It is going to be bigger and better and with more powerful processor. Apple iPhone 5 rumors reveal new SIM card tray and 4.6 inch retina display besides many new features
No clear launch date is known about Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5. But more and more reports are emerging about how it will look and with what features it will be introduced in the market. The latest leaks from Cupertino based tech giant have revealed that the forthcoming Apple smartphone –we don’t really know what it will be called –will come with 4.6 inch retina display.
For more than five years, Apple has stuck to the policy of manufacturing 3.5 inch smartphones. But given the fierce competition it faces from Android smartphones, that come with a lot bigger screens, Apple may have no choice but to manufacture iPhone with bigger and better display.
A Slashgear report very confidently says the next gen iPhone will come with 4.6 inch retina display. “…This new display size will likely continue the trend of having so very many pixels per square inch on the display that it will still qualify for a Retina quality ranking”, the report says
Meanwhile another report in 9to5Mac suggests Apple’s next generation phone code named N96 will be coming with a new chip based on the A5X’s S5L8945X architecture. The new iPhone will also be coming with several new upgrades including a new chip A5X. The same chip was used in iPad 3. In a smaller body the chip is expected to be a lot faster and give better computing powers to the smartphone.
A5X chip is a lot better and faster than not just Apple’s previous A5 chip, it has been established that it is also superior to Tegra 3 processor. A comparison of both the processors by Laptop Mag came out with a startling finding. The Laptop Mag found that A5X was far ahead of Tegra 3 on GLBenchmark 2.1, giving at least twice as many frames per second and more than four times as many texels (texture pixels) on the graphically-intense Egypt test. A report in the Verge says, “Number-crunching was a different story, however. Tegra 3 outclassed the iPad both at integer and floating point performance, as well as memory performance, which looks at the memory hardware (including the motherboard and chipset) and the OS’s memory management software”. All the other upgrades seem to be natural for iPhone lovers, but they are skeptical about the form factor of the forthcoming Apple smartphone.
The people who have studied smartphone trends in recent years say the market has changed a lot and Apple needs to take this drastic step to keep itself ahead of its competitors and give satisfaction to its fans.
iPhone 5 release date rumors and news about features, specs concept designs, and pictures have been a hot topic lately. No one really knows when the real launch date for the highly anticipated Apple smartphone will be, but most people feel the handset will arrive late Summer 2012.
One of the latest rumors to pop up in online news shows a part order which some tech junkies feel changes the design of the iPhone 5 from what most analysts, designers, and Apple groupies had thought it would be.
Apparently the leaked SIM card tray is nearly an exact match to the current model SIM tray, which leads to speculation that the iPhone 5 design may keep the same flat sides found on the 4S. The iPhone 5 release date and design rumor talks about parts which have leaked from suppliers and resellers. An online source claims one of the parts is the iPhone 5 SIM card tray. How would this change the design of the 6th generation Apple smartphone model?
Of course Apple keeps all information about upcoming launches hidden away until the time comes for the big unveiling, so no one really knows what can be expected when the iPhone 5 release date finally arrives. Except of course that the world will have a new Apple smartphone, hopefully in 2012.
What do you think about the SIM card part leak rumor? Does it really hint at a similar smartphone design to what consumers already have? Will it matter?
iPhone 5 release date, rumors, news, photos and videos
Apple’s next generation iPhone created a lot of buzz in the last few months. While we have seen some speculation going bizarre, some have more chances to be finally seen in the next iPhone or iPhone 5.
We have heard about at least hundreds of rumors about the most-awaited phone of 2012. But we have tried to be very discrete about choosing the best and most relevant features that are most likely to be seen and top our wish list.
Let’s check out the list
A Bigger Screen with Retina Display
Till date no iPhone has been bigger than a 3.5-inch. We, the ardent Apple lovers, never complained. But now that all smartphone makers are coming with bigger size (at times some odd 5-inch screen) screen, this time we hope to see a bigger iPhone. It seems we are not the only ones as rumors from all around the world are pouring, anticipating the size of the next generation iPhone.
A few days ago, Reuters reported that Apple would make its next generation iPhone bigger with a 4.6-inch display. But Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets declined the report and informed us that the next-gen iPhone could sport a 4-inch display. The same claim echoed by iMore editor-in-chief Rene Ritchie who said on April 5 that the iPhone 5 would retain its original 3.5-inch screen.
While we get to hear a host of rumors about the size of the phone, keeping in mind Richie’s track record of accurately predicting the iPhone 4S at the time when the world was expecting to see iPhone 5 gives him an advantage over others.
However, some other sources also claimed that iPhone 5 would feature a Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display with 1280 x 720 resolutions (367ppi).
