April 25, 2012, 2:28 PM — iPhone 5 or a new MacBook Pro? Apple’s new 2012 devices are the center of the mill.
Apple’s next iPhone, or the so-called iPhone 5, could lead to a new revolution — a halo effect that will allow the company to sell more devices, from iPods to Macs largely due to “brand support.”
With the upcoming WWDC 2012, however, tech sites report contradicting predictions, some are saying that a new MacBook Pro is expected to hit the developer show, while others believe that Apple will try its best to compete with Samsung’s May event with its own smartphone event.
According to Computer World, one of the reasons why the iPhone 5 is not yet ready for primetime is due to “Long Term Evolution,” the faster and more reliable wireless internet access that offer faster downloads and uploads. Apple’s new iPad, launched last month, is offering LTE but supports two carriers in United States only, Verizon and ATT. Sprint on the other hand, isn’t getting LTE until mid this year.
Sprint, apparently, is already offering the iPhone specifically the 3G-only iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4, but in case the iPhone 5 will support LTE and it will get a June release date, the third-largest wireless carrier might lag behind Verizon and ATT due to limited coverage. To avoid this scenario, Apple might offer the new MacBook Pro first before selling its much-anticipated iPhone 5.
The new MacBook Pro, according to rumors, is set to ship with the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion, a new design inspired by “MacBook Air” sans optical drive, and a new processor and display. No word yet from Apple on the rumored MacBook Pro but analysts believe that the Cupertino, California-based computer and mobile phone maker will try its best to compete with Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Intel’s ongoing ultrabook “revolution,” and a new MacBook Pro is a great candidate.
Analysts are also expecting a “record-breaking” first day or first week iPhone 5 sales record, because Apple’s rivals, specifically Samsung Mobile, is on the verge of announcing a new Android-based smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, and Apple can only compete with the new phone by offering a smartphone with Long-Term Evolution, a new design, and likely, a new name. Release date rumors, excluding the June versions, say that Apple might start retailing a new iPhone this October, similar to last year’s iPhone 4S launch.
“Different from the 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.”
It is unclear exactly how this will play into the device’s new features, or how apparent this change will be. It’s certainly possible that the rounded part may be depressed below the phone’s bezel, making it seemingly invisible to users. However, none of this is for certain until Apple finally unveils its latest creation.
The iPhone 5 is also rumored to be the thinnest smartphone to date, possibly boasting a thickness of 8-millimeters. The new display technology integrated into the latest design will incorporate touch sensors inside the panel rather than on it.
“Apple Inc. is likely to use display technology provided by Japanese panel makers rather than Taiwan-based suppliers for it’s next generation iPhone, in order to achieve a thinner profile for the device,” David Hsieh, vice president of Display Search said to Focus Taiwan earlier in April. After this announcement, it’s not surprise that reports are surfacing claiming that the new iPhone may be thinner than ever.
But the iPhone 5 isn’t the only surprise Apple has in the works. Rumors are spreading that the company will also launch an iPhone nano to be released in June or September. The China Times reported on April 23rd that a less-advanced version of Apple’s upcoming smartphone would hit stores alongside the full version.
In addition, the next-generation smartphone is rumored to feature an OLED display, a more advanced A6 processor chip, improved battery life, and an upgraded version of Siri.
A job posting for a position at Apple’s headquarters reveals that the company may be implementing updated power management technologies. Originally reported by Apple Insider on April 17th, the posting said that the new technology would allow devices to be “more efficient and run even longer on battery power.”
Apple has yet to publicly clarify what this could mean for its products, but users may see some significant changes with its next line of iPhones and MacBook Pros.
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Will the iPhone 5 be made of Terminator-like liquid metal?
Government agencies such as the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration that are thinking of moving to iPhones for their mobile communications might want to wait until the iPhone 5 is released.
According to Korea IT news, which has gotten more than one tech scoop correct, the next iPhone will be made of Liquidmetal, making it the most durable and lightweight frame ever to grace a smart phone. And it probably will be the coolest looking gadget ever designed to boot.
Liquidmetal, you ask? What the heck is Liquidmetal? Well, sadly, it’s not the material seen in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” so it won’t be able to melt itself down and form into a miniature T-1000 or Arnold Schwarzenegger to beat up all your other smart phones.
Liquidmetal (one word) is the trademarked name for an alloy that is a mix of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and a few other things. It’s incredibly strong, looks like it’s wet all the time, and has some pretty amazing properties.
