iPhone 5 will “launch” in September – that’s the claim by rumorsite Digitimes, which cites the ever-elusive but unquenchably talkative “Taiwan-based supply chain makers.”
According to the post, Pegatron Technology “reportedly” now has orders for the Next iPhone “to be launched in September” as well as orders for a 10-inch iPad – apparently meaning an iPad with a diagonal screen size that is 0.3 inches bigger than the existing models – which will launch in the fourth quarter. See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round up.
But this is a Digitimes story so one expects confusion. In this case, the Next iPhones order is not really the news, because Pegatron must have won the Apple deal much earlier: the manufacturer “has already finished expanding its equipment and labor force for Apple‘s orders,” according to Digitimes.
The rest of the brief post is padded out with pseudo-facts about Pegatron’s decision to downsize its SI motherboard business to devote more resources to Apple products and about the company’s finances.
Asian supply chain sources are endlessly productive of Apple rumors. Last February MacRumors repeated a rumor repeated by Digitimes from a Taiwanese newspaper that Apple had pressured Pegatron to stop building Asus’ Zenbook laptop because Cupertino was “displeased with the similarity in appearance between ASUS’s Zenbook and the MacBook Air.”
Apple enthusiasts have long-awaited the iPhone 5 release date. Rumors and news about the 6th generation mobile handset have flooded the Internet for months, but unfortunately the gadget remains unconfirmed by Apple.
A new rumor hints at the a redesigned new iPhone making a splash at this year’s WWDC in June. Apple lovers came out of the woodwork, so to say, to snap up entry tickets to the event, which sold out in just two hours.
A recent article states the Apple smartphone might make an appearance at the WWDC this year to get Apple back on track with their earlier release time-frames. It’s expected the new handset will be a completely overhauled design, compared to earlier models, for the iPhone 5 release date.
More rumors state the new Apple smartphone may not have a home button. However, images have surfaced online showing part orders which suggest the handset may keep a home button, though redesigned.
Also, the Liquidmetal rumor has competition now, as another update states the long-awaited iOS 6 device may be made from Gorilla Glass, which can make for a much thinner smartphone than earlier models. The Liquidmetal design talk has continuously had varying views, but it’s likely fans won’t care as long as it’s not just the same old design overall.
Which iPhone 5 release date rumors and redesign gossip would you most like to see at the next Apple handset launch?
We know that many people are hoping to hear details of the Apple iPhone 5 (or new iPhone) at WWDC 2012 in June although we’ve already told how the event is due to focus on operating systems, iOS and OS X. Now it seems even more likely that the iPhone 5 will be missing in action but that there will be an iCloud refresh instead.
Despite the general feeling that WWDC will concentrate on iOS and OS X there are plenty of tech enthusiasts and consumers that were anticipating not only a reveal of the iPhone 5 but also a release shortly afterwards. We’ve often spoken about the two anticipated release timeframes for the next iPhone and also how we felt it was more likely to arrive in the fall rather than the summer and news of other likely reveals at WWDC reinforces this. We now hear that as well as an iCloud refresh, new MacBooks are likely to be unveiled as well.
The upgraded iCloud will feature new photo and video capabilities according to eWeek sourced from a WSJ report. WWDC begins on June 11 and the report tells how it’s unlikely that there will be an iPhone 5 appearance. Instead, the revamped iCloud will be detailed and along with users being able to store images in the cloud and sync them to devices, a new feature of the updated iCloud will enable users to share sets of photos that can be commented on by other iCloud users.
People “familiar with the matter” also told the WSJ that videos would also be able to be synched via iCloud and as we mentioned in our recent iOS 6 beta article there will also be Notes and Reminders features. Other things rumored for WWDC include a reveal of iOS 6, a new Apple TV and new MacBook Pros and Piper Jaffray analysts have also mentioned new iPods and iMacs. What is increasingly unlikely though is that there will be any news on the iPhone 5, so for now we may have to make do with more concept ideas and leaked specs and features.
You can be sure we’ll be bringing you all the news and developments from WWDC, which runs from June 11 to 15. You can see more about the event at this Apple page. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the likely non-appearance of the iPhone 5 at WWDC. Is that what you were mostly hoping to see? Maybe you’re more interested in all the details about iOS 6 which is looking more and more certain to be revealed? Let us know with your comments.