While we cannot expect a revolution in terms of a bigger screen in Apple’s new iPhone 5, we can pin our hopes on a 3D camera.
Apple has recently invented a killer 3D Imaging Camera for iOS Devices. This 3D camera will apply to both still photography and video.
While 3D is no more a revolutionary technology in mobile devices, Apple is expected to tweak it and make it something new in iPhone 5.
According to Apple, the existing 3D cameras and video records can get three-dimensional information from objects but they are incapable of getting detailed information of the shapes, surfaces and depth of the objects. By using multiple sensors and cameras, Apple plans to use a series of systems, tools and methods to capture a 3D image and capture its geometric information relating to the surfaces of objects.
Apple’s ultimate aim is to capture light and image information in such a way that would create an incredible 3D image that can be seen without glasses.
On January 12, 2012, the US Patent Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new 3D GUI for iOS mobile devices.
The patent clarifies that the new 3D UI will work with proximity sensor arrays and will respond to gestures.
Even Apple accepts that “[D]ue to the limited size of the typical display on a mobile device, a 3D GUI can be difficult to navigate using conventional means, such as a finger or stylus,” but Apple’s intelligent interface would offer an overview of a 3D display environment that would provide data from the gyroscope to detect hand-movements in front of the screen working as an “imaginary camera viewfinder.”
Well, we are not sure whether this feature will be on the next iPhone but we would certainly hope to see it.
According to an April 4 report published by the Korea Times, Apple might launch an OLED display instead of the LCD to OLED display in its next iPhone.
Apple’s biggest rival Samsung has also announced its aim to switch from LCD to OLED technology. In that case, it’s easy for us to understand why Apple is also planning to change its display from LCD to OLED.
Reportedly, Apple has bought $7.8 billion worth of material from Samsung in 2011. The list includes memory chips to LCD panels. But, the company is also expected to buy $11 billion worth of parts this year, which indicates that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to buy more expensive display material to use it in its next iPhone.
Retinal and OLED combination, a sure win for Apple!
We all are somewhat certain about the LTE feature that would be introduced in iPhone 5. Since the new iPad 3 was launched with the 4G support, it is expected that the iPhone 5 will come with radio bands for 4G LTE support.
And, if rumors come true, then the company will have to make the device a little thicker to accommodate a larger circuit board and a bigger battery. This was the reason why Apple rejected the plan of implementing 4G LTE in its iPhone 4S. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a company earnings conference call in April 2011, said, “First-generation LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.”
Another major patent won by Apple March 6 is a technology called iWallet, which lets users complete control to manage banking accounts on their iPhones. The technology, which also integrates Near Field Communication, will give users the ability to see their entire credit card profiles, statements and messages from their banks, and even set parental controls for their children. The statement will be directly sent to the iTunes account of the user so that users can keep track of their payments and statements within the iTunes billing system, which keeps credit card information and records safe and secure.
Quad core processor is the latest trend in the smartphone market now. And Apple will make no mistake this time to pack the strong processor which can support the speculated Retina display and other powerful apps including Siri.
The Verge has reported that the next iPhone will see the introduction of the rumored A6 processor that will clock in at superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
The list, however, will be never-ending. But among other features that we desperately want to see in the latest iPhone, would be A5X Chip, 1 GB Of RAM, improved Siri, better battery to support the high resolution display, nanotech coating for making the device waterproof, system for multi-player gaming and so on. Read More About iPhone 5
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(Photo: Samsung) – iPhone 5 Sweating with Samsung Galaxy S3 Release, Features
Official specs are now confirmed for the new device which is equipped with a quad-core Exynos Samsung processor and 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display. The screen offers HD visuals with its 1280 x 720p resolution, 1080p Full HD video recording feature, and 8mp camera running on 1GB of RAM. Users can expand storage to 16, 32 and 64GB options via a microSD card.
The phone comes fully running on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which is skinned over with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Customers can choose from Pebble Blue, or Marble White colors.
“Our aim with the Galaxy S III was to develop the best smartphone ever made, and by focusing on creating a unique user experience through superior hardware and enhanced usability we believe we have done just that,” said Samsung’s Andy Griffiths. “The device has been created by keeping in mind our daily needs and capabilities as human beings.”
To enhance the usability, Samsung Galaxy S3 will offer voice dictation running on a voice command software along with free cloud storage through its partner DropBox.
With the featured firepower that Samsung is throwing into its Galaxy S3, Apple’s iPhone 5 will be looking to offer something beyond at its own release. Samsung and Apple are expected to dominate the Smartphone market with the two superpowers leaving little for its competitors. Apple
“With other companies in the midst of major strategic transitions, the contest between Apple and Samsung will bear close observation as hotly-anticipated new models are launched,” added Llamas.
