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iPhone 5 Concept Design by Aatma Studio(Photo: Aatma Studio)
In less than two hours of the opening of ticket window, all the passes to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) got sold out. Moscone Centre West in San Francisco has been booked from June 11 to 15. As many as 5,000 developers purchased the $1,699 ticket to pour in an easy $8 million cash into Apple’s account. Apple fans are eager to see the upcoming flagship iPhone model of world’s most valuable company getting released in June. But their prayers can go unanswered as WWDC 2012 release of iPhone 5 looks unlikely.
Here are top 3 reasons that makes us think that why WWDC 2012 is not up for iPhone 5.
iPhone 4S release date
Apple gives its each device a lifetime of minimum one year as a flagship device to represent the company. Its current flagship smartphone – iPhone 4S – was released back in October last year. Moreover, iPhone 4S is still a hot product in the market.
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Samsung Galaxy S3 debuting on May 3
Apple’s arch rival – Samsung – is about to unleash its next flagship smartphone Galaxy S3. The Korean tech giant has confirmed the release its next Galaxy device on May 3. Releasing a competitive mobile around the same time will result in business loss for both Apple and Samsung as consumers will get divided between iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3. And folks at Cupertino HQ cannot afford a loss. So Apple is going to hold the line until Galaxy S3 enters a relatively cold zone and then will make a blast in the market with its iPhone 5 in October.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm confirmed that its Gobi v5 chips are going to be feature in upcoming iPhone. At the moment, Qualcomm is running short on meeting the demand for its baseband chips. It is believed that iPhone 5 will be 4G LTE compatible. Shortage of Qualcomm LTE chip will slow down the production of iPhone 5, resulting in delayed release date.
“At this stage we cannot secure enough supply to meet the increasing demand we are experiencing,” said Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs.
In case of iPhone 4S, the holidays quarter help Apple a lot to become world’s most valuable and profitable company. Alike iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 5 will also debut in October.
Clearly iPhone 5 is not coming out at WWDC 2012. Then what are all these people gathering for? Well, Apple has a lot in its inventory to surprise it followers. Apple may launch iOS v6 at WWDC 2012. Mac OS X Mountain Lion is also expected to debut at the June event.
“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, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, in a statement.
Rumors of the next-gen MacBook Pro with Ivy Bridge architecture are also buzzing high.
(reported by Johnny Wills, edited Dave Clark)
This week: the war of the Home buttons, how to make the next iPhone really thin, blaming iPhone 4S buyers for “delaying” iPhone 5 and for making it, already, a dud.
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“Though there are still hundreds of thousands of die-hard Apple-heads, a growing number of them are questioning the future of Apple, and just what the iPhone 5 release date will bring.” ~ International Business Times, discovering and uncovering a Disturbing and Ominous Trend in the comments by two users on a Mac Rumors forum.
iPhone 5 will have a redesigned Home button, and it will be round or maybe rounded square
In the iOSphere, it’s easy to lose a sense of perspective. All the talk about the wondrous Liquidmetal, and LTE, and quad-core processors obscures what is really important, what is really worthy of obsession.
The iPhone Home button.
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In a truly confused and confusing post at a website called Mobile Apps, we learn that the current iPhone’s round Home button will be redesigned to be … round in the Next iPhone.
The basis of the scoop by Vamien McKalin is a posting at the website of a Chinese replacement parts supplier, called Truesupplier, showing something labeled “OEM Apple iPhone 5 Home Button Key.” A steal at $8.99.
“There have been many rumors about the new iPhone 5, but this latest from the mill seems legitimate, and that is mainly because of the source,” McKalin writes, oblivious to the irony of the term “legitimate rumor.” He says the new button revealed by Truesupplier “looks different” from the current button: It has a “round design which looks similar to the iPhone icons we’ve come to love and hate over the years.” Therefore, “this might give us an idea on what the UI design could look like when the iPhone 5 hits store shelves later in the year.”
Rollup is a tad skeptical that the iPhone’s Home button is a reliable indicator of changes to the iOS user interface.
“TrueSupplier has images of a side by side comparison of both the rumored new button, and the one on the iPhone 4S,” he writes. But what the side-by-side images on the website actually seem to show are top and bottom views of the “new” button. But since both the existing and new buttons are round, it’s a bit confusing unless what McKalin means is that the “new” button is convex, instead of concave.
That might be kind of a big deal. Or maybe not.
“The changes are clearly seen, though not really a huge chance to warrant any form of excitement,” he concludes.
The new button “suggests that Apple might release the iPhone 5 without a touch sensitive button. However, we’re not sure if that is a good idea or not …,” McKalin writes. We’re not sure either because if you press a button that’s not touch-sensitive, then the button wouldn’t, you know, do anything. But McKalin actually might mean that it wouldn’t be a “virtual” or on-screen button. That’s a rumor that surfaced in 2011, the idea being if Apple turned the physical button into an on-screen button, there’s be more room for a larger display.
