Images of next iPhone emerge, could be very close to the real thing
Some images have been leaked from China website of the next iPhone 5. The shape seems to be a blend of the original iPhone and iPhone 4. The front may resemble the 3GS but it is much thinner than 3GS. There are 2 things that point to it being very similar to the real thing.
First, the body matches the plastic cases that were also leaked and second, the images matches an alleged spy shot published last week.
Next iPhone to have curved glass screen?
Many rumors have been going around indicating that the next iPhone would only be an incremental upgrade to the iPhone 4, which means that it could be iPhone 4s. However, the screen seems to be changing.
There has been a fair amount of buzz on the iPhone 5, and the latest being circulated around the supply chain in Taiwan is that Apple is going to adopt a curved cover glass for its next generation model, according to industry sources.
Cover glass makers are reluctant to commit investment to the purchase of glass cutting equipment due to the high capital involved, said the sources.
However, in order to push forward the production of curved glass, Apple reportedly has purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines to be used by glass makers, said the sources.
The glass slicing machines are currently being stored at associated assembly plants and will be brought online once yield rates for the production of curved glass reaches a satisfactory level, the sources revealed.
There has been no timetable yet for the volume production of iPhone 5 as Apple is currently still working with related suppliers including those involved in cover glass, glass cutting, lamination and touch sensors to improve yield rates, the sources commented.
Photos of next iphone emerge (rumored)
Photos of the next iphone are appearing online. However, most of them are rumors or prototypes. From the photos, there are some similarities. They all have wider screen and thinner profile. Could the designs of the prototype be true? Read on and find out.
It’s iPhone 5 rumor season! And while we have no reason to think that these rumored white iPhone 5 pictures at MIC Gadget are any more—or less—legitimate than the rounded-back iPhone 5 mockup that emerged last week, it certainly lines up with what the rumor mill has churned out so far.
Smart Bezel in iPhone 5?
All this week, tech websites have been parsing a curious Apple patent that reveals plans to develop and deploy a dynamic, gesture-controlled bezel around the iPhone 5‘s screen, giving users a secondary means of navigating games and applications. Fast Company I think has summed up the technological aspect of the Smart Bezel patent the best, explaining that:
“The display relies on printed, segmented electroluminescent units (or similar tech) that would be hidden when not activated. These units would display additional info when needed–we’re thinking games controls, an improvement to the awful messaging/alert system iOS uses, and display-wasting info like battery life bars or a clock.”
To be sure, the Smart Bezel would be a bona fide breakthrough in technology, should it deliver on its promise of significantly expanding the gesture control and display layout of the iPhone 5. It’s true that other extended touch surface concepts exist on current smartphones, such as the Palm Pre, but if Apple can push the exvelope with this new innovation, it could revolutionize the way that iPhone users interact with their iPhone; not just an improvement on what already exists, but a true innovation that would send the other smartphone designers into catch-up mode..
And from a more practical standpoint, the Smart Bezel would also give the iPhone 5an effective alternative to the cumbersome home button, which many believe will be moved or replaced in one way or another.
The idea of the Smart Bezel has been kicking around for some time now. For the most part, the idea of adding more gesture control was initially being ascribed to the iPad 2. Many analysts foresee that tablets and smartphones will continue to feature more and more gesture control features apart from the touch screen itself. Much in the way that the simple Atari joystick of yesteryear has advanced to the complex array of buttons, joysticks, sliders, and gesture control, so too will the chassis of the next generation of smartphones and tablets include bezels, backs, and other interesting nooks and crannies that will give users new vistas of control over their mobile computing experience.
How exciting is it to imagine that it all might begin with the iPhone 5‘s Smart Bezel?
Source: iphone5 news blog
iPhone 5 or iPhone 4x may have flat metal back
9to5Mac reports according to their source at Foxconn Electronics, the next generation iPhone will come with a metal back and a larger screen. Although it is not stated that the metal material will be, but I guess it would most probably be aluminum.
Here is an image of what it may look like. This is a modification of the iPhone 4 using a conversion kit. And here is an excerpt of the report:
Although some reports claim the iPhone 5 will adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal back. The material of this metal is unspecified. Our brains say aluminum but our hearts wonder if this could be Liquid Metal. The next major enhancement is said to be a larger display. An enhanced screen for the next-iPhone has been rumored, but an exact screen size has only been pinpointed by Digitimes (4 inches). Our sources do not have precise screen measurements for the iPhone 5 but are certain that it appears to be larger than the one found on the iPhone 4.
A few more months left to the announcement of the next generation of the iPhone. Are you excited?
iPhone 5 may be released as iPhone 4x
An interesting article was published in InfoWorld, Mobile Edge. The author predicts Apple will not release iPhone 5 but an iPhone 4 variant. It would be unthinkable that iPhone5 won’t be out this year, but there is some truth based on the trend of iPhone releases in the past 2 years. 3G -> 3GS -> 4 -> 4X?
