While Apple iPhone 5 is all set to launch this summer, its predecessors, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, are being offered by Virgin Mobile as prepaid handsets and every potential customer has a common question in mind, whether to go for currently offered iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S now or to wait for the yet to be released iPhone 5.
Virgin Mobile has currently set the price for iPhone 4 8GB model as $549 while the iPhone 4S will come with a price tag of $649 WITH NO CONTRACT.
Both the iPhones are available for purchase on Virgin Mobile’s website, RadioShack, Best Buy and select local retailers. The iPhones will come with an unlimited data and messaging plans which will cost an addition $35 per month. US carrier Cricket is also offering iPhone 4 8GB version and iPhone 4S 16GB version at $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.
So it is a perfect opportunity for the users who want an iPhone in their pocket but without a 2 year contract. However, iPhone 5 release date is expected to fall in September and with Apple introducing many hardware enhancements in its 6th generation iPhone, it can not be helped wonder whether is it really worth to go for iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 instead of iPhone 5?
The iPhone 5 will probably come with a 4-inch Retina display instead of the traditional 3.5 inches of Apple iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 will also feature an A5X Variant chip, 1GB RAM, iOS 6, 4G LTE technology, Near Field Communication or more commonly known as NFC technology, improved Siri, an 8 megapixel (or even higher) rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera which truly is a blessing for users who video chat.
Rumors are also making rounds on many tech blogs that the iPhone 5 will have a smaller 19-pin dock connector instead of the typical 30-pin connector meaning that all the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S accessories will become obsolete and will be no use for the iPhone 5.
So if told in a nutshell, it will be wise to wait for the iPhone 5 instead of going for the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. However, if you are someone who doesn’t want to get bound to a contract but still wants the goodness of iOS in their smartphone then the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will be the best buy for you.
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Apple is preparing to launch a 7.85-inch iPad Mini in October near the rumored iPhone 5 release date.
TabTimes reports that Andy Hargreaves, an analyst with Pacific Crest issued a note to investors last week stating that Apple will likely launch the iPad Mini this fall, cutting into sales of the larger iPad.
Hargreaves believes the iPad Mini will have 8GB of storage, a 7.85-inch display and a $299 price. The iPad Mini would be priced higher than the just announced Google Nexus 7 tablet, which starts at $199, but Apple would reportedly make a 31% profit on each tablet sold.
iPad Mini rumors kicked into high gear in early 2012, and again right before WWDC 2012 when a source leaked what they claim is the back of the iPad Mini. Apple is reportedly testing the iPad mini on campus, which isn’t a surprise as companies like Apple routinely test new products, many of which never make it to the hands of consumers.
In the note to investors Hargreaves states that the iPad Mini will likely cut into sales of the current iPad by 25%, and could spell an end to the $399 iPad 2. He believes a 16GB iPad Mini will replace the larger 16GB iPad 2 model.
While Apple could easily retire the older iPad, they may also continue to sell a 16GB iPad Mini and a 16GB iPad 2 at the same price, offering choice to consumers much like the iPhone and iPod lines cross into each other in features and prices.
In the same note, Pacific Crest says we may see a refresh to the New iPad. Hargreaves believes we will see a new screen for the iPad, a new camera location and a better battery that reduces the weight of the New iPad. This would mark a very early update to the iPad, and sadly there is no mention of a better front facing camera for the new iPad.
While Steve Jobs was not a fan of the 7-inch tablet, Apple is surely tempted by the prospect of selling a cheaper iPad at a good profit to bring more users into the Apple ecosystem.
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Apparently stock analyst Brian White, of Topeka Capital Markets, whiles away his free time perusing Chinese news websites, like Sina.com, and thank heavens he does. In a “note to investors,” White explained that he discovered a Sina.com “story” or “report” that the unnamed company making the battery for the iPhone 5 “may be having trouble providing batteries … that are up to [Apple's] standards,” according to AppleInsider’s Neal Hughes who wrote about what White wrote. For all the latest information check out our iPhone 5 release date, spec and rumour round-up.
iPhone 5 battery makers are not meeting Apple’s high standards
According to Hughes’ post, the investors note by White (no relation to white) about Sina.com’s report “suggested that only 30 percent of the battery volumes produced currently meet Apple’s standards.” Go to iPhone 5 will “launch” in September.