The newest set of concept images for the iPhone 5 are set to impress with no less than a full metal jacket, a 4-inch display (in HD without a doubt), and a slightly upgraded operating system to boot. The great thing about these images from [Fuse]chicken is that they’re not completely wild, crazy, and unbelievable as most conceptual designs are. What you’ve got here is an iPhone 5 that very well may be close to what we end up seeing later this summer or early fall – check it out! Rumor has it that the next-generation iPhone 5 will be rather similar to what you’re seeing here, with a 4-inch super bright high-definition (Retina quality, if you will) display along with a 10 megapixel camera on the back, a 5 megapixel camera on the front, and some sort of mega-enhanced speaker system throughout the whole device. This device will undoubtedly have a microSIM card holder for several mobile carriers. The iPhone 5 has been tipped to be working with a chassis that’s 4.14 x 2.25 inches and will be somewhere around 7 millimeters thin. We’re not too sold on the idea that the device will have an entirely metal back like this one does as that’s not exactly great for wireless signals of any kind, but it looks nice anyway, doesn’t it? The metal wire you see in the images really doesn’t have anything to do with anything, mind you, though it is possible that we’ll see an advanced bit of wiring on this next-level device comparable to what Apple has dubbed Thunderbolt for their desktop line. Have a peek at the full gallery and check out our timeline below for all the iPhone 5 tips and leaks you could possibly ever want!
The newest set of concept images for the iPhone 5 are set to impress with no less than a full metal jacket, a 4-inch display (in HD without a doubt), and a slightly upgraded operating system to boot. The great thing about these images from [Fuse]chicken is that they’re not completely wild, crazy, and unbelievable as most conceptual designs are. What you’ve got here is an iPhone 5 that very well may be close to what we end up seeing later this summer or early fall – check it out!
Rumor has it that the next-generation iPhone 5 will be rather similar to what you’re seeing here, with a 4-inch super bright high-definition (Retina quality, if you will) display along with a 10 megapixel camera on the back, a 5 megapixel camera on the front, and some sort of mega-enhanced speaker system throughout the whole device. This device will undoubtedly have a microSIM card holder for several mobile carriers.
The iPhone 5 has been tipped to be working with a chassis that’s 4.14 x 2.25 inches and will be somewhere around 7 millimeters thin. We’re not too sold on the idea that the device will have an entirely metal back like this one does as that’s not exactly great for wireless signals of any kind, but it looks nice anyway, doesn’t it? The metal wire you see in the images really doesn’t have anything to do with anything, mind you, though it is possible that we’ll see an advanced bit of wiring on this next-level device comparable to what Apple has dubbed Thunderbolt for their desktop line.
Have a peek at the full gallery and check out our timeline below for all the iPhone 5 tips and leaks you could possibly ever want!
According to the latest reports, it is highly likely that Apple will be presenting its new razor thin MacBook Pro at June’s WWDC, Worldwide Developers Conference, in San Francisco this year.
It’s new 15 inch MacBook Pro laptop will look to trim away more weight and material to bring together a highly powerful piece of hardware that will be very portable.
“Instead, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is described as being an ultra-thin version of the current MacBook Pro. Basically, the prototype design is a thinner, yet more robust, version of the late-2008 design,” 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reports.
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A list of new specs include Intel’s new Ivy Bridge third generation chip, Retina Display, Flash Memory, HD display screen, extended battery life, and USB 3.0. The new laptop is rumored to be less than .95 inch thick and is a cross between Apple’s ultra thin Macbook Air with hardware power from a MacBook Pro.
The WWDC may also see the rumored launch of Apple’s newly designed iPhone 5 alongside the MacBook Pro. Reports are hinting that the iPhone 5 may be going through revised design changes after a Chinese based supplier “SW BOX” revealed new components that belong to the new iPhone 5 Smartphone.
The leaked images of headphone jack, speakers, and Wi-Fi cable parts may suggest a redirection in design away from past iPhones. Like the MacBook Pro, the device will look to have a slimmer body and encase more powerful specs.
The 4-inch screen display with thinner design are one of the speculations that have been swirling. The new iPhone 5 will come with a larger expanded 4-inch screen display and that iPhone 5 could come 20 percent thinner than the other iPhones that have been launched so far.
“The new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm-a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width,” as reported in iLounge.
As for the iPhone Home button, photos of the new button were also leaked by a Chinese wholesale online retailer TVC-Mall.com which offered “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.
Other top rumored features and discussions relating to iPhone 5 have gone viral such as the Mini Dock Connector.
