Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5 on September 12, potentially alongside a mini iPad device, with a release date scheduled for sometime in October. As technology launches go the iPhone 5 is likely to be the biggest event of the year bar none.
Analysts reckon Apple could sell around 250 million iPhone 5 devices in total, making it the most popular iPhone handset to date. And no matter how fashionable Samsung now is with consumers, there’s no way its Galaxy S3 can compete with sales figures like that.
In this sense the iPhone 5 is a big deal. But there are alternatives, dear reader. Alternatives from a variety of manufacturers on varying platforms that could very well give Apple’s latest and greatest handset a serious run for its money – both in terms of processing power, design, and functionality.
The top 5 potential iPhone 5 killers
Leaked back in June the HTC Zenith has all the makings of a classic HTC flagship with its massive 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display, quad-core S4 Snapdragon processor, and Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 8 operating system. Expected to land sometime in late-September, along with two other Windows Phone devices, the HTC Zenith looks to be an absolute monster and is well worth your attention.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The original Samsung Galaxy Note was something of a rogue, daring to venture where Dell’s doomed-from-the-start Streak phone/tablet first attempted to make waves in 2010. Powered by Android Gingerbread and Samsung’s 1.4GHz Exynos processor, the Galaxy Note was essentially a stretched out version of Samsung’s now almost cult-like Galaxy S2.
Many dubbed the phone stupid but consumers en masse loved the device. In the end Samsung sold well over five million Galaxy Note devices and this of course warranted a sequel. That follow-up is known as the Galaxy Note 2 and it looks set to iron out all the kinks associated with original via the introduction of a new quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and Android Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Note 2 will also be even bigger than the original Note with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Couple this with a few choice improvements in the way the phone looks and how its pen interacts with content and it’s looking likely that the Note 2 could be one of the handsets of late-2012/early-2013.
Nokia Lumia ‘Phi’
Nokia’s next-generation Lumia handset has been outed online as the Lumia Phi. Tipped to be the company’s first Windows Phone 8-powered handset out of the blocks, the Lumia Phi is said to feature a 4.5-inch AMOLED display and a dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, making it not only the biggest but also the most powerful Windows Phone to date.
The Lumia Phi will also look a lot like Nokia’s Lumia 900, according to reports, which is fine by us as it means you’re getting all that awesome design and finish on a significantly larger device with more processing power. What more could a Windows Phone fan want?
The HTC Endeavour – most likely a codename – leaked online this week and we’ve been talking about it ever since. The handset is said to run Android Jelly Bean out the box and feature a 1.7GHz processor – either from Nvidia or Qualcomm, we presume.
Tipped as the successor to 2012’s One X, the Endeavour will ship with HTC Watch 2, the latest version of the company’s video-on-demand service, an improved battery life, and a pair of UrBeats headphones. The handset will also be compatible with all existing HTC One X accessories, according to the leak, meaning it’s likely to share more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor (which is no bad thing).
Huawei Ascend D-Quad
We’ve been waiting for the Huawei D-Quad ever since we first clapped eyes on it at MWC 2012 way back in February. The device featured excellent design and a large 4.5-inch 720p display that has a Retina Display-level pixel density of 330ppi. It also has some pretty remarkable processing power under the hood, too.
According to Huawei, the Ascend D-Quad is the fastest device on the market with its proprietary K3V2 quad-core processor, which comes clocked at either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz. The chipset also features a GPU unit with 16 cores. Initial benchmark results for the K3V2 chipset were incredibly impressive, beating Qualcomm’s S4 in Basemark ES. Now all we need is a UK release date.
Are you eagerly awaiting the next iPhone? Thinner, faster and with a bigger screen, the next iPhone is going to sell millions. But collectors won’t be interested in that for long when there’s a brand new and unopened first-gen iPhone going for $10,000. Screw 4G LTE, this one’s got 2G!
Ebay seller “samsonbible” is calling his sealed in shrink-wrapped 8GB iPhone from 2007 a “vintage” item. While five years might not qualify for vintage status in practically everything else, in tech years, that’s an eternity.
Here’s some “vintage” specs to give you an idea of what Apple used to turned the mobile world upside down:
Quad-band GSM (no CDMA Verizon/Sprint model here!), 2.0-megapixels with no LED flash (perfect for those grainy Instagram pics), 8GB of internal storage (for storing no apps because the App Store didn’t exist in 2007), a puny 1,400mAh battery, a 3.5-inch LCD display with an incredible 320 x 480 resolution and the original iPhone OS (before it was rebranded iOS).