In what must surely be one of the great 2012 iOSphere understatements, the “unnamed battery vendor is reportedly working to solve the problem as development of Apple’s next iPhone ramps up ahead of an anticipated release later this year.”
Assuming the report is true, Hughes’ comment is missing a few modifiers like “frantically, desperately, screamingly” working to solve the problem. Of course, there are limits: They mustn’t run afoul of Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct, which among other things mandates not working more than, ahem, 60 (as in six-zero) hours a week.
White also found on another Chinese news site, ifeng.com, a post that “suggested Apple might want to launch its next iPhone as soon as the end of August,” according to AppleInsider.
Chinese websites seem to be pretty suggestive. “To suggest” means “to propose” or “evoke” or “imply.” Maybe in this case, ifeng.com “reported” that Apple would announce iPhone 5 between the third week of August and the start of September.
Despite the suggestion, White isn’t buying it: he “still believes that Apple will launch its sixth-generation handset in September.” Which suggests that the suggestion of an end of August unveiling would be, you know, wrong.
So what about the battery problem that started all this rumoring? “If there is a battery challenge, we trust that Apple will be able to figure it out in time for a September launch,” White assured his readers.
The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of intense debate even though a release may yet be some months away. With more rumors and leaks occurring almost every day we like to bring readers all of these developments although of course nothing is yet confirmed. Today we want to talk about the possibility of NFC and a Thunderbolt connector for the iPhone 5 and ask if this could be overkill?
Many of you will have heard of Near Field Communication (NFC), a digital mobile payments system, which is being slowly brought to more and more devices, particularly those using the Android platform. It hasn’t taken off in quite the way we anticipated yet but of course if it was to come to the next iPhone this would be a huge boost and make its use far more widespread. A few days ago we looked at the idea that NFC could come to the iPhone 5 after reports that code from prototype models revealed NFC chips so it does look as though this idea could be plausible for the iPhone this time around.
The new iPhone is guaranteed to sell in huge numbers but we have spoken before about the need for Apple to bring something new and fresh to the iPhone 5. We feel that Apple really has to bring something new and groundbreaking to the table for the iPhone 5 but would NFC be enough or will people be expecting much more? Also is it possible to add too much new technology to the iPhone 5 for effect, that’s not actually needed? With that in mind we found an interesting report on Product Reviews. This looks into leaks that appear to show that a Thunderbolt connector could come to the iPhone 5 but asks if this is simply overkill.
The possibility of a Thunderbolt port-equipped iPhone 5 comes from some leaked photos that appear to show what could be a Thunderbolt connector but could possibly be a microUSB port. Nothing can be confirmed as the leaked photos cannot be authenticated but it’s intriguing nevertheless. First thoughts about Thunderbolt for the iPhone 5 may well have people salivating over the extra speed but it’s easy to assume that any new technology for the iPhone 5 would be widely welcomed. However Product Reviews points out that although this sounds great, the average iPhone user simply would not need such a huge boost in speed.
Recently we also gave news about a possible new 19-pin dock connector for the iPhone 5 while Product Reviews also talks of the possibility of Apple moving to a new common connector that could be used over a range of phones. If Apple is considering changes here, the idea that a Thunderbolt port could appear raises issues such as extra cost and power consumption. Another concern that comes to mind is whether Apple would really want to promote Thunderbolt connector use, considering its push to get users to transfer files wirelessly using iCloud? Therefore we wonder if this is a step too far at this stage and if Apple might be better concentrating on a Thunderbolt iPhone 6 or later.
We’d be interested to hear your opinion on this. Do you think an iPhone 5 with Thunderbolt connector and NFC would be a great idea, after all, the more speed and convenience the better? Alternatively you may feel that Thunderbolt for the iPhone 5 is not necessary and would simply be overkill and you would prefer a standard connector? Let us know with your comments.
There’s no doubt that the iPhone 5 is one of the most anticipated smartphones, as all the Apple fans are eager to see what the Cupertino-based company prepared for them this time. Will Apple call their next iOS smartphone iPhone 5? We don’t know, yet. Maybe it will named the new iPhone, instead of the popular nickname of iPhone 5 given by the media, just like it happened with the iPad: so far, we’ve had iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad, even though many are calling it iPad 3.
