Both are making waves long before their launch in market. Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Apple iPhone 5 fight is going to begin pretty soon. Here is a comparison of expected specs and features
The smartphone market is anxiously awaiting the launch of great products, the new Galaxy S3 from Samsung and iPhone 5 from Apple. Reams of papers are being written on the expected features of the two phones that many say will take smartphone markets to a new level.
There have been extensive rumors over these two smartphones for a long time. As of now, we are almost close to the official releases of at least one handset, Galaxy S3 while we may have to wait a couple of months for the launch of iPhone 5. It is almost pointless to make a comparison between two products, which are not yet officially announced. But there are enough indications and leaks, both official and unofficial that give us enough indications about their expected features.
Most rumors over the new iPhone and Galaxy S3 concentrate over their display sizes. A change in customers’ approach towards the display size of smartphones has resulted in the situation. We have iPhones with small and crammed 3.5-inch displays and Galaxy S with 4.3-inch display when all new handsets come with 4.5-inch plus display. Therefore, the new rumors predict that iPhone 5 will come out with a large 4-inch or bigger display with enhanced screen resolution boosted by the famous Retina Display. It might sport a Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 367ppi.
When it comes to the Galaxy S3, rumors say that it will likely come with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Plus full HD screen in style of the company’s Galaxy Nexus. The device is expected to be the first handset to feature a true Super AMOLED HD panel with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at a whopping 319 ppi. See, it will be an upgrade from the current model’s 4.3-inch size display that packs 800 x 480 pixels at 217 ppi. Sammy will certainly make an attempt to compete with iPhone in screen resolution and ppi with its new Galaxy S phone. Some other reports suggest that the new Galaxy S3 will have a non-PenTile display matrix arrangement so as to ensure smaller pixels at 2.5 micrometers, which will result in better brightness and resolution.
To top it all, there is a story that both the new iPhone and Galaxy S will come with 3D displays. Both companies have recently sought patents for various 3D technologies. But it is not sure whether the companies will introduce them on their new smartphones.
Needless to mention, after display, processor is the next highest rumored item on the upcoming handsets. There is a now type of mania associated with smartphones and this is new quad core processor. The iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 may come up with quad core processors, which will make the devices highly powerful and competitive to the new line of smartphones. Apple is expected to slot in its new A6 processor in the new iPhone. The company recently upgraded its iPad line with a new A5X version of processor, which the Cupertino tech firm claims as having a better performance than the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core chips. So it is sure that the new iPhone will promise high power in processing performance.
The Galaxy S3, at the same time, is most likely to get its own quad-core ARM A9-based Exynos 4212 chipset with a clock speed of 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM. However, according to a recent rumor by Boy Genius Report, a more humble 1.5GHz quad-core processor may appear in the new phone. But there is less chance for it, because Samsung will have to confront with Apple and other Android product makers like HTC, Motorola, Lenovo and others with its new Galaxy S.
It is almost certain that the new iPhone will get iOS 6, the rumored new version of Apple’s mobile OS. The iOS 6 is expected to come out of cover at Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June this year. At the same time, Galaxy S3 is being developed for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is yet to completely cover the Galaxy S2 in global markets.
We are almost close to get the new iPhone and Galaxy S3. Samsung has already invited media persons to a press conference on May 3 for a new Galaxy device, which will most likely be the new Galaxy S phone. Apple, as per rumors, will introduce its iPhone 5 at the WWDC 2012 or late this year to compete with the Galaxy S3.
The iPhone 5 is likely months away, but that won’t stop designers from creating mockups of what they think the next iPhone will look like.
The new mockups, collected by 9To5Mac, range from an iPhone 4 changed to fit a larger screen to an entirely new design with a tapered back. All of the mockups show an iPhone with the same aspect ratio as the iPhone 4S instead of an elongated screen.
Keeping the same aspect ratio makes it easy for apps to scale to the new phone, but risks alienating users who prefer smaller devices.
Out of the mockups posted, the most interesting one comes from German site apfelpage.de. The design shows a thinner iPhone 5 with a tapered back and very small bezels on the side of the screen. The design even has an iOS 6 mockup on the screen. The iOS 6 design features a redesigned dock and widgets. The widgets take up three-quarters of a row of icons on the home screen instead of being forced into Notification Center, making them similar to Android widgets.
(Read: Why I Want a 4-Inch iPhone)
The German mockup also uses a touch-sensitive home button, which seems unlikely given the leak of the iPhone 5 home button. It’s not impossible, however.
