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.

Facebook Working with HTC to Build its Own Smartphone

Rumors of a Facebook phone are bubbling up again. Facebook was supposedly working to launch its own phone around the beginning of 2012, but that didn’t materialize. Apparently, it is working with HTC now to build its own smartphone, and launch it in 2013.

It is developing a “modified operating system” for the device, possibly a heavily customized version of Android, and also continues to focus on its mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Facebook has more than 900 million monthly active users with a lot of them accessing the service via their mobile phones.

It still hasn’t been able to figure out a good way to monetize its growing mobile audience, because of which analysts and investors alike are concerned about its future revenue potential. Its stock price crashed right after it went public on concerns that it might never be able to figure out the mobile monetization puzzle, which, admittedly, is a tough nut to crack.

Facebook’s official statement says:

“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”

Facebook has hired some Apple iPhone engineers to work on its phone hardware, and also made some talent acquisitions to work on improving its mobile apps and presumably its mobile OS.

If Facebook ties in its services deeply with its smartphone, and manages to sell a ton of devices, it might be able to generate a significant amount of revenue from mobile advertising, and also reduce its dependence on Apple’s and Google’s devices to generate mobile ad revenue.

via Bloomberg

Interesting Bits from Apple’s Q3 FY12 Earnings Call

Apple posted its earnings for Q3 FY12 on July 24, with quarterly revenue of $35 billion and a net profit of $8.8 billion, showing healthy growth of around 20% year-over-year. It also revealed some additional information in the press release, but most of the juicy tidbits were revealed only in the earnings call that followed.


Apple sold nearly 26.028 million iPhone units in the last quarter which ended in June. It generated $16.425 billion in revenue from iPhone sales.


Apple sold around 17.042 million iPad units, generating $9.171 billion in segment revenue.


Mac sales added up to 4.020 million units (1.010 Mac desktops and 3.010 Mac portables), generating $4.933 billion in total revenue.

iPod, iTunes and App Store

Apple sold nearly 6.751 million iPod units, generating $1.060 billion in revenue from hardware sales. It also made nearly $2.060 billion in revenue from iTunes, App Store and iBookStore sales.

The App Store is now available in 155 countries, and offers more than 650,000 apps and games, with 225,000 apps specifically for the iPad. It has surpassed more than $5.5 billion in payments to developers, which is way more than Google can claim yet.


It also made some additional revenue from peripheral sales, other hardware and software sales, and services, which added up to $1.554 billion.

All these numbers add up to $35.023 billion, Apple’s total revenue.

In the last quarter, Apple increased its cash reserves by $7.045 billion, bringing the total up to around $117.221 billion.

Geographically, while America still accounts for most of its sales, China is proving to be a huge opportunity for Apple. It generated $5.7 billion in revenue from China in Q3, with most of it coming from iPhone sales.

Going forward, we expect most of Apple’s growth to come from emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region.

Cook didn’t mention the iPad Mini or reveal any details of the next iPhone during the earnings call. Not that anyone expected him to.

Earnings call transcript via SeekingAlpha

Apple Q3 FY12 Earnings: $35 Billion in Revenue, $8.8 Billion in Net Profit

Apple has posted its earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2012, with quarterly revenue of $35 billion and a net profit of $8.8 billion, both up nearly 20% year-over-year. It managed to improve its gross margins from 41.7% to 42.8% this quarter.

It sold 26 million iPhones this quarter, which was up 28% year-over-year, but fell short of analyst expectations which predicted 29 million iPhones unit sales. The lull in iPhone sales is because the iPhone 4S is now almost a year old, and consumers are holding out for the next iPhone which is expected to be launched in October.

It also sold 17 million iPads, which is significantly above the 15 million figure which consensus analyst estimates suggested. The iPad has been a huge hit globally, and the onslaught of cheaper tablets have failed to have much of an impact on its sales yet. That may change in the next quarter though, as we see the impact of the Nexus 7 tablet by Google.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said:

“We’re thrilled with record sales of 17 million iPads in the June quarter. We’ve also just updated the entire MacBook line, will release Mountain Lion tomorrow and will be launching iOS 6 this Fall. We are also really looking forward to the amazing new products we’ve got in the pipeline.”

The “amazing new products” could very well be the iPhone 5 and the rumored iPad Mini. We shall know soon.

