With memorial day upon us, we are sort of “unofficially” entering into the summer season. And along with the summer time festivities such as swimming, beaches, and watermelon comes the heating up of new iPhone rumors. This summer’s iPhone rumors are all centered on the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5. Of course, nothing is coming out of the Cupertino complex about the iPhone 5, but who needs them when you have an army of bloggers to facilitate the madness? The latest rumors, and mostly confirmed in one form or another, is that the iPhone 5 is going to sport a new 4 inch display (some reports state 3.95 inches as the exact measurement). And the width of the new iPhone 5 will reportedly stay the same. So we are basically talking about a much longer form factor for the new iPhone 5. Along with the 4 inch screen, new iPhone is also expected to have an enhanced screen resolution. According to IBT, Apple will boost the iPhone’s display resolution from 960 x 640 pixels (at 326 pixels per inch) to 640 x 1136 pixels, an extra 176 pixels higher. This resolution and size would likely give the iPhone’s screen a 16:9 ratio, which would be perfect for playing videos at their native aspect ratios. Of course, all of this is still rumors. We’ll just have to keep our ears to the ground on more iPhone 5 developments unfold.
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According to the folks over at TechDigest, Apple has recently filed several patents for stylus accessories that will supposedly be sold to owners of their iPhone and iPad.
iPhone 5 may support Apple stylus, hints recent patent
The first patent filed by Apple was in relation to an optical stylus that has a camera in its tip which tracks pixels along with any markings on the screen and thus is able to interact with the operating system content.
A second patent was filed in relation to haptic feedback by way of a haptic actuator and wireless receiver over short range which generates vibrations from the bezel of the device.
Apple believe that the stylus generating haptic feedback will be a great addition for the user as it helps them to navigate content which is shown on their screen. They went on to say that it will enhance various applications as the stylus provides the user with a far more realistic and appealing user interface.
Apple offered users the Apple Newton MessagePad despite the fact that the late Steve Jobs was once against the use of a stylus. In 2010 Apple developed a pressure sensitive stylus that would be used with low resolution touch screens that were touch sensitive and applied for a patent.
It is unlikely that the iPhone 5 or next release of the iPad will rely exclusively on the need for a stylus. Whether Apple will be releasing stylus accessories in the future remains to be seen. the application for patents could be nothing more than ensuring they block out any competitors.
The Apple iPhone 5 looks set to be the major launch of the year with many analysts predicting more phenomenal success for Apple with the next iPhone. Traditionally sales of the latest iPhone are always massive but the iPhone 5 in particular is predicted to be so huge that it could shake up the global supply economy.
The iPhone 4S was seen by many people as a minor upgrade rather than a major revamp (although some would dispute that). As many people held off purchasing it because there was no design change, there’s already a huge potential customer base for the iPhone 5. Add to this those purchasing an iPhone for the first time, those upgrading from earlier models, the likely addition of LTE connectivity and the headway that Apple is making in the China market and we can take it as read that the iPhone 5 will sell in unprecedented numbers.
The upcoming iPhone 5 has even been blamed for recent news that for the first time since 2009, global mobile phone sales have dropped. Analysts feel that this is mainly because smartphone customers are holding off making new purchases in expectation of the next iPhone. We recently told of a report from Piper Jaffray analysts Gene Munster and Douglas J. Clinton that gave some clues about the iPhone 5 and also told how it was expected that the iPhone 5 would be the biggest product launch of the year. They also referred to the iPhone 5 as the biggest upgrade cycle “in smartphone history,” so all of these factors together gives a good indication of just how successful the next iPhone will be.
The impact of sales of the iPhone 5 and the finances involved then will massively affect the global supply economy. This will be particularly evident among suppliers of parts for the iPhone 5 bearing in mind that we expect to see quite a few changes in companies used. Slash Gear reports on some of the supply change leaks referring to several recent reports from China. Firstly it’s said that Apple has placed an order with Elpida, which produces flash memory products, for more than half of their parts in-house. Elpida is a competitor with Samsung, with whom Apple has a long-running and well-documented dispute.
Next we hear that a group in China called TXC, a quartz crystal device producer, has also been given orders for component parts for the next iPhone. DigiTimes has reported that TXC is also supplying orders with Samsung for its upcoming Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5’s main rival. As well as this many readers will already know of Foxconn’s connections with Apple as its main China-based supplier for the iPhone and iPad and the company has now placed an order with Sharp for displays. Foxconn will purchase up to 50% of Sharp’s large LCD panels and modules from its Osaka, Japan plant. This makes perfect sense as Sharp had already been heavily rumored to be a parts supplier for iPhone 5 panels.
In final supply news, Apple and Foxconn are currently in plans together to establish a brand-new factory in China, dedicated to making parts for Apple products. As you can see, the finances involved from such a major product as the iPhone 5 could really see some shifts in the global supply economy, with some companies set to be big winners while others will lose out. One thing for sure about the iPhone 5 is that it’s set to fly off the shelves when it finally releases, most likely in the fall.
We’d like to hear what readers think about the upcoming iPhone 5. Have you already decided to purchase it, even before any specs or features are confirmed? Do you agree with the analysts who say this will be the biggest upgrade cycle “in smartphone history?” Maybe you feel such high expectations could lead to disappointment for some when the iPhone 5 is launched? Let us know by sending your comments.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Posts Gain of Over 6% For The Week
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has gained 6% in the last five trading sessions as a result of the Company’s October scheduled iPhone 5 launch gaining investor’s confidence regarding the revenues related to it.
The Company’s iPhone5 launch has been a source of anxiety among the investors making the shares reach the week’s high of $576.50.
