White iPhone Will Be Launched Worldwide on April 27

Thanks to innumerable delays, the fabled white iPhone has almost attained mythical status. However, the wait might finally be over. Earlier in the week, we had spotted an white iPhone 4 running a test build of iOS. Now, 9to5Mac has obtained the inventory list of BestBuy, which lists April 27 as the launch date for the white iPhone 4. Earlier, iPhoneItalia had claimed that the much awaited variant of the original iPhone 4 will be launched on April 26, while 9to5Mac had confirmed April 27 as the launch date in Netherlands.

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In fact, one customer has already managed to snag a white iPhone, thanks to a goof-up by Vodafone UK staff. In a statement to WSJ, Apple had confirmed that the white iPhone will be launched this spring. However, the sudden flood of information suggests that retailers around the world have already started receiving shipments of the highly anticipated handset.

We would normally be cautious about getting too excited based on unconfirmed reports. However, the multitude of independent confirmations makes it likely that the white iPhone will indeed be launched next week. The pristine beauty of the white variant caught the attention of many a people around the world when it was first unveiled. However, the big question is, how potential buyers have already opted for the black edition? Apple repeatedly delayed the white iPhone 4, and failed to provide a concrete release date, or a satisfactory explanation for the delay. With iPhone 5 release being around the corner, many users might opt to wait it out.

White iPhone 4 Running Test Build Of iOS 4 Leaks

The folks over at Tinhte, who have earlier managed to get their hands on many of Apple products before its release, have come up with something again.

This time, the folks from Tinhte have got their hands on a white iPhone 4 which is arguably running a test version’ of an upcoming iOS build. The white iPhone 4 has 64GB of on-board storage capacity.

The video uploaded by Tinhte suggests that the next version of iOS will feature a new multi-tasking UI.

Below is a video of the new multi-tasking UI in action :

The new UI shows all the open apps in a similar way as HTC’s Leap View, with an X’ icon for closing an app.

This leak from Tinhte more or less confirms that Apple won’t be launching the next generation iPhone at the upcoming WWDC. Instead, the company will announce a new and over-hauled version of iOS.

Sadly, this video does not show a new notification system or widgets for iOS. The notification system and the icons-only home screen of the current iOS version are heavily criticized by its users.

Hopefully, the final version of the next generation iOS will feature a new notification system and a home screen as well.

iOS and Android Set to Dominate Portable Gaming Market

The iPhone, which was initially meant to be a smartphone, wasn’t meant to support third-party apps. But Apple did launch an SDK and App Store soon after its launch, and it has turned out very well. Wanting to emulate its success, Android also followed on the heels of iOS and launched the Android Market.

As the App Store became popular, game developers flocked to the platform and started churning out cheaply priced games priced at $0.99, $1.99 etc. Soon after that, big game studios started launching major game titles for the iPod Touch and the iPhone. As Android started to pick up steam, many games were developed for it as well.

Both the platforms have been very lucrative for game and app developers, and have made many millionaires, like Rovio Mobile, the creator of Angry Birds, and others.

Games have become a huge growth driver for both iOS and Android, and they have also captured quite a large portion of the portable gaming market. While the portable gaming market actually shrank in percentage terms in 2010, iOS and Android have increased their share of it. iOS + Android now accounts for 34% of the total revenues in portable gaming, while the PSP’s share has shrunk to 9% and the Nintendo DS’ share has been whittled down to 57%.

iOS Android Gaming Share

Since these statistics are in terms of revenues, iOS and Android would actually have a greater proportion of the market in terms of download numbers, since most of the games on these platforms are priced relatively low, compared to the PSP and Nintendo DS. The total revenue generated by iOS and Android games was close to $816 million, while the entire market generated about $2.4 billion.

With the launch of more powerful Android devices like the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and the excellent gaming prowess of the iPad 2, iOS and Android will likely capture a larger share in the future, bringing mobile gaming to the masses.

Statistics via Flurry

iOS 4.3.2 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has just released another small update for the iOS, which bumps up the version OS to 4.3.2.  The update is a minor one, and aims at fixing some bugs along with some FaceTime vulnerabilities. The iOS 4.3.2 update is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners.

iOS 4.3.2 Update

iTouch device owners can download the update automatically by connecting their iDevice to iTunes, and updating its software via the Check For Updatesbutton.

