There are many advancements needed with the iPhone 5 although one thing we really need is increased battery life, and Apple’s latest patent approval could be a signal that the company is advancing in that direction. Apple filed a patent a couple of years ago, which has just made its way online with approval and focuses on power adapters as seen in the image below. This would allow for more space inside the iPhone 5 and of course more room for a bigger battery.
We have known for a while about a new power and data port, which is likely to make its unveiling when the iPhone 5 sees a release this fall. When we heard about a new 19-pin connector last month it had also been met with mainstream media spinning a negative headline, which focused on the impending disaster iPhone owners would face when this change makes all their current accessories useless.
These reporters obviously don’t understand Apple or might not know what an adapter is, which we published an example of a possible iPhone 5 adapter that would allow most old accessories to work with the new iPhone 5 connecter port. You can see that concept photo below and also a few more details in the article here, which mentions the person that came up with the picture. This is a simple solution and one we’re sure Apple have plans for already, although in their own design of course.
Some people thought the smaller connector could be a Thunderbolt port, although there doesn’t seem much of a need for this data transfer speed on an iPhone and certainly not in 2012. The patent drawing above shows that the connector port has a triangle end so you know what way the connector fits, although most Apple fans know these drawings don’t always detail the finished product. You can read the patent abstract below, or see the patent details on the official website here.
Would you like the smaller connector port to give the iPhone 5 better battery life? One thing is for sure and that is Apple need to offer any adapter for free with the iPhone 5. If consumers bother to upgrade to a 6th generation iPhone after investing in accessories for previous generations, then it makes sense for Apple to deliver new iPhone hardware with adapters if the port changes size. Any option that means paying for an adapter after buying the new iPhone 5 would be ridiculous.
Apple’s next iPhone hasn’t even been announced yet, but the firmly guarded secret handset is constantly the main talk of the tech gossip world through various rumors surfacing in the tech media world without a day miss.
The latest report comes from CNET, the guys over there have mentioned in a report, that Verizon CFO Fran Shammo expects Apple iPhone 5 to be out in fourth quarter of 2012. The hint by Verizon CFO was made during the company’s quarterly conference call. According to the report, the official also made a reference that Verizon carrier will launch the most anticipated iPhone 5 as soon as it is released by Apple. Thus, iPhone 5 Verizon release date will be in fourth quarter, most probably in October.
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Verizon CFO has a good catch up of iPhone 5 rumors and expects that the new smartphone will have an entirely new design, a bigger display, and capability for faster 4G LTE network. He made it clear that iPhone 5 release date by Verizon will be soon after the launch by Apple. According to him, a fourth-quarter iPhone 5 release date suggests that Apple may move in October, similar to its release date of the iPhone 4S last year.
At the same time, Verizon CFO is satisfied about iPhone which continues to be the biggest smartphone seller at the major carriers like Verizon, ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile.
The iPhone continues to be the biggest smartphone seller at the carriers, often topping the bestseller list. Verizon CFO said in the report, that the company sold 2.7 million iPhones in the period. While the iPhone sales are primarily made up of iPhone 4S and, to a lesser extent, the discounted iPhone 4, several phones use the Droid name, including Motorola’s Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx, and HTC’s Droid Incredible. Verizon sold 2.9 million Droid phones, Shammo said in the report. In total, it sold 5.9 million smartphones.
Adding on more to the rumor pool, BGR has also come with the latest news that the next iPhone will feature a Nano-SIM. According to BGR sources, Apple is already supplying US carriers with Nano-SIM adapters for testing and apparently ATT is set to introduce the new iPhone later this year with the new SIM standard.
The report states, “It’s been rumored that the new iPhone will feature an even smaller SIM card than what’s used now, and we can confirm that the new iPhone will feature these tiny SIM cards called nano-SIMs. Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced.” The report mentions that ATT is one of the carriers that are testing these new SIM cards.
Further, BGR report has also confirmed that the next iPhone will come equipped with 1GB of RAM, NFC as well as 4G LTE connectivity. ”We have confirmation that the units Apple is currently testing have 1GB of RAM, doubled from the iPhone 4S’s 512MB, and integrated 4G LTE radios. We can also confirm that NFC hardware is present in the phones as well,” said the report.
