There’s some interesting news today for all you smartphone enthusiasts as it seems that a real threat is on the way to the Apple iPhone’s famed Retina Display. Lurking in the wings is a new kind of display from LG, a 5-inch 1080p display with an incredible pixel density based on AH-IPS technology.
Even though the iPhone’s Retina Display is no longer the display with the highest pixel density, it was a huge step forward in display technology and still admired by many. Ever since the Retina Display arrived manufacturers have been trying to improve upon their own displays by packing in more pixels to the inch. The new LG 5-inch display has just been announced and it will have a 1920 x 1080 resolution with a pixel density of 440ppi and a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9.
The iPhone 4S by comparison has a 3.5-inch Retina Display with resolution of 960 x 640 and a pixel density of 326ppi. The new LG display uses AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology and LGF says that this “offers high color fidelity, wide viewing angles, stable image and rapid response speed when touched,” according to Mashable. It sounds then as though LG is making a concerted effort to become the leader as far as smartphone displays are concerned.
It has been speculated that the upcoming iPhone 5 will have a larger display with an increased resolution, maybe 640 x 1136 but even if that happens the LG display will take some beating with it’s astonishing pixel density and aspect ration combined. We should be seeing more of the LG display at SID 2012 Display Week from June 4 with a release planned for later this year.
What are your thoughts on the pixel packed LG display? Do you think this display could make LG smartphones unstoppable or is more needed? Let us know with your comments.
A financial analyst has authored an optimistic report that foresees Apple shares rocketing to $1000 (£637) sooner rather than later.
Gene Munster, who works at leading investment bank Piper Jaffray, highlighted ten of the brand’s main strengths in predicting a hugely bright future for the iPhone manufacturer.
Product innovation is arguably the most important factor behind Munster’s forecast, with the launch roadmap for 2012 and beyond including a number of “meaningful updates” to key product lines and Cupertino’s continued “ability to innovate.”
He says that the next instalment of the iPhone series is almost certain to provoke mindboggling sales, while a smaller, 7 to 8in iPad and an Apple television currently scheduled for 2013 will also stimulate consumer interest and Apple’s share price simultaneously.
In terms of software, he draws attention to incoming, high spec Mac updates: the next round due in a few weeks includes “Retina Display” screens and the latest Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs.
The report envisages Apple – who trade on NASDAQ – being able to maintain gross margins of over 40 per cent of the next two to three years, due in part to the continued growth of iPhone sales in emerging markets like China.
Apple’s television is likely to make an immediate impact on its arrival, he adds, and could grab as much as a 10 per cent market share within a few years’ time.
Whether or not this extremely bullish outlook comes to fruition is another matter entirely, but it will surely go some ways to reassuring investors and other interested parties – especially in the U.S., where mobile technology sales are experiencing a widespread slow down.
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Anticipation for Apple‘s Worldwide Developers Conference, June 11-15, is starting to ramp up, and so is talk of a possible iPhone announcement at the annual event.
The Silicon Valley computer giant focused on software rather than hardware at last year’s WWDC, and has promised more of the same this year; most analysts expect we’ll get some info on iOS 6 coming out of the conference, slated for San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
But Apple has always been mum about new hardware announcements, and speculation is once again growing that WWDC will feature an iPhone-related announcement, much as it has in the past. Last year was an exception – the company didn’t unveil the iPhone 4S until the fall, a couple of weeks before it went on sale in October. Of course, the company was a little preoccupied earlier in the year, releasing a version of the device compatible with Verizon’s network for the first time. And the iPhone made its Sprint debut later in the year as well.
Many analysts and other industry-watchers have taken Apple’s comments about a software-focused WWDC at face value, but some this year, including Asian financial services firm Daiwa Securities, have predicted that the company will indeed make news with an iPhone release date at the event. Other reports from manufacturing lines in Asia have backed that up.
That being said, the prevailing opinion is for a fall launch, roughly one year after the debut of the iPhone 4S. Click here for a roundup of all the latest rumors surrounding the device. The latest speculation is that Apple has applied for a patent for what will be dubbed the “iPen,” a stylus that would accompany the iPhone and iPad, Patently Apple reported.
