iPhone 4S(Photo: Reuters)
The battle of the smartphone biggies is intensifying with both Apple and Samsung leaving no stone unturned to up their user-likeability quotient. Considering that analysts at Well Fargo, are pitching the smartphone goliath-in-waiting – the iPhone 5 – as “the biggest product launch in consumer electronics history” and with the rumored in-cell display in its kitty, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 could soon be running for cover.
The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, had reported on July 17 that “Japanese liquid-crystal display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display – a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers’ display units – as well as South Korea’s LG Display Co. are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using so-called in-cell technology”.
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The publication also noted that the shift from the current “on-cell” to “in-cell” technology would simplify Apple’s supply-chain logistics. Apple would now only have to handle one in-cell panel supplier rather than the previous two (for the touch panels as well as the LCD screen). Moreover, the switch would also enable Apple to tout a thinner phone.
In on-cell technology, the touch sensors are on top of the color filters and occupy a separate layer, adding fractionally, 0.5mm in the current iPhone, to the design’s thickness. Contrastingly, the in-cell technology deploys touch sensors that are inside the color filters. This feature eliminates the extra layer and considerably slims down the touchscreen interface.
Currently, the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4S is 9.3mm deep and the anticipated in-cell technology for the iPhone 5 would shave off a further 0.5mm at the very least. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo suggested in an April note that by switching back to a metal back face from the current glass one, Apple’s next iPhone could be well under 8mm. According to Kuo, the new back piece could take off at least 1mm. The 14% depth reduction would also aid a brighter display.
In today’s day and age of small is beautiful and where sleekness and niftiness of a gadget is defined by sheer size, even a marginal decrease in size can make a huge difference. The in-cell technology puts the iPhone 5 in driving seat with the in-cell panels bringing about major improvements vis-a-vis the traditional Super AMOLED and LCD technologies. With several marked improvements in its kitty, the iPhone 5 poses to be a threat for the currently popular Galaxy S3.
The anticipated changes would undoubtedly pip Apple’s challenge to the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is currently making waves in the smartphone world. With Foxconn leader Terry making statements like the iPhone 5 will “put Samsung’s Galaxy S3 to shame” when it ships, Apple has plenty to prove when the fable iPhone 5 launches in fall this year.
While the main focus on Apple this week has been the patent dispute with Samsung, there have also been some fresh rumors and information about the latest iteration of Apple’s eagerly awaited iPhone smartphone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 5, including comments from the president of electronics manufacturer Sharp, Takashi Okuda, who let slip that the company is preparing to ship the screens for the iPhone handset this month.
The iPhone screen, which is reportedly enlarged to a 4-inch display from the current 3.5-inch display, is expected to be a major feature on the new iPhone, helping Apple compete better with other smartphones with larger screens, like the Google Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III, which sports a 4.8-inch display and has proven to be a big hit with consumers.
Leaked photos and video posted by parts supplier ETradeSupply purportedly show the front glass panel of the new iPhone, which measured out at 4.065-inches diagonally and was 0.1mm thinner than the previous screen, with improved scratch resistance and a reconfiguration of the proximity sensor hole, camera lens hole and receiver hole. An analysis of the glass also suggested the transmittance (the fraction of incident light that passes through the glass of the camera lens has also been improved.
“What’s important, the resolution ratio of iPhone 5 glass lens is around 16:9, which will be a big change for iPhone,” a blog post on ETradeSupply’s site said. From all the above personal analysis of iPhone 5 glass lens, we can conclude that Apple has adapted several details on the design of the glass lens. Whether this iPhone 5 glass lens will come out on the final Apple iPhone 5, let’s just wait until the release date.”
Finally, rumors continue to surface about the official launch date, which is expected to fall somewhere between September and October, although the most recent rumors suggest Apple is planning to release the phone during a special media event Sept. 12. The Mac-centric iMore blog quoted unnamed sources “who have proven accurate in the past” that said the iPhone 5—along with a smaller version of the iPad tablet, dubbed the iPad mini—would debut that day, with the release of the new iPhone following nine days later on Sept. 21.