Apple also declared a dividend of $2.65 per share which will be payable to shareholders on August 16, 2012.

Another interesting fact — Apple now has over $117 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short term and long term marketable securities.

Apple Q3 FY12 Earnings: What to Expect?

Apple will be reporting its financials for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 on July 24. Here are some insights into what to expect from the consumer electronics giant this earnings season.


The iPhone 4S was launched last October and drove Apple’s revenue growth for the following two quarters. However, as consumers gear up for the launch of the next iPhone — the iPhone 5 — in October 2012, iPhone sales in the last quarter are expected to be relatively lower.

Apple always offers low guidance numbers, and then positively surprises analysts with better actual figures. However, it will be difficult for it to beat Wall Street consensus analyst estimates, given a slowdown in iPhone sales as well as a general macroeconomic weakness in China and Europe.

Since the iPhone accounts for a major portion of Apple’s overall profits, this will probably lead to significantly lower revenue numbers compared to last quarter.


The iPad 3 has been seeing some crazy sales numbers since its launch in March. This will be the first full quarter since the launch of the tablet, and we expect the revenue growth to be driven primarily by the launch of the iPad 3.

The iPad’s launch in China, particularly, could drive a huge jump in revenues.

Estimates suggest that Apple sold nearly 29 million iPhones in the June quarter, down from 35 million in the March quarter. However, it is expected to have sold around 15 million iPads this quarter, which could potentially compensate for the fall in iPhone sales.

The coming year is going to be very eventful for Apple, as it launches the next iPhone in October, possibly the iPad Mini before the end of the year, as well as the next version of the iPad in March 2013.

Other Stuff

Apple will also have sold a ton of Macs, iPods and other auxiliary stuff, and will also generate some revenue from iTunes and the App Store, but that is insignificant compared to its iPhone and iPad sales.

Analyst expectations point to estimated revenue of $37.2 billion in Q3 FY12, with earnings per share of $10.35.

via Reuters

Review: dbrand Skins For iPhone and PS Vita


Dbrand Skins

I love the iPhone’s design. With its sleek aluminium curves and glass front and back, I’m always a bit worried about scratching it when laying it down on a table or throwing it in my messenger bag. Because of this, I wanted to protect my iPhone with a thin skin that would add a bit of style to my iPhone without adding any bulk. That’s when I reached out to dbrand, an up and coming iPhone skin manufacturer. They agreed that I had to try their product and sent me a couple review samples over: one for my iPhone 4S  and one for my PS Vita.

To begin, the dbrand skins are made from a high quality, textured material made by 3M. dbrand offers a ton of different types of textures, from titanium to carbon fiber to a faux leather. You can also choose from many different colors as well. And since the dbrand skins cover the back, front and sides of your device, you can choose different colors and textures for each piece.

The skins can be applied pretty easily on the iPhone 4S while the PS Vita skin took a bit of time to align correctly. The whole process for applying both types of skin took around 10 minutes to get everything lined up correctly. Removing the skin is easy and leaves virtually no residue on your device. The skin can be reapplied a few times without issues.

The skin itself is extremely durable. After using the skins for just over a month, I’ve found that that they hold up really well. For instance, I’m currently using the white carbon fiber skins on my iPhone 4S and haven’t noticed any staining or scratching on the skin itself. I have also reapplied the skin twice while switching between cases and it hasn’t lost any of it’s tackiness. To me, these qualities show that the dbrand skins are very well built and can be used for months on end.

Pricing on the dbrand skins is a bit steep for my liking. The dbrand skins for the iPhone 4/4S currently cost $25 per set, which includes both a rear and side shield. I think that dbrand should either moderately lower the price of the skins or possibly include a screen shielding kit with every dbrand set.

All in all I can definitely recommend the dbrand skins for either the PS Vita or iPhone. And with so many colors and textures, you’ll love your dbrand skins. If you want to pick up a set for yourself, head over to dbrand’s website.

iOS and Mac AppStore Deals: Tons Of Popular Games and Apps Go on Sale!

If you own an iOS running device, consider this to be your lucky day. Thanks to Independence Day, all iOS developers have put their games and application on sales. This includes all the gaming titles from EA, and other popular games like Real Racing 2 etc.

Here is a list of quite a few popular games for iPad that are up for sale. Their iPhone versions of the games also up for sale, so head over to the App Store to download them.

