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Next iPhone delayed for October due to the 28nm chip shortages, to sport Liquidmetal casing

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Next iPhone delayed for October due to the 28nm chip shortages, to sport Liquidmetal casing
Qualcomm complained the other day about the TSMC foundry not able to set up enough machines to cope with 28nm chips demand, which means its Snapdragon S4 chipsets and next generation LTE radios might be rationed for a few quarters.

CEO Paul Jacobs clarified that the capacity strain on the giant foundry will be somewhat eased in September, but overall there will be supply issues throughout the year. That market reality has supposedly made Apple decide to release its LTE iPhone a year after the 4S, said Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray, thus moving its annual phone launch to October for the second time in a row.

The analyst also said it will sport a new body design, and a Korean news publication chipped in with its own sources saying that the next iPhone will sport Liquidmetal casing. 

This alloy is an amalgamation of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and other stuff, that can be injection-molded for unibody designs, is very durable and is smooth like a liquid surface on the outside. The SIM card ejector on the iPhone is built with it, if you want to see what it feels like, but how it will look in an eventual iPhone chassis application is the billion dollar question.

source: Bloomberg & ETNews

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posted on 20 Apr 2012, 02:39 4

1. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I will get one, to replace my Itouch, I'm tired of getting the short end of the stick from apple because I use an Itouch

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:51

30. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


What is an itouch? Where did you get it? That's really impressive considering THERE IS NO SUCH F***ING THING.

iDiot.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 15:44 1

32. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4113; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I hope that was sarcasm. iTouch = iPod Touch. It's a common name for it.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:07

35. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


No, it was not sarcasm, it was truth. There is NO SUCH THING as an "itouch". Find me one and I will PayPal you $1,000 no joke.

Just because iDiots are too simple to know what they own doesn't mean they can make up a name and that's what it's called. A LOT of parents and older folks call Xbox, Ps3, PSP, etc "nintendos", doesn't make it so.

I would fully expect my mechanic to point and laugh and insist I leave his shop if when asked what kind of car I own I respond with "an '08 Vroom Vroom." Yes, people who refer to ipods as "itouches", you really DO sound THAT f*cking stupid. Knock it off.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 20:16

38. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


nobody sounds stupid… its just abbreviating… you used it when u said '08, it's, that's, etc…

if u dont want to use abbreviations than thats fine but practice what you preach

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 14:57

42. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Just looking for anything to get angry about, aren't you?

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 16:06

34. BattleBrat (Posts: 1175; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Keep in mind, my phone is a RAZR.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:21 4

2. _PHug_ (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I don't believe for a second that Apple would put the best processor available in the next iPhone.
More Likely they would save that to sell in the 'S' version in the following years remix phone.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:27 6

3. ScottSchneider (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


I don't think this will match the SGS3 any time...

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:27 9

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


4" screen
A5X chip clocked at 800 Mhz (Dual core CPU with quad core graphics)
LTE
1152*768 resolution (probably)
Same 8MP camera with 1080p video recording
The new iPhone.

Been there, seen that.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:43 5

7. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Sounds like it will change everything again again! $

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 05:18

9. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Probably with U.S. ONLY LTE!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:54 4

15. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


If the carriers want to fragment the LTE standard into a hundred different frequency bands, that's the carrier's bad. They're only doing it to keep their customers from switching. Blame the carriers for f*&()&ing up LTE, not Apple.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:46

36. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


But still, Apple is the only manufacturer that makes one phone and expects all carriers frequency to support, otherwise the carrier doesn't get it. Everyone else adjusts the phone specific to the carrier.... well except Apple, because THEY believe that the universe revolves around them and their products.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 05:27 1

10. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I don't think they are gonna change the display resolution. That would only cause tons of problems with app compatibility and after all, 960x640 is more than enough.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 06:34

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


for a 3.5" screen. If they go for a 4" they got to increase the resolution as well..

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:11 1

19. theoak (Posts: 322; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I don't think they will use the A5X.

It is hard to conclude, but the A5X seems power hungry.

I see Apple bringing in a new chip.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:29

5. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Of course, it will be... divine!

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 03:41

6. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


By the time it actually comes out the galaxy s3 could well have a strangle hold on the market as well as other top androids. Also come October or November we will be seeing the next line of android being seen beyond quad core. Still the extra wait until October gives iphone 4$ fans more time to save up for a sim free version due to lack of an upgrade

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 04:00 7

8. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yeah just like the Galaxy SII had a stranglehold on the market when the 4S came out. It's just history repeating itself really.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:21 2

24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Well let's see no android phone has a stranglehold on the market since the iPhone outsells them all.

There's not even quad core phones out yet and you're trying to say its outdated?

Uneducated android user

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 08:43

39. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


"Well let's see no android phone has a stranglehold on the market since the iPhone outsells them all"

actually android sells more worldwide than your apple iphone

yet again another arrogant and ignorant apple user

the iphone will be outdated when it is released, of that i'm willing to bet money on. Your iphone 4s is a Droid X2 currently and you expect that the Iphone 5 is going to somehow set a standard?

what planet do you live on that you actually trust apple?

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 06:05 2

11. cdilson (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Apr 2010)


I'll take two please. Yessah.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:55 2

16. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


In for 5. The whole family is waking up and slowly switching from dying droids that aren't getting any updates.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:43 2

29. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Huh, you must have the LG PHOENIX - try the DROID RAZR - works great with ICS 4.0.1.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 06:41 6

13. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


i dont buy that there were ever plans to launch this thing this summer. that just doesnt make sense to me.

and im a bit shocked by the constant comparison to android. apple and their customers could care less about android devices winning the spec race. apple only cares about profit, their customers only care about UI and pretty, "just working" devices.

even with the slimmest of upgrades (probably what we'll see), this will outsell every other phone released this year.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 09:58 1

17. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Mostly true. But I also want to be able to do anything I need with a phone, and do it well. I couldn't care less about rooting or 3D customizable screen this slow a phone down to a crawl.

