iPhone 5 Has 1GB of RAM

On Wednesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5. The new iPhone offers some incredible new improvements including the use of a new A6 processor. It has been widely rumored that Apple would increase the RAM in the new iPhone from 512MB to 1GB, but there wasn’t any confirmation. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 both offer 512MB RAM.

iFan first posted confirmation that the iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM based on the part numbers listed on the A6 chip itself. After a bit of research, iFixit was also able to confirm their findings, using Samsung’s own product guides. The chart shown below is from Samsung’s 2012 Product Solutions Guide (PDF) which lists part numbers of various memory parts they have for sale.

The part numbers of the iPhone 5’s A6 match with the group of 8 Gigabit mobile DRAMs which translates into 1GB of RAM.

People Are Desensitized to Product Evolution

Quite a lot of vocal people on social networks are, anyways.

When Apple executives took the stage yesterday to officially announce the iPhone 5, many were underwhelmed, with a feeling of “that’s it?”

This could partially be due to the early leaks over the past few months that preceded the device, but even that only played a relatively small part in it. It’s not a new phenomenon, and we’ve seen it with, well, almost every iPhone release following the first in 2007. Especially with more incremental updates to the device, such as the 3GS and 4S.

Another part of it could be the questioning of Apple’s approach to products, which was even experienced by the first-generation iPhone. What I mean is, the company doesn’t pride itself on being the first to certain features, but rather the best. This approach may not be favorable to enthusiasts who want to have the latest technology as soon as possible, but it clearly works just fine with the masses. To me, this approach can be debated on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes, the amount of time that it takes for Apple to implement something (the ability to take panoramic photos from the native camera app, for example), can be perplexing. One more significant feature that enthusiasts are questioning the omission of in the iPhone 5 is NFC, which fellow writer Manan wrote about on his Svbtle blog.

When the first iPhone was released, it lacked a number of features that competing smartphones on the market already offered, and yet it was still loved by consumers and clearly changed the face of the mobile industry. Apple’s strategy is to focus on getting core features right — nailing the user experience of said features — then playing catch up to implement other features from competing devices. So yes, part of the criticism — from enthusiasts, at least — is based on “x already has this feature, so why should we care again?”

But there’s another, far more significant factor at play here that has little to do with the actual merits of the evolutionary device itself.

Like a drug where people just can’t seem to once again experience the feeling of the first high, people are hoping to relive the experience of the first iPhone announcement with each new iPhone. People passionate about Apple — and even just technology in general — are hoping that the company will reveal something that’s completely game-changing. Something that changes everything once again. Average consumers also want a very, very significant update to the device to justify purchasing it.

Even though Apple changed almost everything with the new iPhone — increased display, better display, revamped design, better camera, new adapter, battery improvements, new headphones, iOS 6 — people are still underwhelmed because these are all things that they expect. Faster, thinner, better battery life, better display; these are all things that we’ve grown to become entitled to of incremental phone updates.

Here’s an excellent analogy that compares Apple’s school of thought with the Porsche 911. While remaining, in a way, similar to the first incarnation, significant steps forward were taken throughout its gradual evolution.

The iPhone 5 is a colossal — still evolutionary — update that was inevitable, really, but people are still underwhelmed. And it’s not because the new device sucks, or lacks NFC, or has too large/small of a screen. It’s because people are desensitized to these incremental, evolutionary updates — no matter how good they may be — and are waiting for Apple to do something revolutionary.

How Nokia Beat Apple In Mind Games

When Nokia introduced the Lumia 920 the general consensus was, it’s a good phone but Apple’s iPhone 5 will be the best phone. There will be pigs flying over Mascone when it is revealed. Of course that didn’t happen. The iPhone 5 was underwhelming. The real show stealer yesterday was the new iPod Touch. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the iPhone isn’t innovative; what we saw yesterday was design innovation, not innovation same as iPhone 1. iOS6 isn’t bringing anything new either. As a result, the overall consensus yesterday was that the iPhone 5 is good looking powerful device, it will sell millions but isn’t revolutionary. As Mat Honan puts it, “It is amazing and utterly boring.”

