Its time for the Apple WWDC again and this year is no excpetion for the rumours and expected announcements.
Apple’s next generation iPhone will feature a wraparound OLED 5.8-inch display with integrated fingerprint sensor, according to a research note from Cowen and Company. Additionally, the phone is expected to include some “form of facial/gesture recognition”.
Beginning today, a select set of Android Wear smartwatches (and all future watches) will work with the iPhone. The app should be rolling out worldwide soon. It’s been a long time coming — and it means that Google will be challenging the Apple Watch on its home turf. Those Android Wear watches will be both cheaper and more varied than the Apple Watch.
Investors following Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) know that the company follows what has been widely referred to as a “tick-tock” development model for its iPhone. In one year, the company releases a new industrial design, and in the other, it uses the same basic industrial design as in the prior year, but with upgraded internals.
Last year, Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were fundamental redesigns of the consumer electronics giant’s popular handsets. This year, however, Apple is expected to focus principally on internal improvements while retaining the same basic iPhone 6/6 Plus designs.
The era of the paid-for OS has just been ended by the above image.
Eighteen years ago, the tech industry’s dominant company made nearly half its revenue selling OS licenses. Now, as Apple just confirmed, the prices of OS licenses are headed towards zilch.
Legacy iOS users can now rejoice! The Apple App Store now let’s you download a compatible version of an app if the newest version isn’t compatible with your current software version. This is great news for
users of Original iPhones, and also users of iPhone 3 and 3Gs who have recently seen iOS update support removed and popular Apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp leave them behind.
There’s always one, and this year its carrier China Telecom who briefly indicated that it was accepting reservations for Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C before the official launch on the 20th September.
Judging from leaked product shots, the iPhone 5S won’t offer much in the way of external changes, but Apple’s next smartphone could be a 64-bit powerhouse under the hood.
CNET summarises a report [Google translation] from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claiming that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on Friday, September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5S, according to a new report from Macotakara, which also makes several claims regarding specifics of the model that is now expected to debut in September.
First, the report suggests that a third color option beyond black or white will in fact be offered — a gold iPhone 5S, matching prior component leaks.
Second, the rounded square icon seen on all prior iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Home Buttons may be removed for this model, due to inclusion of a fingerprint sensor.
A report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) suggests that the new button will be slightly convex, and made from sapphire, a switch from the concave plastic in prior Home Buttons.
Third, it’s claimed that the iPhone 5S camera will be improved with a faster f/2.0 lens to increase light gathering capabilities, but the sensor will stay at 8-Megapixels; reports have differed on whether the sensor would jump in megapixel count this time.
A separate leak (via AppleInsider) also appears to confirm that the new camera will include a dual-LED flash system.
Update: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has offered accurate information on Apple’s upcoming product plans numerous times, has issued a new research note claiming that the iPhone 5S will also be available as a larger 128 GB storage.