Apple to roll out a redesigned iPhone 5, more iPads in 2012?

Apple to roll out a redesigned iPhone 5, more iPads in 2012?
Remember last year’s talk about a redesigned next-gen iPhone with a teardrop shape, edge-to-edge screen, a touch sensitive home button, and a larger screen? Remember how much of it came true? Exactly - none. Still 2012 is right around the corner and the rumor about a redesigned iPhone 5 persists. 

This time an interesting analysis comes from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster who believes that since Apple didn’t bring a brand new design to the iPhone 4S, it should introduce overhauled looks in the iPhone 5. The analyst also predicted that the new iPhone will arrive in the summer, just as every iPhone except for the 4S did.

The new iPhone 5 will also define Apple’s performance in 2013 and Munster expects two scenarios. In the base forecast, Apple will sell 142 million iPhones in 2013, and record an 18% boost in revenue. The other bull case option projects Apple selling 162 million iPhone units in 2013 and revenue could grow by 28%.

Munster sees the iPad as the other huge driving force behind Apple’s possible future growth. The report mentions the possibility of both a lower-priced iPad that could arrive in late 2012 and the traditional redefinition of the iPad in spring 2012. In 2013, that could lead to 66 million iPads sold in the base case, and the whopping 77 million in the bull case, with revenue growing by 30% over the year.

Now, predicting Apple’s launches is a tough task, but nonetheless, what’s your take on this - do you think that Cupertino will indeed redesign the iPhone in 2012, and do you really want it to change?

source: AppleInsider



1. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Deja vu?

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2362; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

PA does this' at lease once a month ...smh ...

21. cristhiansaid

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2010


24. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

IMHO there is no way the bezel can be that slim. There will be so many accidental screen presses when you hand is wrapped around it. Try as they may they are going to HAVE to make the phone overall larger. Deal with it.

49. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Android phones are going the same way. Samsung tech is awesome... just ask Apple.. lol They could make the edge of the screen less sensitive to touch and solve that issue. I doubt people would notice too much unless they spend all day running their fingers along the edges of the screen.

2. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

hmmm as far as the ipad goes I think it will have a better resolution and quad core with higher Mp for the camera but same design

23. cristhiansaid

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2010

you should buy a android tablet lol jajajajajajaja

3. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Personally I think they should keep the design, albeit thinner, and improve the specs (Quad-core, 12 MP camera, larger edge-to-edge screen maybe on all sides, more RAM, 3D screen and camera) and worry about catching up to Android in software

7. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

3d screens are terrible and were just a way to try make some extra sales. They look like holographic images that you would see on a little card.

31. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Leave the option there for people who want it, but it's highly unlikely 3D will become a standard feature.

30. renegade626

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

3D is to close to a niche technology and apple doesnt go for something like that unless it is something that will appeal to the masses. I dont see how the software on android is superior. IOS is so well integrated with the hardware that iphones performance will always outmatch droid. Plus you wont have to worry about your phone getting virtual aids from just downloading a ringtone app.

41. chadrick0814 unregistered

I guess 4g is niche technology also. As well integrated as an iPhone is, why couldn't 4g be integrated?

45. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I'm pretty sure 4G hasn't been added yet because Apple isn't ready to sacrifice the battery life. That would be my guess.

46. renegade626

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

My argument still stands. Apple is an all or nothing company. If 4G is not available to the vast majority of iphone users then it is not ready to be on a phone.

51. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Well iOS must work on a few previous gen products. So I can't see 3D being something that developers would bother with. (Angry Birds 3D would be cool though)

4. SeniorEd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

I think the iphone 5 will have a mild redesign, nothing too major. LTE, definitely, and most likely a larger screen, but probably not more than 4" diagonal. It will be interesting to see if it gets a quad core processor or stays with the dual core? The timing of an iphone 5 launch is the tough question. There have been a lot of articles that suggest the second generation base band chips for LTE, which are supposed to be more power efficient, will not be available until the H2, 2012. So, it is very likely that a launch could be Late summer or even in October again. My hunch is that there will be an Ipad 3 in April and an iphone 5 in October. Kind of makes sense to have a good 6 months between launches of next gen ipads and iphones. I'm SeniorEd, and I'm out.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Sounds about right on the October 2012 date. Despite the longer wait between the 4 and 4S, I don't think they'll go back to the June release date for the iPhone. Holiday releases are now standard for Android, so they can further avoid any thunder-stealing by Jellybean. I do think it'll be a pretty significant redesign though. I don't know if they can wedge a 4" screen into the current form factor. There's only so narrow they can make the bezel while still allowing for cases. The Nexus is about as thin as anyone can go.

6. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Chances are there won't be too many software changes in iOS 6 that will require the iPhone to have a quad core processor. If they do add it, it'll probably be just to be able to say, "We have a quad core iPhone".

8. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Someone got too happy with the thumbs down button.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Oops, major typo up there. I meant to say the iPhone sucks, the iPhone will always suck, and the name of this website is DroidArena. :P

11. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

That's the answer they were looking for haha.

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"Sent from my patent-infringing HTC Rezound." >:)

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

They will keep hitting that button just like my grandpa believed playing they same numbers on the lotto will give him the jackpot he could be right and he could be wrong but still no jackpot for him. Changing the design by a lot on both iPad and iPhone will cause compatibility issues among other stuff, another problem I find is that people are asking apple too much, they want a bigger screen a quad core processor yet they want a super thin device and expect it to have the same battery life witch is impossible with the current tech. And apple is always hesitating when it comes down to new stuff on the mobile market. Now does he seriously predicts growth? Apple can sell A 4SS and will grow like crazy a kid can predict that

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I have faith that Apple can pull off a good LTE iPhone though. They will have given the tech a good 18 months (at VZW at least) to mature, and the new generation of more efficient baseband chips will benefit both Apple and the Android makers. Maybe they won't be able to make it thinner than the 4/4S, but they can play with the other dimensions enough to wedge in the new screen and LTE and stay compatible with all the iPod docks.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, Apple officially ran out of excuses for not including an LTE radio the day Motorola announced the DROID RAZR.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Android haters (and some religiously devoted apple fans) mock the bump on the razr and the Galaxy S2's ass they will die if the iPhone had a bump that or claim how brilliant that is and how good it makes the phone look

28. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I wouldn't necessarily say they have been making excuses they just want it to be up to ours and their standards. The thing is with Moto is that they make several handsets a year so say hypothetically they flopped on a phone, they always have those other devices to fall back on and try to work out the kinks on the flopped phone. Also if they did flop on a phone, in about 3 months we probably would see a new phone on the market for them. With Apple they make one handset per year for now 3 carriers. So with them making only one handset, it's puts more pressure on them to make sure the problems with the device remain minimal and don't get to big because that could affect their sales big time. That's why last year when the "antennegate" problems happened, their response was "What problems?" and kept trying to fix it. Now this year they came with a redesigned antenna. What they really are trying to do is protect their image and maintain high sales and you can't do that if your one and only handset doesn't work like it should.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You can't seriously compare the thinness of the RAZR to the iPhone. The Razr is much, much taller and wider. There's more than one way to package a radio chip and antenna, and I don't doubt that's why the Razr is so wide for its screen size. The electronics are behind that huge bezel.

34. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Seriously? - Repeat Verizon LTE outages - 1st gen radios are still on separate chips and consume too much power - Verizon LTE still has no voice over LTE

48. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My Droid RAZR gets 2-3 days on a single charge with normal use, better than ANYONE I know who has an iPhone 4s, as for the LTE outages, I connect to wifi at work and at home, I never noticed.

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