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 08:44

40. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


so doing things like widgets is doing "anything and doing it well?"

pardon me while i throw up

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:13

20. theoak (Posts: 322; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Personally, the longer they wait, I am okay with it.

I purchased my i4, two years ago Christmas. So essentially, I would have to wait till the New Year 2013 anyway before I could upgrade ;)

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 13:32

28. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


thats partially true chack. rooting can increase the speed (through over clocking) and custamizable screens, im guessing you mean wall paper. i think its silly, but if the specs are there, it shouldnt noticably slow it down at all.

theoak, they'll probably offer you an upgrade when it launches or shortly after. i doubt you'll wait until 2013. when i look now, its 20 months after my last upgrade.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 15:53 2

33. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


A lot of people buy iPhones just because there iPhones. A lot of them don't really know anything about dual core, quad core, etc. Their just buying iPhone because they want to have that phone they see constantly in the media and hears about in the news. Most iPhone costumers go in to the store saying "I want an iPhone." Hell, some of the older people don't even know what the damn thing looks like, and parents get them because thats what their children want, and the children want it so they can be like the stars and the popular kids playing their Gameloft games. It's very rare that costumers are well informed about the specs or any of the other phones on the market when purchasing an iPhone. The iPhone's best asset is its name. People hear iPhone and think "Oh, thats the best because, that's the phone the stars have right?" and the don't even go thought the trouble of seeing what else is on the market. It's commodity fetishism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_fetishism)​. The iPhone in are society symbolizes "status" just like what we say before with Blackberry's. We saw it with the Instagram fiasco. The general reation put forth by iPhone users was basically "don't let those poor android users have what we have!". That doesn't sound like a reaction from a well informed costumer to me when there price difference between top android phones and the iPhone are not far apart. Thats not to say that there aren't well informed costumers buying iPhones as well but, they mostly do it for the extraordinary developer support of the App Store. Almost all major dev's put there app on the App Store before any other app market be it the Play Store or Windows Phone. Some of them don't even bother to put there apps anywhere else at all and there are reasons. The point is thought that Apple really doesn't have to be the best in spec. department, they only have to be just a good as their competitors and they will still win in sales because Apple keeps their devices in the media. The only way that will change is if people become informed about the other phones on the market.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 17:50

37. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Amen.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 08:54

14. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


I think apple has to realize the iphone 5 is their last chance to grab a hold of many android users. I personally am willing to switch if it has the following:
-4 inch screen
-at least 10 mp camera
-some basic widgets (is it that much to ask)
-quad core processor
-LTE (that should be a given)

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:02 2

18. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


- My DSLR has a 6MP sensor and takes awesome pictures. For a phone, the limitation on picture quality is not the number of pixels, but rather the quality of the sensor and optics. A bump to 10 mp would be meaningless.

- Why do you need a quad core!? Most laptops running 64 bit Windows run more very fast with a dual core.

Seriously, there's a difference between changing specs just to be able to say you have more megapixels or more cores, and changing specs that make a difference.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:15 1

21. theoak (Posts: 322; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I agree here. Why quad core? Yes, you want games to be fast. Yes, you want fluid navigation.

In the end though, the purpose of the phone is to be "mobile". Having a phone tied to a charging cord all of the time is far from "mobile".

I would gladly sacrifice a core or two if it meant I did not have to charge the thing so much.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:24

22. theoak (Posts: 322; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Personally ... I think a faster imaging processor ... optical/digital stabilization ... these will provide more quality and a better experience the pixels.

Mind you, the memory/NAND manufacturers are going to love you. More MP means larger sized pictures. The phone will then need the extra storage for all these larger pictures.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:24

25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I think LTE and camera upgrade are a no brainier. They already added two widgets to ios 5.

I think 4 inch screen and quad core are likely but not guaranteed. You have to understand processor with an iPhone is not that important because iOS is well written OS that functions very smoothly. Android needs faster processors and still has more hiccups.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 10:37 2

23. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Another magic trick marketing ploy by Apple here,
Liquid Metal Casing.....All metals are liquid at some point between ore and the products they are used in, especially alloys.
Apple trying to make it sound futureistic like the Terminator 3.
Nice try Apple but some of us are too smart to fall for your ploys.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 11:25

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Try reading up on what it is. You make yourself sound very ignorant right now.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 12:21 1

27. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


‘metallic glass is a metal alloy, but one with the disordered structure of glass’. The material has been around since the 1990s, but since a new breakthrough in ‘superspeed pulse mould technology’, this type of glass, which is as tough as metal, can now be used for phone casings.

I know what it is but read the above description and see if you can find the problem

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 14:56 1

31. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


When is the last time apple released anything ground breaking or revolutionary or (shudder) magical? The original iphone is the correct answer. Apple cannot innovate, all they know how to do is sucker people into buying another itteration of the ipod (since ipod is the heart and soul of their "product line" if you could even call their novelties that) since thats all they know how to do: resize the ipod, add ONE feature to differentiate it from the iphone/pad, lather rinse repeat. Pathetic.

Translated for iDiots: "baaaaaaaaaaaah baah baah, bah bah bleat."

posted on 21 Apr 2012, 08:50

41. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


i cant wait until Winphone comes out (for Verizon) even tho i'm an android user....that way there will be one more reason that Apple Iphone will make it even more of a religion and that much more dead to the world

i wish that you had to actually know technology to buy it.

liquidmetal casing?

ILaugh

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