With evidence mounting that the iPhone 5 is coming in the fall, here is some more fuel for the fire. A new Chinese case design found on Alibaba.com, which is a business-to-business trading site for Chinese manufacturers and suppliers, claiming to be for the iPhone 5G. It is worth taking a look at as Chinese manufacturers often get design specs before the official launch.
The picture surfaced on GadgetsDNA, and shows two holes in the back of the case, one for the camera and one for…we’re not sure. Also, it seems to show a display that extends to the edge of the case with a thinner bezel. There has been evidence that has surfaced that Apple is planning a significant reworking of the iPhone with the iPhone 5, and other evidence that seems to indicate a more moderate update, maybe an iPhone 4S. Read the rest of this entry
Conventional wisdom has held that the next iPhone won’t ship until September, at Apple’s annual iPod event. That’s three months later than Apple’s historic iPhone release cycles would suggest.
If the idea of waiting an extra three months for your next phone gets your blood boiling, though, it might get even worse: one report is now suggesting that the next iPhone won’t ship until November 21st. Read the rest of this entry
That’s right, you’re looking at photos of an iPhone prototype with T-Mobile USA 3G bands. The actual internal model is N94, and if you remember, the Verizon model is N92 while the standard GSM variant is N90. We have verified that the phone itself is running a test version of Apple’s iOS, much like the one we saw in those videos from Vietnam, and it includes internal Apple test apps like Radar and Apple’s employee directory app. Additionally, the front of the white iPhone pictured looks a little different from the photos of the retail white iPhone 4 that surfaced recently — specifically, the proximity sensor has changed on the retail version. Combined with the fact that it wouldn’t make sense to release an iPhone 4 on T-Mobile at this point in time, we’d wager that Apple is just testing the new T-Mobile-friendly radio with its current iPhone 4 hardware, possibly in preparation for integration in a future device. It’s also entirely possible the internals on this iPhone prototype are being disguised in an iPhone 4 shell, though we doubt it. Let’s see what happens with the iPhone 5 and if that makes it way to T-Mobile. If that AT&T acquisition gets approved though, the iPhone will eventually make its way to T-Mobile customers regardless.
Gadget enthusiast blog M.I.C. Gadget has posted images of what it claims may be Apple’s next iPhone. The site itself seems skeptical as to the authenticity of the images — and we are as well — but they reveal what appears to be a thinner iPhone model with a touchscreen that is larger than the one found on the iPhone 4. It also appears as though the back of the device maybe be rounded like older iPhone models, but the images are very low-quality so it is difficult to say with any certainty. The images also feature the new proximity sensor seen on Apple’s upcoming white iPhone 4, but this has been pictured several times so it could certainly have been faked. Hit the break for a second image supposedly showing the face of the new iPhone next to an iPhone 4.
The iPhone 5 rumors continue, with the latest leaks suggesting that Apple will begin production of the fifth-generation smartphone in July this year. Reuter‘s trio of anonymous sources – all supposedly “familiar with the matter” – claim the Apple iPhone 5 will begin shipping in September, as well as throwing out a few tidbits about the specifications.
The new iOS handset, they reckon, will “look largely similar” to the existing iPhone 4, rather than mark a significant change in design direction. However it will have a faster processor.
That’s presumably the dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 chip found inside the iPad 2, which we’ve expected to form the heart of the iPhone 5 for some time now. As for the similar aesthetic, last we heard Apple was looking at replacing the iPhone 4′s glass back panel with a more durable metal panel.
Apple patents always fascinate us, but this one in particular has us and a lot of people intrigued. Apple has patented what seems to be a next gen iPhone hybrid display. The hybrid display could switch between a standard LCD and an e-Paper display.
It could also divide itself into quadrants that could switch display types depending on the content you’re running. If you’ve ever tried reading on your iPhone in direct sunlight, you know this can be annoying.
The same thing goes for when reading a book on the iPad (in fact thats’s one of the few things eBook readers have over the iPad). However with this new technology, things could change pretty quickly.
Even though the patent specifically applies to the iPhone, what with Amazon targeting the iPad with the screen’s glossiness and bad readability (on sunlight at least), it’s hard to imagine that Apple won’t do this with future iPads as well.
With Nintendo bringing its 3D-equipped 3DS to market, the whole world is going 3D crazy. Umpteen Android devices from various manufacturers are also due to get the 3D treatment in the coming months, but according to AppleInsider, Apple has been looking at adding 3D photo taking capabilities to its hardware (iPhone/iPad) for some time now.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has made public a patent application from Cupertino that relate to the taking of photos in 3D. The patent, named ‘Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors’ would use two rear-facing cameras to create a 3D image just as the 3DS does.
The difference here is in the way the photo is created. Apple’s solution would take a hardware-based approach to stitching together the two images taken by the twin cameras whereas current 3D-capable machines go for a software approach. Apple believes this can introduce unwanted artifacts which they believe a hardware solution would cure.