Alternatively, original iPad owners can download iOS 4.3.2 for their device from here, while iPhone 3GS owners should head over to this link. iPad 2 Wi-Fi model owners can download the latest version of iOS 4.3.2 from here, while 3G+Wi-Fi model owners should click here.

iPod Touch 3G and 4G owners should click here and here, respectively for downloading iOS 4.3.2. After downloading the required file, users should click on the Check for updates’ button, whilst keeping the Shift key pressed and select the IPSW file, they just downloaded to update.

Once you download the iOS 4.3.2 IPSW file, you can follow our earlier instructions on  manually upgrading iOS 4.3.1. on your device.

iOS 4.3.2 Update Out for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple has just pushed a new update for iOS versioned iOS 4.3.2. The new update is available for the (GSM Model), 3GS, , , and 3G.

iOS 4.3.2 Update

The new updates fixes the following issues:

  • Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Contains the latest security updates

If you jailbreak iPhone, unlock iPhone, jailbreak iPad or jailbreak iPod Touch stay away from this update as this might render your jailbreak and unlock obsolete. The dev team hasn’t yet released any news about an jailbreak or unlock for the iOS 4.3.2.

Also the update is minor in nature so you might get no benefits from upgrading from iOS 4.3.1 to iOS 4.3.2.

Apple to Launch the iPhone 5 by the End of 2011?

Ever since Apple announced the dates for WWDC 2011, the blogosphere has been abuzz with speculation about what we can expect at the event. Going by historical trends, the first thing that came to mind was the next version of the iPhone – the iPhone 5.

However, a rumor has been making the rounds that Apple won’t be launching the iPhone 5 in June this year. Even the official press release announcing the dates for WWDC 2011 said that “Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS” at the event. It’s supposed to focus only on the next versions of iOS and Mac OS X, with no new hardware launches.

Today, we have another report by Avian Securities that says that the iPhone 5 production will begin in September, pushing the actual release to Christmas or even next year. It also states that Apple might be working on a lower priced version of the iPhone – just what it needs to fight off the growing domination of Android.

Though without precedent, this belief, that the iPhone will likely be delayed, seems to be the general consensus these days. Maybe you will have to wait another 8 months before you get your hands on the next iPhone.

Here’s the complete note by Avian Securities, courtesy of BI

“Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”

Apple iPhone 5 Expectations

WWDC is still a couple of months away, but the Internet is already abuzz with rumors regarding the iPhone 5 and the next version of iOS. Rumors suggest that the 5 launch may be pushed back to Fall, this year. However, I doubt this is going to happen. Instead, this year at WWDC the iPhone 5 will take a backseat, and let iOS and OS X Lion grab the spotlight.

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Nevertheless, below is a short list of all the features which the iPhone 5 should hopefully sport :

Slimmer, Faster And Sleeker

With every passing generation, the iPhone gets slimmer, sleeker and faster. The iPhone 5 should be no exception to this rule. Last year, the was the slimmest handset available to consumers. However, fast forward to 2011 and Samsung has managed to launch (err…announce) the Galaxy S II which is thinner than the iPhone 4.

Expect the iPhone 5 to be thinner than the iPhone 4 and the Galaxy S II, when launched. Since the iPhone 4 got a major design over-haul, don’t expect the iPhone 5 to look radically different from its predecessor. The iPhone 5 will sport the same dual-core A5 processor, which powers the iPad 2 and pack 1GB of RAM.

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No Antennagate

The iPhone 4 was heavily criticized for its Antennagate‘ issue last year. In fact, the issue was so much over-hyped that Apple had to hold a special press conference regarding it, and even had to give free bumpers to existing iPhone 4 owners. I am more than pretty sure that Apple will make sure that the iPhone 5 does not suffer from the Antennagate issue.

Higher Storage Capacity

Apple did not bump the storage capacity of the iPhone 4, which currently maxes out at 32GB. However, this time around with HD videos becoming a common sight expect the iPhone 5 to come with higher storage capacities.

4G Support

This one remains a big mystery for now. No one knows whether the iPhone 5 will support the latest 4G’ network from AT&T and Verizon or not. According to me, the iPhone 5 won’t come equipped with a 4G-LTE radio. However, it may be very well possible that Apple will launch only one iPhone, which will work on both AT&T and Verizon’s network.