He goes on to predict what we can expect from the iPhone 4X:
- It’ll be a little thinner and faster — it almost always is!
- The home button may disappear or become virtual. Removing parts is an ongoing Apple activity. A physical button does have the advantage over the usual on-screen touch gesture of being harder to activate accidentally in your pocket or purse, so I expect Apple will find a way to replicate that intentionality.
- The GSM model used by AT&T in the United States will get the redesigned antenna from the Verizon version. I don’t believe for a second that the antenna redesign was solely for Verizon CDMA network compatibility; I’m sure Apple is quietly improving the previous antenna design to reduce the “death grip” issue, in line with the company’s history of slipstreaming such repairs.
- There could be a 64GB version. That would let the iPhone match the iPod Touch’s top capacity.
- There could be a world-capable (CDMA plus GSM) model for CDMA carriers such as Verizon. The Verizon iPhone 4 has a dual-radio chip, but no slot for a GSM MicroSIM. The regular iPhone 4 has such a slot (it’s required for GSM devices), and it makes sense for Apple to consolidate the case and innards designs across the two radio standards. Of course, even if Apple makes a world-capable phone for Verizon and perhaps Sprint, the CDMA carriers may choose to not enable the GSM capability on their versions (a simple slot shield could be used to disable MicroSIM access), to prevent customers from changing networks later on. It would’ve made sense to deliver the current Verizon iPhone 4 as a world-capable phone, but the fact that Apple didn’t include the SIM slot tells me that it or Verizon chose not to. Maybe there were firmware or other issues yet to be resolved, and the iPhone 4X could be where they are addressed. We’ll see.
iPhone 5: 20 most-wanted features
CNet published the 20 most-wanted features on the iPhone 5 requested by users. These features may or may not be incorporated into the new iPhone 5 by Apple, although some of the features go against Apple’s design policy. Let’s hope Apple is listening. Follow the link to see the 20 images of the features.
Here is another concept image of the iPhone 5 by designedbyitem.com
iPhone 5 rumors
More details about iPhone 5 specs, release date and features have been reported by Techradar.com.
Most of these are of course still rumors, but they provide good speculation views.
An image of the iPhone 5 was released by a German website. This could be just the creative design of an iPhone fan, but the aluminum backing looks promising.
Some details found so far are:
Release date: Summer 2011
Screen: edge-to-edge display is possible
Case: Metal backing, glass front
CPU: A5 chip
Near Field Communication (NFC) Payment Support Looking Less Likely For iPhone 5
iPhone fans hoping Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will be included in the iPhone 5 are likely to be disappointed, according to a report by The Independent’s Nick Clark. NFC is a category of extremely short-range wireless technologies, that typically require a distance of 4 cm or less between communicating devices, and that among other things would enable users to pay for merchandise and services by waving an NFC-enabled device such as a mobile phone over a reader terminal at the checkout instead of using plastic or cash.
Such things as NFC peer-to-peer communication between powered devices and passive RFID tag reading would also be possible, but the technology’s main commercial application, and thus main development focus has been a payment function.
However, Clark reports that unnamed sources at major U.K. wireless service operators tell him that Apple has informed its service provider partners in recent meetings that the iPhone 5 will not support NFC, attributing the decision to the current lack of a clear NFC standard across the industry. However, Clark noted that Apple “is understood” to be developing its own NFC protocol that would channel payments through iTunes, supported by deals with Visa and MasterCard to have Apple payments accepted by existing NFC terminals. and predicting rollout in 2012, which will be when iPhone 6 debuts if past history is any indicator.
iPhone 5 To Get Aluminum Back, A5 Dual-Core CPU, And Internal Antenna
Says Taiwanese Industry Watcher Report – iOS 4.3 Release Previews Some Anticipated iOS 5 Features
While we can expect the iPhone 5 to incorporate some innovative new features, industry-watcher sources in the Far East are reporting that Apple will also be backing away from some of the avant-garde engineering concepts introduced with the iPhone 4.The iPhone 4’s glass back, while sleek and swish looking, has not been an unqualified success, having proved easily scratched and somewhat fragile, especially if the iPhone is dropped. It’s also been rumored that issues with painting the glass back white have been the white iPhone holdup.Consequently, it’s now rumored that Apple will switch back to an aluminum back for the iPhone 5.
Last week, the Japanese Apple news watcher site Macotakara’s danbo translated a report from the Chinese-language Taiwan Economic Daily News , projecting, based on “comprehensive talks with the Chinese sources,” that a likely date for iPhone 5 production to commence is July 6, and that Apple is considering a reversion to the aluminum back for the new model.Moreover, the report suggests that Apple wil drop the infamously problematical steel outer frame with antenna of the iPhone 4, and have an iPad-style internal antenna sending and receiving cellular and Wi-Fi signal through the Apple logo on the back. Finally, the article expresses “no doubt that the iPhone 5 will come with the same A5 processor chip as in the recently announced iPad 2.