The company that owns Liquidmetal, which goes by the same name, posted a YouTube video showing one of its cooler features in relation to stainless steel and titanium, and, I have to admit, it kind of looks like magic. You can view the video at the end of this story.
What makes me think that the Korea IT news site probably called this one right is Apple’s decision to pay the Liquidmetal Technology company $20 million dollars for the right to use it in their phones. I doubt even Apple would shell out that kind of cash on a whim.
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Fuelling up the buzz is also the release of photos of the phone’s Home button by a Chinese wholesale online retailer TVC-Mall.com and started offering “iPhone 5″ home buttons for sale.
The buttons are slightly different from the previous iOS device and the images show a circular button with a rounded, square-shaped border. With Android Smartphones coming out without home button, speculations of the iPhone 5 going button-less have circulated.
“Regardless of what Apple does with this part, its existence deflates rumours that Apple will be using a capacitive home button, or a gesture area instead of a physical button,” said iSource.com.
Following up on rumors, the new leaked iPhone 5 will come in black and white with a home button. Speculations are that Apple is bound to come out with a redesigned external look. The new iPhone might come with a liquid metal body enclosure with also a bigger screen.
“Many sources in the supply chain are of the view that Apple is going to add a bigger screen this time around to the iPhone. Various Android powered Smartphone’s already tout screens of 4.5-inches and up,” reported geekwithlaptop.com.
The report added that since Android is probably the only serious competitor for the iPhone 5, some sources believe that the next iPhone just might have a screen of 4.0-inches. There have also been rumors that Apple’s iPhone 5 will feature LTE 4G networking speeds powered by a quadcore A6 processor.
In a report from Cult of Mac, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said, “We believe the iPhone 5 launch is likely to follow the new typical pattern established with the iPhone 4S of an October launch. We expect the iPhone 5 to not only include a revolutionary newly designed body, but also support LTE and utilize the Qualcomm 28nm baseband modem.”
With so much of speculations going on about the release date and designs of the new iPhone 5, we will have to wait and see what Apple comes up when it finally launches this summer or in October.
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Sprint’s major differentiator with the iPhone is the carrier’s unlimited data plans. Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data with the iPhone 5, even if it has 4G LTE.
When speaking to CNET, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he expects the carrier to keep its unlimited data plans going forward. Unlimited data plans helped Sprint sell 1.5 million iPhones with 44 percent going to new customers, and they can help draw more customers if the iPhone 5 uses 4G LTE.
Hesse said that an iPhone with unlimited data is “a marriage made in heaven.” An iPhone with unlimited access to 4G LTE data speeds sounds even better.
Sprint does offer unlimited data plans for its first 4G LTE smartphones like the LG Viper and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but it’s easy to promise unlimited data on a network that doesn’t yet exist. If the iPhone 5 launches in October, Sprint’s 4G LTE network will already be up and running.
When Apple released the new iPad we saw reports of users who burned through their data limits because their 4G LTE connections were so fast. An iPhone 5 with 4G LTE might cause the same problem for users on ATT and Verizon which both have data caps on 4G LTE.
That issue would make Sprint a better option for many users.
Sprint’s 4G LTE network will likely be relatively small when the iPhone 5 launches, which might limit the number of people who switch to Sprint for a 4G LTE iPhone. Although any iPhone user that lives in one of Sprint’s planned 4G LTE networks might want to look into switching once the iPhone 5 comes out.
Dan Hesse wasn’t able to give any hints on when the iPhone will come out, or if it will have 4G LTE. The CEO of Sprint knows as much about the phone as we do, it seems. He just expects that Sprint will have the same iPhone 5 as Verizon and ATT. Hesse expects “that we will all get the same device at the same time.”
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iPhone 5 Won’t Appear Until October: 10 Reasons Why
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iPhone 5 is undoubtedly launching this year. The big question however is,
when this year? Some reports suggest that Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 over
the summer, since historically that has been the most common time for it to
offer such a product. Other reports, however, say Apple will most likely wait
until October or so to launch the device to give its current products some
breathing room and the opportunity to maximize sales.
Apple hasn’t given any indication when it might actually launch the iPhone 5,
an October release date seems to make some sense. From the competitive
landscape to the possibility of Apple launching other products over the summer,
it would appear that the fall is the perfect time over the next several months
for the iPhone 5 to appear on store shelves.
it’ll launch at some point before October? Read on to find out about some of the
evidence that might call predictions of a summertime release into question and
add credence to claims that the iPhone 5 will appear worldwide in October.