Apple’s next iPhone might not look like any of these mockups, but it’s always nice to dream.
For now the only features that seem certain on the iPhone 5 are 4G LTE and a thinner design. A 4-inch display seems likely as well, but there’s still some doubt about that. There’s also a possibility of a “liquid metal” back, though it seems unlikely as the same rumor said the phone will be out in June.
The iPhone 5 is still months away, so there’s time for more rumors to come out detailing the device. For now we’ll just have to deal with mockups.
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(Photo: Federico Ciccarese) – iPhone 5 Concept Design by Federico Ciccarese
Apple may be developing its thinnest iPhone yet, possibly even breaking the 8-millimeter mark with a significant redesign. Digitimes reported that Apple could use in-cell touch display technology, placing the phone’s touch sensors inside the panel rather than above it.
“The advantage of in-cell is that you’re streamlining the manufacturing process, so in time you should be able to drive efficiencies and reduce costs,” IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander told Wired. “Additionally, by reducing the number of layers, you reduce the size and thickness of the device, making it thinner and lighter.”
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0.44-mm Thickness Savings
According to Apple Insider, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agreed with recent rumors that Apple will use in-cell touch panels on its next-generation iPhone. Kuo has issued a report of his own and said the new display design, which would place the touch sensor inside the TFT LCD instead of layering it above, could result in thickness savings of 0.44 millimeters. The thickness savings would be achieved by removing the separate touch sensor and one layer of adhesive.
Apple’s current phone, the iPhone 4S, measures 9.3 millimeters in thickness. Kuo, however, believes that Apple aims to break the 8-millimeter mark with its next-generation iPhone. This achievement would allow Apple to stay competitive as rival smartphone makers boast thin designs.
Moreover, according to Kuo’s calculations, a thinner battery and the rumored switch from glass to a liquid metal back could further reduce thickness by another 0.96 millimeters. Based on these calculations, Kuo predicts that the next-generation iPhone will measure 7.90 millimeters in depth.
Currently, Apple makes the iPhone’s “on cell” display in several layers. The back light is at the very bottom, the LCD section is layered directly above it, and a layer of glass comes above. The capacitive touch layer comes on top of the glass, and then topped off by a tough protective layer of Gorilla Glass. The layer of glass between the capacitive touch layer and the Gorilla Glass layer separates the liquid crystal portion of the display from the touch portion. Meanwhile, in-cell display technology combines the LCD and touch sections of the display into a single layer, thus eliminating the middle layer of glass.
According to Kuo, other reasons why Apple would adopt the in-cell technology include “more efficient supply chain management” and improved production yield. The analyst explained that with the current design, bonding occurs at a late stage in the production process, but with in-cell production bonding comes earlier in the process. Due to this fact, Kuo added, in-cell production is quicker and more efficient.
Faster Production Process
The new in-cell production process would require only three semi-finished items at bonding, as opposed to the six required to produce the iPhone 4S. Production procedures could also be reduced from eight to five, and Kuo further indicated that the number of production days required could be reduced from 12 to 16 to just three to five.
Furthermore, the switch to in-cell technology would reportedly involve switching from Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA) to Optically Clear Resin (OCR). OCA bondings cannot be redone, but OCR ones can.
If Apple does indeed switch to in-cell technology for its next iPhone, Apple is expected to source in-cell touch panels from Toshiba Mobile Display, Sharp and LG Display. Kuo expects Apple to launch the next-generation iPhone in the third quarter of 2012, but several recent reports indicated an October release date is more likely. Meanwhile, some still expect the device this summer.
(Reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Dave Clark)
“We haven’t heard anything about a 16:9 iPhone, but we have heard Apple is (perhaps still) discussing or experimenting with alternatives to the current Home button,” said Ritchie. “Could these experiments come together into an almost all-screen iPhone?”
May be, but the latest report by Apple Bitch seemed to disagree with it. The report said that Chinese parts vendor TVC-Mall has begun selling “iPhone 5″ home buttons in both black and white on its Web site, which contradicts earlier rumors regarding an oval shaped home button or the lack of a home button at all in the next iPhone.
According to the report, the home buttons appeared on TVC-Mall’s site “under the category of iPhone 5 replacement parts, a section of the site which, until recently, had been empty.”
“The biggest surprise, or perhaps disappointment, for some is that the Home buttons appear to be round in shape,” said the report. “If the parts turn out to be genuine, then this would essentially quash any suggestion that Apple was redesigning the iPhone 5 with an oval touch capacitive Home button.”
