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iPhone 4S cases arrive at AT&T, iPhone 5 might be facing delays over touch panel issues

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iPhone 4S cases arrive at AT&T, iPhone 5 might be facing delays over touch panel issues
iPhone 4S cases arrive at AT&T, iPhone 5 might be facing delays over touch panel issues
The beans have been spilled about the next-gen iPhone (or iPhones) launch - October 4th is already marked on our calendars as that’s when Apple is expected to hold an event featuring new CEO Tim Cook. But in the meantime, the first cases for the iPhone 4S have hit AT&T stores practically confirming that a new iPhone is on its way and at least one of the devices will be an incremental update to the current iPhone 4.

The iPhone 4S cases, coming from Otterbox and Speck, are nearly the same as those for the current handset hinting that an upgrade will mostly happen under the hood. Actually, the Otterbox one carries the name “iPhone 4S” printed out

So what has changed? Most notably, it’s the camera, which now requires a larger opening on the back of the Speck case. The volume buttons look redesigned and are now on the right side.

A larger opening for the camera on the iPhone 4S case

A larger opening for the camera on the iPhone 4S case

At the same time, a possible iPhone 5 might be facing delays due to a touch panel display issue, according to iPhone supply chain makers quoted by Taiwanese daily Digitimes.

The issue affects Wintek-made touch panels in particular and has been dubbed “delayed bubble,” a bubble of gas trapped between layers of film. There are no specifics about the number of iPhones affected and Wintek responded by simply stating that deliveries are going on schedule.

The company is reportedly responsible for 20% to 25% of the total number of panels produced. A 60% to 65% majority is manufactured by Taiwanese TPK Holding, while the small fraction left is attributed to Chimei Innolux. Apple, on its part, is estimated by some to ship 26 million new iPhones in the last quarter of the year. 

One thing is sure, the iPhone craze is looming closer. What do you expect to see on October 4th?

source: BGR, DigiTimes

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posted on 23 Sep 2011, 04:44 7

1. SpanishDeveloper (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)


I expect the following:

-> iPhone 4S: Better camera, same IPS LCD screen and probably the A4 chip with more CPU speed.

-> iPhone 5: A total upgrade of the previous iPhone 4: Bigger display (4 inches will be good), thinner, less weight, A5 dual-core chip, 1GB or more of RAM, at least 8MP camera with 1080p full-HD recording...

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:05 3

16. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Not sure about the 4in screen and 1GB of RAM

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:29

32. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That sounds about right to me. I imagine they're giving the developers time to adjust for changes in screen size. I feel it might be late on the technical side with those specs but Apple has always done well despite not being on the technical cutting edge.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 10:43

36. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


If an LTE iPhone is coming out 1H 2012, I'd rather wait for that..

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 04:53 5

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Until IOS becomes more complex it really doesnt need these specs.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:04 1

15. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


If it doesn't meet these spec, all the fandroids will start saying shxt... oh Apple is behind on hardware parts and charging people premium at the same time.... dumb@$$ iPhones users are stupid....

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:55 4

20. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


1 question. Do you think Waka Flocka is a good rapper or are you just being funny with that picture?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:47

28. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Thumb up on your comment lol

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 04:54

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Apple used 3 different display manufactures, did they made exact display quality and specs. as Apple requested? Example cheese burger at Wendy's and McDonald's tasted different.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:47 1

18. DoctorD0S (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The displays are made to the same specifications. I would say its more accurate to compare a Wendy's cheeseburger from two different Wendy's restaurants. They may be slightly different based on the person making them, but to most people there is no difference. That is all Apple needs.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 05:06 1

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


VIA Technologies sues Apple for patent infringement

Filed in the US District Court in Delaware, VIA claims that Cupertino's iThings and Apple TVs infringe patent numbers 6,253,312, 6,253,311 and 6,754,810, which cover various microprocessor functions. A complaint's also been lodged with the ITC.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 05:17 1

5. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Iphone 5 with 'touch panel fault',sure not,after all history has proven that no iphones are faulty no matter how many dropped calls or need for restore is required.