The stakes are high for Apple as Android competitors continue to gain ground and sales of the current iPhone 4S take a dip. However, a recent survey by ChangeWave suggests consumer anticipation is running “strikingly” high, with 14 percent of the more than 4,000 consumers surveyed saying they were “very likely” to purchase an iPhone 5 when it debuts, and 17 percent of respondents said they were “somewhat likely” to purchase the smartphone.
Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to This Week In Apple Rumors, our regular look back at all of the week’s unconfirmed gossip, questionably-sourced reports, and blatant speculation about future Apple products from around the Web! Let’s take a look back at what the various Apple blogs and websites we’re excited about in the past week, from July 29 – August 4. Check out our previous edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest you can follow me on Twitter right here.
Yes, The Next iPhone Will Be Announced On September 12
This past week, the following publications of high repute reported that an unnamed source had confirmed that Apple would introduce a new iPhone on September 12: a href=”http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-30/apple-said-to-prepare-iphone-redesign-for-sept-12-introduction.html” target=”_hplink”Bloomberg/a, a href=”http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/31/us-apple-iphone-idUSBRE86U04A20120731″ target=”_hplink”Reuters/a, a href=”http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/apple-event-is-set-for-september/” target=”_hplink”the emNew York Times/em/a, a href=”http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/30/3204810/next-apple-iphone-5-event-date-rumor-september-12″ target=”_hplink”The Verge/a, a href=”http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/07/30/apples-rumored-september-12-event/” target=”_hplink”The Loop/a, a href=”http://allthingsd.com/20120730/apple-stocks-up-on-components-for-fall-product-launch/” target=”_hplink”AllThingsD/a, a href=”http://www.imore.com/apple-iphone-5-and-ipad-mini-event-planned-september-12-iphone-5-release-date-september-21″ target=”_hplink”iMore/a.
If you don’t think these “unnamed sources” are just Apple PR representatives directly calling up reporters at favored publications, supplying them with information, and instructing them not to cite Apple as the source of said information — well, then you won’t believe a href=”http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081130223127AAb0lQ5″ target=”_hplink”what common adjective they left out of the Oxford English Dictionary/a.
Yes, an iPhone event is happening the week of September 9; and yes, Apple is going to introduce a new iPhone; and yes, it’s likely that the new phone will be out the following week (iMore, a href=”http://www.imore.com/ipad-3-announcement-march-7-quadcore-4g-lte” target=”_hplink”who was first to nail the emiPad 3/em new iPad’s release date this past February/a, says it’ll be September 21; based on past precedent, that seems reasonable).
So, yeah, September 12, big Apple event, mark your “a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Guns-Camo-2010-Calendar-Reel/dp/0979443172/r?tag=oddee-20″ target=”_hplink”Sexy Ladies Wearing Camo Holding Guns/a” calendar. And what, oh what, do we expect to get from this new iPhone (aside from a false sense of fulfillment and superiority over our peers, obviously)? Let’s check the latest from the Apple rumor-dome.
The Latest On iPhone 5 Specs And Details
Okay, so: September 21 for the new iPhone (probably). What’s it going to look like?
Well: All the old rumors are still in play — the smaller dock connector, the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone, the larger 4.0-inch screen. One website claimed to have gotten its hands on the front glass display and a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb3003GIPk0feature=player_embedded” target=”_hplink”showed it off in a YouTube video/a. That picture you’re looking at is the ‘iPhone 5′ compared with the iPhone 4s. So, yeah, it would be taller, but about the same width (and we’re also expecting it to be thinner, too).
a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyOqeDfJueMfeature=player_embedded#!” target=”_hplink”There was also this short video/a, from Macotakara, which purports to show the housing for the next iPhone. a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyOqeDfJueMfeature=player_embedded#!” target=”_hplink”You can watch it here/a, and note the new dock connector, headphone jack, device size, etc.
