iPhone 5: Will MIT Glare-Free, Anti-Fogging, Self-Cleaning Wonder Glass Feature in Next Apple Phone?(Photo: MIT | Mobile Apps)
Rumors are flying thick that Apple is looking for a new type of glass material that can give flawless touch-experience in its upcoming iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5. Reportedly U.S. researchers have developed a new glass material, which is fog-resistant, glare free and self cleaning, and it could be featured in Apple’s upcoming smartphone.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed the glass that could turn out to be a glass of the future. It is resistant to fogging and glare effects. Moreover, the glass has a revolutionary technology to clean itself. According to MIT News, the new glass eliminates reflections and repels water droplets like “tiny rubber balls” bouncing off the ground. The anti-reflective screen under-cuts the light reflection to zero level, while conventional glasses can reflect more than 50 percent of light rays when inclined at wide angles to light source.
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All the revolutionary technology is based on nanoscale cones that are 1,000 to 100,000 times thinner than the diameter of human hair. Despite being coated up with the sensitive nanocones, the new glass is rugged enough to stand against daily outdoor tortures.
MIT’s glass technology could be used in a wide range of electronic products. Out of the entire array of consumer electronic, the best use of this type of glass is in touchscreen displays like in smartphones and tablets. Hence, we won’t be surprised if Apple uses the new technology on iPhone 5 touchscreen display. In a simple glare, the new glass appears to be invisible to human eye because of lack of any visual cue like glare, fog or dust. On iPhone, it could give a feel of users directly interacting with user interface elements.
Other applications of this glass include use in professional cameras, HDTV, solar panels, microscope and even in car windows. The research of MIT glass was funded by the Army Research Office through MIT’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology.
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Recently moving from an HTC to the Apple iPhone 4S has been a deflating experience. The HTC is still sitting dejected on my desk. By all accounts it is faster and better at managing multiple tasks. The HTC is superior at managing multiple e-mail accounts, the keyboard is actually large enough for chubby stubs and with an enlarged battery the HTC beats the battery life of the 4S hands down. There is also that delicate little business of the Apple box. Apple products box their customers into Apple and the iStore. There is little room to tinker with the iPhone 4S. Why switch then, why incorporate a nonsensical piece of Apple bling into the hectic mania of life? Four reasons:
- The Apple iPhone 5
- Stability of Android Software
- Video, Audio and CDMA/GSM
According to leaks out of Korea, the Apple iPhone 5 will be released sometime in June or July 2012. The investment group Jefferies is more realistic providing the dates of June-October 2012. According to rumours, the Apple iPhone 5 will have a larger screen, sport 4G LTE, come with a new operating system and have increased cloud-syncing functionality with Apple’s new iOS6 operating system. In other words it is an entirely new redesign. A new product. A new generation.
Apple, usually the king of stability and reliability, has a chequered past in the iPhone department. There were serious problems with the iPhone 2. Willing to bet on the iPhone 5 without Jobs?
Moreover, the iPhone 5 has been developed under upheaval. There have been serious labour issues at Chinese supplier Foxconn and Steve Jobs, the final word on all Apple devices, is gone. The iPhone 5, with its larger screen and improved syncing capabilities, smacks of a product that is following Samsung and HTC rather than leading in innovation. Historically, this is not what Apple is known for. In short, the 4S purchase was a way of avoiding the 5.
The 4S is a very stable device. Stable, reliable, dependable. Stability is what matters most to consumers when it comes to cell phones, smart phones and Wireless Internet providers. While the HTC is mechanically a brilliant device over the last year there have been multiple software hiccups. Maybe accounts push correctly, maybe they don’t. Maybe applications are updated quickly enough to sync with Android changes, maybe they aren’t. On a very concrete level it is important to have a device that just works.
Audio is maybe the last breath of brilliance from Steve Jobs. The 4S takes video but most importantly it takes video with acceptable sound reproduction. Audiophiles have complained that the 4S lacks the amazing sound quality of the 3GS and the 4 but in my experience it is still far superior to the HTC. In other words you can use it to record your child’s music recital and not have them cry when you play it back. This, rather than Siri, is an important advantage for the iPhone 4S.
Then there is the size of the 4S. The HTC with the expanded battery and case is a brick. Without the extended battery the device is just this side of too big for most pockets. The smaller size of the 4S (almost a centimetre in width and depth including the cases) makes this a portable device.
The CDMA/GSM duality of the 4S make an international device compared to the iPhone 4. The addition of a sim-card slot (a micro-one) on the 4S is an important improvement.
