While the New iPad ’3′ broke sales records for Apple and had its stock prices skyrocket, nothing will compare to Apple’s highest selling product – the iPhone.
iPhone 5 may arrive months after Samsung Galaxy S3… Google Nexus 4 clash more likely?
Last year, we saw the iPhone 4S go up against it biggest Android rival, the Samsung Galaxy S2. This was thanks to its delayed October release. While all hopes are that Apple returns to its summer schedule (and simultaneously go head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S3 which Sammy states will land in the first half of 2012), the latest reports suggest otherwise.
South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper is reporting that Apple plans to launch the iPhone 5 in October. The newspaper got its details directly from the head of human resources at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory. The head said that Foxconn “just got the order,” and that the iPhone 5 release date “will be around October.”
Now if this does come to fruition, then we will see it skip the Samsung Galaxy S3 battle as rumors from earlier this year claimed that Samsung would roll the Galaxy S3 out in a global fashion similar to the iPhone instead of launching a US variant only months after. What we could see is the iPhone go up against another brand that is slowly becoming as powerful as the Galaxy name, the Nexus phones. Given that the Google Nexus phones have without fail launched during the holidays for the past 3 years, we can expect the same once again. No word yet on whether Samsung will get the honor again but given that they already built the last two Nexus phone (Nexus S Galaxy Nexus) it may be time for another Android phone manufacturer to get a chance.
We’ll keep you posted as more develops.
October could be the release date of Apple’s iPhone 5, according to technology analyst Piper Jaffray Co.’s Gene Munster.
In a report this morning, the Washington Post quoted Munster as stating that he is revising his earlier prediction of an August release for the latest version of Apple’s wildly selling iPhone line, following chipmaker Qualcomm’s reported difficulty in meeting supply demands.
Munster had earlier disclosed that Qualcomm’s radio chips will be included in the next generation iPhone, allowing for faster connection to the Internet.
He had earlier recommended that investors buy Apple stock, predicting that the release sometime this summer of the iPhone 5 would raise projections for financial results by the last quarter of the current year.
Early descriptions of the latest generation iPhone said it will feature a new body design and will work with faster wireless networks.
iPhone users will see an even faster connection for heavy-duty mobile operations such as Web browsing or watching videos, as the new iPhone will be working with the so-called long-term evolution or LTE, wireless networks being built by ATT Inc., and Verizon Wireless.
Investors looking to the October release of the latest iPhone version are at the same time watching Apple’s stocks which closed at $587.81 in yesterday’s trading in New York, down 3.4% from the previous day, but up 50% from last year.
Apple is still holding firm to the title of the world’s most valuable company.
Let’s face it, the Apple iPhone 5 has been a long time coming.
Many people predicted that the company would launch the device back in October but what the world got instead was a slightly tweaked iPhone 4 that bore the mantle 4S and gave way to an overwhelming sense of disappointment.
People were left scratching their heads, wondering why the top brass in Cupertino had signed-off on a mild improvement rather than employing the endeavour, class and innovation that has become synonymous with Apple products.
Now, here we sit a mere 3 months away from an event which could make or break the most valuable company in the world: the big reveal, the iPhone 5′s launch. But what will it bring? Has the release of the 4S bought the company enough time to really push the envelope and shake-up the smartphone market like it did in 2007, or will the device simply be another update designed to stave off competition from Google and Microsoft for another 12 months?
While it’s impossible to predict what the device will bring, we’ve set about identifying the key areas in which the iPhone 5 must be improved if it is to cope with the growing onslaught from increasingly affordable and very powerful smartphones from Apple’s competitors.
iOS was the most user friendly, innovative operating system in the world when it was launched back in 2007, but fast forward 5 years and it seems stale, linear and several steps behind its main rival. Sure, it’s still easy to use and its minimalist good looks are still easy on the eye but it lacks in key areas, such as customisation, service integration and multitasking.
If the iPhone 5 is to carry Apple’s flag for the next 12-months it is going to need to a reinvigorated operating system upon which to do so.
Apple was late to the party when it comes to photographic nous. The first, second and third generation iPhone’s all sucked at taking pictures and despite Apple executives all asserting that people would use a camera if they demanded top quality photos, the public hated the lack of quality.