Did A Rogue iPhone 5 Pop Up In Thailand?
Well, sa wat dii khrap, little (Tha)iPhone!
An ex-employee of the tech site Neowin was strolling through the MBK Centre mall in downtown Bangkok when he (or she) got his (or her) hands on what appears to be a next-generation iPhone. Neowin a href=”http://www.neowin.net/news/eyes-on-with-the-iphone-5-sort-of” target=”_hplink”has all the photos its former contributor took here/a, who says that the device in the photos is a — and I quote — “a href=”http://www.neowin.net/news/eyes-on-with-the-iphone-5-sort-of” target=”_hplink”non functional replica prototype/a.”
He would have talked more about the phone, but apparently he was tongue-Thai’ed.
Anyway, the gadget in the pictures sure looks like what we’ve been told the iPhone 5 will look like, though: About the same height, and it’s got the smaller dock connector and hole for your headphones on the bottom of the device.
Not sure how this iPhone fell off the back of the truck, but next time the factory should Thai it down more securely. (I’m done. Until next time: Sa wat dii khrap!)
Reputable iLounge Writer Dumps A Bunch Of Info About iPhone 5, iPad Mini, New iPods
iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz is one of those Apple insiders, like Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, that seems to have really solid information when it comes to upcoming Apple releases. This week, he produced two reports, one about the size of that changed dock connector (it could be even smaller than many outlets have reported) and a second a href=”http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/backstage/comments/new-details-on-apples-next-iphone-ipods-ipad-mini-ipad-4th-gen-cases/” target=”_hplink”with SEVEN different rumors he’s received from his mysterious sources/a.
In short: Horwitz thinks the new iPhone will arrive in mid-September, with two new Apple-made cases; that at the same time, we’ll also get an updated iPod Touch (but no iPod Nano); and that two new iPads — a Mini, and a refreshed iPad with the smaller dock connector — could be out by the end of the year, too. It is more likely, Horwitz surmises, that the iPad Mini and emiPad 4/em new iPad will be out in early 2013.
That is but a taste of what Horwitz offers in his latest; a href=”http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/backstage/comments/new-details-on-apples-next-iphone-ipods-ipad-mini-ipad-4th-gen-cases/” target=”_hplink”read his entire report on Apple’s future gear here/a.
Could The iPad Mini Be Coming In September, Too?
Here’s the debate of the week: Will Apple release the “iPad Mini” — an eternally-rumored smaller, 7.85-inch version of its 9.6-inch iPad — at the same time as the “iPhone 5,” or will it hold off for a separate event, either just before Christmas or in early 2013 along with the next iPad?
We’ve heard all of those possibilities in the past week. iMore, who first broke the September 12 announcement date for the next iPhone, reported that Apple would unveil the teensier iPad along with the iPhone on that date; RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani a href=”http://www.bgr.com/2012/08/02/ipad-mini-release-date-rumor-rbc/” target=”_hplink”agreed in a note to investors this week/a. Writes Daryanani, asa href=”http://www.bgr.com/2012/08/02/ipad-mini-release-date-rumor-rbc/” target=”_hplink” quoted in Boy Genius Report/a:
blockquote[S]upply-chain checks suggests we will have more than just a iPhone-5 launch. While its unclear if the additional product is an iPad refresh or a ‘mini iPad’, we do believe AAPL may look to leverage the price elasticity of the nascent tablet market by having a ~$300 device. /blockquote
Not everyone is convinced that Apple would introduce the iPad Mini and the iPhone 5 on the same day, though, as a href=”http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/backstage/comments/new-details-on-apples-next-iphone-ipods-ipad-mini-ipad-4th-gen-cases/?utm_source=twitterfeedutm_medium=twitter” target=”_hplink”Horwitz wrote that/a while Apple’s smaller iPad will be ready by November, the company might decide to hold off until 2013 and unveil it along with the strikeiPad 4/strike new iPad in February or March.
