Posts Tagged ‘Apple-iPhone-5’

Apple patent draws up thoughts of 3D enabled iPhone 5

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

We’ve been hearing quite a bit of talk about the iPhone 5. Recently rumors surfaced that not only will the phone not carry NFC support, but that the much speculated release date of June-July during the World Wide Developers Conference is not true and instead Apple would be pushing the release back into the holiday season of this year as it has been noticing a steady decline in its iPod line as iPad’s, iPod Touch’s and the iPhone have overtaken the company’s original iPod line in sales revenue.

Again we are hearing another set of rumors, this time involving the cameras on the rear of the device. Needless to say, Apple has been pushing photo and video capture in their devices as of recently and with iMovie already released for the iPad it should not come as a surprise that the next generation iPhone could receive some sort of spec bump in the camera department.

According to sources, that spec bump will come in the form of dual 3D cameras. What would make someone come to such a conclusion? Well the boys over at AppleInsider have unearthed the patent filings for some sort of “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation.” Big terms we know, but basically this translates into some sort of device capable of shooting 3D video footage which would obviously require some sort of dual camera set up.

This patent dates back to 2009 so it’s not exactly recent and Apple has been known to file hundreds of patents, many of which never ever see the light of day. So this could be just another patent Apple is trying to secure just in case the need arises. However with the push of 3D by so many other major players in the mobile device industry, we would not be surprised if dual 3D cameras showed up on a future version of the iPhone.

Source: AppleInsider

No iPhone 5 at WWDC?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If you’re like us, you’re probably tired of hearing all these rumors about iPhone 5s and when it might or might not launch. Well here goes another rumor that we’re sad to say might actually be true. According to some new reports, Apple’s WWDC conference, which kicks off on June 6th, will not be used to launch the iPhone 5, instead the conference will be used to solely push software innovations coming to the next version of iOS, Mac OS X as well as 200+ developer conferences where Mac developers can be trained in how to’s concerning Mac OS X development.

So when and where would Apple announce the iPhone 5 you might ask? According to such sources as All Thing’s D and others, sources that have been spot on concerning recent and past Apple rumors, the company will use their annual September event to launch the iPhone 5. As you might be aware of, in the recent quarters, Apple has been seeing it’s MP3 market share slowly slip, mainly due to the fact that many smartphones have built in media players and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone have been cannibalizing sales of the iPod platform.

It would then make sense for the company to shift its focus from iPod Nano’s, Classics and Shuffles to iOS and the iPod Touch as well as the iPhone 5 as the look to find better ways of competing with Android.

As stated before, all these are just speculations but seeing the trend of current events in Cupertino, we would not be too surprised if all this played out exactly as the rumors go. That being said, we don’t have long to wait before we find out the truth.

Source: Digital Daily

Apple planning to “radically” change iOS Maps?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

You can read into this from whatever angle you want and we’re sure many people will probably do so in terms of the Apple iPhone 5, but we’ll just go ahead and post what we have been hearing along the Apple news wavelengths.

Thanks to Apple Insider who was able to pick up info on a couple job positions Apple is looking to fill. According to the job listing, the Cupertino based company is looking for applicants with “excellent skills in object-oriented software design and programming.” Their label will be iOS Maps Application Developers and will be responsible for changing the look, feel and interaction of iOS Maps which is currently powered by Google.

It has been known for quite some time now that iOS Maps is light-years behind what Google has to offer in version 5.0 of their Google Maps which allows check in’s via Google Latitude, one of the best navigation experiences on a smartphone.
With these new job postings it seems that Apple might be interested in taking on Google head on in offering an in house solution for navigation and what not instead of relying on third party sources such as TomTom, Navigon and other to provide navigation to iPhone users. It could also mean that iOS Maps might get some type of social media plugin which could allow users to check in etc. similar to SquareTrade, Facebook Places and Google Latitude.

This could also lend some credence to the rumor that Apple is considering a cheaper iPhone for customers in other countries. Such an idea would mean the company would be wise to provide applications for basic features such as navigation etc. Currently most rumors are pointing to a June unveiling of the iPhone 5 and if that is the case most naturally we could be seeing some fruition to these Maps rumors then.

Source: Apple Insider

Apple’s Tim Cook hints at cheaper iPhone

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Apple is currently experiencing an onslaught of Android devices thanks to manufacturers ramping up production, manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony. Even so, Apple has still remained at the top of the trend and even though they are no longer the leader in terms of sales, they are the main company directing the winds of change in the industry.

The Cupertino based company has been working behind closed doors on the next version of the iPhone which is set to be released sometime this summer. So far the company has remained quiet about it’s plans but many news organizations such as WSJ and All Things D have reported that Apple is working on three prototypes even though they do not suspect all will make it from the R&D department.

According to the reports, there is the regular iPhone 5, a QWERTY slider and finally a cheaper model. Thanks to Apple’s Tim Cook, the cheaper version has all but been confirmed, not for launch, but at least in consideration.

Here are the words of Tim Cook paraphrased by Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi who had the pleasure of sitting down with the CFO concerning the rumors of a cheaper iPhone:

While Tim stopped short of explicitly stating that Apple would pursue a lower price iPhone, he did state that Apple was working hard to “figure out” the prepaid market and that Apple didn’t want its products to be “just for the rich,” but “for everyone”; he also stated that Apple “understood price is big factor in the prepaid market” and that the company was “not ceding any market.” Cook noted that Apple executives – including himself – had spent “huge energy” in China, noting that it is “a classic prepaid market.” He further noted that the handset distribution model was poorly constructed and that Apple would look to “innovate” and do “clever” things in addressing that market.

