News is circulating around the Internet that the new iPad 3 will be available on March 16. Also, there will possibly be yet another launch event in addition to the one everyone is excited about tomorrow, March 7. According to 9to5Mac, an apparently “reliable Apple Store source” has revealed that preparations are being made for a big Apple Store event which will culminate on Friday, March 16.
The front side of an alleged 4.5-inch iOS device with the elongated home button is about to come.
One would assume case vendors would stop making oversized iPhone cases now that we have a pretty clear picture of the iPhone 4-like design of the iPhone 4S. Not Hard Candy Cases, a mobile accessories company which decided to ramp up manufacturing for a range of cases seemingly designed for a mystery iOS device with a 4.44-inch display. According to Cult of Mac editor Leander Kahney who profiled the company, they claimed to have “received identical data about the device from three sources”. Per their info, this device “is significantly bigger than the iPhone 4, but the case tapers, making it feel a lot thinner”.
The design also calls for a large, lozenge-shaped home button that they say could lend itself well to the new Assistant feature believed to stem from Apple’s acquisition of Siri, an artificial intelligence company. From the mouth of Hard Candy CEO Tim Hickman, the design also includes the teardrop-shaped form factor:
The mystery device is wider, taller and thinner than the iPhone 4. It has a tapered design which makes it feel very slim. It has a much larger screen than anyone is expecting — 4.44-inches diagonal. The Home button is lozenge-shaped. The mystery device is 4.83-inches tall, 2.63-inches wide, and .28-inches thick. It is thicker at the top than the bottom. Other external details are similar to the iPhone 4, except the Mute button has been moved to the other side.
Hickman believes it could represent a new iPod touch…
The back side of an alleged 4.5-inch iOS device is posted below.
The iPod touch essentially being an App Store gaming machine without the phone part, a bigger screen would equal to a more enjoyable gaming experience than the current 3.5-inch display. Of course, the most likely outcome is that Hard Candy Cases is looking for some free press at a cost of making 50,000 bogus cases or their sources could simply be wrong. After all, there are a million of cases out there of all shapes and sizes, all claiming to have been tailor-made to the design of Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
Yesterday, Apple sent out invites out to journalist for an October 4th event. While speculation is ablaze regarding the next iPhone, the announcement will most likely bring news of a fifth iPhone — not an iPhone 5. Taking a cue from previous release cycles, Apple will probably follow tradition releasing an iPhone 4S much like the iPhone 3GS after the iPhone 3G.
We published a piece entitled 5 Things To Expect With The iPhone 4S and still stand by those predictions. From what we can tell, the upcoming device will simply build on the existing iPhone 4 with enhancements such as a faster processor, more RAM, and additional storage space. Apple may tweak the current design slightly to avoid issues such as the infamous “death grip antennagate” or the somewhat-fragile glass back-side.
According ArsTechnica’s analysis of a leaked image snapped with the camera of the upcoming iPhone, the device will feature an 8 megapixel sensor. While some rumors claim a larger screen, the 3.5 inch Retina Display will probably remain the same.
The event begins less than a week from today at 10 AM on Apple’s Cupertino campus as indicated by the invite. There is no indication whether the company will provide a public live stream, but most tech publications will liveblog the event and Apple generally published a video of the keynote shortly after the event concludes.
A dubious proposition from the outset, a rumored fall iPad update is looking increasingly unlikely. There may well be an iPad 3 in the pipeline, but we’re not going to see it until next year, says J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz.
“In recent months, there has been rising investor speculation that a new iPad 3 would be launched for the holiday season,” Moskowitz wrote in a research note to clients. “Our latest research continues to indicate that there is no such device slated for production this year. … There are prototypes in the supply chain related to the next-generation device, but our conversations with industry participants suggest that a new device will not be available until sometime in calendar 2012.”
Which makes perfect sense, really. Remember, the iPad 2 launched in March of this year. Why bother updating a device that isn’t yet a year old — especially when it’s selling so well? According to the latest metrics from IDC, the iPad holds 68.3 percent of the tablet market. With that massive a share and no true rival to threaten it, there’s little reason to expedite the next version of the device.
Says Moskowitz, “We do not think Apple needs to be in a rush to unveil a new iPad. … The other tablet entrants have stumbled so far, and that trend-line could persist deep into 2012. Motorola Mobility and Research In Motion have been recent disappointments, and we expect more stumbles from others.”