Compare this to Nokia, the company announced a new camera setup, wireless charging and NFC capabilities. The introduction of wireless charging and NFC have generated excitement, while you can rubbish them as gimmicks, wireless charging makes a lot of sense to me. I come home and place the phone next to my PC, and guess what?! The phone isn’t connected to a wire!  The charger is connected to a power source, but my phone isn’t. The phone charging cable just vanished as far as I am concerned.

Nokia made an impression.

The other key announcement Nokia made was around NFC. TO understand this, we need to look at Nokia’s NFC accessories, so far just personal audio equipment. Nokia believes NFC helps you get rid of the cumbersome setup of Bluetooth pairing or WiFi sharing. And guess what?! You don’t have to buy a dock adapter for your phone!

Not new, ergo not innovative, but then Nokia has a concept of wireless charging. Put these together and you have innovation that the end consumer can feel while using the technology in a way where technology is seamless.

Nokia again makes an impression.

The third is specs. Now many say specs don’t matter and that the phone’s experience is what matters. Well, guess what?! So far the general consensus is that the Windows Phone experience is very good! Couple this with no hardware advantage that Apple has with the iPhone 5 & features shown in Windows Phone 8, Nokia has made an impression.

Let’s talk about the now infamous Lumia 920 camera. In the tech circles, Nokia is being mocked for fudging PureView photographs but to the end user  PureView as a brand makes an impression. And while we are on the topic of innovation and winter is coming, being able to use a touch screen phone with gloves on–getting that right, is innovation. On those living in the colder regions, like Central New York, Nokia made an impression.

In a mind game of making an impression, Nokia just beat Apple.

PS: Google Now on Android is far more useful than Siri.

Apple iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy Note II vs. HTC One X

Apple has just unveiled its next-generation iPhone, and as expected it packs in a larger 4-inch screen with higher resolution. It will also be the first handset to make use of the recently approved nano-SIM cards. While the iPhone 5 sports similar design as the last two generations of the iPhone, it does look much more beautiful, at least in the press shots from Apple.

If you are looking to buy a handset, and are confused about how the iPhone 5 stacks up against its competition, here is a specs based, on-paper, comparison of the handset with some of its major competitors -:

While the iPhone 5 does not sport a new design or any new innovative features, it does feature an excellent camera, a powerful SoC and an excellent battery life. On paper the iPhone 5 may look similar to the iPhone 4S and its Android competitors, but the device packs in some marvellous piece of technology. It will be interesting to see how the 8MP camera on the iPhone 5 stacks up against the 8.7MP PureView camera on the Lumia 920.

If you are interested in knowing which is the best smartphone in the market right now, then you won’t find your answer here. This question is extremely subjective and the answer depends more on the user’s needs than anything else. If you want the largest screen possible on a phone, then buy the Galaxy Note 2. If you want something that ‘just works’, then the iPhone 5 will be perfect for you. If you don’t like the restrictions of iOS6 and a closed ecosystem, the Galaxy S III is the handset you should buy.

Apple Unveils The iPhone 5 – 7.6mm thin, 4-inch screen and A6 SoC

Apple has just announced the much-anticipated iPhone 5, and surprisingly the rumor mill has been pretty accurate. The iPhone 5 sports the same design as the iPhone 4 and the 4S, but is made entirely out of aluminum and glass. It is also 20% lighter at 112 grams and 18% thinner with a 7.6mm waistline.

The screen on the iPhone 5 is, as predicted by the rumor mill, 4-inches in size with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen resolution has also been bumped up to 1136×640 so as to keep the Retina display (326PPI) tag intact. Apple has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution, along with adding a fifth row of icons to the home screen. The Cupertino based company has also updated all of its apps to take advantage of the increased resolution.

The touch sensor has been integrated right into the display, allowing Apple not only to make the iPhone thinner, but also the most accurate touchscreen device on the planet.