That would, of course, give more time for 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire to entrench themselves. Sooner might be smarter, in this case, especially with dozens of Windows 8 tablets likely due this winter, too.
Could Your Next iPad Cover Have A Display Of Its Own?
And finally, we end on a wacky Apple patent: The U.S. Patent Office granted this gem to Apple last week, showing that Apple is working on a Smart Cover for the iPad that would have a small display of its own — one that could work as a virtual keyboard, for example, or secondary controls for a movie or TV show, or just extra room for whatever’s on the tablet’s screen. The display could also act as a charger, as it would be lined with solar panels, as seen in the design at left.
Patently Apple, which covers Apple patents, a href=”http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/08/apple-invents-mind-boggling-next-generation-smart-cover-with-multi-touch-flexible-display-solar-panels-built-in-keyboard.html” target=”_hplink”has a bunch more at its website/a on this so-called “interactive Smart Cover.” Neat stuff, though probably not super close to being unveiled.
That’s all for strongThis Week In Apple Rumors/strong. Make sure you check back next week, when all of our rumors will be written completely in Thai; and remember, if you can’t wait a whole week for your crop of Apple rumors, you can get up-to-the-minute Apple rumors by a href=”http://twitter.com/gilbertjasono” target=”_hplink”following me on Twitter right here/a.
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The iconic iPhone is continuing to evolve in subtle ways according to leaked design specifications of the new iPhone 5 model published on Saturday, August 4, 2012 by Product-Reviews, Gismodo Australia, BGR, CNET UK, India Today, and other high tech news sources.
With a rumored anticipated launch date less than two months away, on September 21, 2012, the so-called “leaks” may actually be an Apple strategy to whet consumer appetites for the new mobile device.
Among the improvements in the sixth-generation version are a larger 4-inch diagonal display screen having a 16:9 aspect ratio with greater resolution of 640 by 1136 pixels, compared with 640-by-960 for the iPhone 4 and 4s. The height of the case also increases from 76.65 mm or 3-1/32 inches to 90.25mm or 3-9/16 inches. The front glass panel is expected to be about 10% thinner.
Photos of the narrower case show gray and white versions. The docking connector is reported to also be smaller, going from a 30-pin to 19-pin configuration. A faster 1 gigabyte RAM will match up with 4G LTE connectivity to provide overall improved speed and performance.
BBC News had previously reported that the new iOS6 operating system will no longer include Google Maps software, but will instead run Apple’s own mapping application, which includes a high quality 3D mode. There are likely to be other software surprises.
As expected, financial analysts believe that Apple will still be able to maintain more than 50% of total global profit generated by cell phone sales, outperforming Nokia, Samsung, and Blackberry by having a higher profit margin than their competitors. According to a published report by the Inquirer, the iPhone 4 only costs Apple $187.51 to manufacture and market, achieving nearly a 75% profit margin, unheard of and well above industry standards.
Apple and Samsung are already engaged in an epic legal battle over alleged patent infringements. Both companies claim that the other is at fault.
Sales of the iPhone have in fact already declined. Apple, could sell only 26 million phones last quarter, down from the 35.1 million they sold globally in the previous quarter. However, pundits of electronic devices say there is pent up demand for the iPhone 5, and that sales should rebound sharply once the new models are released.
Tourists who travel in Europe with their iPhones already know that the mobile device has been targeted by pickpockets as the number one choice of thieves, who can easily turn over a quick gain by selling the stolen gadgets for $200 to $250. The iPhone 5 is expected to be even more valuable.
All these leaks and press reports will only serve to stoke more interest in the iPhone and make the lines of eager customers outside iStores even longer once the new products are released.
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One of the selling points of Apple’s products, including the upcoming iPhone 5, are their brilliant Retina displays. According to Apple, Retina displays have high pixel density between 220ppi and 326 ppi (depending on the product); Typically, the human eye cannot make out pixelation from a normal viewing distance at these pixel densities. Apple has continuously made a big deal of this and has repeatedly claimed that their Retina displays are much better than the AMOLED ones that Samsung uses.