The iPhone 5 is rumoured to sport new 4G LTE technology. LTE will increase speeds dramatically. However, on introduction, availability of LTE is limited even in the US making this advance only somewhat of an advantage. When 4G LTE service is widely available in the UK or Australia it will be time to buy a new phone.
Furthermore, the data focused LTE uses TCP/IP protocols and the deployment of LTE will shift voice traffic from GSM to Voice over IP (VoIP). LTE means faster data and greater multimedia ability but initially it may translate into a loss of clarity for voice calls. A phone trumps game centre in the priority list.
According to Jesse Bauer, in a recent article for Technorati, worldwide a majority of phone buyers agree and are now buying the iPhone 4S and previous generations of the iPhone rather than Android devices. Consumers are buying despite the imminent arrival of the iPhone 5 and access to a variety of 4G LTE Android darlings already available for less money. Some of these sales can be attributed to Apple’s “cool” cache but it also reflects a desire by many people to own a device that preforms efficiently and elegantly.
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Shares of Apple (AAPL) were up 1.3% in recent trading, inching their way back toward $600 after yesterday’s slide, which erased the gains the company had seen after last week’s upbeat quarter. For the month of April, shares were off 2.6%.
However, Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes reiterated his Overweight rating and $750 price target on the stock, as he thinks investors should “stay the course” and ride out recent volatility, as he sees the stock as “well within the 6-month range when shares benefit in anticipation of a major iPhone product cycle.”
He notes that the stock still looks cheap given continued demand and overseas expansion opportunities.
Read more of his note below:
“Near-term, we believe iPhone sales could weaken on a q/q basis in anticipation of the iPhone 5 but we still see solid iPad and Mac sales. In addition, it is time to start thinking about the Worldwide Developer Conference in June, which could preview new portables, new iOS software and more features around OS X Mountain Lion. We believe that Apple’s software ecosystem creates the “stickiness” and unprecedented ease of use that fuels sales of gadgets. We believe innovations like iCloud and iTunes enhance the experience as well.
Last Tuesday (4/24), Apple reported fiscal 2Q12 EPS of $12.30, well above our estimateof $9.67 and significantly above Apple’s original guidance of $8.50. Revenue of $39.19billion (+59% y/y) beat our estimates by about $3.2 billion due to strong iPhone sales that more than offset weaker than expected Macs. The standout in Apple’s earningswas the iPhone’s performance in China as revenues in the region totaled $7.9B, up over200% y/y with iPhone sales in the region up 5x y/y. We believe that investors are concerned that iPhone shipments in the June and September quarters will be impacted in anticipation of the iPhone 5, but we believe any impact to EPS will be temporary.”
There have been rumors in regards to a possible Liquidmetal design on Apple’s iPhone 5 and one designer decided to make those rumors a reality and the result is one of the most gorgeous iPhone 5 concepts yet.
The concept is from French designer Antoine Brieux, courtesy of Redmond Pie, and it depicts an iPhone sporting a Liquidmetal design which would give the phone strength while retaining a thin and light form factor.
Apple has also been rumored to be making the next iPhone thinner and lighter than the company’s previous model of iPhone, the iPhone 4S.
Brieux’s concept is called the iPhone LM aka iPhone Liquidmetal, and along with its new design, it sports a 4.5-inch display and a virtual home button. All of Apple’s previous iPhone models have had a physical home button.
We have seen what we believe to be the iPhone 5′s physical home button leak out which all but crushes any chance of a virtual home button such as this.
The iPhone LM also sports a 10MP camera, an embedded SIM card, and a 7.9mm thin design.
And while we have specifications for a concept phone, the actual specifications of the next iPhone remain completely uncertain at this point.
The device is widely believed to have 4G LTE capabilities as Apple launched its latest version of the iPad with 4G LTE support. There have also been rumors about a bump in screen size, possibly to 4-inches, and whispers about an A5X processor possibly being on board.
It will likely also be running Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 operating system, software that the company will likely show off this summer at WWDC.
As for the next iPhone release date, both summer and fall have been rumored but as of right now, an October launch appears to be the front-runner.
That being said, would you pick up this iPhone 5 concept if it launched today?
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Apple fans are hopeful some recent iPhone 5 release date rumors are true. Many consumers are anxious to learn what features and specs the new 2012 Apple smartphone will have. Some news on the gadget suggest the device is LTE, but has no 4G branding.
According to a recent article, Apple is not planning on using 4G branding for the iPhone 5 concept as it led to issue with their recent iPad 3 launch. Apparently the use of 4G is considered misleading. Though this would specifically affect devices outside of the US and Canada, it seems a setback for Apple.
