Items tagged with iPhone 5

If you stop for a moment and think about all the things a smartphone can do, it's pretty remarkable the amount of technology you can stuff n your pants pocket. These little devices pull streaming tunes from satellites thousands of miles away, they translate human speech into text, and do a million and one other things, not the least of which is actually making phone calls. But as remarkable as they are, we're a fickle bunch always ready to upgrade to something bigger, badder, and faster. So says NPD DisplaySearch, which predicts that smartphone shipments will nearly double from 567 million units in 2012 to 1 billion in 2016. The timing of NPD DisplaySearch's prediction comes just hours before... Read more...
If the iPhone sweepstakes was a middle school dodge ball game, T-Mobile would be the kid that always gets picked last. For whatever reason, the wireless carrier hasn't been able to sweet talk Apple into letting it sell the iPhone, even though its main competitors -- AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon -- all do, plus a spattering of smaller carriers. Too bad, so sad, but before you weep for T-Mobile, know that it has a game plan for Apple's iPhone 5 launch. In lieu of carrying Apple's next generation smartphone, which the Cupertino company will unveil to the public on September 12, T-Mobile is reportedly banking on the fact that scores of unlocked iPhone 4S owners will ditch their current devices on... Read more...
For months we've been hearing rumors about an iPhone 5 and iPad Mini device from Apple, but could it be possible that they're actually one and the same? It sounds far fetched, but only if you're not familiar with "rubber-band electronics," which is a nifty technology that allows you to stretch out your hardware similar to how pinch-to-zoom works. Check it out. Obviously the above video is just a farce and we're having some weekend fun here on HotHardware, but guess what? Rubber-band electronics is a real technology, just not to the extent shown in the video above. "Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering, working with a team of scientists from the United States and abroad, have recently... Read more...
Could it be that a Chinese company has patented the iPhone 5 design before Apple had the chance? It appears so based on images and a video of Chinese phone maker GooPhone's GooPhone I5. Interestingly enough, the GooPhone I5 is an Android smartphone that has a similar design to the rumored iPhone 5. The GooPhone I5 looks a lot like a large iPhone 4S. It features a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, small dock connector, and large external speaker grills. Other key specs include a 1.4GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0 ICS with an iOS 6 theme, and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. The headphone jack on the GooPhone I5 resides on the bottom edge of the phone.... Read more...
Reports are surfacing once again of poor and/or questionable working conditions at a Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) plant in China where Apple devices are being built. The latest revolves around thousands of local college students being forced to work long shifts putting together iPhone 5 devices rather than attending class. Foxconn is reportedly short on workers to meet expected demand for Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 smartphone, which will be announced on September 12 and likely start shipping later in the month or in October at the latest. Classes have reportedly been suspended at nearby institutions so that students can pick up the slack. The issue appears to have gained attention when a female... Read more...
Apple let the cat out of the bag on Tuesday when it started sending out invitations to a press event scheduled for September 12, 2012. Looming in the shadow (literally) of the invitation's graphic is the number "5," which all but confirms the iPhone 5 will be revealed a week from today, just as has been rumored. So, now that we pretty much know for sure Apple's next generation smartphone is about to launch, just how popular will the device be? Pretty darn popular, if history and an infographic TechBargains put together are any indication. The infographic is the result of a recent iPhone survey that garnered 1,332 responses, which isn't the largest sample size in the world, but sufficient to gauge... Read more...
We steer clear of most Apple rumors, but this one caught our eye, thanks to the pictures and video of some unusually-designed earbuds. According to Tinhte.vn, a Vietnamese site, the iPhone 5 may be getting new earbuds that have ports in the fronts and sides. Of course, most rumors are nothing more than that, and there are a couple strikes against these particular earbuds being genuine iPhone 5 accessories – not the least of which is the absence of an in-line remote, as PC Magazine’s David Murphy points out. But if you’re starving for news on the next iPhone, forget the naysayers and check out the minute-and-a-half video.... Read more...
With the all the iPhone 5 leaks in recent weeks and months, Apple's going to have to reach far up its sleeve to pull something out if it hopes to surprise anyone. We know the iPhone 5 is going to have a larger touchscreen, smaller dock connector, and 4G LTE connectivity. It also seems likely Apple's next smartphone will sport an A6 processor. Sonny Dickson, a 9to5Mac researcher and hacker, posted a photo to Twitter showing the iPhone 5's logic board containing an A6 chip. Image Source: Sonny Dickson "Yes, new iPhone will be an A6," Dickson succinctly stated. Details of the A6 are still unknown at this time, but the smart money is on it being a quad-core processor, perhaps a derivative of Samsung's... Read more...