However, that may soon change even after the release of the iPhone 5 as Samsung has recently come out to say that advances in AMOLED technology has allowed the company to come out with displays that have pixel densities that can go as high as 350ppi. The Droid Guy reports that Samsung has been working with Laser-Induced Thermal Imaging (LTI) to achieve this:
“Samsung has been testing Laser Induced Thermal Imaging (LTI) method for producing AMOLED display panels as the LTI process allows the display panel to have very high pixel density due to greater precision in pixel laying process. Laser Induced Thermal Imaging process is apparently cheaper than Fine Metal Mask process, however, LTI cannot be upscaled for mass production without facing any issues. Samsung has finally cracked the code and is able to manufacture scalable displays featuring pixel densities more than Apple’s Retina technology, thanks to advancement in the existing FMM technology.”
At 350ppi, these displays would be much more vibrant than what’s currently offered by Apple or what we’re expecting from the iPhone 5. These displays, however, are limited to the lab environment and there is no word yet as to when Samsung intends these high pixel density displays to be available on the market. There were some holding out for this technology or something similar to be employed on the Galaxy SIII, one of the iPhone 5′s already-in-the-market competitors, but as we’ve seen, they instead decided to improve their PenTile screen technology.
It is interesting to note though that Samsung has come up with a way to exceed Retina displays and should make their ongoing battle with Apple for Smartphone and Tablet dominance a little more interesting in the months to come.
(Photo : REUTERS/Aly Song) A man looks at his Apple iPad in front an Apple logo outside an Apple store in downtown Shanghai March 16, 2012.
IPhone 5 rumors are never in short supply and this week was not an exception with an entire new set of them coming out.
The first major rumor to stir up an internet frenzy was a claim reporting the phone finally being unveiled on September 12 followed by a September 21 release. After all the speculation over the highly anticipated release date, actual dates may finally be surfacing.
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Apple, reportedly, will not stop there. The company is rumored to be planning also the launch of other major products on the same day or time period including a newer, smaller iPad 4 (iPad mini?), a new iPod nano, and a new iPod touch.
Apple has not redesigned the iPod Nano since its debut in 2010 and sources indicate that the new Nano would have a larger screen and possibly be integrated to the various Apple products, iPads and iPhones included, via the iOS. A nano integration to other Apple products would open the possibility of making calls from the Nano through the iPad or iPhone from a user’s wrist since the iPod can be worn as such with third party accessories. Apple could of course redesign the Nano as a wristwatch with the strap already included.
Rumors for the iPad 4/Mini have been surfacing for months as people anticipate what Apple will produce for their latest tablet iteration. Rumors indicate that the iPad Mini will come with a 7.85-inch IGZO display from Sharp that could push out 330 pixels per inch (ppi), according to Wired. This would make it even sharper than the Retina Display of the new iPad that currently delivers 264 ppi.
The smaller size will undoubtedly enable the tablet to be priced in a cheaper range than the normal iPad. The Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 tablet both start at $199, significantly cheaper than the $600+ of the latest iPad. A smaller, cheaper iPad would enable Apple to compete in that price range and help them re-attract the customers lost to these more portable, affordable options. Prices for the iPad Mini are expected to be between $200 and $300.
Leaked “engineering samples” online show that the iPad Mini will most likely use a 19-pin dock connector that is also expected to be a part of Apple’s latest iPhone 5.
The iPad Mini will also run the latest version of Apple’s iOS, the iOS 6, which is slated for a fall release. This will enable iPad Mini users access to all of their Apple Cloud files and easy interactivity with other devices running iOS or even the new OS X Mountain Lion.
The sources that created the rumor cited The Wall Street Journal and The Verge as stating that Apple would hold an event the week of September 9.