The Wall Street Journal had earlier reported that iPhone 5 will have a larger screen than that of the iPhone 4S model. So having a slimmer screen will help Apple to reduce the weight of the new iPhone.
The report said that iPhone 5 is being currently manufactured by Asian component makers and next iPhone would be using in-cell technology to make the screen thinner.
A thinner screen could help the next iPhone become slimmer, or make extra room available for other components, the report said.
Right now Apple’s iPhone is trailing behind the same companies they are waging war against, yet their legal team continues to use the tired claim of “slavish copying”. Apple fans will not even see LTE and NFC until late this year (2012); both are technologies that other phones (Windows Phone, Android and even Blackberry) have enjoyed for some time now. Apple is also moving to a larger screen and dropping in more RAM, again something that Samsung, Motorola, HTC… well you get the picture by now. In the past Apple has been able to get around their lack of current features though clever marketing and the presence of Steve Jobs (anyone remember being told that Apple would bring out Copy and Paste when it was the “right time” for it?). With Tim Cook you do not have the same presence so missing or improperly labeled (4G anyone?) items leap out and the consumer and are quickly complained about.
Apple knows this which is why we are going to see an even greater tendency to abuse the patent system as they strive to compete with the rest of the market that has passed them up technologically. It is true that Android was not a polished OS until 4.0 and still has a way to go as Google works to offers a more polished yet open operating system for mobile devices. The phones and Tablets that Android run on are another story completely. They are far superior in terms of hardware specification with the possible exception of the retina display and in some cases the GPUs used. However, when you put them side-by-side with a phone like the Galaxy SII or Galaxy Nexus the displays and frame rates appear identical for games and video playback so we are not sure if those items help or hurt Apple here.
We have followed reports of iOS 6 and so far they have not impressed that many people. Most of the users that we spoke to about it say they do not notice a difference in performance and there are very few features that make the upgrade worth the time to get it done.
This means that the iPhone 5 (or whatever they call it), at launch, will be at the point that most Android phones were about two years ago. This is not a good position for a company that has made repeated statements that they are tired of innovating for the rest of the world. Apple is laboring under the failing strategy of “if we say it, it makes it true” (Microsoft is also trying this now…). The sad part for Apple is that the consumer market is waking up to this. After a number of statements made by Apple have been found to be… less than honest, they are starting to doubt the marketing hype and read behind the statements.
This leave one area for Apple to compete in, patents. They know that the US system is very malleable and that most judges in the US are not technically savvy enough to identify differences in technologies (some cannot even tell the difference in two different sized products…). There is also a tendency in US courts not to invalidate patents when they should be. Often broad patents or ones that are obvious or that have clear prior art are upheld when they should not be. Again Apple knows this and seems to feel that if they continue to cry foul loud enough they will get their way. It is a strategy that has worked for them so far. Now… well let’s just say that they have patented something so obvious and with so much Prior art that if it stands in court it will show exactly what a joke the US legal and Patent System has become to the rest of the world. We are talking about patent number 8223134 which relates to “Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents,”.
Apple filed for this one back in May of this year and it was granted with record speed (on the 17th of this month). The fact of the matter is that Apple has patented the list; a basic tool that has been used in devices since the Palm and Axiom. This is another case where Apple has been granted a patent that it never should have. Some Apple sites are claiming that Apple invented this, however a quick look at even the patent application shows that Apple borrowed from research that IBM did as far back as 1999. A quick search through the patent files yielded multiple similar patents from Palm and even Microsoft going back to 2004 for Windows Mobile). We would love to tell the USPTO along with all of the judges and politicians that giving Apple a pass will not bring manufacturing or warehousing back to the US. All they are doing at this point is hurting the consumer in the US and making the country look like idiots to the rest of the world. How much longer will we have to wait until someone calls Apple on this like they did with Rambus? Considering that Apple has just been awarded a patent on OpenCL which is an OPEN standard that Apple submitted (hmmm isn’t Apple complaining about people using standards against them…) we hope that it is very soon or who knows how much damage they will do.
