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.
We’re on the cusp of Apple’s sixth iPhone launch, and there’s very different expectations than there were last year. The 2011 rumor cycle left more than a few people burned: the later-than-usual October launch and repeated claims of a heavily-remade design led some to a disappointment when the iPhone 4S arrived, even though the final product had a slew of camera, speed and voice command upgrades. This year, the rumors have been grounded well before there was an event date in our hands.
There have been fewer instances of wild rumors. Instead, it’s been based more around pragmatism, using either tangible leaks or sources that have a solid track record. Think of the perennial leaks from the Wall Street Journal or the increasingly well-established sourcing from iMore and The Loop. Whether you’re conspiracy-minded or not, it’s been hard to ignore the sheer number of claims that have tamped down expectations rather than inflated them. It’s as though there’s a collective fear we’ll see a repeat of the 2011 hysteria and deal with fans (or detractors) complaining about missing features that were never promised in the first place.
Where last summer was full of uncertainty, this year there’s a mounting consensus as to what we’ll see, how we’ll get it, and when. Tracking everything that’s been mentioned may be a handful, however.
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.
As noted by CNET, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo made a comment during today’s earnings release conference call that many are interpreting as a hint that the next-generation iPhone will be launching in the fourth quarter of this year.
Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone could drop in the fourth quarter.
That’s according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, who hinted at the possible timing during the company’s quarterly conference call today with a vague reference to a major phone the carrier expects to launch in the fourth quarter.
Shammo’s exact statement was captured by The Verge:
When asked what might have held customers back from upgrading their devices in Q2, Shammo said that “of course there’s always that, uh, rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter, so people may be waiting.”
While there’s a chance that he was referring to the next Nexus phone, this felt more like a thinly-veiled reference to the oft-rumored “new iPhone.”
Rumors have been pegging the launch of the next-generation iPhone for the September/October timeframe, but with Verizon’s fourth quarter not starting until October 1, Shammo’s comment would point toward the latter half of the rumored timeframe.
Shammo could pass his comments off as simply an acknowledgment of the circulating rumors with no inside information coloring his perspective, but observers searching for any hints of Apple’s plans are clearly wondering whether the timeframe mentioned by Shammo was indeed based on Apple’s schedule.
Last year, Shammo spoke out several times on Apple’s iPhone plans, confirming that what became the iPhone 4S would be a world-mode phone capable of operating on both GSM and CDMA networks and noting that Verizon would launch the device simultaneously with AT&T despite Verizon having launched the iPhone 4 midway through its lifecycle.
A report claims that European carriers have been stockpiling new nano-SIM cards in expectation of Apple using the smaller card in the next-generation iPhone. BGR now reports that carriers are indeed testing the new cards in partnership with Apple.
Multiple carrier sources have exclusively told BGR that Apple is supplying nano-SIM adapters so its carrier partners can test how nano-SIMs work on their networks in standard test devices before they are widely deployed when the new iPhone is introduced.
A part leak back in early May suggested that Apple would continue to use micro-SIMs in the next-generation iPhone, but with the new nano-SIM standard backed by Apple having been approved last month the company may already be pushing forward to adopt it as a space-saving measure.
Disputing a report from last weekend claiming that Apple has begun production on the next-generation iPhone, BGR now claims that the device is still in engineering testing and has yet to enter production.
Apple goes through multiple stages before a product is manufactured, and two of these include the “engineering verification test” stage and the “design verification test” phase. Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone is currently in the EVT3 stage, the third revision of the engineering test stage, and has not yet entered the DVT stage.
The report also claims to have confirmed several hardware details on the forthcoming iPhone, including the unsurprising inclusion of LTE connectivity, a bump to 1 GB of RAM from the 512 MB found in the iPhone 4S, and near field communication (NFC) technology that could significantly enhance the utility of Apple’s Passbook app for iOS 6 unveiled last month.
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.
Speaking at D10, Tim Cook last night said that that when it comes to a largely non-existent iOS feature at the moment – Facebook integration – to “stay tuned,” noting that he has “great respect for them,” and that he wants Facebook’s hundreds of millions of customers to have “the best experience” on the iPhone and iPad. A new iOS 6 feature?
Apple has revealed that the WWDC is going down in San Francisco next month! The big keynote has been penned for June 11th, at 10am PT (6pm GMT). Historically this has been the time a new iPhone is announced, although not last year; probably due to Steve Jobs’ health at that time. ENGADGET will unfurl everything Mr. Cook has to offer next month on their live feed from the audience of the main event. Meanwhile keep your eyes peeled for more sneaky rumours and blurry cams 🙂