Rumors of a smaller dock connector for the future iPhone are reiterated by Reuters. The publication reports that the iPhone 5 will feature a 19-pin connector port instead of the classic 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, sources cited by Reuters say. This means that the new dock connector will be almost 40% smaller than the current one. It has been speculated that the new port will be implemented by Apple in order to meet a commitment made by the company with the EU, which stated that all devices should have a microUSB port instead of current 30-pin. However, Reuters claims that Apple has reduced the size of that port connector to implement the earphone at the bottom of the iPhone. Whatever the real motivation behind this change, the fact is that we will have to replace all accessories that connect to the iPhone’s connector port from now on. “It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors,” says Pete Cunningham, analyst at technology research firm Canalys. “The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected.”
Rumors of a smaller dock connector for the future iPhone are reiterated by Reuters.
The publication reports that the iPhone 5 will feature a 19-pin connector port instead of the classic 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, sources cited by Reuters say.
This means that the new dock connector will be almost 40% smaller than the current one.
It has been speculated that the new port will be implemented by Apple in order to meet a commitment made by the company with the EU, which stated that all devices should have a microUSB port instead of current 30-pin.
However, Reuters claims that Apple has reduced the size of that port connector to implement the earphone at the bottom of the iPhone.
Whatever the real motivation behind this change, the fact is that we will have to replace all accessories that connect to the iPhone’s connector port from now on.
“It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors,” says Pete Cunningham, analyst at technology research firm Canalys.
“The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected.”
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According to a French blog site, the highly anticipated iPhone 5 featuring a larger screen and a 19-pin dock connector will be released on Friday, September 21, 2012.
Citing a source within China’s third largest accessory maker, App4phone.fr claims that Apple has released a few scant details to accessory makers, including a target date in late September.
It could be true. Last year, Apple released the iPhone 4S on October 14, 2011, and while usually Apple tends to go by what they’ve done in the past, September 21st is close enough to early-mid October that there are any number of reasons why Apple might want to get out the next iPhone a little bit earlier: for example, to get it in more hands by Christmas.
If the September 21st date pans out, that would imply that Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 5 ten days earlier, as they did with the iPhone 4S. Would Apple really announce a new iPhone on the anniversary of September 11th, though? We doubt it, but don’t think this is a dealbreaker: Apple could easily push the announcement a day earlier or a day later if they’re feeling like a 9/11 iPhone announcement would be in bad taste.
Either way, you may not want to plug this date into your calendar. App4phone.fr is a site without an extensive track record, and until Apple sends out invitations, any possible iPhone 5 release date is just supposition.
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Demand for Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone is higher than any other smartphone the company has released.
In June, ChangeWave Research conducted a study on the demand for smartphones from the world’s leading manufacturers, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia (NOK), Research In Motion (RIMM), and HTC.
Among those who plan to purchase a smartphone within the next 90 days, 19% chose Samsung. This is a 6% increase over the December 2011 and May 2012 surveys, in which only 13% of respondents chose Samsung. In September 2011, just 5% of consumers wanted a Samsung phone, and in the months and years before, demand was as low as 1%.
Samsung has come a long way since then. The company now poses a serious threat to Apple’s dominance. In time, it might even cut into the profits of the iPhone maker.
That said, Apple might not have much to worry about. Despite an increase in demand for Samsung products, (which could be attributed to consumers who are switching from other Android brands), Apple is also experiencing a significant increase in iPhone demand.
ChangeWave’s study — which was conducted among 4,042 “primarily North American consumers” consumers — found that 14% of consumers were “very likely” to buy an iPhone 5, while 17% were “somewhat likely.”
Consumers gave their responses after reading a brief description of the features that analysts expect the iPhone 5 to have, such as 4G LTE and a larger screen. ChangeWave also provided a few estimated price points, which mirror those of the current iPhone.
Comparatively, when ChangeWave conducted a similar survey for the iPhone 4S last October, consumer demand was at 10% (“very likely”) and 11.5% (“somewhat likely”). At that time, the iPhone 4S had already been announced, and its full feature set — including the addition of Siri — was widely known. The iPhone 5 is still mostly a mystery, but its demand is already outpacing all previous versions of the Apple-made device.
Apple and Samsung are not the only two smartphone manufacturers that experienced an increase in demand. Interest in Nokia devices actually rose to 2% — up from just one percent last March. While that is not a huge increase by any means, it is, as ChangeWave notes, a positive sign for the firm.
HTC at 3% (which was unchanged from the last survey) and Research In Motion at 2% (also unchanged) did not perform as well. At the same time, Motorola lost two points, dropping to 4%.
The Taiwan-based manufacturer has begun production of a new version of the iPhone at its factory in Shanghai, according to Digitimes, citing “industry sources in Taiwan.”
This follows a week-earlier report claiming basically the same thing — though that report did not specify the manufacturer.
That earlier report did get specific about the phone itself, however, saying the back of the new iPhone has both glass and aluminum. By comparison, the
iPhone 4S sports glass coverings on the front and back.
iPhone 5‘s most anticipated feature is a larger 4-inch class Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Previous iPhones have had a 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Digitimes also mentioned that Pegatron will be a second production source for the “new version of the iPad.”