The other companies can’t enjoy the same buzz created around the launch of Apple product launches, because the. The public had a similar reaction ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S3, also because the South Korea-based phone maker managed to keep their new flagship secret. Well, not as good as Apple and their iPhone, where the security level is incredible. You can see for yourself that we have no concrete information about the iPhone 5. All we can to is to take educated guesses based on Apple’s product launch pattern.
Rumor has it that iPhone 5 will be 7 mm thin. The slim smartphones are highly appreciated by the consumers, but everyone expects iPhone 5′s design to be flawless. I don’t think Apple will rush to present a new design language. They will rather stretch the case of the iPhone 4/4S. Apple’s designed evolved but only the iPhone 4 was the model that brought a real revolution. The shape of iPhone 4/4S became a sort of icon for Apple, and I don’t believe the guys from Cupertino will drop it with ease.
The high-end smartphones are nowadays arriving with 4.5+ inch displays, while Apple got stuck to 3.5-inches. Just look at the kings of the smartphone segment: Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED), HTC One X (4.7-inch Super IPS LCD2) and Galaxy Nexus (4.65-inch Super AMOLED). Sources say that the iPhone 5 will feature a slightly bigger touchscreen panel, sized between 3.9 and 4.1 inches, with a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels. You can see that Apple kept the width of the iPhone 4S’ resolution (960 x 640 pixels), so the applications will be ported on the new display much easier. Moreover the new resolution will almost get close to the HD resolution of the high-end Android smartphones – 1,280 x 720 pixels for Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus and HTC One X.
Reports claim that the iPhone 5′s display will be protected against scratches by a Gorilla Glass 2 layer. The Gorilla Glass 2 is now thinner than the previous generation, allowing Apple to keep their new iOS smartphone as slim as possible.
I guess Apple will want a unique size for their smartphone, like Nokia did with N9 and its 3.9-inch display. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new iPhone has a 3.99 or 4.05 touch panel.
As about the iPhone 5 CPU, I see no motivation for Apple to fit a quad-core chipset inside their phone. A quad-core processor would give them headaches when it comes to making the iPhone 5 only 7 mm thick. Moreover it would eat more battery and the heat level would be too high. Maybe Apple will overclock the new iPad’s A5X processor to 1.2 GHz. The next-gen iPhone would probably feature 1 GB of RAM and it will be offered in three storage variants: 16, 32 and 64 GB.
Apple would want to integrate a powerful graphic processing unit, and it will definitely be a PowerVR unit. Maybe Apple will use the entire A5X SoC from the new iPad, including the PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU with four cores.
We know for sure that iPhone 5 will come pre-loaded with iOS 6, the latest version of the Apple’s mobile operating system. The user interface is the same, but each time is faster, it comes with new features centered on key elements: intuitive and simple.
We already know that iOS 6 will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, new iPad and last gen iPod Touch. It arrives with an improved Siri, Passbook and NFC, Apple Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook integration, better iCloud support and FaceTime calls over 3G cellular networks.
It seems that iTunes will be upgraded, too, with a revised interface, one of the biggest changes since its launch in 2001, with iCloud integration, improved sharing features for the songs in App Store and an easier way to discover movies, songs and applications.
As about connectivity, rumor has it that iPhone 5 will sport NFC and 4G LTE besides the standard WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm jack and GPS. The 4G will be a decisive factor for the US market, where the consumers are desperate to have it on their smartphones.
The iPhone 4S’ 8 megapixel camera is doing a good job already and I don’t see a reason why the should fit one with a bigger resolution. Besides the Nokia 808 PureView and a couple of Sony Xperia models, most of the high-end smartphones are boasting about their 8 megapixel units. Still, Apple might revise the camera application, adding new features.
It will be great if Apple’s next iPhone comes with better battery life, but the dual-core CPU, the powerful GPU and the company’s desire to develop a slim device, might make the iPhone 5′s battery life worse than iPhone 4S’. Just look how the new iPad has a battery twice as capable as the previous model, but it’s thicker, so it will be interesting to see what solution Apple will choose for the next smartphone that will soon join their line-up.