Samsung will look continue its dominating performance after outdoing Apple with 44.5 million Q1 shipments, according to Strategy Analytics. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will also be moving quickly as the devices will hit retail stores in the coming weeks. The S3 holds much promise as its predecessor Galaxy S2 and S1 series sold 30 million units.
The delivery of speed, powerful specs, features , along with design is looking to catapult Samsung farther above the competition.
For the last few weeks there have been new rumors about the next iPhone, or what some are assuming will be called the iPhone 5. Chief among those rumors has been that the glass back of the phone would be replaced with a strong alloy called Liquidmetal.
The rumor originated a couple of weeks ago from a South Korea report and since then has taken on a life of its own. The photo above is by Antoine Brieux, a designer who has even thought up and designed what he thought the so-called Liquidmetal iPhone could look like.
Brieux posted the photo on his NAK Studio design site just two days ago and it has quickly spread across the Internet.
But before you start screaming “WANT!” or thinking this will be your next phone, remember that Brieux was just inspired by the rumors. “I imagined the design not to be revolutionary, but a a good mix between the two generations of the iPhone,” he told ABC News.
And even more evidence seems to be mounting that the Liquidmetal rumor is, well, just a rumor. Although Apple does have rights to the material and has used it in small parts of the iPhone before, Business Insider spoke with the founder of Liquidmetal, Atakan Peker, who says that Liquidmetal still needs time to develop.
“For example, I estimate that Apple will likely spend on the order of $300 million to $500 million — and three to five years — to mature the technology before it can used in large scale,” Peker told Business Insider’s Steve Kovach.
Apple is expected to release the next iPhone in the second half of the year, perhaps in September, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released. Apple has not said anything publicly about the next version of its iPhone. In the meantime, we will just have to keep looking at Brieux’s beautiful concepts.
Also, make sure to check out our best iPhone camera accessories video and post.
iPhone 5 rumors keep coming.
Apple’s upcoming smartphone will come with a 4-inch screen, due mainly to a thinner, taller body, according to Apple-focused site iLounge, citing an unnamed source. The site’s source claims Apple’s new
iPhone will be 10mm taller than the
iPhone 4S, and about 2mm thinner. By keeping the same width and tossing in the display to fit the new form factor, Apple is able to deliver more screen space than what’s available on 3.5-inch-equipped iPhones, according to the source.
Although the front of the iPhone 5 will look about the same, the back will feature a flat, metal panel stretching from beneath the camera to nearly the bottom. iLounge’s sources did not say why the device might come with that additional element. Aside from the metal panel, the device will boast Gorilla Glass 2 technology, according to the site’s source.
One of the more surprising moves, though, might be iLounge’s contention that Apple will launch the iPhone 5 with a new Dock connector featuring fewer pins than the 30-pin option found across its mobile devices today. The new connector is “closer to a pill shape” and will find its way to all future mobile devices the company launches, according to iLounge.
Rumors have been surrounding the iPhone 5 for months now. Much of what iLounge claims will be coming to the device has already been cited in previous rumors. And in each case, Apple has stayed tight-lipped, allowing the rumor mill to heat up and speculation to run rampant. So, be sure to take all of this with a healthy heaping of salt until the final product is officially announced.
And when might that final product be announced? iLounge says the iPhone 5 is slated for a fall release.
On the road for 1 trillion
Watching the evolution of Apple’s stocks has been like riding the ups and downs of a rollercoaster. The shares’ price reached an all-time high last month, shortly followed by a slight downfall.
Analysts have made confusing predictions about the growth of the top tech company. Some say that the stocks will break the $1000 milestone in the next 2 years, while others point out that a company cannot keep up a rising streak forever.
Ben Reitzes from Barclays Capital estimates that Apple’s shares will continue to rise. The analyst explains that investors should remain confident and disregard the recent slide in stock value.
Ben Reitzes also announced his $750 price target on the Apple stock, as he views the stock as “well within the 6-month range when shares benefit in anticipation of a major iPhone product cycle.”
The next generation iPhone, expected to hit the market in October, will surely boost Apple’s sales – considering the pent-up demand in anticipation of the sixth generation iPhone.
Ben Reitzes also points out that Apple might have some important announcements to make at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The company could introduce a new iOS version and new features for its OS X Mountain Lion.
The new iPhone’s concept illustrations have been revealed by an Italian design studio that has, in the past, created concept images of the iPhone.
Sleek and smart, the concept images of the next-gen iPhone stand true to rumours that the next smartphone from Apple’s stables will be much thinner, made with Liquidmetal and in-cell technology.