Yeah, that was the phone that revolutionized the cellphone industry (and many others) five years ago. It might seem silly that the original iPhone didn’t let you change your home screen wallpaper from the default black or that it didn’t even fit most 3.5mm audio jacks because of the recessed port or that there was no App Store, but that well, that was 2007 man.
$10,000 seems a seems like a lot upfront, but just you wait, in another five years this thing could be worth even more, provided you don’t open it and ruin its value.
, via Complex
Article source: http://dvice.com/archives/2012/08/forget-the-ipho-1.php
(Photo : Youngblah) A concept design of the iPhone 5.
With all the rumors swirling around the internet about the iPhone 5, it gets hard to keep track of what’s been discredited, and what’s worth looking at. Here’s a look at the most popular rumors about the iPhone 5: I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not they could be real.
First and foremost on everyone’s mind is: “When’s this thing coming out?” Going on current information out there, it will most likely come out sometime after September 21 and before November.
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Website iMore reported that Apple plans on revealing a line of products including the next-gen iPhone, an iPad Mini, a new iPod Touch, and a new iPod Nano at an event on September 12. They even went on to say that the iPhone 5 should be out nine days later, on September 21.
Other websites seem to think that an October release date is more likely. Either way, it’s definitely coming soon, since display manufacturers said they start shipping screens to Apple in August and Apple suppliers in China are ramping up hiring to probably meet the high initial demand.
A rumor made its way around Twitter that the phone will cost $800, but will most likely be much lower. If it’s anything like the iPhone 4S, it should start at $200 with a standard two-year contract, and increase in price with more memory.
Android users seem to be getting all the eye candy. With the Samsung Galaxy S3′s screen at a whopping 4.8 inches compared to the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S display, it’s about time that Apple gave its smartphone buyers a better viewing experience.
The screen has been pegged at being around four inches, with website 9to5Mac confirming that an early build of iOS 6 can scale up to fit the 4-inch screen. If the 640X1136 resolution is right, then iPhone users might finally be able to experience 16:9 videos in their native form.
The iPhone 5 is expected to be taller than the current iPhone 4S, but not wider. A Taiwanese paper, Apple Daily, published what it believes to be the specs: 58.47 millimeters wide by 123.83 millimeters long by 7.6 millimeters thick – a full 1.7 millimeters thinner than the iPhone 4S. This would also make it thinner than both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the slim HTC One S.
Smaller Dock Connector:
Apple wants to do away with the 30-pin dock connector that is currently in all iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Instead, the iPhone 5 will certainly come with a smaller dock, although what size is anyone’s guess. Some say 19 pins and others as low as eight. However, while digging around in iOS 6,9to5Mac found a hardware feature named “9pin.” Could this mean the new smaller dock will be nine pins?
Like many others, you might be worried that the smaller dock means that your iPod stereo, cables, and other accessories will now be useless. This might happen, but an accidental image posted in the Apple store reveals that Apple might sell a dock connector converter, allowing you to plug in your “insert number here” – pin dock connector into a 30-pin device.
How many of these do you believe will actually debut with the iPhone 5? Leave your responses in the comments below.
Thanks to the release of iOS 6 Beta 4, we have been able to confirm a number of rumors concerning the iPhone 5. There are still some rumors that the iOS 6 beta can’t confirm. Thankfully, people are leaking iPhone 5 parts from Chinese factories so that we can get a better look at the device.
French tech site Nowhereelse had recently obtained parts for the iPhone 5 from a Chinese forum called iColorOS. As you can see in the image above, the parts seem to confirm much of the rumors that we’ve been hearing. The screen is indeed larger. What’s interesting however is the new SIM cart. It’s the rumored nano-SIM that we’ve been hearing about.
As is the case with the confirmed smaller 9-pin dock connector, the smaller SIM card doesn’t seem that important at first glance. It’s immensely important, however, when you consider how much more technology Apple is going to be able to cram into the iPhone 5. With the components getting smaller, Apple will be able to implement more technology like the rumored NFC chips.
