This morning, Case-Mate put up a product page for a new iPhone 5 case with images of how the device would look inside of the new accessory. The page was quickly pulled, but not before eagle-eyed tipsters grabbed some screenshots. As you can see in the image above, they show an iPhone that takes design cues from the iPad 2, sporting a thinner, tapered design. Of course, we'd find it hard to believe that Apple showed their secretive hardware to Case-Mate, so they're likely going off of leaked design specs with these renderings. Still, it's an interesting look at what might be coming from Apple in the next few weeks.
This morning Bloomberg is reporting that Sprint is all set to sell the iPhone 5 when it debuts in the next few weeks, and that they'll differentiate their offering with an unlimited data plan. Both AT&T and Verizon offerred unlimited data plans on the iPhone, but have since moved to tiered plans. New customers on both networks get a 2 GB limit on data each month, and pay overage fees for using more than that. This would give Sprint, the #3 wireless carrier in the US, an interesting advantage over its larger competitors. Offering the iPhone 5 with their popular unlimited voice and data plan, which costs less than the tiered plans offered elsewhere, could see the company gain quite a few customers who'd rather not worry about their data usage costing them extra money.
The picture of delicious-looking sushi that you see above may have been taken with an iPhone 5. PocketNow is reporting that the EXIF data from the image indicates that it was taken with an iPhone 4, however, prior to cropping, the image weighed in at almost 8 megapixels--much higher than the iPhone 4 limit of 5 megapixels. The iPhone 5 has been long-rumored to sport an 8 megapixel image.
This (very attractive) photo claims to have been taken by an iPhone 4, but the rest of its EXIF data tells a different story: although the image has been cropped to 2235x2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264x2448 -- or just shy of eight megapixels. What's more, the lens was recorded as a 4.3mm f/2.4, which is closer to that of a point-and-shoot than the iPhone 4's actual 3.85mm f/2.8.
The image has since been removed from Flickr, and it's been confirmed that it awas posted by an Apple iOS software engineer.
To be clear, this is not an iPhone 5. However, the word is that this is clone made in the same factory where the iPhone 5 is being produced. If you've been following Apple for any length of time, you'll know that before their new products launch, many Chinese manufacturers will already have cases for the products in production. This is typically because someone in the factory gets access to the blueprints, or a physical device, and goes and sells it for a nice profit. This is why a bunch of Foxconn workers were fired recently.
Anyhow, we've been hearing that the new iPhone 5 will be thinner than the iPhone 4, will sport curved glass on the back, and will have a slight teardrop shape. The phone in these images matches those specifications. However, it's hard to tell the size of the display here, but the iPhone 5 has long been rumored to have a larger display than the previous four devices that came before it. We're expecting the iPhone 5 to launch in late September or early October, which means that construction is definitely underway to prepare for the millions that need to be available for launch in the next 6-10 weeks. It wouldn't surprise us at all if what we see in these images turns out to be what we end up seeing in stores.
We know, the wait for the iPhone 5 is killing some of you, but at least we are getting regular info about the upcoming device from legitimate sources. The latest is The Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple will indeed be introducing a new design with the next model of the iPhone. There's been some debate as to whether the iPhone 5 will keep the iPhone 4 design, but as the WSJ reports, the phone will be thinner and lighter, which definitely means there will be some changes to not only the internal design, but the external design as well. So, what's with all the supposed iPhone 5 prototypes that look just like the iPhone 4 then? Well, as you might recall, last year the iPhone 4 leaked months before it was introduced, and it was disguised in a case that made it look like an iPhone 3GS. In order to avoid that, Apple could simply be placing the smaller internal iPhone 5 parts in the larger iPhone 4 casing. Stranger things have happened, and this would be one way to keep the new design as hidden as possible during testing.
The WSJ also reports that the new phone will be introduced this fall, which is what we've been hearing for a while now. Expect Apple to show it off alongside a high definition iPad HD at their annual September event.