The other major rumor circulating relates to the iPhone 5 costing a whopping $800. The news created a stir on twitter in which fans bemoaned the new price range. Add in the fact that Sharp Corp. President Takashi Okuda has announced that the iPhone’s display is already shipping, and confirmations of a smaller dock and Bluetooth technology and you have a week in which the iPhone was more newsworthy than the Olympics for many.
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We have seen a few smartphone comparisons in our time but none are stranger than the iPhone 5 versus the Galaxy Note 2, and while both phones are not even released yet, the weird factor lies in the size difference. When you look at the type of users both these smartphones are aim at, it is like comparing chalk and cheese, but this hasn’t stopped a number of blogs comparing these upcoming phones.
Very little fact is known about the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2 – we have heard plenty of rumors about both devices, but one common factor for the Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5 is a change in screen size. There is mounting evidence that the Note 2 will increase to a 5.5-inch display, although the form factor is rumored to stay the same while the screen will increase slightly thanks to a redesign. The most common rumor for the iPhone 5 is a taller display, but in this case the form factor is expected to grow slightly longer.
We looked at the credibility of the iPhone 5 size in the past, and the photo above shows the iPhone 4S next to a Galaxy Note, which clearly shows each smartphone would have to cater to a very different user. This fact alone hasn’t stopped this article from being published, and the author attempts to justify the comparison of both the upcoming smartphones.
Two smartphones that have their own niche – It’s understandable that both these phones will arrive around the same time, although could either really take business away from the other? As an iPhone user for 5 generations we had to test the Samsung Galaxy S3 at launch, and while it impresses the size of that Android phone seemed more like a
brick tablet on our ear, so thinking of potential iPhone 5 buyers wanting a massive 5.5-inch display seems almost impossible, unless they don’t make many phone calls.
Undeniable support for the Galaxy Note 2 – we cannot doubt the overwhelming support for the Samsung Galaxy Note, and also the follow-up that’s expected really soon, which can be clearly seen on any blog talking about the Galaxy Note 2. The current model owners cannot sing enough praise for a smartphone that first received a lot of negativity, so thumbs up to Samsung for creating a niche with the Note.
Can you understand why some people compare the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 2? If you are considering one of these smartphones we’d love to know why you want that device, so hit the comments with the reasons you love Samsung or Apple smartphones.
In a very interesting revelation on the web, a blogger by the name awhitedot revealed a bunch of pictures he allegedly screen grabbed from Apple’s very own website. To ensure that it is not considered a fake, he even pulled up a video of his findings.
Apple has quickly removed the page with these images, but it gave the blogger enough time to get comfortable with these photos, shoot a video and post an article that brought all this subject to light.
These leaked images seem to clarify a lot of rumors and leaks and are actually good enough to endorse most of them as veridical. Basically, Apple is said to have accidentally posted images of the smaller dock connector for the next iPhone and along came a lot of truth about Apple’s upcoming set of devices.
The leak basically focuses on the dock converter to smaller dock converter accessory for the next iPhone and the list of devices compatible with it. Although this might sound a niggling revelation, it does tell us that Apple indeed has a smaller iPad concealed up its sleeve.
The leak also elucidates on the form factor of the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch 5G and the iPod Nano 7G among other things. And yes, it also tell us that the iPad Mini is slated for launch in late 2012. Yes. Wow!
According to the leaked pictures, Apple will be most certainly launch the next iPhone with a smaller dock connector, perhaps one with 19-pins, as rumored time and again. The iPhone 5 dock connector will sport a brushed aluminum finish which might probably be the case to match it as an accessory with the color and texture of the new iPhone.
The new iPhone or the iPhone 5 (as we have come to know it by the name) was earlier reported to get metal back panels instead of glass backs. The aluminum finish on the leaked 19-pin dock adapter suggests a texture which might be more inline with the overall design and appeal of the iPhone 5.
