Another iPhone 5 leak! (Maybe.)
This one comes from a Chinese case manufacturer that’s showing off what seems to be a working model of a new iPhone. It matches up nicely with the design that’s been creeping out over the last few months.
As Gizmodo points out, this could easily just be a mockup built by the case manufacturer to make cases for the next iPhone.
But as we learned last year with the iPhone 4S, just because case manufacturers start cranking out accessories for a new iPhone design, doesn’t mean Apple will follow through.
We won’t know for sure until Apple announces the new device as part of the company’s fall product transition.
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A flurry of reports are fluttering around the interwebs that Apple will start selling the iPhone 5 on September 21.
How accurate these reports are, of course, are anyone’s guess. But consider the source and their distribution.
They originally originated from a story on PhoneArena.com, which reported that a Chinese-based accessories maker was told by Apple to “prepare for September 21.”
A few media folks saw the PhoneArena report and wrote it up and posted the September 21 speculation. Then a few more folks saw these re-reports and wrote ‘em up and posted it. And they told two people and they told two people – resulting in a 21st century version of the this famous 1980s Faberge Organics shampoo commercial.
I’m not saying the September 21 reports are wrong, but I wonder if the reporter – and all the lemmings that repeated the rumination – is accurately interpreting the reported remark “to prepare for…” That is…
Why would a overseas accessories maker have to prepare for a retail sales date? Isn’t it more logical that for a supplier to “prepare for September 21″ refers to some sort of delivery deadline ahead of the phone’s actual launch? Or maybe it’s when the phone’s final official specs will be delivered so they can actually begin manufacturing?
But this is all merely jactitation. No one knows nothin’ about when Apple will unveil the iPhone 5. But I guess it’s kind of fun to postulate.
Speaking of Apple, just an aside. As you probably know, Apple reported its quarterly earnings earlier this week – a profit of $8.8 billion on revenue of $35 billion in the quarter, compared with $7.3 billion on revenue of $28.6 billion a year ago.
So the company sold more stuff (iPhones, iPads and Macs) compared to last year, made more money, made more profit and increased its margins.
That’s a good thing, right?
Somehow – and this is what roasts my chestnuts about Wall Street – analysts were disappointed because some self-anointed financial wizards expected better results.
People who should know better succumbed to this financial Bizarro World. USA Today’s headline noted that “Apple earnings sag in latest quarter on talk of new iPhone 5” (emphasis mine), and the LA Times announced “Apple reports disappointing third-quarter earnings, shares plunge.”
How in the wide wide world of sports can a $6.4 billion rise in revenue and increased profit of $1.5 billion be defined as a “sag” or “disappointing”? Yeah, Apple employees are practically suicidal.
More cell news
The carrier still lags way behind Verizon in terms of coverage, however. Check out ATT’s 4G coverage map. The orange dots are LTE. There are far more yellow LTE dots on Verizon’s coverage map – but of course lacks ATT’s faux “4G” HSPA coverage, which is what iPhone uses.
Previously I’ve reported on reports about a possible Amazon Kindle smartphone. Well, it seems Facebook also is pondering its own smartphone, made by HTC, due sometime next year. Digital Trends seems to have the most comprehensive report.
So what’s the best Android smartphone? Some folks say it’s the Samsung Galaxy S III, some would argue for the HTC One X. T-Mobile may be the landing spot for perhaps the most technologically advanced Android cellie yet, the One X+, which reportedly will sport a super zippy 1.7 GHz processor (most phones have something between a 1 and 1.5 GHz engine) – perhaps a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 (no U.S. phone has a quad core processor). All is explained by the aforementioned PhoneArena.com.
Finally, both Google and Apple announced new free 3D mapping apps, but Google not only announced first, but it’s new 3D Google Earth v.7.0.0 is already available in the Apple App Store. Apple’s 3D mapping app will come with iOS 6, which will come when Apple unveils the iPhone 5, which may happen Sept. 21.
And, we’ve come full circle. Happy motoring!
The iOSphere roiled over September hopes, and The Rollup contributes its own exclusive rumor from a Trusted Source, natch.
Also this week: fresh “worries” over a shortage of 28-nanometer chips, how iPhone 5 is depressing Apple‘s stock price, why the Next iPhone will be a colossal disappointment, and rescuing your 30-pin iPhone accessories.