And that observation, alas, brings us to Button Rumor, Part Deux. Apple Bitch noticed that a parts seller, TVC-Mall.com of Shenzhen, China, also briefly showed on its website a Home button listed under iPhone 5 replacement parts. “The biggest surprise, or perhaps disappointment, for some is that the Home buttons appear to be round in shape. 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,” Apple Bitch noted somberly.
A report from global securities and investment group Jefferies suggests the latest generation of Apple’s best-selling iPhone will be 20 percent thinner, have a 4-in. screen and could get an improvement in its dots-per-inch (DPI) resolution. The note comes on the heels of weeks of speculation and rumors about the latest version of Apple’s sleek smartphone, which may sport liquid metal components and could debut sometime between June and October, depending on where the (unconfirmed) information is coming from.
Jefferies’ report mentions that they do not think it matters economically to Apple when the phone is launched, and investors should not stress about it. “We have penciled in 15 million iPhone 5 shipments for [the third quarter], out of their 40 million total estimate, and 50 million total iPhones in the fourth quarter,” the report says. “Beginning in September, Apple will have more than 175 million iPhone subscribers globally. Assuming a two-year replacement implies a base case of about 20 million iPhones a quarter.”
The report says that assuming Chinese carriers DoCoMo, and possibly China Mobile, as well as a handful of other carriers, obtain the iPhone in the fourth quarter, there could be incremental geographic demand of 10 million in that quarter. “Consensus’ expectations for 20 percent smartphone market growth implies another 15 million units,” the report predicted. “We therefore expect Apple to beat estimates in Q4 (and in Q3, should it launch in September).”
As for the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which takes place in June, Jefferies believes Apple will unveil the iOS 6 mobile operating system and an iCloud upgrade, matching much of the syncing functionality of services like Google Drive. “Based on our coding and developer work, we also believe iOS 6 will focus on video,” the research note said.
The note also commented on the long-rumored Apple TV, which they connected to better second-quarter outlooks from display-related companies, which could partially be due to early iTV builds. “Also, of interest was the Time Warner Cable call where management acknowledged new entrants into the TV market and said they were ready to open their APIs. We view this as a departure and [it] opens up the possibility that Time Warner Cable could be a third distribution partner for iTV in conjunction with Verizon and ATT.”
The news cycle has been inundated in recent days with rumors about Apple’s plans. A provocative blog post by Forrester Research CEO George Colony suggested without the leadership of Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away last year, the company was doomed to an eventual decline.
Whenever the release of the iPhone 5 actually occurs, Apple’s latest earnings support suggests the company is in a fine position to release new products at its own pace: Apple’s stock price ($602 as of 3:30 EST April 27) is an eye-popper, and its second-quarter earnings report, released April 24, shows that the world’s richest company made $39.2 billion last quarter and banked $11.6 billion as profit. Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 88 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. It sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter, a 151 percent unit increase from the year-ago quarter.
Galaxy S3 Leaked Image(Photo: Reddit)
Samsung has recently confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S3 will sport a quad-core processor, the Exynos 4 Quad. The quad-core chip will make Galaxy S3 a speed demon and it could pose a big threat to iPhone 5, which is expected to pack A6 chip. According to recent reports, however, that may only be true for the global Galaxy S3 version as the U.S.-bound Galaxy S3 may have to settle for a dual-core offering.
“Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S III smartphone according to different specifications and different markets,” one Samsung executive told The Korea Times, under condition of anonymity. “For European consumers, it will use 3G and the company’s own quad-core mobile APs, while its own solution that combines LTE, 3G and quad-core mobile APs will be used for the Korean version. But only in the United States will Samsung use Qualcomm chips.”
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Global vs. U.S. Version
The U.S. has seen this sort of settlement before, with the HTC One X. The global version runs Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip, but America has received a less powerful version – the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
Nothing is official yet, and the reasoning behind Samsung’s alleged U.S. downgrade has not been documented. For the HTC One X, the reason was that some of the latest quad-core chips were not compatible with the modems necessary for 4G networks. The same 4G incompatibility issues may apply to the Samsung Galaxy S3 as well, forcing Samsung to use a dual-core chip instead of the global version’s quad-core.
Qualcomm Chips Shortage
News of a shortage in Qualcomm S4 chips has recently surfaced, adding more uncertainty to the highly-competitive smartphone market. “Although the manufacturing yields are progressing per expectation, there’s a shortage of 28-nanometer capacity,” Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs recently announced.
According to Korea Times, however, Samsung officials said the company is “closely monitoring the situation,” but Samsung is increasingly using its own solutions for its Galaxy range, therefore the impact of the “Qualcomm tsunami” should be limited. Moreover, Samsung officials reportedly added that Qualcomm should supply its chipsets even under a “heavy chip shortage,” as Samsung is a top-tier customer.
However, even if Galaxy S3 hits the U.S. market with dual-core chip, it will still be one of the most powerful Android smartphones to be released in 2012. And, it could send Apple back to the drawing boards.