1. Waiting on the Galaxy S III wave
Samsung’s mobile strategy plays out the way it should, the Galaxy S III, which
is slated to be unveiled on May 3, could have strong sales over the next
several months. With that in mind, Apple might want to wait until the Galaxy S
III wave has died down to limit the number of major competitors it needs to
the iPhone 5 will likely outsell any device, but why take on a major
competitor if it can be avoided?
2. What about Amazon?
of the big question marks in the mobile space right now is Amazon’s reported
plans to launch a smartphone sometime this year. What that device might come
with and the features it might offer have yet to be revealed. So, it might be a
good idea for Apple to wait and see what Amazon—arguably its chief tablet
competitor—is doing in the smartphone market before unveiling its own device.
3. Consider the iPhone 4S release date
not forget that if Apple launches the iPhone 5 this summer, it would be
little more than eight months after its iPhone 4S hit store shelves. By
offering a new iPhone just several months after the iPhone 4S’ launch, Apple
might risk annoying those consumers who bought the device, thinking that they
had a year to use it before the next smartphone would launch. Waiting a year is
a much better idea.
4. Holidays, holidays, holidays
fact that the iPhone 4S launched just prior to the height of the
holiday-shopping season last year was a key factor in Apple’s record
fourth-quarter sales. And Apple CEO Tim Cook knows it. Expect Apple to
capitalize on holiday shopping again this year with an iPhone 5 launch in
From the iPhone 5 release date to potential features, GottaBeMobile is taking a deep dive into the iPhone 5 news and rumor pool to figure out what to expect from the new iPhone.
Apple sets the standard for secrecy around product launches, but in the months leading up to the new iPhone release, leaks spring out from anonymous sources and suppliers.
While most iPhone rumors end up false, collectively, they offer an idea of what we might expect from the new iPhone. When the same information appears from multiple leaks, it lends to the credibility of the information.
iPhone 5 Release Date
Rumors say the iPhone 5 will launch in June or October of this year, but June is as good as written off as an iPhone 5 release date. Instead, October looks like the most likely time for a new iPhone.
Apple typically launches a new iPhone once a year. In 2011, the iPhone 4S launched on October 14th, months later than the typical June release. The iPhone 4S release date alone would not be enough to make us believe that the iPhone 5 will launch in October, but there are a number of other reasons we are looking to the fall for the iPhone 5 release date.
Apple is likely to include new 4G LTE connectivity in the iPhone 5, with a Qualcomm chip. Qualcomm is having trouble ramping up production to meet demand, and analysts expect this will last until September. If Apple cannot secure enough Qualcomm 4G LTE chips to build up the supply of the new iPhone until the fall, we don’t expect to see a launch any earlier.
WWDC 2012 takes place in June, and has served as a stage for iPhone announcements in the past, but this year we expect that Apple will use WWDC to talk about iOS 6, and announce an iOS 6 beta. Typically the iOS beta is available for several months ahead of a new iPhone launch, which lines up with October.
With supply chain issues, Apple’s preference for at least a year between iPhone launch cycles and the lack of any iOS 6 news fall 2012, more specifically October, looks good for an iPhone 5 launch.
Thinner, Lighter Unibody iPhone 5
The next iPhone has seen it’s fair share of mockups, dating back before the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011, but this year we expect a new look for the iPhone 5. While graphic designers will share their visions for the iPhone 5 up til release, we want to touch on some of the rumors about the design and the build of the iPhone 5.
Recent reports say that the iPhone 5 will use a new touch screen technology called in-cell touch, which will allow Apple to design a 0.44mm thinner iPhone 5, and that Apple is shooting for a new iPhone less than 8mm thick.
While users love thin devices, Apple is not afraid of adding thickness to deliver all day battery life. It is very possible that Apple will use new in-cell touch technology on the iPhone 5, but it is much more likely that Apple will use the saved space to include a bigger battery capable of powering a 4G LTE connection and a larger display.
We’ve also heard reports that Apple will use Liquidmetal to design a lighter iPhone 5. Apple makes the iPhone SIM ejector tool from this strong and light material, which could give a more durable iPhone 5 back. This rumor first appeared with a source citing a June launch date, so there is some skepticism.
Apple may also design the iPhone 5 with a unibody construction. Apple uses unibody design in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro line of notebooks, where it is known for delivering extra strength to the devices. Unibody design makes the body of the device out of a single piece of material, not multiple pieces.
iPhone 5 With 4-Inch Display
Apple may finally bump the iPhone 5′s screen size. The latest rumors say that Apple will design an iPhone 5 with a 4-inch display.