Where's the fun in a high profile product release without a few bumps in the road along the way? It doesn't look like Apple is going to find out. New reports suggest Sharp is having a tough time keeping up with production requirements for displays that will be used in the iPhone 5, which Apple is expected to announced at a press event next month. It's unclear how far behind schedule Sharp is, though according to Reuter's un-named source, there's definitely trouble. Some of it might be financially motivated. Sharp is said to be struggling with the high costs that come with producing the iPhone 5's touchscreens, so one scenario on the table is that Apple may opt to provide financial incentives... Read more...
Just the mere rumor of a new Apple device is enough to affect the market place, and in some cases, that can be a double-edged sword for the Cupertino company. In China, where the population stands at over 1.3 billion people, Apple's share of the smartphone market dropped nearly in half to 10 percent in the April through June period, according to data collected by International Data Corp. The reason? In part, it's because few people want to purchase an iPhone 4S when the iPhone 5 is presumably right around the corner. "There are two things in play," said IDC analyst TZ Wong, who spoke with Reuters about Apple's overseas market share decline. "One is seasonal, people know the new phone is coming.... Read more...
At this point in the game, Apple might as well have a license to print money. The Cupertino company's share price soared to a new high on Friday, reaching $648.11 at the closing bell, which gives Apple a market capitalization of $607.54 billion. In after hours trading, the stock is up to $649, an indication that a new high is on the horizon. Apple's stock has been rising steadily since mid-May when the share price was just over $530, and the recent surge comes just before the company is set to announce the iPhone 5, which will likely be unveiled in September. There's also been a fair amount of chatter surrounding an iPad Mini device to compete with the 7-inch tablet category. Image Source: Flickr... Read more...
Market research firm Gartner says worldwide mobile phone sales dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year to 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012, noting a "challenging economic environment" and postponed upgrades as the main reasons for the drop in demand. In terms of the latter, Apple was hit especially hard as mobile users anticipate the launch of the iPhone 5 in another month or so. "High-profile smartphone launches from key manufacturers such as the anticipated Apple iPhone 5, along with Chinese manufacturers pushing 3G and preparing for major device launches in the second half of 2012, will drive the smartphone market upward. However, feature phones will continue to see pressure," said... Read more...
This isn't carved in stone by any stretch, but if you're wondering when Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone model, word on the Web is that the Cupertino company is holding a press event on Saturday, September 12th, and at the time will be accepting iPhone 5 pre-orders in the United States. The actual release will take place more than a week later on September 21, 2012. Un-named sources provided Apple fan site iMore with the above dates, and purportedly those sources "have provided iMore with accurate iPhone related launch dates in the past," so make of that what you will (in other words, don't bet the farm, but free free to gamble a dozen eggs or something). iPhone pre-orders haven't... Read more...
Part by part, pieces and photos of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 model keep leaking to the Web, and the latest pre-release glimpse is supposedly that of the battery pack that will power the device. The new battery is said to feature a slight bump in capacity to 1440 mAh, up from 1430 mAh in the iPhone 4S and 1420 mAh in the iPhone 4. The battery also sports a slightly higher voltage at 3.8V compared to 3.7V in both previous iPhone devices (4S and 4), along with an increased watts-per-hour (wHr) measurement. The new battery for the iPhone 5 is rated at 5.45 wHr, whereas the one in the iPhone 4S is rated at 5.25 wHr and the one in the iPhone 4 at 5.25 wHr. Image Source: 9to5Mac It will be interesting... Read more...
Popular tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 built by Asus seem to prove that the late Steve Jobs was dead wrong in saying 7-inch "tweener" devices have no place in the market, but maybe what he meant to say is that Apple users aren't interested in such things. If that is what he meant to say, then a new survey backs his claim and shows he was right to avoid the tweener category. A coupon site pinged nearly 1,900 people on how they felt about the upcoming iPhone 5 and oft rumored iPad mini device. Surprisingly, almost 8 out 10 -- or 78 percent, to be precise -- of respondents said they're rather own an iPhone 5. Why so? Well, 46 percent said the iPad mini was "pointless," while... Read more...