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More Apple rumors for you to chew on today! A new research note from Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek suggests that Apple isn't going to be performing a significant upgrade to the connection capabilities of its new, to-be-released iPhone 5—namely, no 4G LTE support.
Whenever the next version of Apple's smartphone hits the market—we're already nearing the one-year anniversary of the iPhone 4's launch with no hint of a new product in sight—Misek suggests that the device will only have incremental upgrades compared to the iPhone 4's specifications. Heck, it's practically keeping the same name.
"We believe the likelihood of the iPhone 5 launch in September including LTE is now remote," wrote Misek in a research note on May 13. "According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support."
The bigger news on Apple's side is Misek's suggestion that the company will be pursuing an expanded carrier lineup for its iPhones. His "industry checks" indicate that Apple will be launching the iPhone on both Sprint and T-Mobile in time for the holidays—remember, although the latter is in the process of being purchased by AT&T, T-Mobile currently remains a separate company from the larger carrier. In other words, no iPhone yet.
The listing on Guangdong, China-based Kulcase's trading site shows the front and back of what it claims to be the "Newest design crystal case for apple iPhone 5g." The unconfirmed case mockup is colored teal—we;'re guessing that odd choice doesn't make Apple's final cut for the iPhone 5—a;nd; has the flash component moved away from the rear camera, which would be a change from earlier versions of the iPhone.
The steady drumbeat of rumors about Apple's plans for the iPhone 5 seem to have fallen off in the past few weeks. But in March and April, speculative stories about delays, a faster processor and the like were flying off the shelves.
One thing that lends some credence to the AliBaba.com sighting is that Apple has already had trouble keeping its case designs for new products under wraps, notes AppleInsider.
The rumors continue to pile up that Apple won't release the iPhone 5 this summer as expected. The latest word reportedly comes from an AT&T rep, who confirmed to a customer that the next-generation iPhone won't make its debut in June or July.
According to MacRumors, Apple allegedly confirmed to AT&T that the phone is delayed, and that information was relayed to an AT&T customer.
"Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July timeframe, though there will be a newer version in the future," an AT&T rep allegedly said. "Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our Web site when it is available to us."
You've seen rumors about when the fifth-generation iPhone is coming out, now check out a visualization (pictured) of what it will look like, based on the imagination and alleged sources of former Engadget editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky.
In his interim blog This Is My Next, Topolsky says the next iPhone will look "radically" different from the iPhone 4. For one, it'll be even thinner than the iPhone 4, which isn't unfathomable thanks to a recent patent Apple obtained, and boast a "teardrop" shaped profile similar to the Macbook Air.
The home button area will expand to act as a gesture area to support gesturing features in a future iOS update, Topolsky writes. The display could go up to 3.7 inches (thus making the bezel almost disappear) without decreasing much in resolution, so Apple can still claim it uses Retina Display technology.
Topolsky also says he saw in a drawing that the iPhone will come with cable-free, touch charging, though his sources wouldn't confirm that.
Apple fans with an Ahab-esque obsession with the Great White iPhone may finally have reason to shout, "Thar she blows!" Images of a purported white iPhone 4 wrapped in retail packaging were posted by Engadget Friday and later in the day 9 to 5 Mac quoted sources who said the product would begin selling in The Netherlands next Wednesday.
Rumors of a white version of the Apple iPhone have become something of a cottage industry for tech publications. Apple originally planned to make both a black and white iPhone 4 available when it launched the fourth-generation smartphone last year.
But the company wound up delaying the white version of the iPhone 4, saying in a June statement that it had "proven more challenging to manufacture than expected." Apple promised to release a white iPhone 4 by the end of July, but on July 23, Apple conceded that the white iPhone would not be available until the end of the year. Meanwhile, those not wanting to wait flocked to eBay to get their white iPhone 4 units.
Now, ten months after the black iPhone 4 was released, Apple may finally be ready to start selling the white version.
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