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”.
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.
Apple is looking to trademark “iWatch” in Japan, according to Bloomberg. The company filed for the trademark with the Japan Patent Office on June 3. A prior report noted Apple filed for “iWatch” in Russia, though that report could not be independently confirmed. The name of Apple’s rumored smart watch is still unknown, but “iWatch” is certainly a distinct possibility based on these reported filings.
It’s looking like we’ll be getting a seventh version of iOS come Monday evening; but Apple has some other surprises in store for the keynote that will kick off WWDC 2013. New laptops, an updated desktop operating system and possibly even a television are some of the rumours circulating.
Just about every notable firm has taken a crack at pinpointing Apple’s (AAPL) release schedule for the next-generation “iPhone 5S,” and reports have ranged from June to October. While some are more reliable than others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a better track record than most when it comes to accurately reporting Apple launch timeframes and other details. Ming-Chi said in a note earlier this year that Apple’s next iPhone would launch toward the end of the summer alongside a cheaper iPhone model, and he reaffirmed his position in a research note delivered to clients early Tuesday morning.
Apple will announce three new iPhone models this year, according to a questionable new report from China and Taiwan. There will be a 4-inch-screened iPhone 5S and a supposedly larger-screened 4.8-inch “iPhone Math” model before the end of June. A third model with a 12-megapixel camera will arrive before Christmas, the report claims. There have already been rumors of an iPhone 5S, as well as a new low-end iPhone model, but iPhone Math seems almost certain to be a bad translation—and the supposedly larger screen size is equally questionable. This new report also claims Apple will launch “iTV” before the year’s end. While the report should be taken with a pinch of salt, what is interesting is it is the first to suggest that Apple may have two separate iPhone release events this year; which could spook some potential early adopters into waiting.
Source: [China Times, Commercial Times (Taiwan) Translated by Brightwire]
Parts firm ETrade Supply has posted several photos of what it believes may be the rear shell for next-generation iPhone, which we are referring to as the iPhone 5S in accordance with Apple’s recent pattern of naming the devices.
The part is extremely similar to that from the iPhone 5, in line with Apple’s pattern of maintaining a given body style for two generations before making more significant modifications. This iPhone 5S part is, however, distinctly different from its iPhone 5 counterpart in several ways, most obviously in the arrangement of the screw holes for attaching the logic board.
Comparison of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 rear shells with logic board screw holes boxed in red
Aside from the logic board screw holes, there are other subtle differences between the two parts highlighted in purple, blue, and yellow in the photo comparison.
The exterior of the shell contains the same text as seen on the iPhone 5, with placeholders being used for the various model, IMEI, and regulatory identifiers.
Given that the origin of the photos is unknown, it is certainly possible that this part is an old iPhone 5 prototype design that was discarded in favor of the design that was ultimately used. Alternatively, the part could also be a fake or a knockoff, although at a glance the part seems to show similar levels of quality to that seen on the genuine iPhone 5 part and a knockoff part intended to be used for replacement on iPhone 5 devices would be certain to retain the arrangement of logic board screw holes.
A pair of reports from DigiTimes last month indicated that trial production on the iPhone 5S is already underway with Apple targeting the “middle of 2013” for a launch.
As the massive hype of iPhone 5 starts to die down (partly due to issues at Foxconn), attention seems to have once again turned to a mini version of the New iPad.
Seen as the more affordable option for the masses, there have been plenty of rumours circulating in the last few weeks which have been corroborated by industry leaders – whom themselves also correctly predicted the iPhone 5 spec – The WSJ being one key player:
Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say.
The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market.
This has since been substantiated by a report in The Guardian, stating:
Apple’s expected “iPad mini” will only come in a Wi-Fi version – but there will also be a revised version of the iPad with 4G connectivity compatible with the UK’s Everything Everywhere network, and sporting the new “Lightning” connector, industry sources have told the Guardian.
The last 24 hours have held a lot of Apple rumour. It all started when iMore heard that Apple was preparing to hold an event unveiling the new hardware on September 12th, with a launch the following week on September 21st.
iMore has heard that Apple is planning to debut the new iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, with the release date to follow 9 days later on Friday, September 21. This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past.
Over the past few days, several leaks have surfaced showing an alleged front panel for the next-generation iPhone and a design schematic for what appears to be the same part.