iPhone 4 Prices Slashed; iPhone 5 Launch Imminent?

While most of the rumors of the iPhone 5, the next version of the iPhone, have been wild guesses by ‘trusted unknown sources’, there is one thing which has been consistent in all the rumors. All of them seem to indicate that Apple will launch the iPhone 5 in September. A recent report also indicated that Apple had already ordered shipments of 15 million iPhone 5 units from its supply partners in anticipation of huge demand.

Usually, just a few weeks before the launch of a new iPhone is scheduled, Apple or its retail partners cut the prices of the current models to quickly sell out the existing stock.

Today, Engadget and PhoneArena have reported that both Radio Shack and Target will start offering price cuts on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.

Radio Shack has cut down the price of the 16 GB iPhone 4 from $199.99 to $169.99, and the price of the 32 GB iPhone 4 from $299.99 to $269.99. The price of the 8 GB iPhone 3GS will now be dropped to just $19.99. These price cuts will be effective only on the AT&T iPhone models.

Similarly, Target has also announced a few price cuts which vary depending on the carrier. Both the AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4 16 GB devices will be going for $149.99. The iPhone 3GS will be sold for $19.99, while the Verizon 32 GB iPhone 4 will be priced at $249.99.

Obviously, if you plan to buy the new iPhone 5, these price cuts won’t matter at all.

15 Million iPhone 5 Units Ordered for September Launch?

Apple has supposedly placed an order for 15 million iPhone 5 units with Pegatron, its primary supplier in Taiwan, according to Digitimes, the most prolific source for Apple rumors.

According to most rumors, Apple will start shipping the iPhone 5 (or the iPhone 4S) in September 2011. Placing such a huge order now would ensure that there are no supply shortages for the next version of the iPhone, for which the anticipated demand is extremely high.

Pegatron has significantly expanded its plants, human power and equipment since 2010, to complete the orders for the CDMA iPhone 4 by Apple. It has also been trying to get orders for the production of the iPad and the Macbook from Apple, but it hasn’t had much luck there.

Apparently, the iPhone 5 “does not seem to have any major update from iPhone 4”, which leads me to believe that it might be branded the iPhone 4S after all.

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The iPhone 5 / 4S is expected to come with a dual core A5 processor, a larger 4 inch display and an 8 MP camera with a dual LED flash. It will compete with Android heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the HTC Sensation.

Rumor: iPhone 5 to sport Dual LED Flash

As the expected launch date of the iPhone 5 draws near, the rumor mills seem to have gone into overdrive. Digitimes, which has been credited with many leaks, has reported that the iPhone 5 will sport a dual LED flash.

It also states that the dual LED flashes will be supplied by Taiwanese firms like Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology. Apple will be switching to these firms for its LED flash requirements, from Philips, which made the LED flashes for the iPhone 4.

Many rumors about the iPhone 5 have been floating around in the past few months. According to most rumors, the iPhone 5 will come with an 8 MP camera, a dual core A5 processor and possibly a larger 4 inch display.

It has also been reported that the iPhone 5 will come with a radical new design and form factor. Most sources expect the iPhone 5 to launch in September 2011.

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Rumor: Apple iPhone 5 to have an 8 MP Camera

Apple has always followed a strict release cycle for almost all of its products. The iPhone, for example, has always been launched around June. The iPhone 4 was launched in June 2010, and the iPhone 5 was also expected to be launched in June this year, at WWDC 2011.

However, Apple has stated that WWDC 2011 will focus only on the future of iOS and Mac OS. Any hardware announcements, including the iPhone 5, seem unlikely in June.

According to rumors, Apple will probably start mass production of the iPhone 5 in September, with a subsequent release soon after, possibly before the end of 2011. Today, an analyst with Concord Securities has revealed more (rumored) details about the iPhone 5.

Apparently, the iPhone 5 will have an 8 MP camera and will be powered by the Apple A5 processor, the one in the iPad 2. It will also be switching to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models. There will be an improved antenna, which was obviously needed after the whole Antennagate fiasco, but the design will more or less be the same as the iPhone 4, with minor modifications.

The report also states that we may see a small preview of the iPhone 5 at WWDC 2011, but I believe that the event will focus mostly on iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

As far as predictions go, I also expect the iPhone 5 to have a larger 4 inch display, 1 GB RAM and 4G connectivity.

via Apple Insider

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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White iPhone 4 To Be Available This Spring!

Apple launched the iPhone 4 at WWDC in 2010. Back then; the company announced the latest generation iPhone in two colors – black and white.

While the black color version of the iPhone 4 was available from day one, the white version was scheduled to release sometime in summer. However, as luck would have it, the white version of the iPhone was again delayed to Spring 2011.

Apple stated that the reason behind the delay of the white iPhone 4 was due to some manufacturing problems. Nevertheless, Apple has finally managed to solve the manufacturing problems, and the white version of the iPhone 4 will be finally available in Spring 2011.

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Philip Schiller, Vice President of Apple’s worldwide product marketing, confirmed that the white iPhone 4 would be hitting the Apple stores this spring, on Twitter.

I do understand that many people were eagerly awaiting the availability of the white iPhone 4. However, it has been nearly a year since the iPhone 4 was launched, and with the iPhone 5 just around the corner, I doubt that the white iPhone 4 will get many takers!

Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave to Focus on His Health

Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs has announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence, according to a press release by Apple.

Here’s an email that he sent to all Apple employees today:

Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

Steve Jobs, who has been named the best performing CEO by the Harvard Business Review and the CEO of the Decade by Fortune magazine, has battled with pancreatic cancer in the past and has also had a liver transplant last year. He made a complete recovery.

The day to day operations of Apple will be handled by the Apple COO, Tim Cook, but Steve Jobs will still be involved in the strategic decisions of the company while he recuperates. Cook is probably the best man in Apple to handle the reins while Jobs is gone. When Jobs was having a liver transplant in 2009, Cook was made CEO for a few months, and he did quite a good job.

Apple is about to launch the iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 5 in Q2 2011. I only hope that we get to see Steve Jobs work his magic on stage at the launch.