However, the alleged iPhone 5 Home Buttons appeared to be slightly different from the round home buttons seen on other iOS devices. As MacRumors pointed out, “the new home buttons appear to have a rounded square shape much like iOS app icons, but retain the round depression for the button as seen in existing devices.”
TVC-Mall listing notes the distinction:
“Are you interested in the iPhone 5 which will come out soon? Different from iPhone 4S 4, the iPhone 5 home button is round in the centre and square outside as the pictures show. The two parts are indivisible.”
According to MacRumors, it’s not clear whether the rounded square section of the button, if real, would be visible to users as the round portion might simply sit below the surface of the device’s bezel making it invisible to users.
“We suspect that that the rounded square portion of the new home button will lie below the surface of the iPhone, serving to hold the button in place while remaining invisible to the user,” said the report. “In this scenario, only the standard round home button portion would protrude through the surface of the device to be accessed by the user.”
The report said that the purported iPhone 5 Home Buttons were also listed for sale in both black and white at TrueSupplier and showed more clearly that the rounded square would sit behind the front of the device and help to hold the home button in place.
I’m really not expecting the iPhone 5 launch will take place during the Apple [AAPL] WWDC event this June. I don’t really think it was ever planned. Here’s three reasons why you shouldn’t hold your breath:
Supply and demand
The move to LTE/4G has begun, and while the standard is fragmented, with the US and Canada using a different implementation than most of the rest of the planet, it is the direction of the smartphone biz.
Apple’s share price has been wavering in recent days since its iPad 4G chip supplier, Qualcomm, admitted itself to be having difficulty meeting demand for its 28-nanometer chips. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs told analysts: “At this stage we cannot secure enough supply to meet the increasing demand we are experiencing.”
There’s been lots of chatter about this, so I spent some time reading through the company’s financial analysts meeting transcripts over at Seeking Alpha. These strongly suggest Qualcomm has been working toward meeting an expected increase in demand for 4G components in the December quarter. Just in time for the iPhone, perhaps?
Brian Modoff of Deutsche Bank asked for a little clarification as to Qualcomm’s build plans. CFO William Keitel responded that production will be “better” in June, “more meaningful” in September and then dropped the bomb:
“And then the December quarter, obviously, the demand backing up into that, our goals are pretty high there in terms of filling this customer demand.“
That statement speaks volumes not in terms of what it contains, but in what it suggests. It suggests the company has high production goals in the fourth quarter.
This is telling, as if it has problems furnishing demand for Apple’s current demand for iPad chips, then those problems will grow exponentially on launch of a 4G iPhone 5: a launch I’m speculating takes place in or around October.
‘A lot of focus on product launches…’
That kind of launch point would drive Qualcomm to ramp up production in the September quarter for the first iPhones to hit the shops, and to maintain production capacity into each subsequent quarter. And with Apple selling maybe 30 million iPhones each quarter, that’s a significant customer to serve,
Could this be what Keitel had in mind when he told analysts: “There’s going to be, I think, a lot a focus on product launches going into the September quarter and particularly into the December quarter.“
Reading between the lines on all of this it seems to me that Qualcomm has been working toward ramping-up production for Apple in the Q3/4 time frame throughout, but had perhaps not been prepared for just how much demand it would face in the iPad and ‘life-outside-Apple’ markets.
The troubles with 4G
I guess everyone in the world now gets what I was talking about last year: LTE/4G is not yet standardized. The 4G standards used in the US and Canada are not the same used on those few existing 4G networks in the rest of the world.
This has given Apple a headache in Australia and other countries as regulators accuse the firm of falsely marketing the iPad as a 4G device. Which it isn’t, at least not in those places. Beyond this, some territories don’t yet have 4G networks, and the UK hasn’t even handed over the radio spectrum needed to support such networks to mobile carriers as yet.
To achieve the full promise of faster mobile broadband, Apple will need to be able to offer its devices with 4G chips designed to support LTE networks worldwide, not just in the US.
Sure, the US has been the company’s biggest market, but this is changing as emerging economies, principally China, promise to eclipse the size of the US market. The 4G support in Apple’s iPad is just a learning exercise.
New production lines
Apple’s much speculated upon plan to use new metal alloys and in-cell touch panels inside the iPhone 5 should not be trivialized. This will require that Apple and its manufacturing partners put together all-new production lines, and that production on these new lines is rigorously tested.
