iPhone 5 and iOS 5: What We Know So Far

Apple revs its next generation iPhone and iOS 5 mobile operating system next week. The details of Apple’s announcement are unknown, but the veil of Apple silence is lifting – quickly. Earlier this week Apple sent out invitations to an October 4 event, tagged “Let’s talk about iPhone.” With the announcement date so tantalizingly close, it’s time to take a look at what we know so far about the next iPhone and iOS 5.

What We Know: iPhone 5

Design: Two theories prevail about what the next iPhone will look like. Theory one is an all-new design device (iPhone 5), which would feature a tear-shaped design with a metal back and a slimmer body, while theory two (iPhone 4S) is that it would look identical to the iPhone 4, but with bumped-up specs. A survey pointed that the iPhone 5 is the most anticipated of the two by consumers.

Features: Regardless of the design of the next iPhone, there are same sure-fire bets over the specs. It’s expected the A5 dual-core processor currently found on the iPad 2 to make its way to the new iPhone, as well as more RAM and a higher-resolution camera, possibly 8 megapixels.

Availability: October 4 is expected to be only the announcement date of the new iPhone, with Apple Insider tipping that the weekend starting Friday, October 14 is the one you’ll want to put aside for queuing outside your nearest Apple store. If Apple uses the iPad 2 model and releases the phone 10 days after the announcement, then October 14 or 15 could see the new iPhone reach the first consumers.

Carriers & Price: The new iPhone is expected to cost $199 with a two-year contract, just as with previous iterations of the device. The iPhone is now currently available on AT&T and Verizon, and Sprint is anticipated to be the next in line to get the new iPhone this year, says the Wall Street Journal, but not T-Mobile.

What We Know: iOS 5

Known Features: Developers had a chance to play with a beta version of iOS 5 for a few months now, and Apple showcased the major new features as well. The big changes in iOS 5 include several improvements to Mail and Safari, a notification center similar to Android’s, Twitter integration and iMessage, an instant messaging platform for iOS devices. iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage solution is also integrated in iOS 5, so you can re-download purchased music, apps or books to any of your devices or computer, while the master copy resides with Apple.

Surprise Features: Apple is believed to have kept back from the iOS 5 beta one surprise feature – the integration of voice assisted functions in the iPhone. Anecdotal evidence from the likes of 9 To 5 Mac surfaced over the past few weeks that you will be able to dictate texts and emails your iPhone, as well as have incoming messages read to you by the phone.

Availability: If Apple sticks to previous OS release schedules, then iOS 5 should be available a few days ahead of the next iPhone, in order to avoid Apple’s servers melting down. Apple Insider reports Apple has blacked out employee vacations October 9 through to 12 too, which indicates the possible arrival date of iOS 5 to current iPhone 3GS and 4 owners, as well as iPad owners and the 2009 and 2010 models of iPod Touch.

Article From: http://www.pcworld.com

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Apple’s next-gen HSPA+ iPhone will be world’s smartest smartphone

“Apple will talk about its iPhone next Tuesday during a special event at its Cupertino headquarters, so I’ve gathered all the most recent additional claims for the device in this post,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld. “Expect the fifth-generation to be faster, sleeker and better-connected than before, though there’s still some anxious reports concerning whether an iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S, or both, will debut.”

“The most credible fresh claim this morning is that the iPhone will support HSPA+,” Evans reports. “HSPA+ offers download speeds of up to 21Mbps, up from the 7.2Mbps HSDPA/HSUPA 3G radio inside of the iPhone 4. That’s a faster mobile standard than the existing iPhone 4, but isn’t the LTE support some have been hoping for.”

“Disappointed?” Evans asks. “Don’t be. I think it is important to accept that many of the world’s largest carriers don’t yet offer LTE support, so the move to instead favor HSPA+ will make the device immediately faster and capable of being deployed on networks everywhere from the get-go.”

“The new iPhone will be the smartest thing. Those voice controls I’ve been talking about are about to radically change the way you interact with your phone,” Evans writes. “You will be able to ask your phone to find places, give you directions, take and send dictated messages, change playlists and more. This is useful for everybody, and betrays a commitment to accessibility which Google’s Android OS completely lacks.”