Apple will do away with its 30-pin Dock Connector and instead is planning to replace it with a mini dock connector which will have 16 pins. The hole of the dock connector is rumoured to have be “pill shaped” rather than rounded rectangle. This is a step for Apple to make space for other new technologies to be included in its products as reported by iMore.
iPhone 5 is also rumored to come with Liquid Metal casing to make the phone more durable and less weigh. It may also be made from the Gorilla Glass 2 which can be manufactured thinner. If the rumors are to be considered, there is possibility of Apple changing the aspect ratio adding additional pixels on the top and bottom of the screen.
“The extra height of that display relative to today’s models would have an effect on apps, as app developers would suddenly have to adapt to a different screen size,” writes CNET.
The launch date of iPhone 5 has been debated and discussed with possibilities in either in June during the World Wide Developers Conference or maybe in October. Whenever Apple decides to bring the most awaited iPhone, we hope that the rumors going on will not just be rumors.
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Large numbers of people plan to buy or upgrade to the first 4G iPhone, many of them citing the new LTE wireless technology as a main reason, the survey suggests.
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Of the Macworld readers asked, 70 percent say they will buy the new device, with 48 percent of those people saying they will preorder it. Far fewer PCWorld readers–15 percent–are already sold on the device. But almost 40 percent of mobile users who read neither PCWorld nor Macworld say they too will buy the iPhone 5.
The PCWorld/Macworld survey was conducted in March among a group of 1248 survey takers: 592 PCWorld readers, 271 Macworld readers, and a panel of 385 smartphone users who read neither publication.
Most of the people who say they plan to buy the new iPhone will likely choose the ATT version. Among those surveyed, 41 percent say they’re likely to buy the ATT iPhone, while 29 percent say they’re likely to own the Verizon version. ATT is the carrier of choice among 62 percent of Macworld readers, while 36 percent of PCWorld readers prefer Verizon.
New iPhone and “Churn”
Although less than 10 percent of PCWorld and Macworld readers say they are “likely” to switch carriers in the next year, a suprisingly large number of smartphone owners who don’t read those publications–about 30 percent–say they are likely to switch. The carriers refer to those people as “churn,” and they spend a lot of money each year trying to capture them from competitors. That’s why it’s crucial to the carriers to offer the latest version of the hugely popular iPhone, and to outfit it with very fast LTE service.
After citing saving money on plans as the most important reason to switch, people responding to the survey identified “network service” as the most important factor causing a carrier switch, so the battle for data speed among the carriers may indeed affect who grabs the most iPhone-using subscribers. A recent PCWorld study showed that ATT’s new LTE service, while now in far fewer places than Verizon’s, is the fastest in the land.
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Of the non-PCWorld/Macworld reading “switchers,” 24 percent say they’d go to ATT, while 20 percent say they’d go to T-Mobile, 19 percent say they’d go to Sprint, and only 15 percent say they’d go to Verizon. Of PCWorld and Macworld readers who said they were either “unsure” or “likely” to switch carriers, Verizon was the most common choice. Half of the Macworld-reading “switchers” say they would go to Verizon, while 32 percent of the PCWorld readers say they would switch to Verizon.
As it stands today, Verizon and ATT–which together claim more than 80 percent of US post-paid subscribers–are almost even in customer satisfaction, according to the survey. Sixty-four percent of Verizon customers and 62 percent of ATT customers say they’re extremely or very satisfied.
While expectations and hype are running high, Apple has released no word on when the new iPhone will appear. And details on the next-generation iPhone remain sparse.
Most analysts believe that the new device will show up in late summer or fall, with a thinner form factor and a Qualcomm chip that lets the phone connect with several flavors of 3G GSM and 4G LTE service.
The carriers and the analysts have been pleasantly surprised by strong sales of the iPhone 4S, which dissappointed many by not coming with a 4G radio inside. If the not-very-revolutionary iPhone 4S can do so well with consumers, the reasoning goes, the LTE-equiped iPhone 5 should sell even better.
Over at iPhone5NewsBlog.com, Michael Nace is pondering all those maddening persistent rumors about the big, 5-inch iPhone 5 display.
With the new Samsung Galaxy S III (GS3), “is the 5-inch display becoming a new smartphone benchmark that Apple could look to imitate?” he wonders, even though the GS3 display is actually 4.8 inches. Eventually one realizes that his conclusion is “no, unless it’s yes.” See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round up.
“[N]ow that we are seeing a trend toward 5-inch screens in smartphones, the prospect of a 5-inch iPhone 5 is no longer completely impossible,” Nace somberly concludes. The use of double-negatives coupled with qualifying adverbs is a hallmark of iOSsphere rumoring. It’s a long way of saying “I have no clue.”