Besides the obvious benefit of being able to fit more tech inside the phone, going smaller helps improve heat dispersement and battery life. Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5 has been facing battery life problems. Apple may have moved to smaller components to combat that problem.
With the rumored confirmation of a smaller SIM card out of the way, it seems that we’re almost in the clear as far as iPhone 5 rumors go. Various sources have pretty much confirmed almost everything there is to know about the device. Apple is reportedly holding an event on September 12 to formally announce the device. We’ll find out just how right all these leaks were then.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12th. Industry experts agree that this year’s model is the most anticipated iPhone release yet, and Apple is expected to enjoy record sales this holiday season. You’re probably itching to see what Apple has up its sleeve this time, especially if you’re coming off a two-year carrier contract with the iPhone 4.
The iPhone 4S was announced on October 4th, 2011. Despite all of its new features and improvements, the 4S didn’t really fulfill all of the “iPhone 5’ rumors that predicted a totally new form factor, larger display, 4G, etc. For that reason, the 4S triggered some disappointment among Apple fans.
Now it’s 2012 and Apple is expected to finally unveil the redesigned iPhone 5 we’ve all been waiting for. In Cult of Mac’s rumor roundup, we examine everything we think we know about the iPhone 5.
It won’t be called the “iPhone 5.”
Let’s get this straightened up off the bat: If you own the iPhone 4S, you already own the iPhone 5. Apple has released the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. After performing some complicated math, you will realize that makes 5 devices. The 2012 iPhone will actually be Apple’s sixth-generation model.
“If you own the iPhone 4S, you already own the iPhone 5’
“So if it’s not the iPhone 5, then what is Apple going to call it?!?”
Good question. See, you don’t call your Mac the “MacBook 12’ or “iMac 4.” It’s just a MacBook or iMac. When Apple unveiled the third-gen iPad earlier this year, it didn’t call it the “iPad 3.” Instead, we got “the new iPad.” Expect the same thing to happen to the iPhone this time around: “the new iPhone.”
Sites like Cult of Mac continue to call it the iPhone 5 for clarity’s sake. The general public still thinks this upcoming model is the “iPhone 5,” and while we know that the intelligent and devilishly handsome Cult of Mac readership knows better, we still need a way to make a clear distinction. So “iPhone 5’ it is, for now.
It’s going to have a fresh look.
Remember when everyone thought last year’s iPhone was going to be a huge redesign? It turned out to look exactly like the iPhone 4; all of the improvements (for the most part) were made under the hood.
This year’s iPhone is going to be different. Expect a full body makeover.
Rumors and part leaks have shown a two-toned metallic backplate design that’s reminiscent of the chrome-plated metal frame on the original iPhone. If there’s anything the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial has taught us, it’s that Apple likes to revisit its designs.
“Expect a full body makeover”
Like a supermodel, expect the next iPhone to be slim and tall. Rumors say it will only be 7.6mm thick, making it thinner than smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One S. That’s also nearly 2mm thinner than the iPhone 4S. The display will help streamline the device’s dimensions, but more on that next.
The screen will be bigger.
For the first time since the original iPhone, Apple is expected to depart from its 3.5-inch display. Rumors and part leaks reveal that the next iPhone will have a 4-inch, 16:9 screen. Essentially, the current look of iOS would be stretched in portrait mode and display media with the correct 16:9 letterboxing in landscape. And yes, the screen will still be Retina quality.
According to the rumor mill, Apple is partnering with Sharp overseas to implement new in-cell LCD technology. This will help the next iPhone’s screen be thinner to blend in with the device’s slimmer overall form factor.
There’s another key reason the next iPhone is expected to feature a 4-inch screen…
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The 1,900-person survey found that 78 percent would choose the iPhone 5, some saying they would use the smartphone more, while others questioned the use of a smaller version of the current iPad.
The results aren’t that surprising. While the iPad has been a phenomenal success, it remains a largely a luxury item. The iPhone, however, is a utilitarian device at a time when smartphones are a must-have for many consumers. Undoubtedly, both will sell well if Apple unveils the products, as it’s expected to do next month.
The survey, meanwhile, doesn’t represent a full cross-section of consumers. More than three-quarters of the respondents already owned an Apple product, with 64 percent owning an iPhone and nearly 40 percent an iPad.
The survey also found that 21 percent of the respondents would consider an iPad Mini for their children.