On the connectivity side, Apple has added HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and as expected…LTE! There is only a single chip and radio inside the iPhone 5 that handles both voice calls and data, simultaneously. The handset will be available on tons of LTE capable networks worldwide, and on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the United States, and Rogers, Telus and Bell in Canada. The new Broadcom BC4334 chip inside the iPhone 5 makes sure there is support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.

Internally, the new A6 SoC powers the iPhone 5. Not only is it 22% smaller than A5, it is also two times faster. The A6 SoC consists of a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC and an unnamed GPU, which according to Apple is 2x times faster than the GPU on the A5. Thanks to a bigger battery and the 32nm fab based A6 SoC, the new iPhone is capable of lasting 8 hours on LTE browsing with a standby time of 225 hours.

The iPhone 5 sports an enhanced 8MP camera with a dynamic low light mode, sapphire crystal (whatever that means), precision lens alignment, a next-generation ISP, Hybrid IR filter, Smart filter and more. The “most amazing feature in the iPhone 5″, however, is the Panorama mode. The device is capable of clicking panorama images in full 8MP mode with the final panorama image being up to 28MP in resolution. The face detection and video stabilization features have also been enhanced in the iPhone 5. The front-facing FaceTime camera also got a much-needed upgrade to 720p resolution.

Apple has also emphasized on the phone part of the iPhone 5. The new iPhone packs in three microphones (bottom, front and back) for excellent noise cancellation, a noise-cancelling earpiece, wideband audio, and an improved speaker design that is 20% smaller.

The dock connector has also been replaced with a new, thinner and smaller variant, now known as Lighting. It is 80% smaller, has 8-signal design, is reversible and is completely digital. For owners of older generation iPhone and iPads, Apple will also be selling a converter.

As always, the 16GB iPhone 5 will cost $199 on two-year contract, with a $100 bump each for the 32GB and 64GB variants. The pre-order starts on September 14th, while the shipping will begin on September 21st. The handset will be available in more countries on September 28th, and by the end of December 2012, will be available in more than 100 countries and 240 carriers.

Image Credit – The Verge

Viewpoint: Dan Lyons’ Articles No Longer Excite

In less than an hour, Apple will unveil the next iPhone. And, as with all Apple releases, certain bloggers are seizing the moment to drive traffic to their sites by writing posts that cast a cloud of doubt and claim that the product at hand will be a complete and utter failure. One writer Dan Lyons is claiming that iPhone launches are no longer exciting. Several jabs were taken at Apple — some of which I agree with — while others are meritless, and seemingly crafted for the sole reason of being provocative.

If that’s correct, I imagine Steve is not happy. First of all, he’d be furious about the leaks. Steve liked surprising people.

I find it hilarious how the theme of this article is what Steve Jobs would hypothetically think of Apple’s actions if he were still around. Jobs specifically didn’t want people asking “WWJD” after his time at the company, and you’d think that someone who created a satirical blog around him would know this. I agree with the point of this statement though. The leaks are surprising for Apple, and, while I doubt they will diminish sales in any way, it’s really an usual thing for a company that’s notoriously silent and (mostly) leak-free while new products are brewing.

This is the sixth version of the iPhone, and the user interface still looks almost exactly like the original iPhone in 2007.

The hardware on the iPhone has been the same for two years, since the iPhone 4 and 4S were virtually identical.

Dan Lyons seems to have an aversion to incremental updates. The 3G and 3GS were virtually identical. I’m astonished that people didn’t get bored then, taking it as a sign that Apple isn’t going to produce some mind-blowing, market-changing iteration of the device every single year. We should all have abandoned the platform back then.

Now, having had two years to plot and scheme, Apple’s renowned designer Jonathan Ive has replaced the tiny 3.5in (8.9cm) screen with a slightly-less-tiny 4in (10.2cm) screen? Wow. Knock me over with a feather. What do you do with the rest of your time, Jony?