NFC Support

NFC (Near-Field Communication) is sure to catch up with the general consumer in the coming future. Google has already started supporting this new technology with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Nexus S incorporating a NFC chip. Many other industry giants have also showed interest in supporting NFC.

If Apple also starts supporting NFC and the iPhone 5 incorporates a NFC chip, expect this technology to become mainstream by end- 2012.

Bigger Screen

The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger 3.75-inch screen, whilst maintaining the same physical size. Rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will sport a bigger edge-to-edge display, so as to maintain its same physical dimensions.

Steve Jobs had earlier said that a 3.5-inch screen is more than enough for the average consumer. However, times have changed and a 3.5-inch screen barely cuts it. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will sport a screen bigger than 3.5-inches.

These are the top 5 features/changes which I expect the iPhone 5 will sport. Obviously, this is only the hardware side of the thing and I am pretty sure Apple has some big changes planned for iOS5 including a new notification system and a better home screen.

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Android to Capture 50% of Worldwide Smartphone Market by 2012?

Android has been seeing exponential growth in the past few months. It accounted for close to 22% of the worldwide smartphone market share in 2010. Thanks to the continued support of manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, it is expected to be the number one smartphone platform by the end of 2011.

Today, Gartner released a research report which states that Android is expected to have a 38.5% market share by the end of 2011, and by the end of 2012, it will power almost 50% of all smartphones. It predicts that Symbian will be the biggest loser in the whole ordeal, and Android and Windows Phone 7 will be the biggest gainers. iOS marketshare will remain pretty stable through the years, and it might even see some gains.

Microsoft is expected to be the second largest mobile platform by 2015, with a 19.5% market share, thanks to Nokia’s support. Symbian will be almost extinct by then and RIM’s share will have dwindled down to 11%. iOS would apparently be at 17% while Android would rule the roost with a 49% share.

The predictions seem realistic, if we factor in what we know now, but it doesn’t account for anything unexpected. A lot has changed in the last 4 years with the launch of the iPhone and Android. There’s is no reason something similar couldn’t happen again.

Jailbreak For iPhone/iPad Running iOS 4.3.1 Released

The iPhone Dev. Team has just released a new jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1, about which we reported a couple of days ago.

The new jailbreak is an untethered one, unlike the previous jailbreak released for iOS 4.3.1. The new jailbreak supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G, Apple TV 2G and iPad 1 running on the latest version of iOS.

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The jailbreak is also available for all Windows and Mac owners via Redsn0w or PwnageTool. Readers can download the application from here.

iPhone 4 owners, who have unlocked their handsets using Ultrasn0w, need to wait until an updated version of the app comes out. Right now, Ultrasn0w unlock is incompatible with iOS 4.3.1.

Sadly, iPad 2 owners need to wait for a jailbreak, until a boot rom level exploit is found for their device.

Incidentally, the first version of PwnageTool was released on this very day, three years ago!

iOS 4.3.1 Unlock Coming Soon Through Ultrasn0w

The dev team has already been able to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 though a tethered jailbreak, however an unlock for iOS 4.3.1 has yet to be released. If you are someone who is waiting to update to iOS 4.3.1 to fix bugs but can’t do so because you have an unlocked , here is some good news.

The dev team honcho; MuscleNerd, has confirmed that a unlock for iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone will be out shortly with an updated version of Ultrasn0w. He confirmed this through a series of tweets, which read like this:

BTW ultrasn0w needs an update for 4.3.1, so unlockers should wait until that gets pushed out (hopefully also today)

The upcoming ultrasn0w update is *only* for 4.3.1 compatibility. Please don’t read anything else into it!

The ultrasn0w update won’t be a new unlock, but 4.3.1 FW itself breaks current ultrasn0w (unintentionally)

So the Ultrasn0w update will not be a new update but is a patch to fix an impending problem with iOS 4.3.1 that breaks the unlock and is only being updated for iOS 4.3.1. MuscleNerd also said that the iOS 4.3.1 update for Ultrasn0w should be released today.

So good news for you people who have been putting up with iOS 4.3 because of the unlocking problems. Hopefully it should be out anytime now.