Everyone expects to see the iPhone 5 / new iPhone in flesh sometime in September or October 2012. Anyway until the next-gen iOS-powered phone is officially introduced, we will keep you up to date with the latest details about this highly-anticipated smartphone.
Article source: http://www.tech.sc/iphone-5-release-date-rumors/
Five years later, both Google and Microsoft appear to have caught up with Android and the yet-to-be-released Windows Phone 8, with other mobile operating systems having fallen largely by the wayside in comparison, despite ongoing sales of Symbian, BlackBerry OS 7 and Bada-powered smartphones.
However, Apple has not only either largely matched competitors in missing features, it has built an entire ecosystem whose sum is much greater than its parts, spawning the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, Apple TV and iOS-style improvements to Mac OS X including the App Store, let alone the winning improvements of the MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Its “app store” is still unmatched in both pure numbers and in superb quality software written to take full advantage of the different iDevices, and while there are plenty of “fart apps” on all platforms, the iPhone still carries exclusive titles that certainly do take their time in being ported elsewhere – especially when the competition has so many different versions that it’s difficult and developer resource intensive to keep up.
Apple’s iPhone and iOS have certainly inspired much copying and many attempts to outdo Apple, and just as when mp3 player makers were vainly adding FM tuners, voice recording and a vast array of models and sizes to compete with the iPod, so too have the competitions attempts to copy Apple’s finesse and the experience it delivers seen much feature-adding and approximations of the iDevice experience – without being able to fully or properly match what Apple has created, nurtured and grown exponentially.
As Apple executives like to note, “only Apple” could have achieved the success and scale that it has, and that is because it has taken a principled stand on the need to make your own hardware if you want to sell software.
Apple was five years ahead of the competition in many ways and is still ahead when you look at everything Apple does, from its stunning new developments that leapfrog the competition in smartphones, software, hardware, tablets, third-party software compatibility, infinite accessories, ease-of-use, ease-of-learning, pre and post-sales experience, usage experience and more.
Apple made smartphones easy, changing the way they operated, and truly looking like 21st century devices, rather than rehashes of technologies created in the 20th.
Sure, you might say that multi-touch would have been brought to market by someone else first – perhaps Palm with WebOS, perhaps Nokia or Microsoft – but the fact is that Apple did so, working on the iPhone for four years before unveiling it unto the world, while it was releasing iPod models and looking at the smartphones of 2004 and 2005, before the iPhone world existed.
Android smartphones have done the most to copy as much of the Apple experience as possible, and to try and “embrace and extend” the iPhone experience as much as possible, but only beat Apple’s iPhone today when looked at in aggregate.
In 2012, Apple is still the company the industry is following, despite bold steps by some at times to try and take the lead.
While competitors launch ever larger phones that are harder to use with one hand, Apple is only five years going to launch a smartphone with a larger than 3.5-inch screen – if expectations for a 4-inch screen are finally fulfilled later this year when the iPhone 4G, 4GS, iPhone 5 or just “new iPhone” is released.
Some competitors have long offered full multitasking, Apple’s limited multitasking has forced app makers to write more cleverly to work, where possible, with Apple’s much stricter multitasking policies, leading to a still leading bloom in apps while competitors have struggled to keep up.
Sure, Android has over 500,000 phone apps, but supposedly less than 1000 tablet specific apps, while Windows Phone 7.5 has finally crossed the 100,000 app barrier threshold, meaning both Android and, when it is released, Windows Phone 8, are best placed to truly bring the real competition to Apple’s hardware and software vision.
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Last week, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves also predicted that high expectations related to the iPhone 5 among Apple fans all around the world could cause a larger-than-expected pause in buying iPhones ahead of the device’s release later this year. However, Hargreaves believed that there would be “extraordinary demand” for Apple products through fiscal 2013.
Although Hargreaves continued to recommend Apple shares as Outperform, he also added that “investors’ return expectations should be moderated by the likelihood for slowing replacement cycles, weak macroeconomic conditions and increasing saturation in developed markets through FY 2013.”
As regards J.P. Morgan, the firm lowered its projections of revenue from the iPhone sales in the third quarter. However, it shouldn’t raise any concern as sales usually plunge ahead of the expected launch of a new model, CNET reported.