While the competition is pushing screens in the 4.3 inch to 5.3 inch range, Apple could finally increase the screen size of the iPhone. There are users who love the small 3.5-inch display, because a thumb can reach anywhere on the screen for one-handed operation, but a 4-inch display doesn’t detract from one-hand operation in my testing.
Adam Mills outlines why he wants a 4-inch iPhone 5, sharing a number of reasons why a larger display makes sense for users.
Apple doesn’t need to make a monster phone to incorporate a larger screen. New iPhone 5 mockups show one way Apple could increase the screen size, keep the same aspect ratio and still sell a well sized smartphone.
iPhone 5 With 4G LTE
Apple includes 4G LTE in the new iPad, and is reportedly using the Qualcomm 4G LTE chip to include 4G LTE on Verizon and ATT for the iPhone 5. Sprint will roll out 4G LTE later this year, before the anticipated iPhone 5 release.
Verizon will only release 4G LTE smartphones in 2012. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse believes the iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE. C-Spire, the fourth U.S. carrier for the iPhone 4S, will have its 4G LTE network in place in September, for a fall iPhone 5 launch with 4G LTE.
iPhone 5 Processor
Reports show that Apple is already testing an iPhone with the A5X processor, but the company typically launches new processors in the iPad and brings them to the iPhone later.
An iPhone 5 with the Apple A5X processor would likely have 1GB of RAM and the same faster quad-core graphics found in the new iPad’s version of the A5X.
If Apple delivers more graphical power to the iPhone 5, it could pave the way for better looking iPhone games and apps.
Bigger iPhone Battery
The rumor mill is mum on the iPhone 5 battery, but it would not be surprising to see Apple include a larger battery in the iPhone 5 to cope with the power draw of 4G LTE.
The new iPad has a larger battery and is slightly thicker than the iPad 2 to deliver the expected 10 hour battery life.
If Apple includes a larger battery in the iPhone 5 it could mean longer charging times, which means afternoon top ups would deliver less battery life.
The new iPhone will most likely ship with iOS 6, the next version of the iOS software that delivers a stellar user experience on the iPhone and iPad.
Apple has not commented on iOS 6, something that we expect to change at WWDC 2012 in June. There are few rumors about what to expect from iOS 6.
At the least we expect that Apple will provide enhancements to Siri and possibly incorporate some of the features users must jailbreak to use, like an enhanced lockscreen or quick access to settings from the notification center. Apple has a habit of making jailbreak tweaks a part of the stock iPhone experience.
Many iPhone users would love to see IntelliscreenX features, shown below, as part of iOS 6.
Read: 5 Things Siri Needs
Hopefully we will see Siri leave beta and gain new features like the ability to open apps and control playback of media outside of the stock music app. Siri might also be able to tell users the scores of their favorite sports teams.
New iPhone Name
The last piece of the puzzle is the name of the new iPhone. Last fall we expected Apple would release the iPhone 5, but instead we received the iPhone 4S. This year Apple could give us the iPhone 5, or it could go the iPad route with the new iPhone. If the iPhone has 4G LTE, Apple might even opt for the iPhone 4G LTE.
The two most likely candidates are new iPhone and iPhone 5, and our readers agree, based on the results of our “What will Apple Name the new iPhone?” poll.
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Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He’s always looking for ways to help you get the most of your mobile gear and loves to talk about tech on numerous radio programs. Josh uses an iPhone 4S, Galaxy Nexus and iPad 2 on a daily basis.
(CNN) — It’s a tantalizing bit of expectation building. Apple’s invitation to its annual developers conference is tagged with this phrase: “It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for.”
But if it’s that elusive iPhone 5 you’d like to see, you might need to keep waiting.
Apple announced Wednesday its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 11-15 in San Francisco. Tickets to the event sold out in two hours.
The conference has been the launching point for two iPhones (the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and the iPhone 4 in 2010) and, as such, talk of the yearly gathering inevitably turns to phone dreams among the Apple faithful.
The line on the invitation doesn’t do much to dissuade that hope. But keep reading, and you’ll find that that’s about it.
Like last year, when the new Mac operating system was front and center, this year’s announcement focuses more on software (you know, the stuff developers actually work with) than teasing a new product.
“We have a great WWDC planned this year and can’t wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, in a written statement. “The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.”
Of course, if Apple plans a big surprise, they wouldn’t admit it now.
But other factors also make a new phone seem less likely.
The iPhone 4S wasn’t rolled out until October of last year. It would be out of character for Apple to announce another phone only eight months later.