The rising confidence was a result of a research note released by analyst at Piper Jaffary which concluded that though the Company guided for a lower than expected earnings guidance for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the iPhone 5 will definitely generate good revenue on launch. However, the release may be delayed a few months to some time in early 2013 due to a reported shortage of 28 nm baseband radio chip at Qualcomm required in the product.
Also, the Company’s new product launch might open up marketing avenues in China where the market share of Samsung is still very high. The Company’s long legal battle with Samsung over patent infringement issues had also not been resolved yet after two meetings among the CEO’s for an out of court settlement this week.
Shares had risen in the past few trading sessions on anticipation and expectations attached to its iPhone5 launch, creating excitement among the investors. The stock that had fallen about 12% after posting second quarter fiscal 2012 results and guidance for a lower than expected earnings for Q3.
AAPL closed the five day trading session at $562.29 after trading in a range of $$534.05-$576.50.
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Galaxy S3 Versus iPhone 4S(Photo: Samsung | Apple | M A)
There are many who are not pleased with the Samsung Galaxy S3 being compared to the iPhone 4S, mainly due to how old the 4S is. However, the Apple iPhone 4S is the number one selling smartphone on the planet, so until Apple announces the iPhone 5 or new iPhone, these types of comparisons cannot be helped in the very least.
When it comes to specs under the plastic nature design body of the Galaxy S3, there is no doubt iPhone 4S is begging to be removed from this comparison, but it better stand tall because that won’t be happening today. For today we will talk about our top reasons why the Galaxy S3 hits the iPhone 4S out of the ball park into a galaxy far, far away.
Gigantic 4.8 inch display
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This is the first thing most people will notice when they view the Galaxy S3 for the first time. The display on this bad boy is extremely beautiful and vibrant, all thanks to the Super AMOLED HD technology inside. The iPhone 4S is still rocking that old 3.5-inch screen. Probably Apple didn’t get the memo but 3.5 inch screens are for dumbphones, not smartphones.
Speedy Quad Core processor
Killing the iPhone 4S softly, is the 1.4GHz quad core Exynos processor that lies at the heart of the Galaxy S3 hardware. This allows the device to be two times faster than the Galaxy S2, which is a smartphone that already has beaten the 4S in speed. The meager 1GHz dual core processor which is underclocked to 800MHz per core, is all the iPhone 4S is able to push, but that is not enough in 2012.
Smart Stay equals for a smarter phone
Taking a page out of Apple’s book, Samsung is focusing a lot of software this time around instead of releasing a device with brawn but no brain. The Smart Stay tech in the handset truly sets it apart from the iPhone 4S, and could be one of the main selling points. Smart Stay utilizes the 1.9 megapixel front facing camera to track your eye movements, this allows the phone to tell if you are looking at the screen or not, so it can take certain actions. For example, look away from the screen and the display will fall into sleep mode. Look back, it will wake up.
Siri? What’s that?
We knew beforehand that Samsung would have announced software to take on Apple’s Siri, and that it did. The company calls this S-Voice, and if the demonstration works in the real world, Siri would have to take the backseat of the bus. It’s all about the little thing here; things like commanding your phone to turn down or up the volume and telling your phone to wake up are what truly sets S-Voice apart.
Finally, the OS. Android 4.0 is better than iOS 5, let’s face it
Hot topic right here, and we probably won’t get much love for saying Android 4.0 is better than iOS 5, but truth is truth. Android 4.0 has a new user interface that is the same across smartphones and tablets. Along with that, users can unlock their phone by using face recognition. The support for NFC is also big reason why Android 4.0 makes iOS 5 looks like the new kid on the block.
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hough nothing is clear as yet, but there are reports indicating the possibility that Apple may launch more than one iPhone 5 handsets at the time of release
Well, you get what you deserve. So if you are eager to get your hands on one of the most awaited smartphones in the market, you will have to wait a little longer than what you might have anticipated. World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is beginning mid-June, but you may not be able to see it there. Longtime Apple watchers are of the view that apple will not launch a new iPhone version right now as it is not yet prepared to introduce one.
Samsung has upped the ante by launching Galaxy S3 in the market that is infinitely better than what Apple’s iPhone 4S offers. This is the reason Galaxy S3 has received mammoth response in the market. It has already got more than a million pre-orders and demand is going to go up in the days and weeks ahead. But Apple’s next generation smartphone is going to come with many major improvements. Experts suggest that it will use cutting edge in-cell touch panels. Taiwan based tech blog Digitimes has this to say, “An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers.”
Experts are of the view that in-cell touch will make the phone lighter. They are of the opinion that incorporation of the in-cell touch panels would reduce the weight of the phone, reduce the thickness of the phone and eliminate the need for an external module or film. This sounds credible for Apple as when Apple gadgets are concerned, they happen to be the slimmest and the sleekest out there.
But the news of new technology has its side effects too. A report in ComputerWorld has this to say, “In order to launch the device Apple needs to be extremely certain that build quality is high. It cannot afford another “antennagate”, and company executives have better things to do than to enter damage control for a problem which shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. Apple also has industry-leading customer satisfaction levels and a reputation for build quality to protect”.
Apple is expected to launch a bigger iPhone this time. A Wall Street Journal report has said that Apple has decided to introduce a bigger iPhone that its trademark iPhone that came with 3.5 inch display. The WSJ report said Apple will launch a 4 inch screen in the iPhone it is set to introduce in October.
But there are some reports that indicate that Apple may launch not one, but two or even more variants of iPhone 5 later this year. It appears the company hasn’t yet internally declared which way to go with the new design with a report claiming Apple still has “a few” different prototype devices undergoing internal testing in the hallowed halls of its Cupertino HQ. And the iPhone 5 will, indeed, boast a new Dock Connector, that report claims. But nothing is clear as yet and it is not going to clear till Apple actually launches the beauty we all are waiting for.