In order to launch the device Apple needs to be extremely certain that build quality is high. It cannot afford another “antennagate“, and company executives have better things to do than to enter damage control for a problem which shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. Apple also has industry-leading customer satisfaction levels and a reputation for build quality to protect.
This means the company will not ship the iPhone 5 until it is reasonably certain that quality standards are high across the production process.
To stress that point, production standards for the iPhone must be really, really high — even a fraction of a percent of faulty devices translates into huge numbers of disappointed customers when you’re selling 10 million devices a month. A 0.1 percent failure rate would equate to 10,000 angry customers.
That level of product failure is fine for most Android devices, which barely scoop a couple of hundred thousand sales at best, but not for Apple, surrounded as it is by bloodthirsty competitors and a media that ritualistically engages in the practice of knocking people and companies down once they become successful.
A move to a new product design using new materials is sufficiently challenging that Apple and its manufacturers will spend months ensuring consistent production standards for the new device.
With these three reasons to back me up, I feel it is unreasonable to expect an iPhone 5 (or new iPhone, or iPhone 4G or whatever else Schiller’s marketing team decide to call the device) to hit market before Fall.
For further information/speculation, please read:
- Collected: Apple iPhone 5 to be under 8mm thin, ships Fall
- iPhone 5: Thinner, lighter, faster — and poured?
- Collected: Apple’s ‘unibody’ iPhone 5 ships fall, claims
- Collected: Apple iPhone 5 ships June and other crazy claims
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“Rumored Apple this year is expected to launch low-cost handsets, to seize the low-end smart phone market share,” the translation reads.
The Apple iPhone 5 is likely to be one of the most expensive cellphones on the market, so creating a nano version would allow the company to seize market share that it would lose by offering only a top-of-the-line product. Also, it gives Apple some breathing room, in that it allows the tech giant to include more features in its top-end models without worrying as much about putting off buyers with lower balances in their bank accounts.
The tip, which is just a rumor, is based on reports from unnamed suppliers in China who say they are working on such low-end iPhone 5 alternatives in plants in there, and that they are due to hit the market in fall.
The suggestion that such a nano version of the iPhone 5 may be on its way comes on the heels of a rumor that an iPad Mini, aka a smaller, cheaper, less-technologically-advanced version of the “New” Apple iPad 3, may be in the works.
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu told Apple Insider the company has been looking into the possibility of producing a smaller model of the iPad since 2009.
The fact that these rumors are emerging at the same time could be evidence that Apple is looking at capturing a new market point in all of its top gadgets, or could be an example of crossed communication lines, and maybe only an iPad Mini or iPhone Nano is on the way, not both.
The next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5, will reportedly feature an in-cell touch panel, which results in a lighter device. An increase in production yield rates of the panels has convinced Apple to work with two companies.
Sources in Apple’s supply chain say Apple is likely to adopt the panels manufactured by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display. “An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panel at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers,” DigiTimes‘ sources said.
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Upcoming conferences, such as Touch Taiwan – running from April 29 – 31, 2012 – will highlight the technology.
“In-cell multitouch technology integrates touch into the thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD manufacturing process, obviating the need for additional sensors and glass. This reduces the weight of the device, among other benefits,” Cnet reported. Consequently, rumors such as a 3D display could turn out to be true. It could also allow Apple to move to the much-rumoured teardrop design, as seen in the latest version of the iPod Touch.
Production will increase in Q2 2012, ahead of an expected Q3 iPhone 5 launch. The sources added that Sharp will use its 5.5G liens, while TMD will use 6G. If Apple continues to use the panels for upcoming iPhones – and possibly iPads – its current touch panel suppliers will be affected.
“The adoption of 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 screens currently,” the sources added.
TPK has since said the market will accommodate more than one technology, and the company is developing touch on lens glass. TPK also said the technology will be more suitable for high-end customized devices.
Meanwhile, a Foxconn recruiter claimed the company is hiring 18,000 new workers to support the launch of the device during June 2012. iPhones have typically launched in June or July, the exceptions being the delayed white iPhone 4 April 26, 2011, versus the black’s June 24, 2011 GSM release date, and the iPhone 4S which launched October 14, 2011 in the U.S.
