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Apple iPhone 5 reportedly in trial production with Q3 launch eyed

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Apple iPhone 5 reportedly in trial production with Q3 launch eyed
China Times is reporting today that trial production has started on the Apple iPhone 5. The next version of the iconic touchscreen device is expected to be launched in the third quarter. As we reported, the device will feature support for NFC which could lead to a wireless payment system that could be used in lieu of credit cards to make payments at the register.

Some of the other changes to Apple's handset are things already bandied about in earlier discussions. For example, the financial paper expects the iPhone 5 to be equipped with a bigger 4 inch screen so that the phone can compete with the newer Android models which are sporting 4 inch to 4.3 inch displays. The bigger screen is supposed to stretch out all the way to the edge of the phone which will allow the handset to be the same size as the current model. Another big change involves the replacement the glass body seen on the current iPhone 4 with a less fragile metal chassis.

source: ChinaTimes (translated) via BGR

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posted on 22 Mar 2011, 11:07 6

1. evo1 (unregistered)


Apple still ain't quit yet?

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 11:41 11

2. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


This is obviously their last shot at a profitable phone before they declare bankruptcy.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 11:50 9

3. nimo (Posts: 72; Member since: 11 Jun 2010)


What an ass of a statement. When was the last time you checked the company's net worth.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 12:04 8

5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm just sick of everyone bashing the iPhone to prop up their favorite device. Wake up, people. The iPhone is not dead, they'll keep improving it every year, and whether you love it or hate it, it's deserving of coverage here.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 12:15 6

6. derp (unregistered)


Im pretty sure thats called "sarcasm".

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 14:43 2

11. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Judging from all my thumbs-down, sarcasm has no place here.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 13:08 3

7. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


yeah, i cant believe they are still pumping out versions of the revolutionary, top selling device that changed everything and making tons of money off of it. dumbies.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 14:34 1

9. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


If you were the maker of one the most desired phones would you quit?

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 19:05

21. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Absolutely! Common Sense....

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 01:26

33. tuminatr (Posts: 637; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


lol that's funny Apple fans wont have that, you cant poke fun at there choice in phones its just not allowed

but in all honestly apple needs to do something real big here and hopefully they will

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 11:56

4. Shanism (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


I find it funny how most of the news of the Iphone 5 has been from china. were they not the ones who made the knock off I phone? haha

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 15:52

15. box (unregistered)


Apple's products are made in China, so they would be the ones to know that sort of thing.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 14:20 1

8. mrc0ck (unregistered)


I am interested in seeing what apple willl do with its Iphone lineup this year,
Sprint announcing the Evo 3D, and the countless other android phones storming out the gates, Apple only releases one phone per year, lets hope they actually make a dent in revolution this go around

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 14:41 1

10. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Unfortunately for Apple, they've hit a wall in terms of what they can do with their phone. They can't (or won't) change the size, so all they can do is stretch the screen to the borders and boost the camera. They won't make it LTE because the tech is unproven by their standards. The A5 dual core processor will be a big improvement, but nothing about the phone sounds revolutionary. I see the following:

4" retina display
1 Ghz dual core
8 MP camera
HSPA+ for AT&T?

So essentially, an iPhone-shaped ATRIX.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 14:58

12. quakan (Posts: 1079; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


plus something else you haven't thought of. :-)

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 15:27 2

13. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


An upward facing camera?

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 20:31

26. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well I feel like every manufacturer has hit a wall right now. I feel like there are 3D phones coming out because there just isn't anything else to put on phones (every Android phone is starting to look exactly the same).

I've always thought 3D was cool, but I don't know how long it will last. Will every phone two years from now have a 3D screen is what I want to know, cause that might be a little annoying. Hopefully for Apple, this is the year of software because that's where every phone lacks.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 06:07

34. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I feel its not going to have a 4" retina... either a 4" display or a retina display

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 14:51

41. rottenapple (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


The best operating system will win the race.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 15:43 1

14. Carlos (unregistered)


Ok good for them apple lovers, but the iphone 5 is going to have a hard time beating android devices, there are some android phones that have already come out like the Atrix that blows averythng else away, even the phone becomes the best phone it wont be for a long time probably a couple of months. Plus they are coming up with a new atrix already coming out Q4 with android 2.3 and 4g lte, and a whole lot more 2.3 android coming about the same time the iphone 5 comes out or later. Apple cant compete with android.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 20:42

27. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I love how you say Apple is going to have a hard time beating android devices, as in 1 vs 1,000. Anyways, the iPhone 4 is still doing pretty well right now almost a year later so I'm not too worried about how well the iPhone 5 will do. If a new iPhone was being released in Q4 like the new atrix with only lte upgrade, people would say that it's a minor update. But because it's android, its revolution! Apple will probably out-do Android come this June, just like it did last year.

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 08:43 1

37. Youranidiot (unregistered)


are you on crack??? Android is the #1 selling phone in the world. Apple sells almost half the phones android and even Nokia do worldwide.