The iPhone 5 release date rumors and news suggest the Apple handset will launch in either June or October, and the 4G feature will apparently work fine in US and Canadian markets, but not elsewhere. Hopefully Apple will be able to brand the device as 4G LTE in the countries where the technology is available.
It does seem a bit too soon to speculate whether Apple has to revise plans to market the device as 4G LTE, considering the company has not announced they are even working on a new mobile device yet. Most likely, no one will know about 4G details for the 6th generation handset until just before it launches. Though it seems this rumor is mostly pointed toward consumers outside of North American, does this give a clue that the handset will in fact be 4G LTE as fans had hoped the 4S model would be?
Do you think the iPhone 5 release date rumor related to 4G branding is true? Or is it to soon to tell?
With iPhone 5 on the way the critics are in overdrive, but they can say what they like about Apple [AAPL] and its so-called ‘walled garden‘, those who live there feel they’re getting properly looked after, which is why so many race to grab each new Apple product.
[ABOVE: New survey results put Apple on top for customer service, support and retention.]
You only need to look at the high satisfaction ratings among Apple customers to get a hint at the kind of customer happiness which drives those all-night queues and cheering crowds for each major product refresh.
Take the data contained within the latest Vocalabs survey, which confirms Apple’s customer support advantage, not just in tech, but in almost any industry. That drives immediate customer satisfaction, delivering a torrent of word-of-mouth recommendation which no amount of (stupid) fake flash mob ‘marketing’ can erase. The only wonder is why every other firm doesn’t put the customer first.
Apple maintains customer loyalty
The Vocalabs survey found Apple to have the most well-regarded customer service in many industries. By which I mean — when people call Apple support, they tend to leave happy. The survey was conducted across 15 months in the form of over 7,000 interviews. Other firms looked at included HP, Dell, ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Bank of America, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo.
The researchers found that: “Apple customers leave the support call experience very satisfied, far more so than most other of the companies surveyed,” reports MacNN.
In comparison, customers leaving a Dell support call were four times less likely to feel this way, while those quitting an HP helpline were an astonishing six times less likely to feel very satisfied.
“Apple is notable for the very low percentage of customers who plan to leave the company. This is consistent with other third-party research and the company’s reputation. What is especially striking is that Apple had the lowest number of these especially disloyal customers, despite the fact that it is easier to change brands for a piece of electronics than for a bank or a mobile phone. Apple maintains its customer loyalty despite the fact there are few barriers to switching,” Vocalabs explained.
This really isn’t rocket science
Apple faces an extremely competitive landscape. It has done since the ’90′s, when the company almost collapsed. Its recipe to escape that collapse was to focus on a few products, to make those products as well as possible, to focus on software and distinctive user experiences, and to attach high importance across every element of its business operations: from customer acquisition to customer retention.
The company, at least in its US heartland, has always scored very highly in terms of customer service and support.
That’s because, while other firms see support as ancillary to their operations, Apple sees it as yet another essential point of contact between customer and company.
This is critical.
It represents a company which focuses on the entire experience, from the design and inception of its products to proiding reassurance, help and support when those devices go wrong. That focus is visible again across its retail stores, in its product packaging, and in its dealing with media.
User experiences outside the box
Apple understands that the user experience isn’t found only in a customer’s dealings with the device, but across all the elements of its business operations. A holistic vision which, let’s face it, meets most people’s expectations as to how any business should operate.
Except many businesses don’t operate that way.
They should: after all, Apple’s successful turnaround from dead on the doorstep to corporate Goliath proves such focus to be good business. Customers like autonomy, customers like to be treated properly, and remain extremely loyal to any firm which meets their expectations.
Apple wasn’t lying when then CEO, Steve Jobs, said the company cares about its customers during the response to the antennagate affair. Indeed, you don’t have to dig too deep to see the company’s swift response to almost any public outcry: look at its evolving reaction to complaints at working conditions among its Chinese manufacturing partners for further evidence of this. Then ask yourself if other firms are prepared to reach out to customers that way. I see little evidence of that — has Samsung responded to critics of its factory working practises? No, it has not.
Good business sense
These industry-defining levels of customer satisfaction are seen across the firm’s operations. Take a look at last December’s Changewave survey of iPhone 4S user satisfaction. iPhone 4S satisfaction ratings were found to be even higher than those found in a July 2010 survey of iPhone 4 new owners.