Analysts have maintained that Apple is aiming to reduce the thickness of the new iPhone to less than 8mm, and believe that a thinner battery and metal back coupled with 4.3in Retina display that uses in-cell technology touchscreen display will help the Cupertino-based tech giant slash the next iPhone’s width by 1.4mm, or 15 per cent.
We at Emirates 24/7 believe that the new iPhone will also have the NFC (near field communications) transfer concept, allowing for iTunes and other data to be ‘gifted’ among two willing devices. It turns out that one of Apple’s newest patent filings to outlines a new NFC-based iTunes gifting concept.
In fact, the new iPhone might also boast of the iWallet, allowing users to buy stuff on-the-go but with additional security.
The design firm, ADR Studio, calls the latest device the ‘iPhone Plus’ and maintains that, “Like Macintosh Plus, iPhone Plus is the real evolution of iPhone concept” and will have a screen with double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass.
The first iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, and ADR believes its latest avatar will see it sporting “the most advanced technology ever seen on a smartphone.”
Check out the concept images of the iPhone Plus here
The concept design features two cameras (10MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera); a A6 Quad Core processor; a rear motion sensor; a projector to beam photos and videos onto any surface, and a new slim-dock connector.
Here’s a list of features that ADR thinks the new iPhone will sport:
- A6 Quad Core processor;
- Screen with double alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass
- Liquidmetal Body: thermoformed on a single plane, no junctions needed
- 4.3″ Retina Display with in-cell technology
- Rear Camera: 10.0 Megapixel, f/2.4, 1080p Full HD video at 30 frames
- Front Camera: 2.0 Megapixel (VGA), 480p VGA video at 30 frames
- Rear motion sensor
- Top pico-projector to beam photos and videos on any surfaces
- Slim design for an edge-to-edge thinner profile
- Slim-dock connector
- Fully Capacitive Home Button
Analysts expect the new iPhone to be unveiled later this year, possibly in October.
Apple fans are seeking out information on the iPhone 5 release date. Rumors continue to clog up the Internet, but still no confirmation from Apple. In fact, Apple has not announced they are working on a 6th generation smartphone at all. Some fans simply want to know what specs and features the new handset will have, and steadily look for news on the topic.
So when is the next model of the much-loved Apple gadget going to make a big splash? Some say June, while others say October. There is even a sprinkling of rumors which point to a September Launch. However, an article at Computer World has taken things a step further by predicting specific dates for the iPhone 5 release date.
So what’s the big date going to be? According to the news article, it will be on October 2nd or the 16th. Hey… it’s an estimated prediction, so don’t get overly excited just yet. Although a late 2012 launch date for the Apple mobile device does seem more likely than an early summer date.
What are your thoughts on the iPhone 5 release date? Which rumors do you feel carry some weight? What specs and features do you think fans should expect to see on the next model?
The HTC One X is living proof that big processors and LTE don’t pair up easily in phones. This may offer a lesson in what to expect in the upcoming
Qualcomm has cornered the market — at the moment — for putting LTE functionality and the processor on one piece of silicon. Thus, we have the HTC One X (and reportedly the Verizon Galaxy s3) coming to Verizon with dual-core and LTE — not quad-core as some had hoped.
And we may be seeing a pattern: the same phone (e.g., the HTC One X) being announced in Europe with quad-core, then announced in the U.S. with dual-core.
What does this mean for Apple? Well, the current A5X chip in the third-generation
iPad probably wouldn’t find a very happy home in the next iPhone if it’s packing LTE. The quad-core A5X is relatively big and uses lagging-edge Samsung manufacturing technology (which is one of the reasons it’s big).
Of course, things will improve if Apple is able to tap Samsung’s more-advanced 32-nanometer manufacturing tech. But will that be enough to package LTE and, let’s say, a more demanding A6 or A5X chip into the next iPhone? Remember, fitting quad-core (in the case of the A5X, quad-core graphics) into an iPad is not the same as shoehorning it into a smaller iPhone.
The problem is that Apple uses the same chip ecosystem as everyone else. And it’s not immune to the same manufacturing challenges that more seasoned chip companies like Nvidia, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm face.
“You have to compromise on the processor in the U.S. to get LTE right now. And I do think the Qualcomm S4 is a compromised processor versus a quad-core Tegra,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights Strategy.
“If you use a large-screen phone as a small
tablet there can be a [performance] penalty,” he said, referring to the dual-core Qualcomm S4.
That said, the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 “Krait” system-on-a-chip in the One X isn’t exactly slow. “[It] is easily the fastest or among the fastest on the market today. Android feels very smooth and snappy on the ATT One X. Applications load quickly, as do web pages,” said Anandtech.
And rest assured that the solution Apple comes up with for the next iPhone likely won’t be wanting in performance. But it will be interesting to see how Apple gets there.