Moskowitz dropped his earnings and revenue estimates for the company’s June-ending quarter by 0.5 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. He expected Apple to report fiscal third-quarter earnings of $10.20 per share on revenue of $36.8 billion, MSN Money reported.
Moskowitz said in his note that the holiday season would certainly boost sales of the next iPhone as it did last year, helping Apple sell a record 37.04 million iPhones in the fourth quarter.
Expecting a big turn-around during the fourth quarter, based on anticipated demand for the new iPhone, J.P. Morgan increased its fourth-quarter sales estimates for the new Apple smartphone.
“Overall, our expectation of stronger iPhone unit sales and the related mix benefits partially counter our lower growth assumptions for the iPad and Mac businesses,” Moskowitz wrote. Still, “we think that the company’s incremental market penetration opportunities can help the Mac become a major contributor to overall company growth in the coming years.”
Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone celebrated its fifth anniversary Friday and according to Strategy Analytics’ statistics, ever since the first iPhone launch on June 29, 2007, Apple has shipped 250 million iPhones worldwide, generating $150 billion in cumulative revenues, AppleInsider reported.
“The iPhone portfolio has become a huge generator of cash and profit for Apple,” said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. “A quarter of a billion iPhones have been shipped cumulatively worldwide in the first five years since launch and Apple reaches its fifth birthday at the top of its game.”
The rumors surrounding the “iPhone 5″ say that the future flagship Apple phone will feature a larger 4-inch Retina display, an A5X Variant chip, 4G LTE technology, Near Field Communication (NFC) and a smaller dock connector.
Other features and specs also include 1GB RAM, iOS 6, improved Siri, liquidmetal casing, an 8 megapixel (or even higher) rear camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and a much-improved battery life.
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Apple never mentioned anything about when their iPhone 5 would be released, well not specifically anyway. However the folks over at the Examiner are suggesting that they gave a big hint about its date for release. This was by way of the rollout schedule of iOS 6.
iPhone 5 release date indirectly hinted by official iOS 6 rollout schedule
Many are saying that Apple has pretty much confirmed that they would release the iPhone 5 in the autumn given that it is the scheduled time for the official release of iOS 6. This would be the ideal opportunity to bring out a new handset as it would be released with the latest operating system. It is thought that iOS 6 will come packed with around 200 new features. Of course some of these will be minor. Commercially it makes more sense for Apple to release the iPhone 5 with the new iOS 6 preinstalled, as this would give it a bragging rights of 200 new features that many of its rivals (Samsung Galaxy S3) may not possess.
Apple has shown us the new Maps app in iOS 6, the new app sees the end of five years of collaboration between Apple and Google, with Google Maps being ousted. Should the iPhone 5 be released with iOS 6 this would mean it would have the turn-by-turn navigation feature, something if you recall Samsung has used in many of its ads to show that it is better than Apple’s iPhone. This could boost its selling power and Android rivals would no longer be able to use it as a way to put the iPhone down.
At the moment there has been no official release date from Apple and all fans can do is speculate over whether Apple did let the cat out of the bag by revealing the release schedule for iOS 6. Given that we’ve always seen a new iPhone launch with a new major OS update, we are taking this as a given.
To ensure that the Samsung Galaxy S III, “the next big thing is here,” Samsung is posting videos to a giant screen in New York City’s Time Square. Along with that big shot celebrities are sharing their Samsung Galaxy S III big shots (photo). The big wait is finally over for those who want to buy some models in store.
Time Square is aglow with Samsung Galaxy S III videos. There are videos of moon walks, weddings, slow mo mob scenes and model poses. To make a big phone look big, have a big guy endorse it.
A really big guy, former basketball star Walt “Clyde” Frazier has been signed to endorse the Samsung Galaxy S III especially the ShareShot feature (get it basket shots/camera shots.)
He previously had a flip phone here are some of the Frazier’s favorite features of his Samsung Galaxy S III:
- It’s easy, a lot simpler than I thought it would be.
- It’s stylistic, it looks like Clyde. It’s got a nice screen it’s very simplistic, just touch what you want.
- The camera has really impressed me. You can take pictures and you don’t have to worry about if it’s right or not, cause in 1 second it takes 8 different pictures and the camera selects the best one for you.
- Yeah because you can share pictures with people. Like if you had one of these, we could kind of like touch them together and share the pictures and information. It’s invaluable man.