When the iPhone 4 hit the market people were blown away. Apple had finally taken notice and strapped on a camera that could take a passable still, but in their awe they overlooked the fact that the technology the device boasted was, in fact, still several steps behind rivals.
Android had several devices with 8-megapixel snappers, and the crown prince of the smartphone/camera market, was running Nokia’s out-of-the-ark Symbian^3 OS.
Put simply, Apple has to raise the bar with the iPhone 5. Another plain 8-megapixel camera with LED flash isn’t going to cut it when its main rivals are touting 12-megapixels, Xenon flashes and advanced camera effects such as stereoscopic imaging and seamless panoramic capture.
The technology Apple is developing for 3D image capturing could be far ahead of anything available on the market. Three-dimensional cameras that are currently on the market have limited depth-perception capabilities. Most often, these cameras approximate the distance of objects captured by the cameras.
Apple’s 3D technology may be able to capture more information about objects within a frame than current 3D cameras on the market by using several different sensors. This will lead to more accurate depth-of-field processing for 3D images.
Patently Apple reports that its new patented image-sensing device might be used to convert or facilitate the converting of captured images into 3D digital media.
“The image sensing device may be hosted in various electronic devices including, but not limited to, digital cameras, personal computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile telephones, a stand-alone camera or any other device that can be configured to process image data,” says Patently Apple.
It remains to be seen whether or not the new Apple-patented 3D technology will be included in the iPhone 5.
Recent reports have noted that Foxconn, the assembly company that builds Apple products, has hired 20,000 factory workers, who, some assume, will assemble the upcoming iPhone 5.
Apple’s patent application was filed in the third quarter of 2011. It was published recently by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
It’s been a busy week for iPhone 5 reports. Some of the fun words coughed up by the Internet include “liquidmetal” and “in-cell multi-touch.” Let’s dive in and have a look-see at these supposed nuggets of iPhone knowledge, shall we?
First up is liquidmetal. I don’t know about you, but the first thing that came to my mind when I read the term was some dialogue from Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. According to Korean news site ETnews, however, Apple acquired a license to use Liquidmetal technology back in 2010. So far, the company has only used it in small objects, such as the SIM ejector tool that ships with the iPhone and some iPads. But what the heck is it?
According to Liquidmetal’s website, “Liquidmetal alloys combine over twice the strength of titanium with the processing efficiency of plastics. Our scientists have developed the technology where our metal alloys behave similar to plastics.” It’s an alloy made of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper, and other materials put through a patented strengthening/bonding process. The company says it has numerous customers and applications include military, medical, sports/performance, and industrial coating. Sounds like some cool stuff.
ETnews believes that Apple will use this material in the shell or casing for the next iPhone. Now, the iPhone 4S (which was supposed to be the iPhone 5) was rumored to have a metallic shell more than a year ago. As we all know, that didn’t pan out. I can’t say that I place much stock in ETnews’ report, but Liquidmetal is legit, and Apple has a license to use the material. Is it possible Apple will ditch the fortified glass of the iPhone 4/4S and use Liquidmetal in its next iPhone? Sure. Moving on.
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Everyone’s favorite tech rumor site, DigiTimes, says that the cost to make in-cell multi-touch technology has dropped enough to convince Apple it’s time to switch from current touch tech to the newer stuff.
What’s in-cell multi-touch technology? In-cell multi-touch is built directly into the TFT LCD panel, and is not a separate layer above the LCD panel. This allows devices to be thinner and lighter, and the display itself to be brighter. DigiTimes said that Apple is buying such touch panels from Sharp and Toshiba.
Put these two reports together, and the iPhone 5 is starting to sound downright sexy. So when will we see it? Well, it just so happens that there have been some new reports on the timing of the iPhone 5 this week, too! Aren’t we lucky?
The same ETnews report that brought us the liquidmetal information suggests that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. That’s earlier that most others have predicted. Though Apple has used WWDC to announce iPhones in the past, it didn’t in 2011, and waited until October to introduce the iPhone 4S.