Article from: MacDailyNews

iPhone 5 Case-Mate case in AT&T’s inventory

Earlier this month, case manufacturer Case-Mate drew some attention for promotional images that briefly appeared on its site showing cases for the rumored redesigned “iPhone 5” form factor. Case-Mate quickly pulled the page, however, replacing it with a signup form for potential customers to receive information, as well as a note indicating that the company believes that Apple will be releasing both iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 models next month.

Hope for the arrival of the redesigned iPhone 5 form factor has been waning as Apple’s media event approaches with no concrete signs of the device, but BGR reports that Case-Mate’s iPhone 5 cases have now appeared in AT&T’s inventory database.

The entries point to three different case designs for the iPhone 5, including versions of its Barely There, Pop!, and Touch Case lines. The appearance of the cases in AT&T’s inventory system is certainly not significant evidence that Apple will be introducing a redesigned iPhone 5 next week, but it is interesting that the carrier is apparently at least making the effort to arrange for offering cases based on the design.

Article from: MacRumors

iPhone 5 cases already in AT&T stores?

Earlier today, we noted that Case-Mate cases for the redesigned “iPhone 5” had appeared in AT&T’s inventory database. The addition yielded the interesting observation that AT&T is apparently placing orders for the cases despite the growing feeling that Apple may not be releasing such a device and instead releasing only the “iPhone 4S” design that is nearly identical to the iPhone 4.

We now have evidence that cases for the rumored iPhone 5 redesign have already begun arriving at AT&T retail stores, as one reader has sent us alleged photos of iPhone 5 silicone sleeves that appear to have arrived at his AT&T store today. Like other cases for the rumored redesign of the iPhone 5, these cases appear to show a tapered design and the mute switch moved to the opposite side of the device.

Third-party cases continue to be essentially the only evidence in favor of a redesigned iPhone 5 even as evidence for the iPhone 4S continues to mount in the form of parts leaks, inventory database listings, and other reports from sources.

Article from: MacRumors

iPhone 5 prototype (98% probability)

iPhone 5: This is our Design-Prototype!

iPhone 5 Design Prototype

Is this the design for the upcoming iPhone 5? Probably. Maybe. Only Apple knows for sure if the iPhone they’re going to announce next week during their press event will look like this prototype.

We currently believe that the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the current generation, it’ll also come with a larger 4 inch display. That being said, the biggest obvious change will be the teardrop design, which already made some news in the past months.

The Design Prototype

Based on CAD designs, hardware components, several leaked hints, cases and recent, believable mockups we created a three-dimensional computer model. This virtual model was then used to build a very detailed, true prototype that you can hold in your own two hands.

The process to create this prototype is the same that’s used to create the iPad. The back was machined from a sold block of aluminium, which was later treated with glass pearls to get the same slightly rough touch that we already know from the iPad.

iPhone 5 Design Prototype

This prototype is only 59.94 mm wider than the current iPhone 4, but with a height of 109.98 mm it’s also just a bit thinner than its predecessor.

We already talked about the teardrop design. We took a really close look at the most recent leaks to gather as much information as possible on how the upcoming iPhone might look like from the side. You can clearly see the teardrop style, with a thickness of 6.86 mm at the top and only 5.33 mm at the bottom.

iPhone 5 Design Prototype
(In comparison to Samsung Galaxy S II)

Even though our prototype is a bit wider than the iPhone 4 (59.94 mm vs 58.6 mm) the design, in combination with the larger 4 inch touchscreen makes it more compact and easier to handle.

Thanks to the rounded design it also feels much nicer while holding it in your hand. Compared with an iPhone 5, the old phone even looks and feels a little chunky.

iPhone 5 Design Prototype
(iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Design Prototype)

If you looked closely at the most recent case leaks you might have noticed that the mute switch is now located on the other side of the phone.

