Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] iOS 6 rumors are swirling again as speculation on the iPhone 5, iTunes 11, OS X Mountain Lion, and iCloud integration ramps up. iOS 6 is anticipated to be the next mobile operating system that Apple releases and many analysts contend that Apple will unleash it this summer at WWDC–the company’s World Wide Developer’s Conference being held in early June.
iOS 6 Release Date:
Many sources predict that iOS 6 will be released prior to the iPhone 5 and, with the WWDC being held on June 11th, many Apple insiders are picking that date for the mobile operating system to launch. But, the guaranteed release of OS X Mountain Lion, which was distributed to developers earlier this year, other analysts are skeptical of the likelihood that we will see two major announcements from Apple in such a short time period.
Expected iOS 6 Upgrades:
If Apple does release iOS 6, these are the upgrades that analysts want and expect. First, a better Siri. As Siri-related lawsuits grow, Apple will need to drastically improve the software to keep users happy. Second, continuous timestamps for iMessages and text messages. Currently, iPhones add timestamps to only the most recent message, and messages from every 15 minutes or so. Third, timestamps for photos. As the operating system stands, iOS users can only see where photos were taken, not when. Fourth, automatic app updating. With the release of iOS 5.1 came the ability to download 50 MB files over the air, but every time you want to update an app, you have to explicitly tell your phone to do so. Allowing for background updating is an improvement that Apple must make.
iTunes 11 Compatibility and the iCloud
Apple began working on iTunes 11 before the release of iTunes 10.6. According to rumors, iTunes 11 will bring “under the hood changes, rather than cosmetic changes,” But the new software is expected to be compatible with iOS 6. This version of iTunes is expected to be a significant advancement in iCloud technologies. Could we soon be able to sync our entire computer’s memory on iCloud?
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Rumor No. 1
iPhone 5 Might Come This Fall
There had been lot of speculations about the launch date of the sixth generation iPhone from Apple. Out of which, the latest speculation about the release of the supposed iPhone 5 has that Apple will unveil its fabled phone either in June or in October. Numerous reports in the past that mentioned that iPhone would be released sometime in June, especially the last day of Worldwide Developers Conference (June 15).
Consequently, a report by Macotakara, a Japanese website also suggested the same, when they said that a Foxconn recruiter revealed during a conversation on TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” (WBS) show that the company was hiring about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5 which would be sold in June.
However, a recent report contradicted the past report stating that another Foxconn employee showed up and said that the next iPhone would be unveiled in October. According to South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper reports, an employee at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory informed that they have got the order for the iPhone 5 and it would be released around October.
Further, the same report also mentioned that with the confirmation of the next iPhone order, Foxconn has started a massive recruitment drive, in an attempt to have enough workers on the deck to meet the Apple’s release which is scheduled for October.
Apple unveiled the first generation iPhone in June 2007. Same was the case with its successor, iPhone 3G, a year later. Then again the company stuck to June with the release of iPhone 3GS in 2009 and the iPhone 4 in 2010. However, a year later, came the major exception, the iPhone 4S, hitting the stores in October, last year. However, there is still no clue as to when iPhone 5 would hit the market though following the iPhone 4S, the October launch sounds more logical than a June launch.
Samsung Galaxy S3 May 22 Launch Rumor Prevails
Well, there have been a lot of predictions about when the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be launched. While the company has not shared any official information about it and still continues to maintain its silence, the media is rampant regarding the release date of the eagerly awaited gadget, a sure hitter against iPhone 5.
While early predictions suggested that S3 would be released in the first half of 2012, many tech enthusiasts were hopeful that the phone will be released in April. However, this seems highly unlikely as there have been no leaked details or clues about Samsung events this month, which usually emerge close to the actual release date of the phone.
At the same time, the most recent release date rumors point to a May 22 launch in London. The rumors sprawled from what appeared to be an official Samsung press invitation that leaked last week. It included an image of sleek metal case and the release date of Galaxy next.
Coherently, May 22 seems like a realistic release date as Android‘s Ice Cream Sandwich would likely be rolled out on all Galaxy S2 devices by then. And also, a recent tweet by Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, Eldar Murtazin also hinted the same. As his tweet said, “I’m going to be in London, May 2.” And when asked by a media follower, that is it purposed to attain the Galaxy S3 announment event, the official just replied with a smiley without disagreeing with the question.
Rumor No. 2
iPhone 5 To Feature Wireless Headset With A Built-In MP3
A recent Apple patent filing outlines a plan for a wireless headset, complete with built-in mp3 player. Could this also become the proprietary headset for the iPhone 5?