October is when Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone 5 will appear. In a note sent to clients Thursday, Munster noted that October is the most probable month for the iPhone 5 to debut due to supply constraints facing chip-maker Qualcomm. Qualcomm is said to be supplying the LTE 4G radio technology in the iPhone 5. Qualcomm earlier this week warned that it is seeing incredibly high demand for its chipsets, and supply will not be able to keep up with demand for a number of months.
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Chinese-language tech blog Netease reported that the supply chain for the iPad Mini has been finalized, and that the device will sell for between $249 and $299. The price gap is probably due to Apple’s traditional three-version release, with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB selections.
The website, which usually covers production-related news and rumors for consumer tech, began to speculate about what this could mean for other Apple products. The recently released iPad ’3′ and the highly anticipated iPhone 5 could each be affected by the launch of another device.
“However, foreign analysts pointed out that if Apple launched a low price [for] the iPad Mini, most affected is probably the market share of more than 60 percent of the iPad, and may generate a crowding out effect size similar to the iPhone,” the news site wrote.
According to ABC News, the company’s late CEO never intended to release a mini iPad, and he had previously indicated that he was opposed to the idea of a smaller tablet.
“Steve Jobs had been quite outspoken about smaller tablets; during one earnings call he even said that a 7-inch tablet would be ‘dead on arrival,’ ABC News’ Joanna Stern reported. “On that same call, he said, ‘While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the difference, it is meaningless unless your tablet also included sandpaper so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of their present size.’”
Jobs was known to have said more than once that a smaller tablet could be a bit baffling to customers, as Michael Nace of the iPhone 5 News Blog writes. A mini-tablet could result in a tablet-smartphone middle ground, with some users confused about which side to choose. This is the territory that Samsung is attempting to explore with its Galaxy Note, which has come to be known as a “phablet” — a hybrid of the two gadget types. Nace also writes that Jobs seemed to be hinting that a device such as a mini iPad could in fact hurt the iPhone and regular edition iPad’s sales.
The cost of the components that go into creating iPads also makes it unclear whether or not the Mini iPad would be a profitable venture. ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes that a mini iPad would make sense if the Cupertino-based company was having trouble selling its tablets, and it offered a breakdown of the prices involved in producing the product.
Hughes points out that the 16GB iPad 2 currently sells for $245, while this would be the starting price for Apple’s Mini iPad. This tinier device would have a smaller screen and possibly a smaller battery, so what would compel one to purchase a smaller device for the same price?
If portability is an important characteristic for consumers, the next-generation smartphone may be a more viable option. However, for users that don’t want to upgrade their current cellphone and are seeking a mobile device that is thinner and smaller than the newest iPad, the mini may be perfect. This could put some customers in a confusing spot, but only time will tell how both devices will fare.
The iPhone 5 is also said to feature in-cell technology, which means that the device’s touch screen panels will be receiving an upgrade. The new display would result in a thinner, sleeker addition to the iPhone family. Other rumored features include 3-D capability and 4G LTE connectivity.
There are bound to be many mobile phones introduced throughout 2012, however, no device is as eagerly anticipated as the iPhone 5.
Apple disappointed everyone in October last year when it introduced the iPhone 4S after it had been assumed the technology giant would unveil the iPhone 5.
The company stated that the technology wasn’t refined enough and this year will almost certainly see the launch of the iPhone 5, which is expected to be a leader in the industry in terms of popularity and specification.
Much in the same way as people couldn’t wait to see the new iPad 3, which was released to great fanfare last month, consumers just want to be able to see the new device, according to editor of Smartphoneblogging.com Shapur Azizpour.
“All eyes are also on Apple this year as the iPhone 5 will hopefully be a significant leap forward, not only on the hardware side, but also regarding iOS,” he continued.
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Your iPhone’s touchscreen might look just like a single pane of living glass, but there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. Every iPhone is comprised of multiple layers: an LCD that actually blasts the pixels out of the Retina Display, a glass substrate laye separating the LCD from the touch layer that translates your finger swipes and prods into input the system can read, and a layer of protective Gorilla Glass on top.