There appears to be correlation between increased screen size and Jony Ive’s work ethic. We should investigate Samsung for unfair worker treatment; I weep for the designer of the Galaxy Note. He must have been chained to a pole 24/7, slaving to produce such a large screen. In fact, has Lyons designed any large screens? What do you do with your time, sir?

But seriously, Jony was probably too busy authoring some parody blog.

This is what happens when a company is too cheap to invest in research and development. Did you know that Apple spends far less on R&D than any of its rivals – a paltry 2% of revenues, versus 14% for Google and Microsoft?

They seem to be spending that 2% quite well, seeing that their products have set the tone of entire markets.

No wonder the Android platform, where new models appear every week, now represents 68% of the smartphone market, up from 47% a year ago, while Apple slid to 17% over the same period.

Market share is definitely an important benchmark, but it’s not everything. I partially agree with what Gruber said in a post back in January addressing this very matter. What Apple has is a mind-blowing profit share.

Worse, despite all its bluster about innovation, Apple has become a copycat, and not even a good one. Why is Apple making the iPhone bigger? To keep up with the top Android phones.

(Phones that, mind you, Apple fanboys ridiculed at first.)

I like it how you accuse Apple of not thoroughly copying Android devices. If they were complete copycats, they’d be creating a 4.8″ or larger device. They’ve clearly spent time mulling over the issue of screen size.

I don’t personally prefer devices with extremely large screen sizes (I think that the Lumia 900’s screen is kind of the max for me; anything else is excessive.) However, it is a growing trend that consumers are leaning towards phones that are at least 4 inches in size, and I think that, if they do want to increase the screen size of the devices, 4 inches is a comfortable compromise. Also, if the leaks look accurate, they didn’t increase the width of the device. It is slightly quirky — I’ve joked on Twitter that it resembles longcat — but this way, it still (in theory) should feel comfortable in hand.

Apple also has become a copycat in tablets. Jobs once said the iPad’s 9.7in screen was the perfect size, and smaller tablets made no sense. Then the Android camp had success with 7in tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, and now Apple supposedly will announce its own smaller iPad in October. Talk about thinking different!

The company is no stranger to 180-degree turns from firm stances. And, in this case, yes, devices like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 have defined the market. But let’s be clear, they’re not entering this market out of desperation, that’s for sure.

Um, Siri still doesn’t work. The oft-rumoured Apple TV doesn’t exist yet, presumably because media companies won’t let Apple take over their business.

Agreed about Siri. But criticizing Apple for a TV, a device that exists only in rumors? Huh?

The latest batch of Apple ads were such embarrassing garbage that Apple had to take them down from YouTube.

Agreed, the ads were shit.

To use a car analogy, six years ago the iPhone was like a sexy new flagship model from BMW or Porsche. Today it’s a Toyota Camry. Safe, reliable, boring. The car your mom drives. The car that’s so popular that its maker doesn’t dare mess with the formula.

That’s funny. According to the very market share statistics that were just pointed out, Android is more popular than iOS. And has the iPhone not come far from its original model back in 2007?

I could make a few car analogies comparing the iPhone — and Windows Phone, while we’re at it — to luxury automobiles, but that would make me an elitist.

Somewhere up there, I can hear Steve screaming.

Hm, weird, I don’t hear anything.

Apple Trades Near $660 as Speculated iPad Mini & iPhone 5 Launch Nears

Apple’s stock has been rising steadily over the last couple of weeks ever since rumors of the iPad Mini started increasing in frequency. Apple is expected to launch the next iPhone — the iPhone 5 — and a cheaper version of the iPad – the iPad Mini — at an event on September 12. As the date gets closer, we expect Apple’s stock to continue at all-time high levels.

The iPhone 4S had excellent sales despite being only a marginal improvement over the iPhone 4. Compared to that, the iPhone 5 is expected to be a major upgrade.

Apple may also unveil a new iPod, as well as the Apple TV. If that does happen, Q4 2012 could end up being Apple’s biggest quarter yet with sales driven by 4 major product lines.