The latest 5-inch rumor cited by Nace is one posted at KnowYourMobile: “[W]e’re hearing reports that Apple’s up-coming iPhone 5 will feature a 5-inch Retina Display. The news comes via a source based in China. According to the source, they are familiar with Apple’s production process and have access to pre-production models of the iPhone 5.”
Wow. A source in China. You can’t get better than that, at least for Nace who considers this an “inside source.” Because the source is inside China, along with more than 1,338,299,512 other Chinese (as of the 2010 World Bank data). But he’s baffled at the indignities KnowYourMobile heaps on its own story. “I cannot understand why Know Your Mobile would break a story from a supposed inside source, and then completely discredit it, but that’s just what they do; they go on to poo-poo the entire rumor since, to them, a 5-inch screen just doesn’t make any sense,” Nace writes.
But just because it doesn’t make any sense and Nace agrees with the poo-poo, it doesn’t stop him from discrediting the discrediting, so that he can ultimately discredit it again without completely discrediting it in case at some point it turns out to be true.
“I’m inclined to agree with their skepticism, only because 1) the rumor is extremely thin, and 2) the tech site that is breaking the story doesn’t even believe it,” Nace writes, apparently unaware of how this summarizes the entire speculative driving force of iOSsphere rumors. “However, I think it is worth taking the opportunity to discuss the concept of the 5-inch iPhone 5 display, particularly in light of the Samsung Galaxy S3 announcement, along with its large 4.8-inch screen.”
So despite the facts that 1) the rumor is thin, and 2) its poo-poo according to the rumor site that “broke” the rumor, and 3) “Apple need not fear the GS3 or the [Samsung Galaxy] Note — or both of them combined,” and 4) “does not have to keep a worried eye on a single smartphone competitor,” it’s worth talking about a 5-inch iPhone 5.
And why? Because Apple does “have to look at the smartphone trends as a whole.” So what’s the question? “The question here is: are smartphone displays that measure around the 5-inch mark becoming a new standard? And if so, is Apple going to adopt that standard with the iPhone 5?”
“And if they see the entirety of the top-tier smartphone market moving in the direction of 5-inch-ish displays, they may in fact have to think about those dimensions, if not for the iPhone 5, perhaps the iPhone 6,” Nace concludes.
If everyone else in the top-tier moves to 5-inch smartphone displays, those folks at Apple may in fact have to think about doing the same thing. Or they may not. Even if they only think about it. As Nace writes, “the prospect of a 5-inch iPhone 5 is no longer completely impossible.”
Repeat after me: “I have no clue.”
With WWDC 2012 officially set to kick off on June 11th, we can’t wait to see what Apple has in store this year, particularly for the iOS family.
While Apple has traditionally launched a new iPhone model every year at WWDC, last year’s delayed launch of the iPhone 4S has brought doubts as to whether we will end up seeing an iPhone 5 announcement next month. However what hasn’t failed to show up at WWDC are major iOS updates. This year, fingers are crossed for the debut of iOS 6.
iPhone 5 iOS 6 camera features we want to see
While speculations of a 12-megapixel camera coming with the new iPhone 5 continue to run rampant, what we would like to see is some updates to the camera software when the iOS 6 update rolls out. Here are 5 iOS 6 features we would like to see incorporated and eventually make their way into the iPhone 5:
Simultaneous video and picture: We’ve seen this on some new smartphones that launched this year (HTC EVo 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy S3) and find that the ability to shoot video and capture images simultaneously should no longer be confined to expensive DSLRs.
Panorama shots: This feature was hidden in iOS 5 but never officially made it out. Here’s hoping this changes with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 as it has become a standard feature in high-end smartphone cameras already.
Burst mode: While we love the almost instantaneous shutter speed of the iPhone 4S, some software tweaking will allow the iPhone to capture multiple shots in a single click, making sure you never miss that perfect moment no matter how tiny it was.
Better social sharing: While there have been improvements with sharing your captured images on Twitter, other social networks like Facebook and Google Plus are still a painful process when compared to Android and Windows Phone devices.
Face-tagging: While on the subject of Facebook, the recent unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 showed us a new feature which is sure to make uploading pictures to the biggest social network int the world that much more easier – Auto-tagging your friends. Using facial recognition, iOS 6 should automatically tag the people in your photos. This also becomes useful when browsing through pictures in your iPhone’s Photo app if you’re looking for someone in particular.