A report by Computerworld highlighted about a recent patent filing by Apple for a wireless headset with integrated media player. The new headset is said to combine the iPod shuffle’s music-playback feature with Bluetooth technology, and it could become a kind of proprietary headset for the next iPhone.
The report explained that the new device could be more than an iPod Shuffle as with an integrated headset there could be also an inclusion of a microphone, as well as the ability to listen to voice messages giving a hybrid outlook to the headset/media player. Computerworld blogger Jonny Evans wrote that this is particularly significant since there are about 316 million iOS devices in use worldwide.
The report also suggested that the headset could become an integral component of the iPhone 5 as the patent noted a function allowing users to record phone conversation when connected to a device, further it also indicated that the headset might be geared towards an iPhone connection.
Samsung Galaxy S3 To Have A Home Button And 5-Column Modified UI
According to a recent report, the Galaxy S3 is expected to feature a physical ‘Home’ button. Also, new reports have mentioned that the device will now go with a 5-column Note-like UI layout, compared to the other 4-column on Galaxy Nexus and other Android flagships.
An article by the Korean Digital Daily was cited which reported that Samsung has made last minute changes for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, which would contribute to the modification of physical appearance with an addition of a Home Button.
Further, the report also mentioned that unlike other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones that feature a 4-colum user interface, the Galaxy S3 will run a 5-column UI, similar to that of the Galaxy Note.
Rumor No. 3
iPhone to Debut With 1GB RAM, A5X Variant
Regarding the latest news on the processor of the next gen iPhone 5, a recent report by 9to5mac stated, that Apple has internally seeded a prototype next-generation iPhone with the iPhone 4 design. The actual next-generation iPhone is specifically said not to include the iPhone 4/4S design, but Apple is testing these new devices in older casings to throw off leaks.
The purpose of the prototype iPhone was reported to be able to test a variation of the A5X’s S5L8945X chip in an iPhone. Like the A5X-powered iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM. This prototype is labeled N96 internally, but if the same codename will carry on the actual phone is still unconfirmed
Earlier reports suggested that the sixth generation iPhone would feature an A6 processor. It was expected to be a superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Undergoing Carrier Testing
Lately, a report by the Korean business and tech blog ETNews claimed that Samsung has sent the prototypes “two months ago to carriers to provide products for network interworking.”
The Korean giant has been secretly inspired by its rival Apple as the website stated that Samsung supplied each carrier with a single rectangular box, with all the S3 software and electronics inside, and accessible for testing. So that the carriers had no way to see the exterior design and provide any image leaks to the media world.
ET News reported, citing anonymous sources in the industry: “… mobile manufacturers usually provide mobile phones for network interworking tests two months before launching them. But we predict that we will be able to run the test for Galaxy S3 right before the release. We are preparing to perform the test as fast as possible because the time is short.”
Rumor No. 4
iPhone 5 to boast a 4-inch Screen
According to a recent report by analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, the next iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display and a brand new design.
“This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device,” White wrote to his clients.
Contrary to this, earlier reports had mentioned that the iPhone 5 would come with a large 4.6-inch or a 3.5-inch screen. Some other sources also said that the device would sport Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display with 1280 x 720 resolutions (367ppi).
Galaxy S3 Will Sport a Revolutionary HD Screen
Earlier, BGR reported that Galaxy S3 would sport 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels. Recent rumors have mentioned that Samsung Galaxy S3 would come with a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD panel and Non-PenTile Display. Furthermore, according to Softpedia, OLED Association released an article on Samsung Mobile Display and suggested that Samsung Galaxy S3 would be released in May around the same time frame as Apple’s iPhone 5 and would feature 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD Plus with the 319 ppi. Also rumors are rife that the S3 would sport a strong Gorilla Glass feature.
According to industry reports, the resolution and a higher pixel density of the S3 will also leave behind the great Retina display of the iPhone 4S (326 pixels per inch). Further, the smartphone has been confirmed not to feature any 3D technology.
Rumor No. 5
iPhone 5 to feature Universal Remote Control
According to a report in the recent past from Patently Apple, it was hinted that the company is looking to offer the universal remote control feature to iPhones and possibly iPads.