Also? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Apple announced Tuesday that it sold 35.1 million iPhones during the first three months of this year, outpacing analysts’ predictions. So, despite initial grumbling that, aside from a better camera and faster processor, the 4S wasn’t much of an upgrade over its predecessor, the current model is obviously doing just fine.
Some early pundits agree that given Apple’s announcements over the past 24 hours, we’re unlikely to see a new iPhone in June.
“Based on tempered expectations for the current quarter … it’s unlikely the company would plan for an iPhone release this summer and will almost certainly shoot for a fall release,” wrote Sean Ludwig in VentureBeat. “Instead, we expect WWDC to be a lot like last year, where software is in the spotlight.”
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The highly anticipated next generation iPhone 5 is expected to launch later than planned, due to a production issue with one of the component providers for the new handset. Qualcomm, a company which produces components for LTE devices, is reportedly having issues with its 28nm modem chip.
“At this stage we cannot secure enough supply to meet the increasing demand we are experiencing,” said Paul Jacobs, Chief Executive of Qualcomm.
CFO Bill Keitel reportedly told Reuters last week: “Demand went so far ahead of availability that we’ve decided to start spending more money to get more supply as soon as possible. Any time we can’t make a customer totally happy I’m going to worry. You don’t want to give a customer a reason to go elsewhere.”
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According to analysts, the supply issue will push back the release date of the next generation iPhone. Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray said: “QCOM’s supply issue likely pushes the launch of the iPhone to October,” he added. “Based on the increased capital spending this year from TSMC and QCOM’s efforts over the last quarter to port its 28nm designs to UMC and probably Global Foundries, we think QCOM will have the capacity to support a Q4 LTE iPhone 5 launch.”
A recent report also suggests that the new iPhone will be designed using Liquidmetal technology which is set to rival Samsung Galaxy S3′s ceramic design.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo , told Fox news that he believes the reports are true and the new iPhone could be 7.9 millimeters thick, especially if the case adopts Liquidmetal technology.
The material itself isn’t actually liquid. It’s a mix of titanium, nickel, copper, and zirconium, which results in a tough and tight finish that feels as smooth as glass or liquid. The technology was discovered at the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and Apple purchased worldwide exclusive rights to use it in their products in 2012, according to PC World.
The case isn’t the only feature of the iPhone that is expected to get a downsize. A smaller nano-SIM is on its ways, according to Valuewalk.com. The nano-SIM would be a third smaller than the current micro-SIM and allow more space for other features in the phone.
Release Date: It’s likely the iPhone will launch in October-a year after the iPhone 4S update. While Apple enthusiasts are hoping for a June release, it seems Apple has broken its summer release pattern. The new technology and component shortages leads to delays in production, according to Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray.
OLED Display: The latest iPhone 5 rumors point to a 1280 x70 resolution OLED screen, which will replace the traditional LCD display. The Korea Times recently reported that Samsung has increased the production of the OLED screen for the new iPhone. The screen is also expected to come with curved glass edge-to-edge display. Since the launch of the new iPad, Apple enthusiasts are convinced the phone will come with a retina display. A bigger 4-inch or 4.6-inch screen is also on the rumors cards, after many iPhone customers have criticized the iPhone screen for being too small.
Processor: The iPhone 5 will probably come with an A6 Chip, after the iPad was released with the A5X quad-core processor– touted as twice as fast and four times better performance than Tegra 3 chip. An A6 chip would double the power of the A5 chip that is currently used in the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. An unnamed source, who claims to have an iPad 3 prototype, sent Boy Genius Report pictures of a diagnostic tool called iBoot, which states a chip model number that appears to be that of the A6 chip.
iOS 6 Software: Ars Technica has published some analysis that suggests some Apple products are already running on iOS 6 software. The analysis would suggest that Apple is either doing a test run on some of its new products. We might expect the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where the iOS 5 software was revealed last year.
Better Battery: The iPhone 4s’s battery life is one of its most criticized features. Apple tried to fix the bug with an iOS 5.0.1 update, and while some users said it had improved their battery life, other complained that the performance wasn’t good enough. It is therefore likely that Apple are focusing on overall higher battery life and performance, which is paramount if it keeps introducing battery draining features like Siri.
Sophisticated Siri: Tech analysts from the iOS 6 News Blog predict that the new iOS 6 operating system, which is expected to be released ahead of the iPhone 5, will bring with it an even more sophisticated voice recognition system. An upgrade to Siri could possibly mean a better developed interface. Rumors suggest the feature will be activated by simply shaking the phone and website search, navigation and social media sharing will all be possible through a simple voice command.