An image posted on Chinese site WeiPhone appears to show plastic retail packaging marked with the name “iPhone 5C”. If the packaging is genuine, and it has not yet been confirmed to be, it could be for Apple’s long-rumoured plastic iPhone. The image was first noticed by French site Nowhereelse.fr.
Korean site ETNews.com has reported that Apple will be discontinuing production of the iPhone 5 in the Autumn – instead putting all of its efforts towards the iPhone 5S and the rumoured entry-level plastic iPhone.
Apple has been presumed to be discontinuing the iPhone 4 and 4S in order to make way for an all-Lightning iPhone lineup, allowing Apple to standardise around its latest connection standard and phase out the older 30-pin connector standard with the possible exception of the iPod classic – which has not been updated in a number of years. The fate of the current iPhone 5 has, however, not been the subject of much discussion as it has remained unclear whether the new lineup of iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone would leave room for Apple to continue offering an iPhone 5 model.
Today’s report claims that the in-cell technology used on the iPhone 5’s touchscreen is “not suitable for low-volume production”, contributing to Apple’s decision to stop production on the phone and focus all of its efforts toward producing parts for newer products. The iPhone 5 and 5S are, however, expected to share nearly identical display technology although leaked photos have a shown a change to the orientation of the flex cable connectors on the display assemblies.
The iPhone 5S is reportedly scheduled to begin production later this month, with both that device and the lower cost iPhone rumoured for launch in the September-October timeframe.
MacRumors has received several images that appear to show both the interior and rear shell of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S. The device appears to carry the same redesigned logic board that appeared earlier this week, suggesting that this is indeed a new iPhone.
The new iPhone deserves a new dock connector. Say hello to the reversible, 80 percent smaller, ‘Lightning’. The likes of Bose, BLW and B&O are already working on new compatible docks while the new connector itself is now easier to connect, more durable, all digital, with an adaptive interface which warrants some closer inspection. Naturally, an adapter will also be made available for your existing iPhone peripherals, but if you have a number of devices to connect; the adapter is now for sale in the Apple Store for a whopping £25.
The iPhone with so much — a larger display, a faster chip, ultra-fast wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera; and to boot iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever.
The 4-inch Retina display lets you see more of everything. And everything you see is vivid and life-like. It’s a larger, more beautiful canvas made the right way. Because even though the display is bigger, iPhone 5 is the same width as iPhone 4S. So it’s just as easy to use with one hand.
With support for the latest wireless technologies, iPhone 5 connects to more networks all over the world.* And Wi-Fi is faster too. So you can browse, download and stream content at remarkable speeds, wherever you happen to be.
The all-new Apple-designed A6 chip in iPhone 5 is powerful but not power hungry. CPU performance and graphics performance are up to twice as fast as on the A5 chip. But even with all that speed, iPhone 5 gives you outstanding battery life.
When Apple envisioned the new iPhone, they landed on a remarkably thin and light design. But it’s nearly impossible to make a device so thin and so light without sacrificing features or performance.
They could have taken the easy way out and designed something more reasonable and less remarkable. But they didn’t. If the technology didn’t exist, they invented it. If a component wasn’t small enough, they re-imagined it. If convention was standing in the way, they left it behind. The result is iPhone 5: the thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone ever.
iPhone 5 is just 7.6 millimetres thin. To make that happen, Apple engineers had to think small, component by component. They created a nano-SIM card, which is 44 per cent smaller than a micro-SIM. The intelligent, reversible Lightning connector is 80 per cent smaller than the 30-pin connector. The 8MP iSight camera has even more features — like panorama and dynamic low-light mode — yet it’s 20 per cent smaller. And the new A6 chip is up to 2x faster than the A5 chip but 22 per cent smaller. Even with so much inside, iPhone 5 is 20 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than iPhone 4S.