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Much of the nation was gripped in searing heat, but the temperature soared even more in the iOSphere fueled by trusted sources
This week, rumors of the start of iPhone production were cruelly dashed by new rumors that it hadn’t: Apple is only testing phones, not building them. Also, could mini-SIMs mean the death of the Liquidmetal SIM extractor? Say it
isn’t so. Informed speculation explores Apple’s battery challenges for iPhone 5. And Verizon hints with vague references that
are interpreted as a not-very-surprising Q4 launch for the Next iPhone.
And the Chicoms really, really want iPhone 5. And Apple really, really wants them to have it.
You heard it here second.
“That’s according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, who hinted at the possible timing [of iPhone 5 launch] during the company’s
quarterly conference call today with a vague reference to a major phone the carrier expects to launch in the fourth quarter.”
– Roger Cheng, CNET, confirming through hints and vague references that iPhone 5 possibly maybe likely could perhaps
be announced between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012
iPhone 5 is being tested, but not yet manufactured
Relying on a “trusted source,” and hoping we will, too, Jonathan Geller at Boy Genius Report says the “several reports suggesting
that Apple has begun final production” of iPhone 5 are, actually, wrong.
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Although Geller’s phrasing is that “this [suggestion] isn’t quite true.” Which to Rollup sounds a bit like saying “she isn’t quite pregnant.”
One of the several not-quite-true reports is by the Japanese website Macotakara, which posted, “My reliable Chinese sources told that, new iPhone has started manufacture phase …” And it adds this delightfully provocative
detail: “back faceplate of this new iPhone has naked aluminum surface and partially glass covered part.”
Geller isn’t buying it. The rumor, not the phone.
“Apple goes through multiple stages before a product is manufactured, and two of these include the “engineering verification
test” stage and the “design verification test” phase,” Geller writes authoritatively, paving the way for yet more of those
cool insider acronyms so beloved of the iOSphere: EVT and DVT.
“Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone [i.e., iPhone 5] is currently in the EVT3 stage, the third revision of the engineering test
stage, and has not yet entered the DVT stage,” Geller assures us. The trusted source assures Geller that, by comparison, the
iPhone 4 was in EVT2 in mid-February 2010, and the phone lost in a San Francisco beer house in March of that year was in the
DVT stage. By themselves, those “facts” tell us less than either Geller or his source seems to think. Apple announced iPhone
4 in early June 2010.
“It’s certainly possible Apple is producing engineering samples of new iPhones and has started manufacturing device enclosures
to iron out any problems with the manufacturing line before real production starts, but that’s all that is happening at this
point in time,” Geller announces, though his only basis for this seems to be his lone trusted source. (Rollup has yet to see
anything like a thorough analysis, or even an accurate description, of Apple’s actual engineering and production process with
its Asian partners.)
Qualcomm and Skyworks Solutions reported calendar-second-quarter results giving us our first glimpse into the Apple supply chain after the close Wednesday.
Qualcomm (ticker: QCOM) guided the midpoint of calendar-third-quarter revenue to $4.65 billion (flat quarter-over-quarter), weaker than Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) guidance looking for calendar-third-quarter revenue up 7% to $418 million.
Though Qualcomm’s weaker guidance seems to imply a delay in iPhone builds, we would highlight that the company remains constrained at 28 nanometers and is dealing with 3G and 4G channel inventory reductions, thus late-quarter Apple (AAPL) builds could be being masked by broader weakness.
This view was …
Why are we waiting?
Analysts asked the company why some customers have been holding back on handset upgrades, to which the company CFO, Francis J. Shammo said: “There is always that Rumour Mill out there with a new phone coming out in the fourth quarter. And so people may be waiting.”
That’s a pretty vague reference and could simply mean the company chief is looking to the range of handsets expected to appear for the Christmas quarter, but with most manufacturers likely holding back on significant releases in the period for fear of going up against the market giant that is the iPhone it would be a surprise if he was thinking about anything else.
Of course, this isn’t definitive evidence of Apple’s plans but with carriers in Europe and the US recently reported to be stockpiling the Apple-designed new nano-SIM for use in future handsets the circumstantial evidence continues to pile up.
The company also predicts a continued migration of data traffic away from 3G in favour of 4G/LTE. Verizon spent 23 percent less on deploying new wireless infrastructure in Q2. “You will recall that in the first half of last year, we were spending more for 3G capacity in connection with our initial launch of the iPhone,” Shammo said.