Has Apple permanently shifted its iPhone hardware updates to the fall? Time will tell.
The latest conjecture that is doing the rounds in the iPhone fanatics circle is that there are certain parts of the upcoming iPhone 5 that have been noted and they are already on sale. The supposed parts that have been leaked are a headphone jack, earpiece and a Wi-Fi cable part.
The website SW-BOX.com released this news of the leak and as the site is an online vendor it started selling these components immediately. Though this is not the first news about iPhone components leak, these new parts that are supposedly available seem to have attracted more iPhone application developers and iPhone app programmer as these components can be attributed to the applications they are planning to develop.
The 3 New Leaked Components and Their Value
If the new components are legitimate then it becomes evident that there is going to be a significant change and departure from the current component regulation which is currently present in the existing versions of iPhone.
In the iPhone 4 and 4S, the headphone jack, volume buttons, and mute switch are grouped together on a single component, while this new part associates the headphone jack with the earpiece speaker and Wi-Fi cabling.
The components, for sale at $US7.71 on SW-Box, differ from the previous iPhones in which the headphone jack is located near the volume buttons and mute switch. The leaked headphone jack appears to be attached to the earpiece and Wi-Fi components, suggesting enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity with minimal interference and, potentially, a new shape. The leak suggests the design of the iPhone 5 has been finalised and is on its way. Apple has not announced whether it will debut at its WWDC on June 11th.
No Details on iPhone 5′s New Look
Though these parts have been clearly explained with their working structure and procedure, they give no insight towards the configuration or the basic model of the much anticipated smart phone, iPhone 5. According to a recent report from this technical website called iMore.com, which specializes in the specifications and news related to Apple and its products, Apple still has not zeroed in on the final design, structure and configuration of the avant-garde smart phone.
iMore.com has been a reliable source of information about Apple products, so if information from that site has to be relied on then iPhone app developers do not have much worries as it is believed that the screen size of the new iPhone will not be more than four inches. But there are other speculations contradicting this status saying that Apple still has not decided upon the exact dimensions of the screen.
The Improved Dock Connector
It is also theorized that the new device will feature a smaller dock connector which is still under the process of development. A dock connector is a connector used to attach a mobile electronic device simultaneously to multiple external resources this connector may be embedded in a mechanical fixture used to support or align the new iPhone device. With Apple scraping the 30-pin dock connector, it is now expected to find a solution soon. And with regards to that Apple has signed-up to a European agreement to deploy micro-USB as interconnect for its devices, but hasn’t done anything to adopt it. This may be because of the fact that Apple wants to go cable-free. The main reason for the abandoning of the 30-pin connector is that Apple intends to use that space inside the machine various other technologies so it is not very wise to expect Apple to add an additional tool to enable the former.
As speculated earlier the home button is now not expected to be different from the existing one and the traditional, circular home button is now said to be sustained in this version too. With as many as a hundred speculations rising their way to the ears of iPhone fans and iPhone app developers, per day, it is not very clear on the path and procedure of Apple towards iPhone 5. But if we are to trust sources which have been trustable in the past then this new device is definitely on its way to revolutionize the workings and the fundamental quality of smart phones.
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Although it is yet to be released, the iPhone 5 has already been subject to plenty of rumours regarding its features and specifications. The purpose of this article is to determine what we are likely to see from the iPhone 5, by looking at previous iPhone releases, as well as the latest smartphone produced by the main rivals of the California based tech giant.