You read it here second.
“Leaked snaps indicate that although the next iPhone is going to be taller and thinner, its look and feel will remain largely
unchanged from the iPhone 4S. Which, you’ll not need reminding, itself retained the design of the iPhone 4, a phone that’s
now over two years old. That’s aeons in smartphone years.”
– Jonathan Leggett, uSwitch.com, explaining why the most successful product design in Apple’s history ensures that when
Apple unveils iPhone 5 “you’ll be able to see the sense of disappointment from space.”
Exclusive: iPhone 5 will be announced in September
The Rollup is proud, and pleased, actually thrilled, to present its first, and exclusive, rumor contribution to the iOSphere.
THE HIDDEN iPHONE: New photos from early 2006 show Apple’s design tinkering
First, we present the rumor in the style of the Worst Best iPhone Rumors:
The Rollup has learned, exclusively, and from a trusted source, that Apple will announce iPhone 5 in September.
Our source was reliably informed of the date by someone who had a frank exchange with a Apple technical expert about iPhone
issues. At the conclusion of the exchange, this person asked point blank, “When is the new iPhone coming out?”
“He stuttered for a moment and put her on hold for about a minute,” according to the trusted source, who was an earwitness
to one half of this exchange. “He came back and said the newest iPhone would be released in September. He did not have a specific
This clear statement, from an Apple employee in a position to know, means the Next iPhone will not be released in August.
Or in October.
Further, it means Apple is clearly responding to the economic pressures created by Samsung’s smartphone success, the rise
of Android, the falling demand for the current iPhone as a growing number of buyers delay their purchase in expectation of iPhone 5,
the European debt crisis, and the recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.
Apple is not stupid, people! The September announcement, surely to be followed by the release of the phone within a couple
of weeks, means that Apple will have nearly one entire quarter to flog the new phone and convince many of us of what we already
know: that it’s truly magical, even if it does turn out to be the iPhone 4S+.
With the September release date now a certainty, we can confidently know that Foxconn factories in China are already in production
mode, cranking out the phones. It’s only a matter of time before we see blurry gray-and-blue photos that show white-suited
Chinese worker bees manufacturing something roughly the size of the iPhone 5; and unfocused shots of some shipping manifests
translated into English from Japanese from Chinese that in all likelihood document cargo flights carrying The Precious to
the New World.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) –
The top Apple(AAPL) tidbits from around the globe include a rare MA foray, iPhone 5 leaks, and more patents pointing towards wearable technology.
This morning Apple announced a deal to purchase AuthenTec(AUTH) for $8 per share, a near 60% premium to yesterday’s closing price.
AuthenTec makes mobile and network security solutions, and recently signed a deal with Samsung to be featured in its new Android smartphone and tablets.
As the iPhone 5 gets ready to launch, perhaps in late September, various cases are showing up. One of them now has a prototype inside it, detailing what it might look like.
Gizmodo notes that the case from Cool Zone PDA shows the iPhone with a taller design, headphone jack on the bottom of the phone, and perhaps a smaller dock connector.
There have been rumors and speculation that Apple is looking into wearable technology, and another patent points to this.
A patent application Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office points to glasses, very similar to what Google(GOOG) did with its Project Glass.
The patent filing is titled “Display resolution increase with mechanical actuation.”
Shares of Apple edged lower in Friday trade, off 0.36% to $572.8.
Interested in more on Apple? See TheStreet Ratings’ report card for this stock.
–Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York
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Smartphone and tablet usage is up, Americans are burning through more data than ever and the wireless carriers, which have invested billions of dollars to get to this point, are beginning to enjoy the results.
They’re also enjoying what the Apple iPhone has helped to create, even in absentia.
ATT this quarter announced its “best-ever wireless margins,” a $1 billion wireless data revenue increase from a year ago, and sales of 5.1 million smartphones. Wireless service revenues increased 4.3 percent, to $14.8 billion, and its postpaid ARPU—or, average revenue per user—grew to $64.93.
Verizon Wireless’ wireless service revenues increased 7.3 percent year-over-year, to $15.8 billion. It sold 5.9 million smartphones during the quarter, 3.2 million LTE devices, and raised its ARPU to a three-year high of $56.13.