First time smartphone
The company activated 2.7 million iPhones in the period, up from 2.3 percent in the same quarter a year ago. 25 percent of these were to customers new to the carrier while the rest were people upgrading to new devices. “Importantly, more than 40% of customers upgrading this quarter were buying a smartphone for the first time,” he added.
Eyes will be on ATT that announces its financial results next week, on July 24 (the same day as Apple’s financial call). Will we see continued growth in iPhone sales figures and 4G use, and will that company also promise further growth in Fall?
That company announced low levels of iPhone churn and 4.3 million activated Apple smartphones in its previous quarter announced earlier this year. The company is also testing Apple’s new nano-SIM on its network.
Another report in the last week seemingly confirms some of the most widely-predicted iPhone 5 features, including a 1GB on-board memory, 4G/LTE support and inclusion of NFC support on the handset.
Those figures fly in the face of claims Android is accounting for 51 percent of smartphone sales giving iPhone 50 percent share of the actual market. This suggests that while Android sales are strong, many of these devices are sitting on shelves in carrier warehouses.
Despite some questionable claims that the device will ship next month, the main theme of most of the iPhone speculation across the last week continue to suggest the device won’t appear until Fall, in line with most people’s expectations.
Attacking the low end
It also seems Apple intends maintaining sales of the iPhone 3GS once the iPhone 5 makes its debut. The company this week cut the cost of that device to under $200 in India, and has already disclosed its plan to make iOS 6 available for the veteran handset. It’s Apple’s attempt to cut into lower-end handset sales in its quest to reduce the threat posed by the Android ecosystem.
Jefferies analyst, Peter Misek, said in May: “Apple has signed an agreement “with a major global distributor” which will look for ways to penetrate the pre-paid and developing markets. He thinks the phone will be repriced (at the wholesale level) from $375 down to the $200 to $250 range.“
Manufacturing of the new iPhone with a view to ship the device in Fall has begun, a Wall Street Journal report revealed this week.
I’m anticipating a mid-late September reveal followed by the device shipping in quantity in early October. If you’re not in the market for a phone, the iPad nano seems set for introduction later that month, in keeping with the iPod launch of 2001.
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JULY 19, 2012 3:10 A.M. New York local time — T-Mobile, the iPhone-less carrier of United States, is bringing the Galaxy Note with Android Ice Cream Sandwich in tow. Also, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is “off to a good start” says one analyst whilst talking about the iPhone 5.
T-Mobile USA will be the last U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, the largest high-end Android smartphone of Samsung mobile. ATT launched the Galaxy Note in Q1 2012 with LTE. According to reports, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note will ship with the later version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, with the so-called “premium suite” in tow making the device’s software better than the previous version which was based on Gingerbread.
The original Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display, Android Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s custom 2011 skin, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, a front-facing camera for video chat, and a dedicated stylus with some apps that support it.
No word yet on price points but phone experts suggest that T-Mobile will likely use the same $279.99 with $50 rebate on contract strategy, similar to its new high-end Samsung device, the Galaxy S3. Also similar to the Galaxy S3, the T-Mobile Note 1 will include the network’s “4G” HSPA+ technology.
Speaking of the Galaxy S3, Samsung’s 2012 flagship phone, one analyst said the new Android-based smartphone shows success following its grand launch in United States last month and early this month despite supply issues. As reported by Barron’s, Raymond James’s Tavis McCourt talks about the success of the flagship Samsung smartphone saying that it “appears to be going relatively well.”
He also cited his own channel checks whilst claiming that stores have seen strong demand “at all wireless carriers” nationwide likely including the iPhone-less carrier T-Mobile USA. If true, then it is safe to assume that T-Mobile is on the verge of hailing the Galaxy S3 as its “most popular smartphone ever.” Last year, the Samsung Galaxy S2 T-Mobile variant grabbed the carrier’s own top sales spot after beating HTC’s phones like the Amaze 4G and the Sensation 4G. Last year’s T-Mobile smartphone sales was confirmed by a 2011 Canaccord Genuity channel check.
Similar to his other notes, McCourt still talks about the iPhone 5, Apple’s rumored 2012 smartphone. Citing the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Verizon and ATT’s stores, the analyst revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is now the most popular device of the two carriers beating the months old iPhone 4S. However, he adds, the iPhone 4S is still the second-most popular and the demand “has begun to taper off ahead of the iPhone 5 launch.”