Can you think of any other camera features Apple should integrate into iOS 6 and the iPhone 5? Sound off in the comments below.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been announced it’s time to move onto the other big smartphone news of the year: the imminent and inevitable arrival of the iPhone 5.
Having left many fans disappointed last year with the incremental update that was the iPhone 4S, the next model is widely expected to be dubbed iPhone 5 and feature a major redesign. Rumours have been flying around for years that Apple was planning a larger handset to better compete with hugely popular Android phones such as the Galaxy S2 which have long since moved on from the 3ish-inch screen size.
In 2011 The Register reported that Steve Jobs had vetoed a bigger iPhone to prevent fragmentation but given the tough fight Apple faces against Android, and the fact that Jobs is no longer around to prevent it happening, it would be very surprising indeed if the next iPhone did not sport a larger screen, no doubt with a higher resolution like the New iPad.
Cult of Mac has noted that the iPhone 5’s internal components appear to have been redesigned, which almost certainly means some changes in the look of the iPhone 5, though this doesn’t tell us whether it could be a larger handset. It’s also possible the phone will be built using LiquidMetal, a glass/metal hybrid material for which Apple has an exclusive license.
When will the iPhone 5 be released? Apple’s annual WWDC event is due to take place next month and there’s a distinct chance an announcement will be made at the conference. If that happens it is possible the iPhone 5 could go on sale in the US before Samsung’s Galaxy S3. The S3 isn’t expected to be available in North America until later this summer and Apple usually puts its devices on sale very shortly after unveiling them, potentially leaving Samsung in a very difficult position.
The other major news coming out of Cupertino this year could be the announcement of the Apple ‘iTV’. Apple has been rumoured to have been working on its own smart TV for some time now, bringing iTunes and the App Store to living rooms and no doubt causing major problems for Sony, Samsung and LG at the same time.
TechRadar has claimed Apple is negotiating to buy German TV manufacturer Loewe for $112 million, a small fraction of the $100 billion it is currently sat on. Loewe makes stylish and very expensive equipment so would be a natural fit. It was also claimed that Foxconn – which builds much of Apple’s hardware – had been asked to construct the TV, something it later denied.
If Apple does produce a smart television we can expect history to repeat itself. Smart TVs have been available for some time but Apple will probably make it more attractive and market it better, selling millions and leaving everyone else fighting to catch up.
No one (at least no one who is talking) seems to know much about the iPhone 5. That is, except for one thing: Persisting rumor has it coming out in October. Anything iGadget is always a big consumer/fanboy story, but this one also matters to IT managers at midsize firms.
In the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era, consumer mobile gadget stories are also IT stories. And none loom larger than a new iPhone, given its popularity. That popularity notably extends to the C-suite, which makes accommodating the latest and hottest Apple offering a request that IT can’t refuse.
But can Apple retain its special cachet without Steve Jobs? What happens if its offerings are merely good, not insanely great? For IT managers at midsize firms, the future shape of the BYOD ecosystem might depend on the answer.
As reported by Chris Matyszczyk at CNET, the rumor mill keeps churning about the next version of the iPhone. But most of the rumors follow no consistent pattern, and therefore, should be heavily discounted. Size, shape, and such details as whether it will have a Home button remain up in the air.
But the varied rumors all seem to agree on one thing: that the iPhone 5 will make its debut this coming October. One other report to which Matyszczyk gives some credence is that the release will coincide with a new iPad “mini.”
Meanwhile, Apple is apparently making a hard push to wrest the URL, iPhone5.com, away from an obscure current holder. (Apparently the site most recently had an ad for the Galaxy Nexus.)
Apple in the Post-Jobs Era
The Apple rumor mill has a history of missing more than it hits. But one thing beyond rumor is the loss of Steve Jobs. What we don’t yet know is how that will impact Apple and the company’s mystique as time goes on.
The next iPhone (and iPad “mini”) will begin to tell us something about the post-Jobs Apple. Will these offerings be new enough and elegant enough to capture the public’s collective imagination? Or will Apple’s mobile products gradually drift toward generic status, becoming merely an alternative to Android?
Before the BYOD era, this would only have been a consumer story, with little direct impact on IT departments at midsize firms. But BYOD means that consumer mobile gadgets are not just for consumers any more. These devices will come into the workplace. Company data will pass through them. From the perspective of IT managers at midsize firms, Apple’s iGadgets have both an upside and a downside. The Apple walled-garden model makes these gadgets more secure–but also tightly under Apple’s control. In October, we may begin to learn more about how much Apple’s offerings and policies will matter to IT down the road.
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