Even the long-struggling Sprint, while posting a net operating loss of $629 million, largely related to its closure of the Nextel iDEN network, grew its net operating revenues to $8.8 billion from $8.3 billion a year ago, and noted that the improvement was “primarily due to higher wireless service revenues.” It also increased its ARPU by $4.31—the largest such year-over-year increase on record for the U.S. wireless industry.
Further encouraging data use, in recent weeks Verizon Wireless and ATT each announced plans in which multiple devices can draw from a single data allotment, making it more likely for users to purchase or activate 3G- and 4G-enabled tablets, instead of relying on WiFi or delaying a tablet purchase.
Also working to the benefit of the carriers during the quarter were rumors of the upcoming iPhone 5. While Apple partly attributed these rumors—which presumably caused consumers to delay new iPhone purchases—to a fiscal performance that broke records but nonetheless came in under Wall Street’s expectations—the dip in iPhone sales had the opposite effect on the carriers. With fewer iPhones sold, they paid out fewer subsidies, leaving them with more dollars.
“Mobile operators have really been focusing on developing more diversified device portfolios, and are trying to make sure that they’re not too dependent on any single vendor’s products, particularly the iPhone,” Ken Hyers, a senior analyst with Technology Business Research (TBR), told eWEEK.
“I think the results from this past quarter show that they are succeeding, as more consumers look beyond the iPhone to other smartphones,” Hyers continued. “Comscore today reported that 62 percent of first-time smartphone buyers chose an Android device. I see this trend holding, as consumers look for easy-to-use smartphones that often come with significant discounts from operators. Android devices are quite appealing to operators because even when they are heavily subsidized, the cost to operators is still less than the cost to an operator of a subsidized iPhone.”
Pund-IT principal analyst Charles King, while unconvinced that iPhone 5 expectations explain away the “dent” in Apple’s sales, agrees that the carriers have moved past the days when the iPhone could make or break a quarter for the carriers.
“Whereas the tablet market is mostly about the iPad just now, Apple is just one more player in smartphones,” King told eWEEK. “Plus, the market for those devices seems to be growing much faster than even the most optimistic expectations for the iPhone 5. Bottom line—the global demand for powerful smartphones is acting like a classic ‘rising tide’ that benefits most every wireless vendor and [service provider].”
TBR’s Hyers believes the carriers will later this year put significant marketing resources into the Microsoft-running Nokia Lumia line, so great is their desire for a third platform and brands beyond the iPhone.
That said, he added, “I’m sure that all of the operators are looking forward to the iPhone 5 and the huge spike in sales that will inevitably result when it comes out.”
Some new photos have hit the web showing what appears to be Apple‘s sixth iPhone. A Chinese case vendor is showing what looks to be the much anticipated iPhone 5 wrapped up in one of their production cases for the new smartphone. These pictures and that new docking port could be the iPhone 5′s final design. Could final design iPhone 5 units be out in the wild already? It wouldn’t be the first time, and we’ve been seeing countless leaks and different parts of the new iPhone all month. This also wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen cases for a new 4-inch iPhone design either. These newly leaked pictures certainly could be real. The speaker grill on previous leaks seems to not be included in these shots, but again those were never confirmed. With the new iPhone production already under way in Shanghai could 3rd party accessory manufacturers already have their hands on the new phone? Who knows. At the same time this could also just a prototype from the Chinese case manufacturer themselves, going off the same tips, leaks, and rumors we’ve all seen for months. If you’d like to get caught up on everything iPhone 5 from the month of July check out our iPhone 5 July rumor round-up. As I’m sure you all know, the next iPhone is rumored to be released later this fall. Stay tuned to SlashGear for the latest leaks and rumors! [via Gizmodo]
Some new photos have hit the web showing what appears to be Apple‘s sixth iPhone. A Chinese case vendor is showing what looks to be the much anticipated iPhone 5 wrapped up in one of their production cases for the new smartphone. These pictures and that new docking port could be the iPhone 5′s final design.
Could final design iPhone 5 units be out in the wild already? It wouldn’t be the first time, and we’ve been seeing countless leaks and different parts of the new iPhone all month. This also wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen cases for a new 4-inch iPhone design either. These newly leaked pictures certainly could be real. The speaker grill on previous leaks seems to not be included in these shots, but again those were never confirmed.