Obviously, Apple’s existing touchscreen tech works well, but having so many different layers has its drawbacks. A big one is that it adds to the iPhone’s thickness. But Apple may already be on the cusp of inking a deal with Sharp and Toshiba to adopt in-cell touch panel displays, which should lead to a slimmer, lighter iPhone 5.
An in-cell touch panel display differs from current solutions in that it merges the LCD layer and the touchscreen layer. That reduces thickness while also getting rid of the glass substrate layer required to separate and LCD from the touch layer.
The adoption of the in-cell touch panels, if realized, will also have a significant impact on the operations of Apple’s current touch panel suppliers TPK Holdings and Wintek, which are specialized in the production of glass on glass touch solutions currently, said the sources.In response, TPK said that it is developing TOL (touch on lens) single-glass touch solutions, which will be more suitable for the production of high-end customized devices and that the market will accommodate more than one technology.
Not only will in-cell and TOL panels reduce iPhone thickness, but they will improve Apple’s margins too: less parts means less things which can go wrong in manufacturing, which translates to higher yields. It also means that there’s an extra layer of polishing of the glass substrate that doesn’t need to take place on every iPhone, shaving off a few pennies more.
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The 8.8 percent dip Apple shares suffered in the past week isn’t a harbinger of a larger decline; it’s a buying opportunity ahead of the company’s March-quarter results.
That’s the word from Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, the latest Apple observer to express optimism for the company amid the rough patch its shares have been experiencing lately. Hard to imagine that such expressions of optimism are even necessary, considering that Apple’s shares have surged nearly 60 percent to a high of $644 this year. But evidently some investors are too risk-averse and easily frightened to actually own the stock.
Reitzes says that now is not the time to bail on Apple’s stock. And, like Goldman Sachs’s Bill Shope before him, he argues that concerns over softer-than-expected Mac sales, iPhone subsidies and too-lofty expectations for iPad and iPhone sales are misguided. He also notes that, historically, Apple shares have risen significantly in the six months prior to a new iPhone’s debut. Which bodes well for investors, given where we are in the calendar year.
“Our research indicates that Apple’s shares appreciate 31 percent in the 6 months ahead of every major new iPhone ship date,” says Reitzes. “We believe this phenomenon occurs given datapoints from the supply chain start to indicate a significant acceleration in iPhone sales after each launch. … Since we believe that [the] iPhone 5 cycle will be particularly special — and start in the September timeframe — it is not time to give up on Apple’s stock right now.”
In other words, Apple’s market cap is likely to see further gains. And the second-quarter earnings the company will report on April 24 may well be the jumping-off point.
As smartphones have gotten bigger and bigger for their multi-purpose use, the newest rumor for the infamous iPhone 5 is sure to please Apple fans. It‘s frame will allegedly be skinner but it’s how that will be achieved that is interesting.
Computer World reports the rumor mill is churning out news that the next-gen iPhone will be made with “liquid metal” technology, meaning it will be poured instead of cast. With Apple purchasing the rights to some alloys of LiquidMetal Technologies in 2010, Computer World states Korea’s ETNews has “industry sources” that believe the tech may be put to use in this next design, cutting down on weight and freeing up pocket space.
Here’s more from Computer World that could be giving credence to these rumors:
LiquidMetal announced in March that it had begun shipping commercial parts to several of its customers. “Parts delivery began this past December with continuing shipments scheduled for the months ahead,” the press release said.
Given recent claims Apple’s iPhone factory partner, Foxconn, has begun recruiting staff to run its iPhone 5 production lines, is it possible the partners are beginning to create the production lines for new iPhones using LiquidMetal?
The Daily Mail describes the alloy as “a mix of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium among other metals.” It also states rumors are that the new phone could be launched as early as June, while others maintain it should be expected in October. Apple itself, as always, has not announced anything formally about the iPhone 5.
Here is a video explaining the LiquidMetal technolgy (via Computer World):
Such a design would also use “in-cell touch technology,“ which Computer World explains would make the display thinner because ” the touch sensors are placed within the color filters, rather than on top of them.” Venture Beat explains this technology would be adopted from Sharp and Toshiba.
International Business Times also has experts speculating the phone will have a “unibody design.”
As always, we won’t really know what cool new features the phone will have until it is officially launched, but it’s still fun to speculate.