The team from Patently Apple described how the new patent once integrated in the next generation iPads and iPhones would work by using the iCloud technology and also implied that Apple is working secretly to offer their iOS fans with the technology integrated in the next iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy S3 To Get Wireless Charging
Earlier, a report by Korean news website DDaily said that S3 was to get Samsung’s very own wireless charging system. The feature would run through magnetic induction variety, allowing users to charge their device within a 1 to 2 meter radius from the charging station.
Other Features of Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3
As far as the other likely features are concerned, the Apple’s upcoming iPhone model would include:
- iPhone 5 is expected to have 8 megapixel (or even higher) camera with the ability to take pictures in the panorama mode, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
- Speculations are widespread that an update to iOS 6.0 is possible by the time of the iPhone 5 release later this year.
- Rumor has it that iPhone 5 will have better battery life than the Li-Po 1420 mAh battery in iPhone 4S that gives up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM).
- On top of a new battery and a possible Retina display screen rumors, the iPhone 5 will feature the latest and greatest version of Wi-Fi technology – 4G LTE.
- According to a recent report prevailing, the NFC technology on the iPhone 5 is becoming a huge possibility. A report was cited on Patently Apple regarding an Apple patent application about “iWallet” and NFC informing that Apple has got a patent for iWallet to payments via NFC and there were also diagrams passed from Apple to the Patent Trademark Office in the US, showing an iPhone which may possibly be the iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 likely rumor features:
- S3 is expected to be powered by Samsung’s 1.5 GHz Exynos quad-core chip accompanied by 2GB RAM.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update with Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz software atop the user interface. Or Vanilla ICS upgrade is also expected.
- The camera upgrade is expected to be a big one with 12 megapixels with a 1080p video at 60 frames per second and video chatting with a front-facing 2 megapixel camera.
- It would also come backed with 4G LTE connectivity and the latest, Near Field Communication (NFC) feature.
- It would feature a 16 GB of internal memory and with an expandable memory option up to 32 GB.
- It would measure 131 x 64 x 8 mm and weigh around 125grams.
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iPhone 5 release date rumors are spreading like wildfire. Meanwhile reports suggest that Apple is testing 1GB iPhone and new iPod
There is a new report out and about that a new prototype of iPhone is being tasted by Apple, kept under serious wraps. Website 9to5Mac reported that the prototype is being tested under the cover of a shell that looks exactly like that of iPhone 4S to keep it a secret.
The new prototype is supposed to be packed with 1GB of RAM. This is a normal number as compared to other phones and is also the same as that packed in the new iPad.
Besides the memory, the prototype is supposed to be using a variation of the A5X chip that is there is the new iPad. The chip s said to be the purpose of the testing of the prototype since the A5X is basically designed for graphics. The processor backs the high resolution of high-fidelity graphics retina Display. This is, roughly four times the resolution of the general gang of smartphones in the market.
Besides the iPhone, the iPod is also said to be getting a new cousin soon. The last update on the iPod was a mere colour update and a revision of the media player seems long overdue. This might very well prove to be true since the latest buzz has revealed that an internal document is referring to a device that it calls iPod 5.1. Since the last iPod was referred to as the iPod 4.1 in the internal documents, this might be a newer generation of iPod. The leap from one number to another always indicates a next generation device for Apple.
Website 9to5Mac also reports that Apple plans to keep developing the iPod Touch due to the high success rate of the App Store and iOS as a gaming platform in recent years. When the gaming device is matched with the graphics processing abilities of the A5X chip, it is sure to bring good results.
The report, despite putting in these details, fails to mention a date of release of the next iPods and iPhones. They are roughly expected to be out by the end of the year, but there is no certainty.
Then there is another rumour that sprang from Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White’s China and Taiwan tour. White came away with some fresh gossip on the next gen iPhone and he also sprinkled some specs and revision news to it.
White claims that there are hints of the next Apple handset having a 4-inch screen. Despite stating this, he doubts the wisdom of doing so as the bigger screen would bump the resolution down from 326ppi (pixels per inch) to around 280ppi, and customers are highly satisfied with their current screen size and resolution.
White also added that the new look would require a unibody case for the next iPhone. He also questions the wisdom of this choice as though Apple does wonders with design, but pushing the antenna inside would automatically leave les room for other components and the battery.
He also added that the phone would have 4G capability and it might be out by August or September this year.
iPhone5 complete guide
The iPhone 4S left Apple fans divided. It might have been a new phone on the inside, but after 15 months of rumours and longing, many expected a genre-smashing design too.
Fortunately, the next iPhone will almost certainly enjoy a fresh look from Apple design guru Jonathan Ive. It’s shaping up for an autumn release again, but if you look hard enough, cross your fingers and make a wish, there are already some clues as to what the new model might offer.
