iOS 6! This means there will be a new iPhone, I’m 99% sure of that!
Let’s break this down rumor by rumor.
1. Abandoning teardrop design for another glass body.
I never believed in the teardrop design, it’s not very practical and goes against Apples appreciation for symmetry. It is also not practical from a design standpoint seeing that the battery would also have to be a teardrop shape or take up the whole upper portion of the phone making it so top heavy and uncomfortable to hold. You know these are the things Apple thinks about. Where would the components go? And the idea of having curved boards probably scares them more that it does me!
2. Being longer (or taller) than the current iPhone.
It’s possible but not as dramatically depicted in their concept renderings. This would only work if they really did increase the screen size and change the aspect ratio. I’ll get to that.
3. A metal panel on the back.
Are you kidding me? That’s atrocious. They wouldn’t have two different surface types on the back, Apple loves to brag about how beautiful their phones are so it’ll be one consistent surface and it won’t be metal. Why? Having a glass front and a metal back makes for a horrible combination when holding the phone. The feel of metal on your fingers and glass on your thumbs will take away from the experience. It’s especially ugly considering what today’s iPhones look like.
4. Manufactured with Gorilla Glass 2.
I say this is very probable. If they’re using Gorilla Glass now, why wouldn’t they use only the best they have to offer for their phones? It can either be thinner and have equal strength or be the same thickness and be much stronger. In theory, according to the source, the phone could be 20% thinner and you know Apple can’t pass that up. I’d expect thinner glass if they do use Gorilla Glass 2.
5. An increase in screen size to 4 inches.
Don’t we see this one every year? Look, Apple didn’t just throw a dart onto a board with screen sizes to come up with 3.5 inches. Millions went into research for this number, just like any decision made at Apple. The iPhone is a PHONE, that you carry in your pocket. Therefore it is small. iPad is a tablet, large and powerful with a lot of screen to offer. They won’t make the iPhone screen bigger for the same reason they don’t make the iPad smaller. It wouldn’t serve it’s purpose. A 4 inch screen will require two thumbs to use (Like the iPad does now). How practical does that sound for a phone? Apple also likes their developers while hating fragmentation, which is what this screen would create on a smaller scale. All apps would have to be redone. Releasing this phone would mean that in the first month the older iPhones will have their vast library of 500,000+ apps still available while the new iPhone will have maybe 5,000 native apps. Where would Apple’s beloved bragging rights go? “Best app market.” It would become smaller than the market found on the Windows Phone. If you have a full sized tablet available you don’t need a larger phone and if you have a small phone available you don’t need a smaller tablet. Do you see how Apple products work together? They want you to buy both devices and I’m willing to bet that a larger iPhone screen means decreased iPad sales and higher manufacturing prices for the iPhone. Where’s Apple’s win in that?
6. New dock.
I don’t know about you but 16 pins seems like a lesser amount compared to 30… But that’s just me, I’m no genius. I’m not discrediting this one but I just don’t see the point. The 30-pin connector has been a HUGE success at Apple and doesn’t need replacing. Supporting speeds higher than any USB port offers today. A future proof aspect of Apple products, why change it?
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There were some rumors that were leading people to believe that the iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE when it is released. I do not think this will happen.
It is not like Apple to invest into undeveloped technology. Today, even the not so tech savvy people know what 3G is, but there was a time when the technology was out for the public and it still wasn’t good enough for Apple to develop a 3G iPhone. They take pride in releasing products that “just work” as Jobs words it so well. Their target audience is the type of consumer that wants all the power of a super-phone without having to figure it out, like why your 4G isn’t working. Now imagine the frustration of Apple customers that buy a 4G phone that doesn’t get 4G reception. It would be like the Evo all over again, so much hype until you gave it a speed test. Don’t get me wrong, the Evo is an amazing phone now that I can get 4G on it, but I was very disappointed when I first got my hands on one.
Although, something that is possible is about half way through the phone’s cycle, Apple releases a 4G model. This would boost sales and keep the iPhone hype in the market for a much longer period of time. I thought releasing the white iPhone 4 as late as Apple did was foolish. That is, until I saw the sales on the thing.
In summary, don’t expect 4G LTE support on the iPhone 5 but rather in a later version of the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 6.
So DigiTimes reports that Apple has began ordering iPhone 5’s. A whopping 25 million!
If this information is as accurate as I expect it to be… We still have no idea when Apple plans to release this thing. In my opinion, either September or October will be when we finally get to see Steve Jobs go back up on stage to make this thing sound magical.
Just saw this and it matches with my previous posts of case designs and snap shots of someone using it on the train.
Credit for this shot go to Apple task force on FaceBook!
iPhone 5 has been distributed to carriers for testing. It awaits approval. If this goes smoothly then the August release date for the iPhone 5 will really be an accurate prediction.