I haven’t gotten my iPhone 5 yet, but I’m already annoyed by it.
Well, first, the wait.
I was all set to buy my iPhone 5 last year, when everyone expected the iPhone 5 to be released. But then Apple went and released a modest upgrade to the iPhone 4, and there seemed no reason to buy that when the iPhone 5 was about to come out.
(I have an iPhone 3GS, which still works great. But I confess that I have been coveting the superior camera on the iPhone 4 and 4S. I tried to buy a 4 once, a couple of months after it came out, but hundreds of people had been waiting all night in line to buy them to ship them to Asia, so I gave up. But I have decided to upgrade to the iPhone 5, unless it totally sucks.)
But it’s not just the wait.
Despite Apple’s assertion that it is going to crack down on leaks, people seem confident that they know pretty much everything about the iPhone 5. And here are the things they think they know that have jumped out at me (and annoyed me):
- The iPhone 5 is not going to have a really big screen, like the gorgeous screen on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Someone showed me one of those Samsungs recently, and I instantly coveted it. Next to the Samsung, my iPhone felt small and old. Given that Apple thinks Samsung has ripped off everything about the Galaxy from the iPhone, I assumed that Apple would want to return the favor and rip off the awesome big Galaxy screen from Samsung. But according to the gadget gods, Apple has decided to just make the iPhone 5 screen slightly taller. And that’s annoying. Who cares about having a “taller” screen? I certainly don’t want to have to turn the phone to “landscape” view every time I want to look at something.
- The iPhone 5 will have a new power cord, one that will render the dozen or so Apple power cords I have obsolete. This is really annoying. One of the positive side-effects of becoming an Apple household is that we have one of those power cords lying around pretty much everywhere you look. And now, I gather, Apple is going to make all of those cords worthless. (Unless I buy some special adapter. But having to do that is annoying.)
So all that is annoying.
I gather Apple is making some other changes to the iPhone 5, too–moving a button, for example. But I haven’t seen any changes that I care about.
All of which means, I’m already annoyed by my iPhone 5. If, after using it, I determine that the smaller screen is, in fact, inferior to the big Samsung screen, I’m going to be really annoyed. I’m kind of stuck with Apple now, given that our entire household has standardized on it. And it would bum me out to know that having to go with Apple means having to go with an inferior phone.
Bottom line, like a lot of other Apple customers, I’m quietly hoping that everything that has been reported about the iPhone isn’t true.
Because if I’m going to finally shell out another $200 for a new phone, it would be nice not to find it annoying.
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While Apple has been characteristically tight-lipped about the upcoming iPhone 5 launch, more information appears to have been leaked about the new iPhone than perhaps for any other product in Apple’s recent history.
To bring you up to speed on what to expect in September, here’s a total roundup of everything we think we know so far about the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 Design and Appearance
Given the diversity of sources providing rumors about the next iPhone, there has been surprising consensus amongst reports regarding the physical appearance and design of the iPhone 5.
Initial detailed design schematics hinted at a taller device with a larger 4-inch screen, information which was subsequently backed up by image and video leaks.
The leaks all suggest that the iPhone 5 will come in a unibody aluminum design, with a two-tone rear case and will be available in both black and white.
iPhone 5 Features: Display
The increase in length of the iPhone 5 has been made to accommodate the 4-inch larger screen, but this change in dimensions means that the iPhone 5 will be the first iPhone to adopt a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The iPhone 5 display will undoubtedly feature retina level resolutions, and may adopt Sharp’s IGZO technology allowing for improved display performance and better battery life.
Connectivity and Network
With a number of Android 4G smartphones already leading the way, it’s widely expected that one of the big iPhone 5 features will be 4G LTE connectivity.
The only potential downside to 4G will be battery life, which is a known issue with some 4G phones. However the iPhone 5 is going to be a larger device than the 4S, and should allow for a bigger battery. Additionally, the improvements noted in display technology will assist in reducing power consumption – despite the bigger screen.
All reports, prototypes and leaked photos so far point towards the adoption of a smaller dock connector on the iPhone 5. The rumored “Mini Dock” is said to have between 8-pins and 19-pins and is set to become the new standard across all Apple mobile devices, including the upcoming iPad Mini and iPad 4.