With the new iPhone production already under way in Shanghai could 3rd party accessory manufacturers already have their hands on the new phone? Who knows. At the same time this could also just a prototype from the Chinese case manufacturer themselves, going off the same tips, leaks, and rumors we’ve all seen for months. If you’d like to get caught up on everything iPhone 5 from the month of July check out our iPhone 5 July rumor round-up.
As I’m sure you all know, the next iPhone is rumored to be released later this fall. Stay tuned to SlashGear for the latest leaks and rumors!
A Chinese case manufacturer is showing what looks to be an iPhone 5 in their product shots. It looks like the white 3D prototype we published a while back—complete with its new 19-pin dock port. But could this really be a unit smuggled out of Foxconn’s factory?
Maybe it is
The possibility is certainly there. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that someone got their hands on an unreleased iPhone model smuggled out of a factory.
Back in May 12, 2010—some weeks after Gizmodo published exclusive video and images of an iPhone 4 lost in a beer house—another iPhone 4 appeared in video and photos on a Vietnamese site. Apparently, it had been smuggled from the factory. The same happened soon after with the iPod touch.
This took place about a month and a half in advance of the iPhone 4 commercial release, on June 24, 2010. To be sure, Foxconn was already manufacturing the new phones en masse at its Shenzhen factory around the time this video was published. Perhaps even as far back as April, when we published our own story.
Could this mean that Foxconn may already be producing the iPhone 5 in anticipation of its rumored October launch? It may seem a little bit too early, perhaps. But we have seen a lot of its parts in the wild already.
And July is almost over, and that would leave a little more than two months to produce and distribute millions of units to be sold all round the world on the first day of release.
Consider, too, that iPhone 4S sales were far lower than expected these last three months. The reason? iPhone 5 rumors were already scaring people away. It was clearly a sore point during Apple’s earnings call this week, and gives the company every reason to get its new handset in the hands of customers as soon as possible. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if instead of eating another 2-3 months of lackluster sales, Apple just moved up the iPhone 5′s release date. Which means production would have already started.
Maybe it’s not
On the other hand, this may be just a custom-made test prototype based on the rumored specifications and leaked parts. Maybe that’s why they are not showing it up close and not making a big deal out of it. The iPhone shows iOS running with a weird combination of icons, including the old Maps icon. That’s strange. The iPhone that appeared in Vietnam wasn’t running any version of iOS, but the test OS.
The images—which someone tried to sell us even though they are publicly available at the case manufacturer’s web site—certainly look real. However, we can’t be certain that this iPhone is indeed the real McCoy.
The case manufacturer—Cool Zone PDA—hasn’t replied to my request for comment, but that doesn’t change much. Until it gets released, we can only speculate if the next iPhone will really look like this gorgeous render:
Apple has provided little innovation from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S. It is imperative for Apple that the iPhone 5 contain new features, as this is the only way iPhone 5 can be filed as powerful.
The rumor mill is brewing, and in addition to a larger display, which is rumored to be between 4.0 inches and 4.6 inches, a smaller dock connector seems to be certain as well.
This is a small overview of the latest rumors on the iPhone 5 and what we might expect:
After iOS 6 was unveiled at the WWDC, many started to believe in an iPhone 5 release date in early autumn. However, October seems quite realistic, because the iPhone 4S was presented last year at this time. Some sources say it will be presented August 7th, which also makes sense, because Apple could want to capitalize on the purchasing power the school year brings. Nevertheless, the rumors about a possible presentation in August or September persist.
Supposedly, an adequate iPhone 5 prototype has been sighted. The iPhone 5 prototype was equipped with a 3D camera, this function can switched by pressing a key. This information comes from an alleged relative of an Apple employee.
The 4-core processor impressed many with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The performance seems to have found approval from Apple, because recent reports say the company has ordered the chip from Samsung. Both companies are silent on this subject.
In-cell touch panel
Not only the size of the display is expected to be changed, changes will be made in the technology as well. This so-called in-cell touch panel multi-touchscreen has the sensor layer incorporated directly into the display. This is usually in a separate glass plate on the actual display. The use of such panels are not only thinner, but also lighter weight is possible.