So in all likelihood, 2011 will remain “the year of the iPad 2,” just as company Chairman Steve Jobs said it would earlier this year. And given Apple’s profound lead in the tablet market, chances are good 2012 will probably be the year of the iPad 3.
iOS 5 is the next mobile operating system for Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Announced this summer at WWDC, the software has been in beta testing for the past several months, and is due for a fall release, which we expect to come close to the iPhone 5 release date.
IOS 5 brings a collection of new features, and should give users who are unable to upgrade to the new iPhone a taste of something new that will tide them over, hopefully until the next iPhone arrives or their contract expires.
After using the iOS 5 beta fer several months, the staff at GottaBeMobile is excited to have the finished product, even those of us who will load it onto an iPhone 3GS.
iOS 5 Release Date
Apple has only given “fall” as an iOS 5 release date, which leaves anytime between September 23rd and December 22nd. The good news is that we don’t expect to wait until December. We had heard previously that iOS 5 would be released on October 10th, which is a possibility given the rumored October 13th iPhone 5 release date.
In the past, Apple has released the new versions of iOS a few days ahead of the new hardware, a tradition we expect to hold true even with the off the wall iPhone 5 release of 2011.
Apple releases iOS 5 early so that any support issues from users who have issues upgrading can be worked out with customer service before a slew of activations and first time iPhone owners need assistance.
iOS 3 was released on June 17th, two days ahead of the iPhone 3GS, and iOS 4 was released on June 21st, three days before the iPhone 4.
A lot of talk has been buzzing us around regarding the iPhone 5 lately from release, photo leaked, employee losing one at a bar, and even what carriers will be getting it. The latest news we have here that Vodafone UK may had accidently revealed the iPhone 5 on their product page.
On the product page, it is showing the list of phones that are compatible with the device. iPhone 5 was being mentioned to be compatible with the device along with other phones there. Vodafone UK suggests;
iPhone 5 32GB White, iPhone 5 16GB White, iPhone 5 32GB Black & iPhone 5 16GB Black
Hold on one sec? No 64GB? As we all know, both of the iPod and iPad have the 64GB of flash storage while if this news is accurate, the next gen of iPhone will only be available with max of 32GB. Let’s hope this news isn’t 100% accurate as we are also hoping there will be 64GB of flash storage for the iPhone 5.
However, there will be two colors for you to grab if this news is true (Black & White).
iOS 5 has reached its record seventh round of beta testing and I’m at the point to where I’m really, REALLY ready for it to be my last development install before a final version to the iPhone 5 seeing release date any day now after an imminent announcement event. iOS is the operating system and interface which drives Apple’s iPhone and iPad lines, and while the new iOS 5 will work on various devices, history points to its release being nearly simultaneous with that of the iPhone 5 as Apple has structured its new iPhone launches in that manner for the past four years.
Never in iOS history have there been this many rounds of developer beta testing. Then again, never has there been this much time elapsed between the introduction of new iPhone models. The iPhone 5 will arrive at least fifteen months after the iPhone 4, going against Apple’s traditionally consistent twelve month spans. So what’s magical about beta 7? The sheer number of beta releases suggests that iOS 5 has essentially been ready for some time, and that Apple’s software team has merely been taking advantage of the extra time for additional fine tuning. And if Apple has set things up such that iOS 5 is already finished, that means it expects the iPhone 5 to be ready any day now. A couple of factors still influence just when the new iPhone will see announcement and a release date.
The primary holdup comes from Apple having a sufficient number of iPhone 5 units so as to pull off a successful launch. Over the past two years, both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 arrived on the market with an insufficient number of initial units, causing many of those waiting in line on the release date to end up going home empty handed, and prompting outcry which resulted in negative publicity as store shelves continued to lack inventory for the first few months of the product cycle. Apple appears to be going out of its way to avoid a repeat performance with the iPhone 5, manufacturing as many as a hundred and fifty thousand units per day as we speak, with the initial order having reportedly been as large as fifteen million. But there are other factors in determining the iPhone 5 release date beyond merely building up a chest of inventory.
Between the announcement and release date of the iPhone 5, Apple will want time to build up its marketing message through avenues ranging from television ads to media reports emanating from its launch event. The multitude of iPhone retail partners will also need time to gear up for the launch day, which typically sees an inordinate number of people crowd retailers, requiring them to carry extra staff that day. The iPhone 5 also marks the first iPhone model to launch on Verizon from day one, which means the carrier will need to handle its own set of preorders as it gears up to meet four years worth of built up demand. The same goes for Sprint if reports of it gaining the iPhone 5 are true.