(reported by Jonathan Charles, edited by Dave Clark)
When Apple showed off the iPhone back in January 2007, they blew people’s minds with the all screen design and the slick user interface. A key element of that UI that often gets overlooked is the home button. It sits all alone, right under the screen, and no matter what a user is doing, all they have to do to get out of the application they’re in is to tap the home button. According to Mac Rumors, who cites Apple Bitch (we’re not making this up), the home button for the sixth generation iPhone is already on sale in both black and white in China. It has the same design as the home button for the /4S, except that the plastic border around the button has more surface area. What can we tell about the design of the new iPhone from this “leak”? Absolutely nothing.
The more important question is why does the next iPhone still have a mechanical home button? You’d think that Apple would want to move away from moving parts, just like Google is doing with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus is, for all intents a purposes, a battery powered screen with an off button. All the interaction on that smartphone is done via buttons that are drawn on the display. Will Apple ever move to that model? Maybe, but they’re definitely not going to do it with the iPhone 5 or whatever they end up calling the next iPhone.
Speaking about the next Jesus Phone, there are a ton of rumors circulating around the internet about what it will and won’t have. Which of those rumors are true and which of them are bullshit? That’s impossible to tell at this point, and we’re likely not going to be able to paint a better picture until the third quarter of this year.
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Stefan Constantinescu (@WhatTheBit on Twitter) has loved technology since as far back as he can remember. It started with computers, but in the past few years his passion has turned to mobile devices. As a mobile phone enthusiast who lives and breathes devices that connect to the internet, he knows he is not alone with this radical fascination of all things wireless. He is strongly opinionated and enjoys a good debate so leave comments in his posts and he’ll get back to you!
Stefan began blogging as a hobby in the fall of 2006 and joined IntoMobile in the summer of 2007. Later he got a job at Nokia in March 2008, but as of June 2009 he has rejoined the IntoMobile team. He is currently based out of Helsinki, Finland.
Iphone 5 Release Date, Features, Specs And News
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 (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.
Update (April 20th, 2012):
New rumours circulating that the iPhone 5 will be released in October according to a recently leaked statement by Qualcomm that develops chips for Apple claiming their chips for the next iPhone won’t be ready until late summer. The other rumour is that the phone will be made from a metallic glass, but not the screen as this type of glassy metal is opaque, not transparent.
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.
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The “iPhone Nano” rumor has surfaced at a time when speculations are rife that Apple may introduce an “iPad Mini” later this year. However, the question still on everyone’s mind is: Does Apple really need to release an iPhone Nano?
Yes, many Apple products are still out of reach of the average consumer, and there’s no sign yet of prices coming down. The MacBook is hundreds of dollars more than other notebooks, but the company is still charging high prices with annual profits growing exponentially, Redmond Pie reported.
From another angle, as iDownloadBlog pointed out, “just because it (Apple) doesn’t need to, doesn’t mean it won’t.” The report explained:
“Remember, Apple’s worldwide smartphone market share is still extremely low compared to other platforms. Android, for example, accounts for close to 50% of all smartphones… And to gain marketshare, Apple has to either increase the iPhone’s availability and/or lower its entry-level price point. Well, it’s already working on availability – the iPhone 4S recently launched on 5 new carriers here in the US. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see it lower its entry-level price at some point – although it’d more than likely happen with an existing handset, rather than an all-new one.”
“As we saw with the iPad 2, while Apple continued to produce it they updated the processor to theoretically improve battery life and closer match the New iPad,” said a report in Motoring Crunch. “So in this instance, they could just rebrand the iPhone 4S as the ‘iPhone nano’ and stick in some of the new guts found in the New iPhone ’5′.”
iPhone Nano: Why Apple Shouldn’t Bother About It
Eric Zeman of InformationWeek said that “bringing an iPhone Nano now would be a mistake for Apple.” He gave four reasons to justify his point.
1. Screen Size Matters: If an iPhone Nano does become a reality, it would of course be a smaller device with a smaller screen. But the current 3.5-inch display that comes with every iPhone model until now is “at the bottom of the smartphone barrel when it comes to size.”
Given that many rival smartphones (both Android and Windows phones) are coming with displays measuring more than four inches, it’s time for Apple to make the upcoming iPhone bigger, rather than scale things down, Zeman wrote.
2. iPhone 3GS Matters: As mentioned in the China Times report, one of the main reasons for introducing the iPhone Nano was that it would allow the company to tighten its grip on the lower-cost device markets. But Apple has also constantly dropped the price of the older iPhone models. In the case of the three years old iPhone 3GS, it is still available and is offered for free by ATT.
“The one question is how much cheaper could Apple make the iPhone 4/4S once the iPhone 5 ships?” Zeman wrote.