According to rumor mill, the iPhone 5 get a September or an October release date. To recap, the device will reportedly include a larger display, a new design, LTE or Long Term Evolution support, NFC or Near Field communication, iOS 6 out of the box, and possibly with a new camera sensor and a new processor. Almost all rumors about the iPhone 5 claim that Apple’s partners in Asia have begun “mass producing” the unannounced phone.
Article source: http://www.popherald.com/2012-07-19-news-story-18952
Verizon continues to sell more Droid devices over Apple’s iPhone largely due to 4G LTE capability. The Apple-Android duel will be become a lot more interesting when the iPhone 5 launches with LTE.
The iPhone 5 is still a few months away, but analysts are already upbeat. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster argued in a research note that 80 million iPhone 5 units are in the bag.
Our recent survey of 400 consumers confirms our belief that the iPhone will take share over the next few years. In our survey, 65% of phone owners said that their next phone is expected to be an iPhone, which compared to 52% total iPhone ownership in the survey. We also note that the re-buy rate of iPhone users increased slightly y/y to 94% from 93%. Most importantly, 51% of consumers that planned on making the iPhone their next smartphone (whether current iPhone users or not) said they were waiting for the iPhone 5. We believe this suggests that as much as 50% of our estimated iPhone units for FY13 are in the bag (~170 million iPhone users x 94% re-buy x 51% iPhone 5 planned purchase).
Now let’s connect a few 4G dots.
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that the wireless giant activated 2.7 million Apple iPhone devices in the second quarter and 2.9 million Android phones. Of those Android devices, 2.5 million were 4G LTE capable.
In other words, 4G is driving Android sales as customers opt for bandwidth. Meanwhile, upgrades were a continuing question on Verizon’s conference call. Referring to upgrade fluctuations, Shammo said:
“There is always that rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out in the fourth quarter, and so people may be waiting.”
That new phone is the iPhone 5.
If you play the second half out for Verizon, it will have LTE iPhones as well as Android devices. Then the battle between the two dominant mobile platforms will really be enjoined.
Surely, some of the Android 4G customers will go with the iPhone in the future. The big unknown is how many go iOS over Android. One thing is clear, the iOS vs. Android market share statistics may be in play once both sides are on the same 4G LTE footing at Verizon and other carriers, notably ATT.
Apple is known to try out new things with each launch, and with iPhone 5’s launch, it is confirmed that Apple will be using nano SIM card slots.
Apple has been assertive about its “nano SIM” standard and has been offering royalty free licensing for its own “nano-SIM” standard, but competitors have objected this move and are said to have submitted their own designs for a compact next-generation SIM card, but on the contrary, The Financial Times reported this week that carriers in Europe are stockpiling nano SIM cards in preparation for iPhone 5’s launch.
It has been rumored that the next gen iPhone will be carrying a smaller SIM tray and will be using even smaller SIM card standard than what it is using now.
Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced. This includes ATT.
One reason why operators are piling up their stock of nano sim is because when iPhone 4 and original iPad were launched two years ago, both the devices were using micro SIMs and carriers were caught struggling to meet the demand, and hence this could be a precautionary measure. iPhone 5 is expected to be similar to iPhone 4 in size, however it will be featuring a slimmer metal body, and will be making use of nano SIM in order to keep things compact.
Previously in May, an iPhone parts vendor had posted images which were supposedly legitimate images of iPhone 5’s SIM tray. The SIM tray was found to be identical to what is found on iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. It also had a flat edge which suggests that iPhone 5 will have be having a flat edged form factor as a tapered surface is required for the device to have rounded edge. The tray, however was nearly identical to a micro SIM card tray, and if the image was legitimate, seems like Apple has made a last minute decision to go for nano SIM.
Apple will also be using a micro dock connector on all the future iOS devices as opposed to 30 pin dock connector found on all the iOS devices and some of the products from iPod lineup.
The next gen Apple iPhone will be featuring 4G LTE, 1GB of RAM and NFC and seems like the company will be targeting a September – October timeframe for launch of this device.
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Article source: http://thedroidguy.com/2012/07/iphone-5-to-use-nano-sim/