What does this mean? Well it is clear that Apple is clear on their intentions of challenging Android, Nokia and Blackberry on all levels, and not just the high-end line.

Source: Engadget

iPhone 5 to debut between June 5th and 9th?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Apple is staying mull about their plans on the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2. So far the company has not released any information as to the device or any detail regarding it’s launched. But if we’re to believe the latest rumors, Apple will be launching the iPhone 5 at its WWDC conference between June th and the 9th. Those are the dates that Apple has booked the Moscone Center in San Francisco for this years event.

According to the Moscone Center’s website, the event is listed as a “Corporate Meeting” with an anonymous description. This is generally the type of description that is used to refer to Apple’s events at the Moscone Center.

It has been traditional for the company to announce the next generation of the iPhone at the WWDC in the Moscone Center each year in the month of June while saving huge announcements and product launches for its other divisions for the months of January (computers etc.) and September for its musical line.

Other rumors have said that Apple is indeed planning to launch the iPhone 5 which will be a world phone and work on both the GSM and the CDMA bands meaning one model would work on both networks. More importantly, it is said that the iPhone 5 will feature NFC as well as a faster processor and an updated storage.

The iPad 2 which is also rumored to be revised at said event will be getting similar treatments, an updated processor, dual cameras, one for HD recording on the back and a front facing camera for FaceTime and Skype. We’re hearing that the previously spied IPS screens will be held off until version 3.0 which makes sense seeing Apple generally likes to bring updates in a timely manner and not everything at once.

Source: Cult of Mac

All Things Apple: Today’s Highlights

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Steve Jobs has done it again; the turtleneck wearing master of presentations and chief honcho of Cupertino based Apple has gotten himself in another messy media break out with a dispute regarding “open source” with Google’s Andy Rubin. Jobs stated that the iOS is not fragmented as he so describes the Google Android and that the iPhone’s uniformity is a stark contrast to the Android’s more varied approach per owner –usually as a result of various customizable settings.

The man did point out some rather valid advantages of the iPhone over the Android (depending on the context), it does not actually declare that that iOS is an open source standard. As such, many are comparing this argument to his previous statements about the iPhone 4’s antenna problems.

Speaking of which, it seems that the newest version of the iPhone seems to have resolved the issue of the faulty antenna. Initial screenshots show that the next batch of iPhone 4 devices will not have that infamous gap in the side that caused the dropping of calls.

Right now, there is a bit of a confusion regarding the news of a second version of the iPhone 4 and what might actually be a test prototype for the iPhone 5. While many would say that it is far too early for the iPhone 5 to be so far along in production, the possibility still remains in the air.

In the meanwhile, despite all of Steve Job’s constant meddling in the media, Apple is enjoying a pretty large margin of profit. With 14.1 million units sold in just one quarter, the folks at Cupertino certainly have something to be proud about. Industry experts predict that the sales would just continue to keep growing as the holidays arrive.

Lastly, Jobs has also confirmed that Apple will not be producing a smaller 7 inch iPad.

The Next Step: iPhone 5 Rumors

Friday, October 8th, 2010

With the antennagate issue now long past behind us, Apple is quietly trying to regain lost ground on their iPhone 4.

Despite the fact that the device has sold several millions in just a short span of time, one cannot deny the fact that the antenna issue was a costly problem for Apple and in being able to properly market the iPhone 4. Because of this, the company is now moving onwards.

While many speculated that something new might happen this October for Apple, it appears that the Cupertino based company is still back at the drawing board, cooking up some new fangled technology.

The October announcement that the iPhone 4 free cases will cease distribution by the end of September made it seem like Apple would have a different solution (or phone by then), right now, it seems pretty obvious that they simply have grown tired of giving out the bumpers for free.

But there are rumors about the next iPhone, or as we would call it, the iPhone 5; and judging from all the content floating around on the net, here is a quick picture of how the final product might be like.

First off, the next iPhone will not be introducing game changing features. The fact is, it is just too early, and no new technology has been developed that would make the cut for such a title. At best, the new phone will simply improve on all the issues of the previous devices –this means no more antenna problems for the next device.

Oddly enough, rumors still say that the device might be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. At 1GHz, this is already fast, but since it has already been announced that dual core versions of the CPU are in the works, it might be possible that we might just get a very high speed iPhone in the future.

Apple to Use NFC Technology

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

We all know that Apple has acquired NFC technology earlier this year, but to hear that they are actually going to slap it into the functions of an upcoming smart phone is certainly news to the ears.

On one part, we are quite excited. Not only will Apple provide an impressive new convenience for everyone, but they are also going to be setting a new standard for other mobile phones to follow.

After all, when it comes to being able to unlock the car door with a phone or by simply waving a handset over a cash register to pay for the groceries would certainly be a great convenience. No more need to fiddle around with the wallet looking for a credit card or jangling around a keychain looking for one specific key.

This is the power of near field communications technology and while its current applications are minimal, we can expect that the use of NFC will grow in the coming years. The question is, is Apple on the right track?

The answer is a lot harder than one thinks. Despite the fact that the technology is truly convenient, it is also very dangerous as many people will be vulnerable to wireless attacks. The fact is that physical keys have a very important security feature; you need to be able to hold it in your hands. Wireless technology does not require that. And it is far easier to duplicate a wireless signal than to make an exact replica of a key just by sight.

It will be a while before Apple is able to sort out the issues and release the iPhone 5. Considering that it was only just a while back that the iPhone 4 got launch, it will be quite some time before we see NFC technology on a smart phone, and until then, all eyes will be on Apple.