It has already been reported in the prior week, that Apple will want to celebrate their triumph in the struggle for the new SIM-card by the use of it in the new iPhone 5. European mobile operators were already preparing for a big demand. The advantage for Apple lies in the fact that the Nano-SIMS are smaller by up to 40 percent, and room for other hardware would be available.
LTE and NFC
In addition to NFC, Near Field Communication, the new data transfer standard LTE is also expected to be on the iPhone 5. Both technologies are a premium among manufacturers in recent times, so it is imperative that Apple follow suit here.
As always, Apple keeps a closed mouth regarding the rumors circulating on the net about the iPhone 5 release date. The company enjoys the attention that comes with the Apple iPhone 5. Be sure you subscribe to stay updated with the latest gadget news.
The two most talked-about smartphones today include one made by Samsung, and another that officially doesn’t exist. That “other” phone, of course, is Apple’s next-generation iPhone–or what many tech enthusiasts refer to as the “iPhone 5,” even though the new model would be the sixth incarnation of Apple’s handset since its debut in 2007.
The Samsung Galaxy S III, an Android device with a gigantic–well, gigantic for a smartphone–4.8-inch display, has proven a huge success since it began selling in Europe in May. (U.S. carriers received the phone in late June and early July.) J.K. Shin, Samsung’s mobile boss, recently told the Yonhap News Agency that Galaxy S III sales had topped 10 million units. It’s unclear, however, if Shin was referred to sales to consumers or shipments to wireless carriers.
Apple, by comparison, sold more than 26 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2012, up from 20.3 million in the same period a year ago. Impressive, certainly, but slightly below Wall Street’s expectations, a missed goal that tech analysts and company executives alike attribute to consumers delaying their iPhone purchases until the next model arrives. Apple won’t say, of course, but the new iPhone is rumored to debut in October, a year after the launch of the iPhone 4S.
As the iPhone unveiling approaches, more rumors are bubbling up about the phone’s design. Based on what we’ve heard so far, the new model doesn’t appear to be dramatically different than its predecessor, at least not on the outside. It’s longer but not wider than the iPhone 4S, has a slightly larger 4-inch display, and includes a smaller, 19-pin Dock Connector that’s sure to annoy longtime iPhone users, particularly when they discover their peripherals won’t work with the new iPhone without a special adapter. Ah, progress.
So how does the new iPhone stack up against the Samsung Galaxy S III? Comparing a shipping phone with a rumored model is tricky business, of course, but we’ve sifted through the iPhone rumors to create a plausible spec sheet for Apple’s next-gen device. A few key features, including 4G LTE wireless, the Siri voice assistant, and a faster (likely quad-core) processor are almost certainly going to be part of the new model. We’ve compared those specs, as well as other, more speculative aspects of the new iPhone, with the Galaxy S III’s features.
Which phone is best? We’ll have to wait until the next-gen iPhone ships to know for sure. But for the next best thing, click through the slideshow for a pre-launch comparison.
When Apple delivered disappointing earnings this week, some pundits said iPhone 5 anticipation triggered a slowdown in current iPhone sales. But here’s another theory: Perhaps Google Android is the real culprit causing Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) slowing growth. Skeptical? Consider recent market research…
… like these data points from Kantar World Panel. Earlier this month the research said:
“for the first time Android has taken at least half of smartphone sales in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, US and Australia.* Android’s share now ranges from 49.6% in Italy to a massive 84.1% in Spain.”
Meanwhile, Apple has yet to confirm plans for the iPhone 5. Early rumors suggested that the new smartphone would ship in September 2012. But some pundits are now suggesting iPhone 5 will be delayed — perhaps because of a 28 nanometer processors, ZDnet suggested.
Somewhere, Microsoft is smiling. The software giant continues to prepare its Windows Phone 8 upgrade, expected to arrive on smartphones in October 2012. Microsoft says a common code base across Windows smartphones, tablets and PCs will trigger a new app revolution. To start that revolution, Microsoft will release a Windows Phone 8 software development kit within weeks.
Channel Partner Strategies
For channel partners, The VAR Guy continues to shout his party line on smart phones: Don’t get caught up in the platform wars. Instead, develop a mobile device management (MDM) strategy that blankets Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad), Google Android, RIM BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8.
And make sure you MDM platform providers are up to date with their operating system support. In addition to the Windows Phone 8 launch this fall, watch for Apple iOS 6 to surface soon as well.