 3 bringing 4G technology to the first Apple device, there is no reason to believe that the iPhone won’t offer the same. There have been many credible sources claiming this as well.
iPhone 5 News
Update (March 22nd 2012):
Rumors are circulating the Apple may possibly be releasing the iPhone 5 with two option for screen sizes, similar to their usual memory size (16gb and 32gb) option. There is a lot of debate from consumers about what screen size they would prefer, and obviously going with one is going to leave the other half of the consumers dis-pleased and lost. So why not capture both micro markets with a 3.5inch screen size option for those looking to stay small, and then the upgraded 4.0 – 4.75inch screen size option. The only thing holding Apple back from doing this is figuring out what the increased manufacturing costs will be compared to the amount of consumers they would potentially lose with offering just one screen size option.
Update (March 28th 2012):
A news report from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China has just surfaced today that the Foxconn factory just received an order from Apple to begin manufacturing of the new iPhone 5. The Foxconn factory is now looking to hire some 20,000 new workers to complete this task by this year. This leads us to believe that the release date of the iPhone 5 should be geared towards Apple’s traditional fall launches and not June or July like many had hoped. That is unless Apple has secretly sent out orders to other mobile device manufacturers already that we don’t know about and Foxconn is just a late addition, but it’s unlikely. Will keep this updated as we learn more on this story.
Update (April 4th, 2012):
There is lots of speculation going around that June 15, 2012 is the new projected release date for the iPhone 5. Let it be known that this claim is based off a Foxconn worker that was quoted as saying in an interview that the Foxconn factory is looking to hire up to 20,000 new workers to replace it’s current on-strike worker base in order to complete an order from Apple for iPhone 5′s that need to be completed for a possible June 15 launch. This is pure speculation as the worker to make the claim was even quoted as being uncertain about his own statement. With all that being said, a June 15th launch at this point would seem very rushed and here is why. It would take at least a month to get all these 20,000 new workers up to speed, and then another 1-2 months to complete all the manufacturing. That puts them at the start of June right there and that is assuming there will be no hiccups along the way. For such a massive launch from a company like Apple, things just don’t add up for a June 15th launch. An October launch would make much more sense at this point.
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This seems to be a trend of sorts, as the release of the New iPad in March was a major disappointment for many who expected a paradigm-shifting iPad 3 and instead got a tablet that barely matches the stats of its competitors.
This trend of over-hyped yet disappointingly-bland products being released each year by Apple appears to have contributed to a level of discontent that is bubbling just under the surface in the minds of many Apple fans. Though there are still hundreds of thousands of die-hard Apple-heads, a growing number of them are questioning the future of Apple, and just what the iPhone 5 release date will bring.
Macrumors.com forum users have started to take to the site to make their complaints and worries known. Forum user vitzr aired his view that Apple “know[s] exactly how much their customers will let them get away with,” and explained just how that happened with the iPhone 4s:
“Now a full two generations behind, they are still pushing the tiny 3.5″ display. Not only is that the smallest of any [smarphone], but they’ve got their followers convinced it’s the perfect size,” vitzr wrote on the forum. “If other manufacturers also had cult like followers that would defend their companies’ position like Apple does, the playing field would be level. Apple is in a very unique position. It’s as though they can do no wrong.”
And Macrumors.com user Arcadia310 takes it a step further, saying that one of the key reasons for the growing unhappiness many users feel about Apple products is exacerbated by the fact that its competitors — especially Google’s Android products — are outpacing the company in many areas, and Apple is not doing enough to keep up:
“I truly feel that [Apple] is resting on [its] laurels, just like RIM and other companies have before they went downhill. So far, Apple has done great with this two-year upgrade scheme with the iPhone. But companies like Samsung and Motorola are upgrading their technology dramatically each year,” Arcadia310 wrote on the forum. “If Apple doesn’t bring the heat with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, I truly believe the company will be headed downhill. Google is innovating at an alarming rate and Ice Cream Sandwich opens up an entirely new gateway of possibilities. NFC is going to take off in these next two years and Apple has no answer for it.”
But not every Apple fan feels the same way, as evidenced by Macrumors.com user andyx3x, who summed it up in a few short words:
“Maybe you’re just an Android guy. Nothing wrong with that. Just go back.”
April 14, 2012, 7:28 AM — iPhone 5 prototypes are popping up like Spring daffodils, and the iOSsphere is intoxicated with them even though none have yet turned up in a beer house.
This week: disguised prototypes at Apple‘s headquarters, aspect ratios and screen sizes, recycling rumors of the aluminum iPhone, and life-changing, mind-altering software.
You read it here second.
“Unlike the iPad 2, the new iPhone packs 1GB of RAM, according to a source familiar with the SOC’s manufacturing.”
~ Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac, Sept. 11, 2011, before the announcement of iPhone 4S
“Like the A5X-powered iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM.”
~ Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac, April 9, 2012, before the announcement of iPhone 5
iPhone 5 is in disguise at Apple headquarters and will have 1 Gig of memory
“Apple has internally seeded a prototype next-generation iPhone with the iPhone 4 design,” Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac confidently declares. That seems to be geekspeak for “some Apple employees have a prototype iPhone 5 that looks like the iPhone 4.”