- I Googled myself.
Demos of Clyde’s favorite features appear in videos below such as Share Shot, S Beam, S Voice personal assistant and an over demonstration from Sprint.
Kirk Yunhnke of ABC called the Samsung Galaxy S III ”fast, sexy and filled with cool new features that Apple isn’t doing on the iPhone. Simply put, it’s by far the best Android smartphone on the market today and the new king of smartphones.
We are planning to do a review of reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S III, once the review dust settles to get a consensus of all model across carriers.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) is on sale today in Sprint stores. It was officially announced via Twitter the in-store release is today for Sprint. Best Buy also Tweeted that they have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stock.
Note: The best deals still remain for the Sprint 16GB SG S3 LetsTalk for $179.99 with a new contract, add coupon code JULY4SALE for 15% off your cart. Followed by Wirefly is also taking preorders for the discounted price of $179.99 for new customers, $10 free Google Wallet credit included
Google Wallet only works after, the most recent update is installed on the Sprint models.
Some forum members have noticed that allow LTE is not officially available in Houston, that they are connecting to the fast 4g LTE network.
Samsung Mobile has launched a support section on a microsite solely dedicated to the Samsung Galaxy S III that links to Samsung’s website telling you its time upgrade when your smartphone doesn’t have the features of the Samsung Galaxy series:
- You want to share…everything – for automated status updates.
- You’re tired of playing Solitaire…by yourself – new games with Android 4.0.
- You want your phone to do what you say…on command – S Voice.
- You can’t watch a movie…or even see the people in your photos.
- You’re tired of searching for a pen and paper…when you run into a rock star.
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The latest on the iPhone 5 release date comes from Mark Moskowitz, and there’s talk of a late-in-the-year iPhone 5 release that will drive it to be the biggest smartphone in 2013. The iOS6 release date is quickly becoming the favorite time to coincide with an iPhone 5 release date, although they don’t necessarily have to happen on exactly the same date. iOS6 could predate the iPhone release, and give an opportunity to still include it on the new phone.
iPhone 5 Release Date
The big comment drop of the week came from J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, who said “We think that a combination of revolutionary hardware enhancements and software-driven services (i.e., Passbook, Maps, FaceTime over cellular) stand to reaffirm the iPhone as the leading smartphone in 2013.” Although there’s no mention of a specific month or time as the real iPhone 5 release date, he’s building on the notion that Apple will release it sometime in the Fall as it did last year. The leading consensus for this year is that the iPhone 5 release date will follow a similar route, with Apple announcing the iPhone 5 at a presentation in the Fall, leading to an iPhone 5 release in time for holiday shopping. Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones in the final quarter of last year, after its introduction in October.
This dovetails nicely with comments from Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves. Forbes reported that Hargreaves thinks there will be “’extraordinary demand’ for Apple products through fiscal 2013. He thinks the company is likely to be supply constrained on iPhone 5 for the first several months after launch, ‘which will likely make Apple’s ability to ramp supply the key driver of FY 2013 earnings.’” I guess the big question with both of these comments is do they know something about the IPhone 5 release date that we don’t, or are they just reviewing the same materials as the rest of us and throwing their comments out there?
iPhone 5 Rumors
Current iPhone 5 rumors include near-field communication (NFC), a smaller dock connector and a bigger screen size that is estimated to be about 4 inches. The new iPhone dock connector has been confirmed by CNET saying “TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone.” Other iPhone 5 rumors include a bigger phone (to compete with the Galaxy S3, as well as a trend that is hitting smartphones this year in an attempt to bridge the gap between a phone with a too-small screen size as well and a medium-sized tablet. As long as the phone stays portable, I see this as a good trend, whether it’s an iPhone 5 feature or not. The iPhone 5 rumor for near-field communication was raised by TechCrunch, who said “Google is now shipping 1 million NFC-enabled Android devices every week,” which adds upt o a whopping 15% of Android devices. Near Field Communication is the ability of two iPhones to communicate with each other without the use of Wi-Fi, as long as their near each other. This . Apple would need to make thisiPhone 5 rumor surfaced a few weeks ago as a feature called Airdrop an iPhone 5 feature to compete, and looks like prerequisite instead of a nice to have.
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