The size of the screen on all previous iPhone models has been 3.5 inches. Some of the best smartphone screens available have just been released by the likes of HTC, Samsung and LG, so the iPhone 5 is likely to introduce a larger screen to the range. Some of the best smartphone screens currently available are found on the likes of the LG Optimus 4X HD, Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC One X If Apple wants to stay competitive, it will have to at least match, or preferably outdo the screens offered by its rival brands. Bearing this in mind, we are likely to see a much larger screen on the iPhone 5, with a 4 inch or bigger screen likely to make an appearance. In order to compete with other brands, the resolution of the screen will have to match or even outdo those offered by its rivals. The retina display which was introduced with the iPhone 4, has put Apple at the top of the screen resolution stakes for some time. This has somewhat changed recently though. The retina display has a resolution of 640x 960. This results in its pixel density of 330ppi. Over recent months though, we have seen a number of phones with bigger screens and higher resolutions than the retina display. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a good example. It has a whopping resolution of 800x 1280 within a massive 5.3 inch screen.
Smartphone cameras were, until recently, generally 8 megapixels. At 12 megapixels though, the Sony Xperia S is one of the most advanced camera phones out there. Because of its high pixel count, this camera is almost untouchable in terms of image quality. Many other manufacturers are sure to compete with this in the near future though, in order to compete with Sony. Every time Apple releases a new iPhone, we see the addition of a better camera than the last model. With an 8 megapixel camera, the iPhone 4S is the latest in the iPhone series, so we may see the addition of a 12 megapixel camera with the iPhone 5. Whatever the camera resolution of the iPhone 5, we are likely to see a number of innovative features as seen in competing manufacturers’ handsets. Sony and HTC for example, have a panoramic photo feature in several of their newer phones, and of course the normal features such as image stabilisation and touch focus. When it comes to video capture, the iPhone 5 can shoot 1080p high definition. This is the highest resolution available at this time, so this will be included on the iPhone 5 also.
Until their new products are officially unveiled, Apple is very good at keeping the products’ features a secret. Many were expecting the iPhone 5 to be announced in June, however this has been pushed back to October. This is amidst reports of a shortage of the quad-core processors the phone will be using, and Apple has even had to open a new factory to produce enough of these.
Regardless of its features, the iPhone 5 launch will no doubt be the smartphone release of 2012. Previous iPhone models have enjoyed record breaking sales, and the iPhone 5 will surely be no different. For more iPhone 5 info, be sure to check my future articles.
Will the iPhone 5 release date happen before the Samsung Galaxy S3 US Launch? Samsung says the Android handset will be launched this summer for North America, which means sometime between June and September. This has led some to speculate on whether the new iOS 6 iPhone will hit the market before the S3.
A recent article says neither device has officially been unveiled or released yet, but the soon-to-be competing gadgets are expected to be the best-selling smartphones of 2012. That sounds about right, especially when considering how well last year’s models of both smartphones have done.
As far as the iPhone 5 release date arriving before the Galaxy S3, anything is possible, but it seems unlikely since Samsung has already previewed the Android gadget and announced release plans. Meanwhile Apple has given no word on what they have planned for a 6th generation smartphone.
Of course, this is generally how Apple handles upcoming device and technology releases, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Maybe they have something planned for earlier in the Summer, but most of the Apple community are expecting the iPhone 5 release date to happen sometime in October.
When do you think the next iPhone will début? Do you think the Apple device will go on sale before the Samsung Galaxy S3? Which smartphone would you be more likely to buy?
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According to a new report published by Bloomberg, iPhone 5, Apple’s sixth-gen iPhone was one of the last product designs Steve Jobs worked on. Apple’s iPhone hasn’t seen any major redesign since the introduction of iPhone 4. So, it’s not difficult to imagine that the company would have started working on iPhone 5 design just as iPhone 4 was being launched.
When Steve Jobs took medical leave in January 2011 to focus on his health, in an internal memo to Apple employees he specifically mentioned, “I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” The report published by Bloomberg cites people familiar with the matter who claim that “Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had worked closely on the redesigned phone before his death in October”.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, in an interview had mentioned that Apple’s secret design lab has “future for the next three years,”.
Considering the fact that Steve Jobs was still involved in major strategic decisions for Apple and the fact that iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S design remained almost the same it seems that iPhone 5 may very well be one of the “strategic” ideas Jobs was closely associated with.