There are tons of other games that are also up for sale. Use an application like AppZapper HD to track deals on these apps. Apart from the iOS AppStore, quite a few applications have gone for sale on the Mac App Store or are even available for free. Two lesser known RSS apps – Monotomy & Moka – are now available as a free download, while Fantastical, an outstanding calendar app for the Mac, is available for only $9.99 compared to its usual price of $19.99.

For Mac gamers out there, Call Of Duty Modern Warfare is also up for grabs for only $19.99 instead of its usual price of $39.99.

iPhone Turns Five Years Old the Friday with 250 Million Units Sold, $150 Billion in Revenue

This Friday will mark the fifth anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone. The first iPhone was officially launched on June 29th, 2007. Research firms Strategy Analytics has put together some interesting statistics, noting that has shipped 250 million iPhones cumulatively worldwide, generating $150 billion in cumulative revenues.

“The iPhone portfolio has become a huge generator of cash and profit for Apple,” said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics. “A quarter of a billion iPhones have been shipped cumulatively worldwide in the first five years since launch and Apple reaches its fifth birthday at the top of its game.”

With the iPhone sales continuing to grow, more than 100 million of those unit sales have come during this past year. The iPhone 4S has caused a significant part of the surge, with over 35 million units sold in each of the past two quarters.

Business Insider also points out that the iPhone generates more quarterly revenue than Microsoft’s entire business, generates more profit than GE, Microsoft, or Google, and has remade the technology industry with its dominating position. Wow.

Use whatever you like, but don’t deny that the iPhone didn’t revolutionize many industries.

New Game: Frisbee Rush Brings Nintendo Wii Style Motion Gaming to Android and iPhone


While we’ve covered many worthy mobile games in the past such as Equiblirum, Max Payne and more that offer superb graphics and story, I recently came across a game that has gone a step ahead and offers real Nintendo Wii-esque motion controller gaming experience with a smartphone — Frisbee Rush.

Frisbee Rush is basically a mobile-desktop game that uses your phone as a Frisbee controller and your desktop/TV screen as a window to a city. The city is being raided by aliens and your job is to throw Frisbees at them by either swinging your phone (like a real Wii controller) or manually throwing Frisbees by swiping them from the mobile screen towards the monitor.


It takes some time in learning the art of Frisbee throwing since we Android gamers are not used of motion gaming. But the game becomes insanely addictive once you’ve mastered it, especially in a co-operative multi-player mode where you can play with upto two of your friend(s), helping each other in salvaging the city.

Frisbee Rush features 12 different levels and trust me, the game difficulty increases exponentially with each level; I’m still trying to complete the third level even after spending almost an hour with it… Or maybe I’m a terrible gamer.


Setting up Frisbee Rush is fairly an easy task and all you’re required to do is download the game on your mobile and load its website in a desktop web-browser. Next, a unique code will appear on your mobile screen. Enter the code in your desktop browser and you’re ready to play.

The best part of the game is probably its price — it’s completely free. It is available for both both the major mobile platforms — iPhone and Android.

Download from Play Store | iTunes

Caution: Please hold your phone tight while throwing Frisbees. Techie-Buzz won’t be responsible for any damages to your phone ;)

Apple Reportedly Adopting 19-pin Dock Connector for Next iPhone

A few months ago, iMore reported that Apple was working on a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices, which would allow the company to reduce the size of the current 30-pin connector in order to allow its devices to shrink further and to provide space for other components. Since then, rumors regarding the smaller dock connector have been all over the place.

Now, TechCrunch reports that it is hearing more about the small connector. In addition, the word on the street is that it will include 19 pins for the connectivity. TechCrunch‘s report comes as Mobile Fun shares several case drawings and renderings from a case manufacturer who believes that the parts leaked so far will prove to be true.

One manufacturer we spoke to said that he was sure that the leaked images were accurate – so sure that he was already preparing to construct iPhone 5 cases and he’d be willing to ship replacements for free if they turned out not to be perfect. He enumerated three big changes from the old iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5:

1. The phone is much bigger, measuring 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin. The screen is 4″.
2. The earphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone.
3. The dock connector is much smaller, similar in size to micro USB.

According to the post, the drawings and renderings have seem to be created by the case manufacturer as it works to design cases for the leaked form factor. It should be noted that nothing is confirmed until Apple confirms it themselves.