Apple currently has a market cap of around $615 billion, with its stock trading at nearly $660. Its P/E multiple is around 15 right now. However, given the kind of growth it has shown in the last couple of quarters, its PEG ratio would actually imply that it is undervalued, assuming it can maintain its recent growth rate. If it does launch these new products, I find it hard to argue that it wouldn’t.

via Apple – Google Finance

Catch up iPhone 5, iPad Mini Event Online

Apple will reportedly be launching iPhone 5 and iPad Mini on September 12. The event is really important for Apple since they have not released a major update to the iPhone 4 and have yet to enter the 7″ tablet market where Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are currently going strong.

Last year, Apple had revealed the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. However, both these devices did not see major changes from their predecessor versions. With the release of Samsung Galaxy S III, the mobile market has really taken off and Apple definitely needs to pull off some magic with their next device.

Rumor also suggests that Apple may also launch a 7″ version of the iPad. However, this device may actually eat into Apple’s own profit and compete more with the iPod Touch than other devices. However, Apple has always managed to pull out surprises, so the September 12 event for the rumored launch of iPhone 5 and iPad Mini will definitely be very interesting.

While live videos of the events are not usually available, you can always watch the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini event live at Apple later on at http://www.apple.com/apple-events/.

You can also follow the live updates from the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini event at Engadget Live or The Verge. Mac Rumors will also cover the press conference live and you can view the updates at http://www.macrumorslive.com/. In addition to that GDGT also cover the event at http://live.gdgt.com/.

Audio streams for the iPhone 4 press conference will be available at http://live.twit.tv/, you can also follow the updates on Twitter by following @macrumorslive.

We will update this post when more streams for the event are available online.

Rumor: Apple to Unveil iPhone 5 and iPad Mini on September 12

Apple is expected to launch the next version of the iPhone — the iPhone 5 — in October, exactly a year after it launched the iPhone 4S.

Another much anticipated launch is that of the rumored iPad Mini, which Apple will supposedly release to “not leave a price umbrella” and prevent competitors to swoop in on the budget segment of the tablet market.

We have seen a ton of rumors and speculation about the iPad Mini, as well as varying theories about whether or not Apple will actually launch such a product, when its past product history indicates that it probably wouldn’t.

Anyway, today, we have yet another rumor related to the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini. According to iMore, Apple is planning to unveil the “new iPhone”, which is what it’ll probably be called (in line with the new iPad), and the iPad Mini at a special event on September 12.

The iPhone 5 will be launched almost a week later on September 21, and the iPad Mini may soon follow.

While the new iPhone will supposedly have a larger 4 inch display, the iPad Mini will have a smaller 7 to 8 inch display, and will be priced around $299, to stop the proliferation of budget Android tablets like the recently launched Nexus 7, and completely dominate the tablet space, not only in terms of profits, but also in terms of market share.

Apple may also refresh the iPod range, and launch iOS 6 around the same time frame.

Let’s wait and watch! It’s just six more weeks.

iPhone 5 to Make Inroads in Japan

Macotakara, a Japanese tech blog reports that the iPhone 5 will make debut in Japan. It is the same blog that predicted the launch of the 5th generation of the iPhone last year. A year ago, the same blog reported that the iPhone 4S and the iPad would launch in October 2011. Effectively and partially, the report had substance in its rumors. It was in mid-October last year that Apple Inc. launched the iPhone 4S. However, the iPad 3 launched a couple of months later, in March 2012. It was stated in an earlier post that the iPhone 5 is likely to have a bigger screen. Macotakara confirms these speculations, however differently. It reports that the back panel of the iPhone 5 could be toned with glass and aluminum.

Rumors Persist About the iPhone 5


Mashable.com illustrates in a video what the new iPhone 5 could hold. Take a look at it here.

Now, once you have peeked into the video and witnessed some speculative features of the next generation of iPhone, would you think it would pose a severe challenge for the kindle? And how will it affect the market share of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII?

More news will follow.