The rumor mill is abuzz with news about the next gen iPhone 5 featuring 3.9 inch display with increased pixels and also include the next gen 4G networking. Even though 4-inch iPod touch display panels have been leaked on the internet it’s unclear if Apple will increase the size of the complete device or just increase the size of the display while still retaining the overall form factor and dimensions.
The current trend in the smartphone market seems to be to offer larger screen size phones however, Apple with its vision to maintain a streamlined product lineup has offered both iPhone and iPod touch in just one option i.e 3.5 inch display.
Apple is expected to unveil the sixth gen iPhone in October during a special media event. The new iPhone is also rumored to feature better cameras and faster processor with quad-core graphics chip.
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As the iPhone 5 release date announcement draws closer, we continue to get great examples of iPhone 5 concept photos and video that shows the potential to drive fresh rumors around what features will be included in a new iPhone 5 release. This week we saw the rise of a great video with a projector, we also heard Gene Munster talk of the “biggest device-upgrade cycle in smartphone history.” No small words there. The potential iPhone 5 release date could be announced soon at the WWDC in June (weeks away).
iPhone 5 Release Date
The iPhone 5 release date is potentially right around the corner with the WWDC next month. For those that don’t know, the WWDC is the World Wide Developers Conference, a place where Apple traditionally drops a new version of iOS on us for devices like the iPhone and iPad, and possibly reveals new clues about any feature release date for Apple products. It happens on June 11 – 15 in San Francisco, and it’s widely expected that we’ll see iOS6 released during the conference. iPhone 5 rumors point to an upgrade to Siri (which is seeing its own hype right now) and possibly iTunes as big ticket potential items.
iPhone 5 Concept Video and Photos
The iPhone 5 concept video adds fuel to the rumors that came from recent iPhone 5 concept photos, over new design features that stem from the idea of a projector. The use of a projector isn’t new, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is already on the market and has a projector built in. The iPhone 5 concept in the video above also reveals the idea of a laser keyboard, a feature that’s been around as a technology for a long time and could help people who don’t like the onscreen keyboard because they find it difficult to use. Still, the video from Aatma Studio reveals some great concepts as features, all with great potential should they eventually find their way to the iPhone 5 release date. Recent photos from Toby Kick and Antonio de Rosa also reveal iPhone 5 concept photos with an awesome vision of real world potential … all of these ideas are realistic and could be included should Apple choose to pursue them. These concepts are all grist for the iPhone 5 rumors mill, but are fun in the way they see potential features.
Another reason to think big and think different about what new iPhone 5 features might be included? This week’s comments from analyst Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster : “We believe the iPhone 5 will represent the biggest consumer-electronics product launch of 2012 as well as the biggest device-upgrade cycle in smartphone history.”
iPhone 5 Features and Specs
A lot of this has been covered before, but to recap the list of running favorites that are an estimate of the iPhone 5 features and specs: the biggest and most plausible is the larger screen. This really drove iPhone 5 rumors last week when Bloomberg said that Apple had “placed orders from suppliers in Asia for screens that are bigger than the 3.5- inch size now on the smartphone;” this lead a wave of rumors about a four-inch iPhone 5 screen. This would match pace with current smartphone screen sizes, and MacRumors also had photos this week of parts that revealed a bigger screen size already in production. Other big ticket iPhone 5 features include 4G LTE connectivity, which is more of a catch-up feature than a revolutionary one; a new processor that could be either the A5X found in the current iPad 3 release or the possibility of an introduction of the long-rumored A6 processor that seems as real yet mythical as the Apple TV. Any of these are almost must-have features for the iPhone 5 release date, they aren’t ground-breaking but are necessary for the iPhone to maintain its momentum. A new iPhone 5 dock connector is also widely rumored to be part of the iPhone 5 release. A new 3D mapping service, and improved camera have also been talked about as well.
What iPhone 5 features are you looking forward to? What rumors and concepts do you think are a waste of time, or likely just that: iPhone 5 rumors? Do you think the iPhone 5 release date is in June, or will it happen later this Fall?
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