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The Road Ahead: Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This article series looks at the upcoming releases from top smartphone manufacturers, almost all of which are looking like they’ll be released over the next two or three months.

It’s an exciting time to be buying a smartphone, with cool phones like the iPhone 5, the HTC Vigor and the Galaxy Note coming out. Many of these new phones are sporting much wider displays, some of which are capable of 720p, and CPU power is also vastly increasing.

Today, we’ll be looking at Apple’s upcoming releases: the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the most wanted phone in the world, and a source of intense speculation and scrutiny. While many of its features are still unknown, the iPhone 5 seems certain to include the changes we pinpointed earlier this year thanks to the leak of Case-Mate iPhone 5 case photos. It’s also due for release quite soon, reportedly next month, making this even more exciting.

Features:

  • ARM A4 Dual Core CPU
  • Curved, metal-clad back
  • Expanded screen
  • Lock switch has changed sides

Release Date: October 15th in Europe.

Orange’s CEO recently mentioned that the phone would be available on October 15th, which makes sense given iOS 5′s suspected gold master date of September 23rd.

Certainty: 80%

While it’s hard to ever nail anything down about an upcoming iPhone (except that one time they lost one), we’ve been hearing the same thing for a while now; it does seem likely that it’ll launch in October, and that it’ll feature the curved back, widened screen and other features we originally leaked. The picture above is a render based on that leak.

Accessories:

We’ll have the full range of iPhone 5 accessories. Based on the information available so far, we believe that that the iPhone 5 case will be the same physical size as the iPhone 4, although this hasn’t been guaranteed yet. The iPhone 5 cases are likely to include smaller bevels, due to the edge-to-edge screen, as well as the possibility of a larger home button area. Other accessories, such as iPhone 5 car holders and iPhone 5 chargers, will likely remain the same.


iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S is an upscale remake of the iPhone 4, due to come in the same size and shape as the iPhone 4, but with upgraded internals.

Features:

  • ARM A4 Dual Core CPU
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Same form factor as the original iPhone 4

Release Date: October 15th in Europe.

We can’t see the iPhone 4S being released at a different time to the iPhone 5, so we’ll go with October 15th as well.

Certainty: 90%

The iPhone 4S (aka iPhone N94) is, surprisingly, the iPhone that has gotten more widespread acceptance by mainstream media outlets, perhaps due to the small amount of changes between the 4 and 4S. A largely unchanged phone is an easy bet to make.

Accessories:

As the iPhone 4S looks to be the same form factor, it’s likely that most iPhone 4 cases will also serve as iPhone 4S cases. The iPhone 4S may have small physical changes to its design, e.g. incorporating the same mute toggle side swap as the iPhone 5, which might necessitate new iPhone 4S covers or other iPhone 4S accessories. Most other accessories, such as iPhone 4S chargers and iPhone 4S car holders, should still work in the same way as the iPhone 4.

Conclusion

So what do you think of Apple’s lineup? Please let us know via the normal social media channels, or leave a comment below.

Tomorrow, we’ll be looking at HTC’s offerings, including the Sensation XE, Titan and Vigor.

iPhone 5 Rumour Roundup: New Case Photos Leaked

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It’s been almost a month since we first broke our story about the iPhone 5′s new shape on this blog. In that time, we’ve heard some fresh new rumours about the iPhone 5, and we’ve even gotten a few new shots of an interesting looking iPhone 5 case. Let’s have a look at that new case then!

The Hexagonal Case

While iPhone cases have used hexagonal elements before, they’ve never been quite this big. The design leaves quite a lot of the phone’s back plate visible. This is unlikely a technical requirement (as we haven’t seen this in iPhone 5 cases before) but it could speak to the increased strength of the back plate (and therefore a return to metal).

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More importantly, the iPhone 5 case shows that same rounded design reminiscent of the iPhone 3, which seems to be almost a certainty for the iPhone 5. As you can see in the image below, there’s more evidence of the mute switch’s side swap, with that toggle now operating on the same side as the iPhone camera.

Speaking of the iPhone camera, you can see that the dual flash rumoured by some outlets has still failed to materialise, and looks unlikely to at this stage.

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Curiously, near the bottom of the phone what looks to be a small twin LED or glass chamber of some kind. You can see it fairly clearly on the image above; what do you make of it?

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On this final image, we get a good look at the side bumper buttons. It does look like they’ll remain physical buttons due to the design of the case, and the shape fits the traditional ‘rocker’ design more than the iPhone 4 style of having separate buttons.

Rumour Roundup

  • The iPhone 5 may not be the only new iPhone released this year. The Telegraph are reporting that a low-cost version of the iPhone 4 will be released called the iPhone 4S. This stripped-down iPhone will rely heavily on iCloud storage as its internal storage will be limited to 8 GB.
  • The iPhone 5 is set to release in late September or October, according to an AT&T executive who says the next 30 to 50 days will be increasingly busy in AT&T stores. Apple sources have also said that their stores will get busy over the next 60 days.
  • The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sprint, the largest telecom in the US not to sell the iPhone, will be selling the iPhone 5 (and iPhone 4) along with Verizon and AT&T. They also mention that the new iPhone 5 will be ‘thinner and lighter with an improved digital camera’.
  • TVC Mall have started to stock ‘replacement’ iPhone 5 cameras, which look to have its motherboard connector much further down than where it is now. This would make sense given the mute toggle has swapped sides and will now be right now to the camera, meaning that its machinery may take the space currently allotted to the camera connector.
  • TV ads are currently being shot for the iPhone 5, seemingly confirming the late September / early October launch date as iPhone 4 videos were shot about the same amount of time before release.

Conclusion

That’s all for now. If you’d like to share your thoughts on this latest case reveal and the iPhone 5 accessories, please let us know via the social media channels below. Thanks!

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