As for iphone 4s even the most stupid of islaves cannot justify spending so much money on this so called 'new' phone

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:24 4

24. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


you dont know the cost or the features.

calm down, fandroid

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 05:42 1

6. SpanishDeveloper (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)


I have the iPhone 4 from its launch date in Spain (July 31th of 2010) and I'm not even thinking to buy the 4S. I want the brand new iPhone 5 and I hope to be worth it.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 05:52 1

7. Stayfly2407 (unregistered)


As much as I can't wait for the new phone to come out Ive got to let you know that there is some confusion with these cases. Those spec cases are NOT iphone 4s or 5 cases. I work at a att corporate store and we've had both spec cases since the white ip4 came out which was back in April of this year. The hole is bigger because on some of them because of the cam sensor was different for the white ip4.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:13 1

8. areUf*ckin'bLind? (unregistered)


You idiot can't you see that the other case is taller and wider ? Are you effin' blind?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 11:15 2

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


Not to mention the "iPhone 4S" Highlighted on the Otterbox Packaging... did I miss something?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:21

9. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


as a graphic designer the 'S' on the case looks like it is not printed on but, put on after the fact. I seen these same pics on other sites yesterday (phone arena late again) and they did not have the S so someone is tampering with evidence.

www.trustmythoughts.com

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:32

10. AndroidLife (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


To be honest this phone is turning into the Xperia X10. Not exactily because the X10 was announced before it came out but in the sense that it took a hell of a long time for it to finnaly come out. Which is why the phone didnt do so good. though i know there will be a ton of programed apple consumers that seem to buy the phone just becuase it's an Iphone. kinda reminds me of this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:54

12. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


i think people flock to the iphone because it is the easiest operating system to use. and there is so many gadgets and support for the iphone. Like radios being iphone ready. And so on.But it also seems that way also cause there is so many kinds of android phones that people dont realize that if all android users had one phone to choose from there would be i believe way more Aphones (my new nick name for android phones} sold. If that makes sence I am too tired to redo this comment and make it sound clearer of what i am saying

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:29

17. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


This is true, and was a factor in my fiancee buying the iPhone. People already have iPods and radios with iPod docks and their whole CD collection in iTunes, so why not get a phone that uses those, eh?

It's holding back the iPhone though. They can't make an EVO-sized phone because all those docks are designed for a device no wider than an iPod Classic. I'd be surprised if they can even fit a 4" screen on the iP5.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:48

11. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


All i know is if the iphone five does not have LTE for verizon i am gonna pass on it.. I would not be surprised if the Iphone 5 comes with LTE cause they do surprise on introductions and LTE is starting to become the standered for new verizon top tier smart phones. I wonder if thier gonna wait till the origonal iphone launch time next year so they can get everything just right. But the rumer that foxconn or trhe other manufacture is having trouble making the Iphone 5 line seems lagit and it kinda tells me its gonna be soon and its going to be a big change in design. I hope the problem is fitting the LTE enabled proccesser chip into the thinner body. Crossing my fingers

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:58

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if you look at the case, the 4s case is slightly bigger. so i guess that means if they really did stretch it the whoooooooooooooooooooooole way to 3.7 inches from 3.5, they kept the iphone's huge chins in tact. So apple wants to get closer to monster phone size without actually offering the bigger screen? lol

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:27 1

25. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


you can tell all this from looking at a case?

stop cackling at speculation. you have absolutely no idea what screen size or bezel will look like.

calm down, fandroid.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:51

35. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)


everything about the new iphone is rumours and speculation...if there was some hard facts then people would not have to speculate...

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 11:59

40. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ayephoner, get some eyeglasses. make the picture bigger if you need to. that iphone 4s case is ever so slightly larger than the iphone4 case.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 13:31

43. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


and from that you can tell how much they increased the screen size? you can tell the "huge chins" are still intact? you can tell what motivated these things?

all from that picture?

calm down, fandroid.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 13:07

46. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. what an idiot.

lets see.. all the rumors say its a 3.7 inch screen. as much as you post on the rumor threads, you would think u know that.. or do you just purely troll just to be a dumbass?

if the rumor is right, and its 3.7 inch on the screen, and the case is ever so slightly bigger, than means they are keeping the chins to make up for the bigger screen instead of keeping the same demensions and reducing chin size to compensate. Im sorry, does logic always escape you?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:03

14. Ha (unregistered)


Iphone 4s was the Iphone 5 the switched at the last minute when the saw the competition they would face. Iphone 5 im guessing is a next year phone

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:50 1

19. rob5150 (unregistered)


named 4S ? Isn't that a bit confusing? Hmmmm Samsung uses an S in their brands ....... Lawsuit?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 07:56

21. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


HTC also uses S on their devices, like the Desire S, Wildfire S and Incredible S.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:30

26. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


apple also used it with the 3gs.

it is confusing though. the 3gs counted as the 3rd iphone to get them to the "iphone 4", but now in stead of the 5, they are going to the 4s? this really doesnt make sense unless they launch the 5 as well. if they dont, then wouldnt the 5 really be the 6th?

and im sure we will see all sorts of law suits after 10/4.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:16

22. Mrmarina (unregistered)


Can't believe I have have waited two years beyond my contract fulfillment with Sprint to upgrade to the "perfect" phone. The Samsung GII is pretty damn close but I am giving Apple the benefit of the doubt that they won't disappoint... especially with the stock running up so much in anticipation.

No 4G, whether Wimax or LTE, will be a huge disappointment... and if Apple can't produce an all new Iphone 5 while the competitors are coming to market with one phone after another will suck. Why are Apple and Blackberry so far behind the curve after once being the market leaders?

Something tells be my next phone will be the upcoming Nexus or Note, if I can wait that long. An Iphone 5 with Wimax will bring me into the flock... nothing short of that will suck me in.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:33

27. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


whatever they shock us with, it wont be wimax.

they are trying to offer one phone to all carriers. it will have a global 3g radio.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:17

23. wp7 (unregistered)


That's what should happen to apple coz they don't want Samsung screens.lol

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 08:58

29. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Why would this defect in the iPhone 5 be announced now? Didn't they start production around the end of August beginning out September? Or is this some rumor to explain why they think that the amount of iPhone 5s available won't be that much?

You'd think a defect like this would of surfaced a lot sooner.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:12

30. lol@Apple (unregistered)


bwhahahahahahhahaha Apple cant even make ONE phone correctly every year and a half...Then they want to say no one else is innovative? iphone 3g, then 3gs, then 4, then 4s LMAO hahahaha Stupid iSheep keep this company in business why? hahahaha Pathetic!!!

Remember: Just learn to hold your phone differently guys, the external antenna is YOUR fault!

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:25

31. blackychan (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)


Lol i love it when they say "so and so surfaces in AT&T stores" yet none of these items or screenshots are from AT&T inventory.

The newly designed Spec cases HAVE been on sale in ATT stores for almost 4 months now due to problems customer had with Iphone 4 flashes, not because of a new iphone 4S.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:40

33. outdated beforehand (unregistered)


these phones aren't even out and i am already bored with them. old 2010 specks aint going to cut it, no matter how pretty it looks. apple is dying a slow death and once the sheeple split, and homowood goes with a diff "it" phone, they are back to just being a niche product again.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 09:47

34. taz89 (Posts: 2008; Member since: 03 May 2011)


will be disappointed if iphone 5 is not announced...don't want baby steps...if only iphone 4s is released then i will just stick to the iphone 4 and be happy with ios5...iphone 4 is smooth already unless apple make ios5 slow on the iphone 4 like how they made ios4 slow on the 3g...also will not be happy if they leave out features that are capable on the iphone 4 like they always do when releasing a new iphone.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 10:48

37. JayLeBlanc (Posts: 33; Member since: 16 May 2011)


If the only phone Apple is announcing next month is the iPhone 4S, then next year's iPhone will be branded iPhone 6, not iPhone 5.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 11:28 1

39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6131; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


ha ha ha they delay the Iphone 5 now call it the Iphone 4S. Just like their 3Gs. They must really want Samsung screen tech so badly right now. The only difference is its just a bigger screen nothing else changes.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 12:09

41. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


I was able to talk to a Sprint network engineer and he said that the new iPhone will only come in 3G. He said they only tested their model for 3G. I don't know if he is just making it out but who knows.

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 12:58

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


that Sprint engineer is going to get fired for lying to you... and sued by Apple

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 16:12

47. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)


They already sell the Specks like that in the Apple store today...

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 12:07

52. WM6.5Sucks (Posts: 42; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


If Apple truly cares about their consumers, they(as in Apple Executives and CEO etc.) should do the best they can to let them know that this would NOT be an Iphone5 but just a minor upgrade. If not then we will finally understand that Apple is just taking advantage of the fame and popularity of their Iphone/pod/pad brand just for the $cash$. They know that the majority of Apple consumers usually purchase their products based solely on popularity/peer pressure and not high-end specs.

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