Where Apple will place the main camera and the LED flash – and what they will look like – is currently a big unknown. There is little to no knowledge on the design of these components, but it’s likely that they’ll look just the same as they did on the iPhone 4.

iPhone 5 Design Prototype

Another big design and functional change involves the Home button. It’s no longer a circle but an oval shape. There have been numerous rumors that Apple is moving away from the mechanical to a capacitive button that reacts to a light touch – just like the rest of the display.

iPhone 5 Design Prototype iPhone 5 Design Prototype

The reasons for this change are obvious: a mechanical button takes away valuable space inside the device and, because it’s the most used button, is likely to fail during the lifetime of the phone. Apple’s first generation iPhone already had a metal back, before they moved to a plastic back on the iPhone 3G and 3GS for reception’s sake, which was then once again replaced by a glass back on the iPhone 4. Due to Apples patent portfolio that includes various ways to handle antennas and metal backs while still having great reception there’s no reason not to go with an aluminium back that looks and feels just like an iPad.

Software

Besides the new design and more powerful hardware – more on that later – another big improvement awaits inside iOS 5. The so-called “Assistant” is probably the biggest innovation in this new version. Thanks to a revolutionary speech recognition software the iPhone 5 could become your personal, voice activated assistant. In cooperation with Nuance and based on the work of Siri, a start-up that Apple bought last year, Assistant will enable you to dictate E-Mails, SMS and every other piece of text. We already know other speech recognition software but Assistant is said to be able to understand your words in a very intuitive way. Even sentences like “Meeting with Steve at 7pm”, “How is tomorrow’s weather?” or “How do I get to the nearest Apple store?” will be understood by Assistant.

While Google is providing their own speech recognition in Android, it relies on Google’s servers. Your voice is sent to Google where it’s processed and then send back to your device. This requires an internet connection.

Apple’s Assistant is supposed to work without a network connection. All necessary processing takes place on the device itself. This power hungry feature obviously requires updated hardware. 1 gigabyte of RAM and the dual-core CPU A5 will provide exactly that. Most of the upcoming features of iOS 5 were already shown at Apple’s developer conference WWDC in June or have since been leaked by beta testers.

There have been a variety of rumors that, alongside the already shown Twitter functions, there might also be a deeper Facebook integration. Code snippets provided some hints in recent beta versions, but are so far unlikely to make it into the final version of iOS 5.

The Hardware

As mentioned before the heart of the iPhone 5 is most likely the already known dual-core Apple A5 which is already being used in the iPad 2. While the current iPad only comes with 512 MByte of RAM the iPhone 5 will probably double that to 1 gigabyte.

We also said that the display will get a bit larger this time. While all other iPhones had a 3,5 inch touchscreen, Apple is said to move it up a notch to 4 inches. The resolution should stay at 960 x 540, just like the iPhone 4.

Sony already leaked a few weeks ago what camera is going to find its way into the next gen iPhone, so all bets are on an 8 megapixel sensor made by, well, Sony. This is also in line with other current rumors. Just like its predecessors the iPhone 5 will probably come with 16 and 32 gigabytes of storage. But it’s also possible that Apple might launch a 64 GByte top model on this “Post PC” device.

Article from: http://www.giga.de/benm/2011/09/29/iphone-5-this-is-our-design-prototype/

“Let’s Talk iPhone” event finally announced

Finally apple announces “let’s talk iPhone” for October 4th.

From MacDailyNews

Apple today officially announced a special invitation-only media event to be conducted at company headquarters in Cupertino, CA on Tuesday, October 4 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern:
Most rumors expect a next-gen iPhone, along with the public release of iOS 5.

The next-gen iPhone is rumored to sport an 8-megapixel camera, an Apple A5 processor, 1GB RAM, dual mode GSM/CDMA “world phone” capability, and availability on the Sprint network in the US. Voice control technology is also rumored, based on Apple’s acquisition of Siri and use of Nuance technology.

Some analysts believe Apple will also update iPod touch this year, perhaps introducing a version with a 3G data connection. Such an announcement may come separately or maybe as “One more thing…”

This is the invitation Apple sent out:

The calendar icon symbolizes the day of the event, October 4th. The clock icon shows 10:00, the time it starts. The map shows that it will be held at Apple’s Headquarters. The phone icon represents the iPhone portion of the announcement.

Fall ’11, no shoes still???

This is one that makes me feel bad… first day of school and he has no shoes and his pants are ripped!!! Sad day!