Manufacturers of iPhone cases bet their entire piggy banks on the new iPhone 4S shell getting a revamp. It turned out they based their designs on a prototype leaked from Foxconn, the mega-factory that produces iPhones for Apple.
Apparently the prototype was sold to one of these case manufactures for £2,000, sending the iPhone accessory industry into overdrive. Tens of thousands of cases were produced, only for Apple CEO Tim Cook to put out their plastic-moulding fire with the announcement that the 4S would have the same body as the iPhone 4.
Now it looks as though this prototype really might have been an iPhone 5 all along — it just wasn’t set for a 2011 release.
So what did it look like? It was a smaller cousin to the iPad 2, with a thin form factor, tapered edges and flat back. And, like the iPad 2, it will probably be made from aluminium. Apple buys tonnes of the stuff for its computer line anyway, and it’s relatively cheap and strong. Just what you want when you build a phone.
A curious design point on these cases was what appeared to be a wider ‘home’ button. Some think this might have some kind of swipe functionality, so you can flick through ebooks without touching the screen. It’s hardly a selling point, but the real reason for a change could simply be that it allows more space for a bigger screen.
There is one alternative iPhone 5 design out there. One happy snapper managed to get a photo of a next-gen iPhone being used in public. We judged it to have a thin form factor, a slightly curved back and a thin antennae band around the edge, which sits well as an evolutionary design to follow the iPhone 4S. The latest rumours suggest a similar design, with a rubber or plastic bezel surrounding the external antennae band, just like those bumper cases Apple handed out when the iPhone 4 kept dropping calls.
We doubt Apple will permanently build a soft material like rubber into its products, but this does suggest it won’t completely ditch the external antennae design just yet.
An external antenna saves bags of space inside the phone, so in some ways this is more convincing than the tapered-edge design theory. Then again, Apple tests loads of designs, so we won’t really know until an Apple engineer gets drunk and leaves a prototype in a bar yet again.
Even the most fervent Apple fans have HTC envy, what with its 4.7-inch screens, and it’s proving to be a major selling point.
According to the rumours, Apple considered its own screen boost to around 4 inches, but there’s a couple of reasons why it didn’t change with the 4S — and they might still be true this year.
Boosting the iPhone screen would step on the toes of the iPad, which is designed to fill the gap between phones and desktop computers. If the iPhone screen grows, people might rather get an iPhone than both products. And let’s be honest, we’d all prefer one killer device than break the bank buying two.
A better technical reason is to do with the screen resolution. There’s two options for Apple here. The first is to increase the resolution along with the display size, but then existing apps will need an update or scale-up and might look rubbish. Imagine the reaction when Apple asks developers of the 400,000+ iPhone apps to go back and add new graphics. Then imagine the queue for Apple’s approval process. It’s a nightmare for everyone involved.
Alternatively, Apple could increase the display size but keep the same 640×960-pixel resolution. The thing is, the iPhone 4S’s retina display is actually one of the best HD screens available. It’s so good, the human eye can’t distinguish an individual pixel at a normal reading distance.
Stretching that same resolution across a larger screen and you’ll be left with a lower dot per inch (dpi) count. It won’t look as stunningly crisp and sharp as the iPhone 4S, which means a compromise in quality — something Apple don’t do. Maybe older apps will sit in the middle of the new screen in their original resolution, surrounded by the largest bezel known to man, but it won’t be pretty.
Whatever happens, the screen size will probably become Apple’s biggest headache over the next year.
You might wonder where Apple can really go after enabling 1080p-resolution video recording on the iPhone 4S and high dynamic range (HDR) photos with iOS 5, which capture a greater range of tonal detail.
Here’s an idea — why not merge the two and bring about HDR videos? That’s exactly what could be in store, thanks to Sony, which recently developed a special camera sensor that allows HDR movies on a phone for the first time.
If you’re wondering what this actually means, think back to any occasion you took a picture or video indoors next to a window. Focus outside and the room appears dark, but focus inside and the window becomes a washed-out square of white light. HDR is a special technique which balances multiple sources of light for a clear, colourful image in a snap.
Given that Sony already provides the iPhone 4S sensor, HDR videos are suddenly looking like a solid bet for the next iPhone.
It’s a safe bet to say the iPhone 5 and the new iPad will pack a quad-core A6 processor, following on from the dual-core A5 that sits in current models.