So keep thinking this June Apple will blow Android away.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 16:11 2

16. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I'm a bit disappointed in the iPhone 5, especially because quad core will be coming out most likely at the same time. Still super excited to see apples final product!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 16:38 1

17. IOS5 (unregistered)


Even if the quad core phones comes out still can't be faster than dual core iPhone. Already dual core Android phones out and still crashes and lag! The best Android phone in the market today it's nexus s and it's single core but it's faster than dual core LG 2x and still a bit laggy!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 16:58 3

18. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


incorrect many single core phones are faster than the iPhone 4... Only problem I have with apple people is they literally make things up like the this. there is almost zero lag on almost every phone with a 1ghz processor. Don't make things up.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 17:02 2

19. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Also to add to it you should probably know that let's say the A4 chip ran on the iPhone 4 does is less powerful than the Hummingbird. every chip an iPhone or iPad has Samsung has one better, can you guess why!!! WOW YOU GOT OWNED!!!!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 20:26

24. android lags (unregistered)


iphone does not lag. android does. every android phone i've ever seen or touched has some kind of lag. i have a samsung fascinate and an iphone 3g - the android lags and hiccups, the iphone doesn't.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 22:56 1

28. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I never said once that iOS lags!!! First I haven't had this problem with my DX well at least not noticeable, but i have had force closes and freezes. Second in many reviews I have seen the pros even on this site that says runs perfectly smooth. third where in my post do i say android doesn't lag? so your probably lying. Claiming you have an android device doesn't get me sorry kid. It is a fact that the hummingbird is a better chip now you can do the research on your own. DONT LIE YOU DONT HAVE AN ANDROID DEVICE!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 17:43 1

20. iPwn (unregistered)


So a phone with great specs, that rarely breaks, is worse than a phone that has no true identity and cant have even one company "get it right?" sure.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 19:33 2

23. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


wrong again well at least according to phonearena, cnet and engadget!!! WOW I keep them coming please. Motorola has made 3 great phones Atrix, D1, Dx. HTC Evo 4g, HTC G1, HTC G2. Samsung Galaxy Tab and samsung vibrant!!!! Wow seriously stop trying to shit on android because your just making a fool out of yourself. I like the iPhone I just don't like when people have no clue what they are talking about.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 20:29

25. android lags (unregistered)


all those phones you mentioned are choppy and lag.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 23:01 2

29. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I haven't had any problems, and your argument gets weaker especial since I own a DX and have had very little lag and nothing worth bitching about. cnet and engadget have all claimed that the samsung Galaxy S phones run great. I suggest you talk to samsung immediately about this problem you might have a defected UNIT!!! Your trying to pretend like you own an Android device so stop its just annoying.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 23:05 2

30. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


But to compare an android devices scrolling and zooming to iOS is dumb because nothing can compare to iOS level of smoothness. But kids thats almost 99% of the time the Softwares fault not the Hardware!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 19:27 2

22. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 932; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


if apple is trying to keep up with the android 4G models....Y NOT MAKE IT LTE AND KEEP IT MOVING????

If Apple wants to remain the king of smartphones, they need to think outside the box!! something theyve never done before. they know that 4" screens are whats hot these days and there are phones that can compete with the i-phone and for the first time in years and have the OS to compliment as well. If Apple looks at the postings from sites like this, they need to get with the program and make the design of the phone bigger therefore making other phone companies (Samsung, HTC, LG, etc) keep up with them. The i-phones design hasnt changed since introduction and thats getting old!!

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 06:53 1

35. BeryTurnOn (unregistered)


You probly dont even know what "retina"means .. Its more than 300 Dpi , so largest diplay could be 3,8 , 4´wont be retina with this resolution .

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 08:25

36. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It depends on what they do with the resolution. If they keep the same DPI (326) but add pixels (going from, 960x640 to 1100x660), it will still be the same "retina display" but 3.9-4".

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 09:14

38. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


indeed but this new retina display may(MAY as in POSSIBLE) come at a cost... whats going to be the price to oay? could be anything from how apps take on the new screen+ resolution to how efficient it could be... but coming from apple we always have to wait and see how things come out... we might see a surprise

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 10:19

39. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


me one of ppl who do not like iPhone for few reasons. But actualy there is no alternative in market! You think android? No its not a real alternative. It have lots of phoblem, and its UGLY, bouth hardware and software( havent seen a single nice lookign androind phone since its beggining).

So once next iPhone comes out, it have a chanse to get in mine hands, unless i buy some overgrown PDA (the ones you call tablets these days, like xoom, playbook and ipad...), or other manifactuer make some good device (device value fit the price)...

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:48

40. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


This is stupid. Apple is already on IPHONE12G, 1 update at a time xD. This one(Iphone 12G) is going to be the first iphone with removable memory but only for specialized 2 gb apple memory sticks and when that comes out apple will be on the IPHONE23G this polished t3rd will support Flash Lite ahahahaha.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 10:29

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posted on 29 Mar 2011, 08:21

49. venboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


apple was doing good jobs for several years, and now those guys stuck middle of silly problems. They was highly inspired by every person in the world cause they think different. I hope they never do anything like iphone 4g and bring out iphone 5 to wash away every problem and mistake done by iphone 4g and earn it respect again in future. I wish iphone line to be with people all over the world for ever they are man best communicators.

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