With the assurance of an experienced rumorster, Gurman doesn’t bother to cite even an anonymous source for this conviction.
“The actual next-generation iPhone is specifically said to not include the iPhone 4/4S design, but Apple is testing these new devices in older casings to throw off leaks,” Gurman says. The passive tense “is…said” raises the obvious question of who, exactly, said this. But let’s not get bogged down by Lamestream Media concerns over things like reliability of sources and, you know, facts.
“The purpose of the prototype iPhone that we heard about is to test a variation of the ‘A5X’ chip in an iPhone,” Gurman continues. “The A5X processor in the new iPad was specifically built to drive the new Retina Display, so that chip wouldn’t make much sense in an iPhone.”
The principal change in the new iPad’s dual-core A5X is the addition of a quad-core graphics processor. It drives not just a Retina Display, which the iPhone 4 and 4S also has, but a much larger 9.7-inch diagonal Retina Display, with more pixels than a high-def TV. So, if that doesn’t make sense for an iPhone, then what would the A5X “variation” be? Gurman doesn’t speculate and apparently neither did his source, or sources.
“Like the A5X-powered iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM,” he declares, again without any attribution.
But perhaps Gurman is relying on the same source that told him, way back in September 2011 that the about-to-be-announced iPhone 5 (which turned out to be the iPhone 4S) would for sure definitely absolutely have 1GB or RAM.
“The new [to-be-announced] iPhone features Apple’s dual-core A5 processor like the iPad 2 for even faster performance, better gaming, and drastically improved graphics,” Gurman wrote then. “Apple didn’t stop there though. Unlike the iPad 2, the new iPhone packs 1GB of RAM, according to a source familiar with the SOC’s manufacturing.”
The great thing about insisting year in and year out that the next iPhone is going to have 1GB of RAM or more storage or a more powerful processor is that, eventually, you’ll be right.
iPhone 5 will have a 3.99-inch (diagonal) screen. Give or take.
Finally. A rumor you can believe in.
Well before the disappointing yet wildly successful iPhone 4S, the technoglitterati have been predicting or demanding a big-screen iPhone. How big, you ask. Well. Big.
The problem with a bigger screen is that iOS applications would have to be redone. Now comes a suggestion, beautiful in its simplicity, which suggests how Apple could increase screen size without forcing developers to rework apps: change the aspect ratio of the iPhone’s screen.
In a post at the Verge, with some intriguing illustrations, modilwar develops an idea first posed by a caller to one of the Verge’s online chats, one Timothy Collins.
Currently, all iPhones have had a 3.5 inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, with iPhone 4 and 4S having the same Retina Display resolution of 960 x 640 pixels.
Instagram went from zero to a $1 billion acquisition in just 18 months. Here are four other iPhone and Android apps that struck gold fast.
Chris Gaylord, Staff writer /
April 13, 2012
Last month, Apple logged its 25 billionth app download. The mobile software revolution has turned small teams into unexpected millionaires, often 99 cents at a time. Here are five success stories:
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1. Instagram: This photo app adds striking filters and easy sharing options. With 30 million iPhone and iPad downloads, and 10 million Android downloads in just 10 days, Facebook scooped up the company with a $1 billion acquisition.
2. Draw Something: This mobile rendition of Pictionary has racked up 30 million downloads in five weeks. The simple game became a word-of-mouth phenomenon on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, earning the developer up to six-figure revenues per day. Game giant Zynga quickly bought the company behind Draw Something for $180 million.
3. Instapaper: Programmer Marco Arment wanted an easy way to store long-form online articles to read later. When his Apple app took off, Mr. Arment made enough to leave his job and manage Instapaper full time.
4. Temple Run: A month after the game launched, its two designers dropped the price from 99 cents to zero. Revenue quadrupled. How? New exposure – 35 million downloads and growing – led to more players buying in-game items.
5. Angry Birds: With 700 million downloads since 2009, Angry Birds launched a Disney-style empire of clothing, toys, and an upcoming theme park in Britain.
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As rumors of a 6th generation Apple smartphone continue to surface, many are wondering what specs are likely for the handset. Also, what can consumers expect for the iPhone 5 release date? Though the launch has not been announced, fans believe Apple is working quietly on the gadget.
With Android devices containing super fast 4G technology, a lot of Appleites are hopeful the next Apple phone will have super-fast connectivity. Though techies anticipated these upgrades for last year’s 5th generation device, Apple was unable to pull off a 4G smartphone and gave fans Siri instead. Siri is nice, but it seems it’d be a lot more appealing to have a 4G Apple device.
In addition to 4G rumors, the iPhone 5 release date may give the world a larger screened device with a high-resolution retina display, and a larger battery which would be needed to adequately power the handset if it should have 4G. Perhaps this is also the reason for the larger screen. Normally the Apple smartphones have a 3.5″ display, but it’s expected the new model will have a 4″ display. Only slightly larger, but for a handheld it goes a long way.
Though most sources believe the iPhone 5 release date will be in October 2012, others feel the Apple smartphone could launch in June as most earlier models have.