I am always being asked by those that I know about the iPhone 5. I could always give them specs and predicted release dates, but the only thing I was ever able to say about the design was “Well, it’ll be thinner than the 4.”
Now, finally, news on the design! First, let’s start with Well, it’ll be thinner than the 4! The phone will also now have a larger, 4 inch screen. I did not think this would happen. I am quite happy with my 3.5 inch device. This leaves me with a new question about the screen, what will happen to our retina resolution? One of two things: we will keep the 960x640 resolution bringing the PPI below 326. But that is not something Apple would do. I believe we will maintain 320+ PPI, as the phone is known for it, and bring up the total resolution of the phone. This theory is supported by a patent Apple has taken out for a nearly bezel free front of a phone that extends to be able to support 1080p video play back. This would be a huge step up from our 640 pixel limit currently in place, which in the real world translates to 480p YouTube videos.
Moving on to that dreadful home button… I’ve played around with iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 for nearly two months. My home button is broken. I have found that the new user interface (which remains nearly unchanged visually) makes it much easier to get to notifications in different locations on the phone. The button-less dream Mr. Jobs had for the iPhone is looking promising. The iPhone 5 appears to have an oval shaped capacitive home button. It looks large enough to detect two finger swipe motions possibly? Or maybe one finger swipe motions for the multitasking system they currently have in place. As long as it is capacitive, I am happy with it.
A noticeable feature the iPhone 4 had, of course, was it’s squared off shape. Well Apple is going back to rounded. Apple recently purchased hundreds of glass cutting machines more advanced than the ones usually found in a manufacturer’s factories. Much more expensive as well. After hearing this the rumors went wild with ideas of an iPhone rounded at the screen. I laughed at this idea and need gave it any credibility. An iPhone 5 prototype was spotted in the hands of an Apple employee today in San Francisco (supposedly). The back was rounded off and reported to be glass or plastic. Are you putting 2 and 2 together yet? 2+2= Apple bought those glass cutting machines to manufacture the backs of their new iPhones.
I’m sure you would love to see this iPhone 5 prototype so here you go: http://trap.it/bcaVFP
Quick hardware rundown:
Commonly believed to house a 1.3~1.5GHz dual core a5 chip.
1500 mili amp lithium polymer battery.
8MP rear facing camera with dual LED flash full 1080p video shooting.
No real upgrades for the front facing but I have all my fingers crossed for it to be bumped up to two MP.
There have been a number of rumors circulating that the memory standards for the iPhone 5 will be like those of iPods: 16/32/64. I’m hoping for it.
3.5mm headset jack, 30 pin connector, lock button, and of course volume rockers that will now serve and a camera shutter switch as well.
I know I’ve been talking about wireless charging and solar panels, it’s clear to me by the new case designs on the iPhone 5 that those patents were taken out for the iPhone 6.
Feel free, no, Obliged! To ask me for anything I missed or just questions.
We all know how things are with the iPhone market. The one we care about most is the one that hasn’t been released yet. So while little guys like me sit here and report something someone else knows about, someone else is out there looking at the bigger picture. I’ve already heard quite a bit of rumors of specs and features of the iPhone 6, but how can you know it’s not what the 5 will have?
Apple has taken out two patents (one much more recent than the other, but both relevant) for iPhone designs. One of which is wireless charging. I’m sure the nerds reading this have heard this one, but Apple plans to implement a system of the drop and charge technology that the Power Mat, but without adding bulk to the phone. The kind of bulk that massive case of the Power Mat adds. The next is solar panels on the device to get a nice charge from the Sun. Interesting ideas.
Common belief is that these patents were taken out for the iPhone 6. It is very obvious to anyone who knows Apple that they have started work on the iPhone 6 long ago. But to take out a patent you must already be capable of developing and distributing the hardware. Otherwise everyone would take out every possible patent just to sit on the ideas until the day they have the technology to go through with it. So will we see these features in the next iPhone launch? Will it even be in September? It’s too close to tell.
I’m sure many of you have seen this photo of the believed to be new look of the iPhone 5 but just like any concept, it’s usually wrong.
I, like many people out there, believed that the iPhone’s late release date would be united with the iPod event. This made sense to me since, in my eyes, the iPod is the same product as the iPhone; minus an antenna. There is much talk going on about a 3G iPod, but that is a topic for another post. (one I should really be getting to)
We all already know iOS 5 beta very well and we also know it is moving along much quicker than expected, giving us the impression of a sooner release date on the iPhone 5. Now that we have beta 5 we realize the release date we’ve been searching for in our binoculars is now right under our noses. Now to actually get to our long awaited iPhone 5, I will be posting pictures in a matter of minutes.