Making a thinner, lighter iPhone meant even the display had to be thinner. Apple engineers accomplished that by creating the first Retina display with integrated touch technology. Which means instead of a separate layer of touch electrodes between display pixels, the pixels do double duty — acting as touch-sensing electrodes while displaying the image at the same time. With one less layer between you and what you see on iPhone 5, you experience more clarity than ever before. All on a display that’s 30 per cent thinner than before.
Never before has this degree of fit and finish been applied to a phone. Take the glass inlays on the back of iPhone 5, for instance. During manufacturing, each iPhone 5 aluminium housing is photographed by two high-powered 29MP cameras. A machine then examines the images and compares them against 725 unique inlays to find the most precise match for every single iPhone.
Look at iPhone 5 and you can’t help but notice the exquisite chamfer surrounding the display. A crystalline diamond cuts this bevelled edge. It’s what gives iPhone 5 its distinctive lines. Fitting for a phone so brilliant.
The back of iPhone 5 is made of anodised 6000 series aluminium — the same material used in Apple notebooks — with inlays along the top and bottom made of ceramic glass (on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (on the black and slate model).
My favourite iPhone 5 fact: During the assembly process, each iPhone 5 aluminium housing is photographed by two high-powered 29MP cameras. A machine then compares the images with 725 uniquely cut inlays to find a precise match.
After waiting what seems like an Age, the new iPhone unveiling is finally upon us. Will it be iPhone 5? The New iPhone? iPhone 4XL? Get to know all about it as it happens at the best source for all things tech : [Engadget Live Blog]
12th September, 6pm GMT
Apple has just invited members of the press to attend a San Francisco-based product launch event on September 12th, where the next generation iPhone is expected to be officially unveiled. As rumored, it seems as if the company’s prior iPod-focused fall events may be split off into two. It’s been reported that an October event may follow this one, with a 7-inch iPad on the docket for that. This event, however, seems a lock for the iPhone 5, “new iPhone,” or whatever it ends up being coined: and while CEO Tim Cook confessed at D10 that it would be doubling down on secrecy, leakers seem to have doubled down on tipping the world off on what’s to come.
September 12th, 2012 – 6pm GMT
An elongated iPhone body with a miniaturized docking port and brushed metal back has appeared again, this time courtesy of iLab Factory. While many of its parts look astoundingly similar to what we’ve already seen, this is the first time we’ve gotten a solid look at it fully assembled from all angles, aside from the missing SIM card holder. While most of its all-important innards are clearly absent, this assembly does come complete with what appears to be the locking ribbons for the screen and home button.
According to Japanese blog Macotakara, the next generation iPhone has already gone into production in China. Macotakara cites reliable Chinese sources for the information.
For reference, Macotakara also cited similar sources when they reported that the iPad 3 first went into production in January 2012. The lead time between production and launch for the iPad 3 was approximately two months with an official launch date of March 16th, 2012. That could suggest that we could see the new iPhone as early as September, though the production timelines for the iPad and iPhone may differ significantly.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal had previously reported that the iPhone 5 would begin production in June, and all signs have pointed to a September or October launch for the new iPhone.
Leaked iPhone 5 parts have suggested Apple will be adopting a two-tone backing with a central metal panel. Macotakara reports that in the production models the back panel have a naked aluminum surface and a partially glass covered portion. They also note that a small hole that was seen between the lens and flash in the prototype parts is now absent.
Source [Mac Rumors]
Apple’s next smartphone iteration will reportedly pack new screen technology that shaves a small amount from the screen thickness.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, the new in-cell technology integrates the touch sensor into the screen, shedding around half a millimeter and due to the reduced space between screen and user, could well improve image quality.
Although a mere 0.5 mm reduction may not mean much for the phone’s frame, it could help offset any weight added by a larger screen.
The Wall Street Journal also reports that the still-LCD screens will be made by joint venture Japan Display, LG Display and Sharp.
Manufacturers are apparently battling to maintain high-yield rates on the new screen technology, which until now has been limited to bigger displays.