Foxconn has been the primary manufacturer of Apple’s iPad and is also expected to make the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5 rumors are starting to sync, providing a basic outline of what Apple’s next phone might look like.
While it has been previously reported that the new iPhone (or what many assume will be called the iPhone 5) will have a new, smaller dock connector, Reuters is now corroborating these rumors.
The next iPhone will come with a 19-pin connector rather than the 30-pin port on the current iPhone and iPad ”to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom,” two Reuters sources who are “familiar with the matter” said.
Apple has recently moved to a new dock connector on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and sells an accessory so the new charging port is compatible with older chargers.
The move to use a new dock or charging port would save some space and may also allow the phone to be thinner.
Which brings us to another rumor. Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple will use a new type of thinner screen that will integrate the touchscreen right into the LCD.
On the current iPhone, the touchscreen is a layer on top of the LCD. The new screen technology, which is said to be currently in mass production, would allow the phone to be thinner. Previous rumors also suggested that the phone would have a slightly larger 4-inch display (the current iPhone has a 3.5-inch screen) and use the second generation of Gorilla Glass, the durable glass that covers the current iPhone. That glass is also thinner, although it provides the same level of protection.
Additionally, the next iPhone has been rumored to have LTE and a faster processor and graphics.
Apple is expected to release the next iPhone during the fall, with many reports pointing to October, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released. The next version of the iPhone software, iOS 6, was previewed in June and is also due out around the same time. Check out some of the new features in iOS 6 here.
Reuters has also reported that Apple’s third-quarter earnings, which will be announced Tuesday, may fall short, as iPhone sales have slowed over the past couple of months as buyers await the new phone. Apple has not said issued any statement about the next version of its iPhone.
Computerworld - Advance demand for Apple’s next iPhone is at an all-time high, said a research firm today, predicting huge sales later this year for what most have dubbed the “iPhone 5.”
A survey of more than 4,000 North American consumers by ChangeWave Research showed a record enthusiasm for Apple’s next-generation smartphone, with nearly a third saying they were likely to buy one.
“Advance demand for the ‘iPhone 5′ is strikingly higher than we’ve seen for any previous iPhone model,” said Paul Carton, ChangeWave’s vice president of research, in an abbreviated report sent via email.
Of the people polled, 14% said they were “very likely” to buy a new iPhone for themselves or a family member, while 17% asserted that they were “somewhat likely” to do so.
ChangeWave described the next iPhone in broad terms, incorporating the speculation that’s centered on a slightly-larger screen and a connection to the faster LTE mobile data networks, as well as the near-certainty that it will be powered by iOS 6, the next version of Apple’s operating system.
The 31% total of those who said they were likely to buy the iPhone 5 was 44% higher than the 21.5% who answered the same way in a survey ChangeWave conducted last year just before the launch of the iPhone 4S.
“The biggest finding of the survey is the unprecedented level of advance demand for the next generation Apple iPhone, which based on these survey numbers easily dwarfs the advance demand of any previous iPhone launch,” said Carton.
Apple does not disclose individual iPhone model sales, but in the two quarters reported since the Oct. 4, 2011, launch of the iPhone 4S, the company has sold 72.1 million iPhones, its best-ever six-month stretch.
Apple will reveal its second-quarter sales figures tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT during an earnings call with Wall Street analysts.
The survey results meshed with financial analysts’ expectations for the iPhone 5, or whatever Apple calls the next model. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, for instance, has forecast iPhone calls in 2012′s final quarter — the one during the putative launch of the smartphone — at 44.7 million units, or 21% more than the previous best of 12 months earlier.
ChangeWave also asked consumers their thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, which went on sale last month.
Of the people polled, 2% said they were very likely to buy a Galaxy S III “in the future,” with another 7% acknowledging that they were somewhat likely to do so.
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Few are expecting the world’s most valuable technology company — which surpasses Wall Street expectations with near regularity — to deliver a bumper quarter once more on Tuesday.
Apple may still surprise market watchers, but many Wall Street analysts and investors remember how chatter over the launch of a new iPhone last year caused Apple to miss quarterly expectations in the fall, for the first time in years.
The iPhone 5 is only expected to hit store shelves around October — just in time for the holidays — with a thinner, larger screen and fine-tuned search features. Couple that pre-launch lull with slowdowns in Europe and China, Apple’s biggest markets outside of North America, and sentiment on the Wall Street darling is more muted than many can remember in a while.
“No longer is Apple the company that beats every time,” said Tim Lesko, portfolio manager at Granite Investment Advisors, which owns Apple stock. “I expect Apple to beat Apple’s guidance, but I don’t know whether they will beat Wall Street’s guidance.”
Tony Sacconaghi, analyst with Bernstein Research, sees a reasonable chance Apple will miss expectations on revenue, citing “macroeconomic weakness in China and Europe, a product cycle lull in the iPhone, a later than expected introduction of the new iPad into China, and the late quarter introduction of new Mac notebooks.”