If Apple wanted to, it could silence the rumor mill in a New York minute simply by announcing the iPhone 5, or next iPhone (or whatever it will be called), and at some point, the company will. But not today, not tomorrow, and probably not next week either. In the meantime, more information continues to trickle out, most of which is speculation, but not all of it. For example, we now know for sure that Sharp is at least one manufacturer supplying the displays for the iPhone 5, and we know shipments are taking place this month. The reason we know this is because Sharp president Takashi Okuda came out and confirmed it when talking to reporters in Tokyo about the company's quarterly earnings report.... Read more...
If you're one of the many people stuck in a smartphone holding pattern as you wait for Apple to announce (and launch) its upcoming iPhone 5 model, go ahead and get cozy. Reports out of China suggest Apple may delay the iPhone 5 as a result of a shortage of 28 nanometer chips. This isn't the first time such rumors have manifested, so take it with a grain of salt. That said, the current concern is that Qualcomm, which is Apple's largest chip supplier, is trying to get a handle on 28nm chip production and won't have the shortage resolved until the end of the year. If that's the case, it could put a damper in Apple's ability to launch the iPhone 5 in September or October. What's bad news for Apple... Read more...
Perhaps you've heard the rumor that Apple is getting ready to launch its new iPhone device on August 7th (or thereabouts depending on which rumor mill you happened to walk by). No? Let us clue you in on the latest chatter. A website is claiming to have "exclusively" learned via a "reliable industry source" that Apple plans on releasing the iPhone 5 exactly three weeks from today, and while that's within the realm of possibility, it's not very likely. Let's look at a couple of reasons why. The first is that an August 7th launch date would signal a rushed release compared to the iPhone 4S. Here's a look at past iPhone release dates: iPhone (original): June 29, 2007 iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008 iPhone... Read more...
Rumor has it that Apple's next generation iPhone model -- presumably the iPhone 5, or 'new iPhone,' if borrowing a page from the iPad -- will sport a larger screen than the 3.5-inch display that's been a staple of every model to date. What isn't known is exactly how big the new screen will be and what the remodeled device will look like. We still don't know the former, but if recently leaked photos turn out to be the real deal, we now have an idea about the latter. Photos of what are supposed to be a pre-release test sample are making the rounds in cyberspace, and they depict what's essentially a longer version of the iPhone 4S. The screen is indeed bigger, but from a design standpoint, the iPhone... Read more...
The iPhone 5 rumor mill is spinning up again after apparently taking a few weeks off due to heat exhaustion. The latest buzz coming out of Taiwan is that the device will feature a quad-core processor based on Samsung's Exynos platform. That would make the Exynos 4412 the most likely candidate for the device, and we've already seen an excellent phone built around that platform -- the Samsung Galaxy S III (although the US version we've looked at here is dual-core Qualcomm Krait). If the Galaxy SIII is a great phone (and it is), then why would we want to see a quad-core iPhone 5? Simple, we don't. The iPhone has always been about making real-world improvements rather than saturating the market with... Read more...
The iPhone 5 rumor mill is in full swing as we inch closer to the device's release, which some have pegged for September or October. One of the persistent rumors is that the iPhone 5 will finally sport a bigger size screen, though it won't rival some of the larger smartphones and hybrids on the market, like the incredibly large Galaxy Note from Samsung. Instead, the iPhone 5 is likely to tout a 4-inch display. The folks over at Apple Insider obtained a research note from KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo, and according to Kuo, Apple is most definitely switching from a 3.5-inch 4:3 display to a 4-inch 16:9 screen. It will be an IPS screen, and it will measure precisely 4.08 inches, Kuo says, with an 1,136x640... Read more...
Now that the iPhone 4S has been out for a few months, iPhone 5 rumors are starting to heat up. The latest chatter surrounding Apple's next generation iPhone model ('new' iPhone, perhaps?) has the Cupertino company looking at a screen size upgrade that will add at least half an inch to the current 3.5-inch display found all iPhone models. A report in The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple has already ordered bigger screens from its overseas suppliers and that production of the iPhone 5 will kick off next month. Apple never comments on rumors and speculation, but those in the know believe the new iPhone model will ship to retail in the fall. Every iPhone model ever released has employed a 3.5-inch... Read more...
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