This translates into an incredibly loyal global following of iPhone users. A growing and consolidated market of users who are inevitably prepared to invest in a new Mac, a new iPad or the next iPhone.
Apple’s competitors lack these advantages. They know this too, and as they wait for iPhone 5 later this year, competitors in the smartphone space would be well advised to emulate not just Apple’s user interfaces, but its customer-focused business operations. After all, why should any digitally-connected customer settle for anything less?
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An unearthed Apple patent indicates payment system NFC may be available in Apple’s next iPhone iteration.
Discovered by Patently Apple, the patent relating to iTunes ‘gifting’ suggests Apple will offer new iPhone users to ability to send an iTunes playlist or movie downloaded to another iPhone user for them to buy also.
NFC technology is not yet widely used but chips have been included in such phones as the HTC One X.
iPhone 5 Concept Shows Laser Keyboard and Holographic Display
When it comes to the iPhone 5, there are a number of potential leaks that add to the excitement and anticipation of waiting for Apple to share their vision for the next iPhone.
While we have a rough idea of what to expect, including a slimmer body and better camera, we still have to wait for Apple to show off the goods.
Until then, I invite you to drool over the features that San Francisco design shop Aatma envisions on a future iPhone. For the record, I doubt we will see a laser keyboard or holographic display on the next iPhone, but if Apple were able to deliver such a feature packed device, it would be enough to make me say goodbye to Android.
The killer feature for me is the laser keyboard. If Apple were able to put such a feature in the iPhone 5, we wouldn’t need bluetooth iPhone keyboards, and could jump into productivity mode anywhere there was a flat surface. You have to admit the swipe out gesture to turn the laser keyboard on is pretty sweet.
While a holographic display would be amazing, I’d prefer a built-in projector that can display an HD video on whatever wall is closest. You can already purchase pico projectors that do this, and Apple has filed patents showing that the company is investigating integrated projectors. We saw pico projectors in smartphones at CES 2010, so it is possible, but not in such a slim package — yet.
If you could pick one way out there feature to add to the next iPhone, what would it be?
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According to a former Apple executive, Apple seriously considered a physical keyboard for the iPhone way back in 2007, before the first iPhone was released.
In a Friday interview with The Verge, former Apple executive Tony Fadell said the physical keyboard was a hot topic at Apple when the first iPhone was being developed. Fadell worked at Apple when the company was still discussing concepts and building prototypes for its first phone.
Fadell recalled that a BlackBerry-like prototype was never built, but it was definitely discussed and Apple was divided into camps pro or against a full touchscreen. “It was definitely discussed, it was a heated topic,” Fadell told The Verge. At that time, BlackBerry was the biggest player in the sector, and its handsets featured physical QWERTY keyboards.
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The former Apple executive said he was not a big fan of the physical keyboard idea, but he was also “skeptical” whether the full touchscreen concept would catch on. The resistive touchscreen technology used in early smartphones was not very good, and virtual keyboards were far from intuitive, requiring a stylus in many applications.
“I didn’t know a lot about touch screens and I was skeptical, so I wanted to try it first,” said Fadell. “I wanted it to work because it made sense to have a big screen and not just a little keyboard.”
Before releasing the device in 2007, Apple had narrowed the design for the new iPhone down to three prototypes. “There were all kinds of different gestations to it. There were three different types of iPhone. There was an iPod + Phone, then there was the iPhone and then there was the next generation iPhone, which was the one that actually showed up,” explained Fadell. “The biggest problem with the iPod + Phone was that we had this little wheel… Sometimes you have to try things to throw them away.”
In the end, Steve Jobs had the final say, and he sided with Fadell, eliminating the physical keyboard. The iPhone brought capacitive touchscreens to the masses, allowing Apple to create an innovative, sleek and elegant phone, more user-friendly than most of its smartphone contemporaries. The lack of a physical keyboard allowed for a larger display, which extended the device functionality to completely new areas, such as video or complex games.
So it All Began
After the first iPhone’s debut, the overall market started adopting multi-touch screen technology, and slowly shifted from physical to virtual keyboards. Some users still prefer a physical keyboard even today, but the virtual solution has gained significant ground.
The iPhone has come a long way since its debut in 2007, and now the tech world is eagerly waiting the sixth generation. Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone sometime this year, with most reports favoring an October release. The next-generation iPhone is expected to feature a bigger screen, LTE connectivity, NFC, an enhanced version of Siri, improved camera and battery performance, and many other exciting features. But don’t expect a physical keyboard.
(reported by Alexandra Burlacu, edited by Dave Clark)