While the move to a new dock will offer a number of benefits, some consumers will undoubtedly be frustrated by the fact that the new iPhone will lack compatibility with all existing 3rd party iPhone accessories and peripherals. However, an adapter will likely be released concurrently with the iPhone 5 to address this issue.
The iPhone 5 will come preloaded with iOS 6, which was revealed at the WWDC earlier this year. iOS 6 will feature a host of upgrades to existing apps like Safari, Siri and Mail, as well as native Facebook integration, but perhaps the most exciting new app will be Passbook – Apple’s answer to the digital wallet.
Apple also have plans to implement their own mapping software to replace the standard Google maps application, with reports suggesting that the iOS 6 app will feature advanced 3D mapping software.
Most of the ‘big’ iOS 6 improvements have already been announced, but we’re likely to hear more about iOS 6 as the iPhone 5 release date approaches.
Despite rumors suggesting NFC would make an appearance on the next iPhone, it’s probably one of the iPhone 5 features we’re least likely to see.
NFC (near-field communications) would allow for wireless payments to be made from your iPhone – seemingly a perfect fit for the already-announced iOS 6 Passbook app.
While Apple certainly has engineers working on the technology, Apple will make the decision to include NFC in the iPhone 5 based on whether or not the market is ready for it, rather than technological capability.
iPhone 5 Release Date
There has been a lot of speculation about the iPhone 5 release date, but the best information we have to far came by way of a report from iMore which suggested that the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini would both be announced on September 12th, with first availability of the devices less than two weeks later.
Despite being less than the usual 12-month refresh cycle that would have placed the iPhone 5 release date in October, the September launch makes sense from a marketing perspective. iPhone 4S sales have already seen a slump in the last quarter, with consumers starting to hold out for the upcoming iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 Name
One thing’s almost for certain – the iPhone 5 will not be called “the iPhone 5″. Just as we saw a shift away from numerical naming with the “new iPad” rather than the iPad 3, we’re guaranteed to see a similar strategy with the new iPhone.
What iPhone 5 features are you expecting to see on launch-day? Are the predictions of a September 12th iPhone 5 release date accurate? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Article source: http://www.tapscape.com/iphone-5-features-release-date-rumors/
iPhone 5 Hardware: 10 Design Ideas to Catch Smartphone Buyers` Eyes
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iPhone 5 is on the minds of current handset owners. The device, which could
be introduced as early as next month, could set off yet another rapid round of
smartphone upgrades among Apple fans who always opt for the latest model
available. A solid design, some nice software enhancements and improved
internal components will do the trick. Another nominal upgrade, like that which
came in the iPhone 4S, won’t.
There has already been a lot of speculation and discussion of about what sort of
components should be built into the iPhone 5.
The most part, correctly guessing correctly what features will
eventually show up in the device isn’t all that tough. But predicting the look
and feel of the smartphone’s case, however, is far more difficult.
Apple historically has been very conservative in changing the overall look and feel
of the iPhone. But there are certain features that would help keep this popular
unit on the cutting edge. And it would be awfully nice if Apple delivered on
1. A slimmer body
According to some reports, Apple’s iPhone 5 will be quite a bit slimmer than the iPhone
4S. One of the more recent reports say that the thickness could be up to 20
percent less than the iPhone 4S. That would be awfully nice. A slimmer body
makes for a lighter, more mobile device. And that’s what everyone wants
2. The same old width
last thing Apple should do is make the iPhone 5 any wider than it is right now.
With the current design, Apple’s handset is narrow enough to fit easily into a
pocket or purse. If it gets any wider, it might start to get a bit unwieldy and
that will hurt the mobility factor that has been one of its best features.
3. Gorilla Glass is a must
According to several reports, Apple will deliver Gorilla Glass 2 to the iPhone 5. If so,
that would mean that if users drop the device, the chances of it actually
breaking would be far lower than in the iPhone 4S. That will be appreciated by
anyone who has shattered the iPhone’s glass screen cover.
4. The long-rumored Liquidmetal
Liquidmetal might just be one of the most desirable features for the iPhone 5. Liquidmetal,
which actually isn’t liquid at all, is a mixture of titanium, copper, nickel,
and many other metals. It’s designed to make the iPhone’s case resistance to scratches,
corrosion, and other damage that can turn a smartphone into waste. It would be
a great addition to the iPhone 5.
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