Analysts from TechInsights are estimating that the bill of hardware materials and electronic components of the iPhone 5 is around $167.50. That's a $35.00 jump from the iPhone 4S from last year, and a significant leap of $55.50 from the iPhone 4. If true, the increase in build costs isn't reflected in the MSRP of the iPhone 4, as Apple has kept the same price points every year since 2010 (with the excepton of the 64GB model, which wasn't available until 2011.)
This goes to the credit of Apple's market leading logistics, which locks in deals for mass supply parts of raw material and components from manufactures purchased years in advance.
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We just received a fairly obvious tip that makes perfect sense to us--Apple is set to release iOS 6 to the general public on September 19th. That would put its release two days before the rumored launch date of the iPhone 5, which is in line with all iOS software release ever since iPhone OS 2.0 launched a couple of days prior to the release of the iPhone 3G back in July of 2008. We expect that Apple will release a Golden Master version of iOS 6 tomorrow after the iPhone 5 event.
iOS 6 brings new features like Passbook, shared Photo Streams, expanded Siri functionality, Apple Maps, and more, and will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, ipod touch (fourth generation,) and all iPads.
Nowhere Else is at it again, this time publishing a few images that show the alleged design of the upcoming iPad mini, that being the heavily-rumored 7.85-inch version of the Apple tablet. We must point out that the device certainly doesn't look to be an actual product, but rather something simply based on the rumored design specifications. That said, it looks pretty nice, no? Apple is expected to reveal the 7.85-inch iPad sometime next month, as it's dedicating tomorrow to the iPhone 5 unveiling.
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With a burst of imagination and a little deciphering, a MacRumors forum member uncovered that the Yerba Buena Gardens decor, being prepared for the big iPhone 5 reveal, are stretched out iOS app icons.
Apple enthusiasts are theorizing that this is a subliminal Apple marketing message hinting at a stretched, or elongated, iPhone 5. This is, hands down, the biggest tech news of the year. So, why not join in the hysteria?
This afternoon, the WSJ is reporting that Apple's iPhone 5 will indeed support LTE. There's additional good news for frequent travelers: it will support more LTE bands for global coverage throughout the United States, Europe, and Asian markets. Currently, Apple offers two flavors of LTE for the third generation iPad, which also runs on both Verizon and AT&T networks.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is working on a streaming music service that would give iTunes, Spotify- or Pandora-like functionality. However, the details are scarce at the moment. Here's a Tweet from Dennis K. Berman:
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We at Gear Live have been hearing early morning reports from Shanghai Daily that hardware manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., AKA Foxconn, has been allegedly pulling Chinese students from classrooms in preparation to build Apple's iPhone 5. The social network, Sina Weibo, has been filling up with claims that at least 200 students from the Huaiyen Institute of Technology were being escorted to Foxconn factories under the guise of being enrolled in a "school to work program" or "Internship." The students will allegedly be paid $224 per month to work 12 hour shifts, six days a week. Now, possibly as a result of public scrutiny, Shanghai Daily is reporting that students are being brought back to classrooms and instead are being offered to volunteer for the so-called school to work program.
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Earlier today Apple invited select press to its September 12th iPhone event, and the invitation had a number 12 casting a shadow in the shape of a number 5. This caused many to speculate (including us!) that this confirmed that Apple be calling its next smartphone the iPhone 5. Well, an image published by iPhonenieuwsblog tells a different story. In it we see the packaging for the new iPhone. As you can see, the display has six rows of app icons instead of five, and it's specifically referred to as "The new iPhone" on the packaging. So, there you have it. We're inclined to go with this, as it just makes perfect sense. The next iPhone will simply be known as "the new iPhone."
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Nokia is set to reveal it's Lumia 920 line of Windows Phone 8 devices tomorrow, but we're seeing a sneak peek today thanks to a purported leak. We're already expecting that Nokia's incredible PureView camera technology will make an appearance, but now we also get to see what colors the device will sport. That's white, black, gray, red, and a striking yellow. No word on if all colors will be available at launch, or if they'll be split between carriers.
We've already shown you how the next-generation iPhone 5 will look like in a 3D video illustration. Now, a purported black iPhone 5 with what was referred to as a back "matte" finish just debuted on YouTube. The iPhone 4S is compared to the alleged new iPhone, and the latter looks considerably thinner and taller. The dummy device even turned on and displayed the famous "Connect to iTunes" message. Enough with the reading watch the video!