The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 is considered to be the next major Android smartphone on the market, especially since Samsung confirmed its new quad-core Exynos chip (even if it may only be available in the global version). Additional reports indicate the Samsung Galaxy S3 will feature a 4.5-/4.8-inch HD screen, 8-/12-megapixel camera, NFC technology and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
However, nothing is certain until officially confirmed. Samsung will unveil its new Galaxy S3 smartphone on May 3 in London, at Earls Court. Unless Samsung decides to make other official announcements ahead of the big launch, which is unlikely, we’ll have to wait until the May 3 unveiling to draw a clear line between rumors and reality.
(reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Dave Clark)
Apple World Wide Developer Conference(Photo: Apple)
There is no doubt the Apple iPhone 5 is launching this year, but for those who are expecting it to show its sexy head at the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco two months from now, (June 11-15 2012) should forget it completely because it is unlikely for Apple to show off its new smartphone at a conference that is all about getting developers more familiar with Apple software.
There are quite a few reasons apart from focusing on the developer aspect of WWDC why Apple would consider holding off the announcement of the iPhone 5. This device will be Apple’s biggest and most important launch of the year, and the company cannot afford to mess it up in any way possible. Check out the other reasons why we think it’s a fat chance that iPhone 5 will debut at WWDC.
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Probably the biggest reason for the delay is the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Galaxy S family of Android smartphones is the closest thing to competition the iPhone has, and this competition is expected to get even more intense when Samsung takes the lid off the Galaxy S3 next week (May 3). The device is shaping up to be a killer smartphone with its rumored 4.6-inch display, 1.4GHz quad core Exynos processor, and Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich sitting at the helm.
iPhone 4S Launch Was In October
Announcing the iPhone 5 in June would be too early for Apple, considering the previous device was launched in October of 2011. Yes, there will be hot competition from Android devices, and even those from Windows Phone straight from the Nokia Lumia camp. However, we believe the iPhone 4S is capable of holding its own in a sea of more power devices until October 2012.
WWDC is more focused on software
When Apple sent out the invitations for WWDC, something important was mentioned that to us, is the nail in the coffin to anyone with the idea that the iPhone 5 will make an appearance at WWDC. According to the invitation snippet, there’s a little thing there at that says, “join us for a preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X.” Clearly it is saying that Apple will not be announcing the new iPhone at WWDC, and would most likely put focus on October. Expect iOS 6 to show up. Not iPhone 5.
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
Every top of the line smartphone is launching out with LTE and Apple cannot afford to release the iPhone 5 without it or it will be left behind in a technological sense. We expect Apple to change the design of the iPhone to accommodate the LTE chip along with space for a bigger battery. And that takes time.
So, if you’re expecting to see iPhone 5 at WWDC, we’ve got this to say – fat chance.
(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)
Aatma Studio is once again back with its mind-boggling creativity on Apple products, but this time it is not about an iPad. The new video created by this popular animation and digital content studio shows a Siri security feature running on an iPhone 5.
After three unsuccessful login attempts, Siri disables the iPhone 5 and the device automatically goes into a self-destruction mode, the video uploaded by AatmaStudio shows.
The iPhone cracks itself if siri perceives it as stolen. Before you go why siri why, self destruction is activated only if you have enabled the iphone unlock error security feature on the concept iPhone 5.
After 3 strikes, Siri radio quickly does an iPhone data transfer to your iTunes; and goes onto decimate all your information on the phone. You are notified on iTunes where the iPhone data recovery is now available only to you, as it should be.
If you cant have the iphone, NO one can!
The question is not whether iPhone — Will it blend? but iPhone — Will it destruct?, if stolen. Go Siri!
This is not the first time that AatmaStudio has presented an iPhone 5 concept. Last year, the same studio came up with an iPhone 5 video that showed some advanced features like sleeker design, laser keyboard holographic display.
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(Photo: Concept Phones) – WWDC 2012: iPhone 5 Release Date in June? October More Realistic
During the conference, Apple’s engineers will give out over 100 technical sessions to developers on Apple’s technology with specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies.
“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 Worldwide Marketing.
“The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world,” Schiller further added.
Developers will get opportunities to explore Apple’s latest technologies and connect with developers from across the world.
According to the press release, “Developers will be able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.”
In the past, Apple used to launch its latest technologies and new products during the summer’s WWDC, but, last year, the company delayed it until October to bring out its iPhone 4S. Going by the speculations and with no mention of a launching date of its much-speculated iPhone 5 in the press statement, Apple might follow suit this year too.
Apple also had historically presented its iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 at WWDC in 2008-2010. But a summer release would place a very short period of time between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4S debut. Most speculations are that an October date is more realistic.
“Based on tempered expectations for the current quarter with earnings of $8.68 a share and revenue of $34 billion, it’s unlikely the company would plan for an iPhone release this summer and it will almost certainly shoot for a fall release. Instead, we expect WWDC to be a lot like last year, where software is in the spotlight. Specifically, we expect Apple to announce iOS 6.0 and launch Mountain Lion OS for Mac,” writes VentureBeat.
To find out what Apple has in store, we will have to wait and see what unfolds at the conference which is scheduled for June 11 in San Francisco.