Storage is dandy, but the iPhone 5 won’t need to improve on the 4S capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Why pay a bomb for 128GB when iCloud can look after the rest of your media library?
Will the iPhone 5 get 4G?
Macworld quoted an analyst who thinks Apple will dive on a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm, which can connect to 3G and 4G (or rather, LTE if you want to be specific), but many countries still lack the network to support it. Here in the UK, BT and Everything Everywhere only recently started live tests for it in Cornwall. We may have to wait as long as 2015 until we see it rolled out.
Of course, coverage in the US is ramping up and if the chips are cheap enough, Apple might just go for it. Let’s hope its inclusion helps goad governments into properly sorting out their networks so we can ditch our broadband contracts and use iPhones as portable modems instead.
Will Apple build on its Find My Friends feature from iOS 5? In the past it has filed several patents for a new kind of location-based social network, where users are matched based on their iTunes library or location.
Let’s say you’re in a club, for example, and have the social network switched on. Your iPhone might identify others who share your interests or have travelled to the same places. You can preview their profile on your phone, then go over and break the ice. The proposed interface even has a small map to show you where to find that person.
So rather than competing with social networks like Twitter and Facebook, it will be a social platform that enhances real-world interaction.
There’s no hard evidence that Apple will introduce this next year, or ever. But there’s something very Apple about the exclusive nature of such a platform, where you need an iPhone to take part.
It would give its failed Ping network on iTunes a new meaning too, because the title would be more at home on a mobile, where you actually ping messages to people.
In the words of Alan Moore, smart phones have turned us all into superhumans. That is, until you drop them in the toilet.
Enter HZO, the company behind a nano-tech masterpiece that makes any electronic item waterproof from the inside. One tech demo showed an iPod Touch being dipped into a fish bowl while still playing back music without a hitch.
Pocketlint heard from the HZO boss that Apple and Samsung were interested in the new nano-tech, but if a concrete deal were underway then Apple would certainly tell its new partner to keep quiet. And while HZO sounds like magic from a wand, it’s not a new tech at all.
‘Conformal coatings’, as they are known, have been around for years, so it’s not like Apple hasn’t considered them before. In some cases, this kind of treatment can even contribute to overheating — and who wants to dip their phone into a bath just to cool it off?
Mobile payment system
It could be time for Apple to finally embed a near field communication (NFC) chip in its phone, similar to that of an Oyster card used to tap in on the London Underground.
This would allow the iPhone to replace your credit card, so you could just swipe it against a reader in a shop for small purchases, and potentially enter your PIN directly onto the phone’s screen for larger ones. With Google Wallet now offering mobile payments through the Nexus S 4G in the US, Apple will certainly want its foot in the door on the high street before too long.
iPhone 5 summary
Below is a quick round-up of our predictions for the iPhone 5. It’s early days, but for now we think the following are likely:
A6 quad-core processor
New form factor
HDR video recording
We’re filing the following in our ‘maybe’ cabinet:
Mobile NFC payments
iPhone-exclusive social platform
Wider home button, or a touch-sensitive area under the screen
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With every new iPhone release, Apple fans come to expect a lot more from Apple. And just like past iPhone launches, we won’t know what the iPhone 5 will have to offer until launch day.
This year, we could see the iPhone 5 launch in June or October following the late release schedule started by the iPhone 4S. However whatever the exact release date may be, we can be somewhat confident that it will launch this year. And with that, go up against the best smartphones of 2012.
Given that everything that’s been said about the iPhone 5 to date are based on rumors, let’s see how it holds up against other rumored superphones of 2012 and see if its overrated or does deserve the extra attention its gathered.
iPhone 5 rumors vs that of the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola Blade and official HTC One X
The iPhone 5 is expected to go head to head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola Blade and the HTC One X. Now these three Android smartphones have a couple of things in common with each other. They all are confirmed/rumored to have larger screens with HD resolutions, support 4G LTE, feature dual or quad-core processors, pack cameras ranging from 8-12MP, and lastly come with the latest OS update preloaded.
If you’ve been following the iPhone 5 rumor mill, you will see that it seems to match its predecessor. It too gets a display upgrade (4-inches up), faster dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, 8 to 12MP camera upgrade, 4G LTE, and launch with iOS 6.0 in tow. So on paper, it seems almost identical with its biggest rivals when it comes to upgrades with no ‘curve balls’ mentioned so far.
Are you waiting for the iPhone 5 in particular or will you just pounce on whichever smartphone comes first with specs to match the above?