Any hiccup in demand for the best-selling smartphone can have a big impact on both revenue and profits as the five-year old device accounts for nearly 50 percent for Apple’s revenues. And it comes at a time Samsung (005930.KS) and other manufacturers that use rival Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) Android software are chipping away at its market share.
Apple is expected to report fiscal third-quarter earnings of $10.35 a share on revenue of $37.2 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Top Wall Street analysts are betting the numbers will undershoot that. Apple may miss the average sales forecast by about 0.2 percent, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine’s SmartEstimates, which places greater emphasis on timely forecasts by top-rated analysts.
IPAD’S LAUNCH IN CHINA
But some analysts also think the Street is underestimating the impact of a late iPad launch in China, a focal point of intense expansion for the company and a huge driver of growth.
Apple began selling the tablet there on Friday, but many had expected it to ship last quarter.
Sales in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan jumped threefold to $7.9 billion in the second quarter, accounting for about 20 percent of Apple’s $39.2 billion in total revenue.
The company typically introduces a new iPhone every year, but has yet to reveal any details on the next model.
However, people familiar with the situation have told Reuters the new iPhone will have a bigger display and that Apple has begun to place orders for the new displays from suppliers in South Korea and Japan.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone 4S is just three quarters old, which is relatively new by any standard. But many fans of the phone now see it as a cyclical product with somewhat predictable launch timeframes, preferring to wait a few months to buy the new model, analysts said.
Wall Street estimates Apple sold about 29 million iPhones, down from 35.1 million sold in the March quarter. Sales of the new iPad, expected to be 14 million to 15 million, is likely to offset part of the anticipated sequential drop in iPhones sales.
Apart from concerns about iPhone purchases, Wall Street is worried about the rising prominence of Google and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in the mobile market, particularly with the launch of Google’s smaller and cheaper Nexus 7 tablet, which is gaining popularity.
Still, no one is bearish in the longer term on the world’s largest technology company by market value and most Apple watchers believe the company will make up any lost iPhone volume during the holiday season.
“Big picture, it doesn’t matter,” said Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. “They are still the share gainer in the larger scheme of things. This is clearly a timing issue.”
BIG HOLIDAY SEASON EYED
Wall Street expects that the outlook for this year’s holiday season will be enormous for Apple as it may include the launch of a new iPhone as well as a potential new “mini iPad.”
Apple has been working on a smaller tablet, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
It is unclear when Apple will launch such a tablet, but some clues are emerging on the timing of the new iPhone.
When Verizon — one of the wireless carriers that work with Apple — was asked on Thursday why customers have been holding back on handset upgrades, CFO Fran 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.”
Investors will pick apart executives’ comments for clues to new product introductions. While Apple has a policy of never giving advance details or timings on new products, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer has often hinted of “product transition” in earnings conference calls preceding a launch.
Wall Street estimates Apple sold about 4 million Macintosh computers as the PC market saw growth sputter in the quarter.
The lackluster expectations do not appear to have affected Apple’s stock, which is up nearly 50 percent so far in 2012. The stock has been choppy since a high of $644 in April. It closed Friday at $604.30 on the Nasdaq.
“Of all the quarters, this is the one that seems to have widest range of opinion,” said Granite’s Lesko.
The iPhone 5 might just be the most anticipated smartphone of all time, so what can we expect once the device is finally released?
Mass collection of 30-pin connectors: Apple’s next-generation iPhone is heavily rumored to have ditched the 30-pin connector that is used to charge and sync your device. Since the original iPod, we’ve become accustomed to this connector, but as they say, for everything there’s a season. With further integration of iCloud, Apple doesn’t need all of those pins to make syncing faster, they just need something that can charge the iPhone faster. This new, smaller dock will do just that. Of course, there will either be Apple adapters or third-party adaptors so you can still use your 30-pin charging accessories, but get ready to empty that junk drawer filled with them.
iCloud outages: With any new iPhone there’s going to be many first-time users and those first-time users are going to join iCloud. Who knows – it’ll probably be a requirement with the iPhone 5. Since the new iPhone will be released alongside Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 6, that will have more intuitive iCloud integration. iCloud doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to performance, so add tens of thousands of new users, and expect some outages, at least early-on with iOS 6.
Shipping delays: If you want to get your hands on the new iPhone, you’ll have to order as soon as its available. After the first day, expect 4-6 week shipping delays. The MacBook Pro with Retina display finally eased up its waiting after being the market for nearly two months. There’s still a 1-2 week, however.
More photos on social networks: The best camera is the one in your pocket. And the iPhone 5 is expected upgrade its front and back camera immensely. iOS 5 already has Twitter integration, which allows you to easily share things on Twitter, and when iOS 6 comes along, you’ll have the same option to share on Facebook. Be prepared to see lots of photos when you check your newsfeed this fall.
The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in October. The new smartphone will feature a complete design overhaul — the first one since 2010 when Apple released the iPhone 4. Its touchscreen will not only be larger (rumored to be 4-inches) than the current iPhone, but also feature a new touchscreen technology altogether. The new technology, developed in-house by Apple, will allow for a stronger and thinner screen.
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