As apparent as it should be, Apple will charge an extra premium for this dock converter. While $10 isn’t a hefty price for an accessory that can allow the new smaller dock to connect with all regular sized docks or such accessories resting in your gadget bar, it does arouse a i-have-to-pay-for-that feeling.
Another more interesting thing is the list of compatible devices for the smaller dock connector. This list includes the 5th generation iPhone, 6th generation iPod Touch and the iPod Nano 7G. While iPod Nano 7G is hardly any distinguishable from 6th generation Nano (at least visually), the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 6G are seen showing elongated displays in the representation.
This goes perfectly inline with the previous leaks and speculations that Apple’s next iPhone might actually sport a larger display which goes beyond the bounds of 3.5” that have been traditional for Apple ever since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007.
There are also slight other notables like the repositioned camera on the front and the larger display on the iPod Touch too, but we will give these details some rest and continue our quest to disinter more.
Rumors and leaks about the next generation iPhone and smaller iPad are incredibly rampant around this time. With the launch of the iPhone 5 purportedly datelined in September-October, the leaks and speculations have only been fueled again briskly.
While the video seems a reasonably legitimate deal, we are bound to be skeptical about the revelations unless Apple officially unveils the same. However, this appears to be the one of the strongest evidences supporting the tide of recent rumors that’s keeping the artificial existence of the unannounced devices alive, and to say more, interesting.
We will keep you posted as more details surface. Stay tuned!
On Sept. 12th we will finally get to see if the rumors are true, and if the new iPhone 5 release date will be confirmed. I have done some investigation on the question if whether a transition from the current model (iphone 4s) to the iPhone 5 will be worth it. Whether the next Apple phone will even be called iPhone 5 is still unknown, it could be presented as the “new iPhone” or iPhone 5, although it will represent the 6th generation.The key features that the iPhone 5 should have, are listed below.
4 inch screen
The 4-inch screen seems to be confirmed, recently Sharp announced the shipment of LCD screens and sources reported the size to be 4-inches. This is only 0.5 inches greater than the present iPhone 4s, however, Apple would now join the general trend in smartphones.
The new payment service which is already on other smartphones will be used on the iPhone 5 according to experts. Near Field Communication (abbreviated NFC ) is a international transmission standard for contactless exchange of data over short distances of up to 4 cm.
LTE or Long Term Evolution is a new wireless standard and successor to UMTS, which can reach up to 300 megabits per second download speeds and it would be great to see this on the iPhone 5. Whether it will hold, however, is questionable due to hitherto lack of network expansion, apart from the still very expensive data packages.
A6 Dual Core Chipset
It is already clear that the in-house chipset will be installed, if you want to believe the rumors given by insiders.
There are different opinions on the design studies, but all show nothing more than a stretched length of the iPhone 4s.
What happens to the iPhone accessories if the dock connector is reduced?
The change to the dock connector of the iPhone 5 is very likely. One can assume that this will come for sure. So far, the 30-pin dock connector is obsolete and will be replaced by a smaller one, probably a 19-pin dock connector. There have even been rumors of an 8-pin mini dock connector.
This has angered many loyal Apple customers because previously acquired equipment can no longer be used. However, the respective parts or accessories are cheap and now the presumption is raised that Apple will not alienate the loyal customers and will provide an adapter. This could be priced in the $35 dollar range- but that’s just a guess, because Apple itself did not comment on it.
In the meantime, these are just rumors, conjecture, speculation or whatever you want to call it. One IT portal claims a photo has been “leaked”, while others say “informed sources” insist Apple has ordered large quantities of a nano-SD card. The rumor mill is running wild.
Perhaps, it is even possible that Apple itself is a major contributor in the rumor mill. The public relations department is having a blast seeing which information makes it in the news and how the Apple community vibrates with yearning expectation for the new iPhone. For all we know it may not be even be called iPhone 5. Rumors are in this case, the best advertisement.
Please feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Do you think the iPhone 5 will be worth waiting for, or is Apple setting us up for a major let-down?