Fourth generation iPhone targeting a spring release?

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Fourth generation iPhone targeting a spring release?
Adverse competition can clearly eat away at a company looking to retain its strong reign in the mobile world. Apple is feeling the heat from the Android platform which has elevated its presence immensely since the fall with a plethora of handsets making their release. Due to its sheer presence, Android is giving Apple’s iPhone a run for its money. New speculations have surfaced from French-language Magazine Challenges that the next generation iPhone is looking to launch in May; as opposed to Apple’s pattern of introducing the newest model in late June/early July. The assumed reason behind all this is to prevent Android handsets from being garnered as an attractive alternative to the iPhone. In order to reduce the amount of potential wanderers, a spring release could be advantageous for Apple so that interest in the venerable smartphone will be reinvigorated. As time passes by, Apple is probably hearing the loud footsteps of Android hitting the ground as it catches up to the mighty iPhone.

source: Challenges via Mobileburn & Edible Apple


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49 Comments

1. branmcc03

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 07, 2010

meh....

2. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

I think no matter how long Apple waits the launch of the new iPhone is going to gather a lot of attention. People are going to wait for it to launch before they consider purchasing a different phone.

5. fairisfair

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

Is this a NEW iphone, or are they just adding things to it that should have been included already? I mean really! So those that have yet to go to AT&T to get onr were holding out for a flash?!? Let me guess, forums will start popping up as to current owners should AGAIN get 2year contract pricing, even though it's been just under 1 year since the 3G's release.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Stop hating. If you don't want one don't buy one. Simple

24. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Keep in mind that all of the shit (touch screen, GRAPHICS, apps etc.) are because the iPhone put them out and made people want these things in the first place. Some johnny-come-lately companies do not get it still. It is more than how much it does rather than HOW it is done and what it looks like while it is doing it.

39. caneshockey1433

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

@ Previous: Actually, LG put out the first all touch screen phone and looong before that there were Treo's which had touch screens and keyboards. Also, apps were available on the Treo's and blackberry's long before Apple. While I do agree Apple made these things more mainstream, they dont exist because of Apple. Lastly, I dont know about everyone else but I would much rather have a phone based on how much it can do versus what it looks like doing it. Who gives a flip...you dont buy a phone because it has pretty transitions, cool graphics or how smooth opening apps can be....you buy a phone based on what it can DO and the simple fact is...for a phone that labels itself as a smartphone, it still really cant do much (it has gotten better). I mean it took forever to get basic features (MMS, cut/paste, etc) that should be on all smartphones right from the start. What's next "a new innovative feature: MULTI-TASKING!!!! Get yours today!!" ...No thanks, ill stick to my Droid!

44. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah...apple just made "the app store", games, and fart apps popular to kids. Anyone over 25 knows that had Palm, BB, and even WinMo have been downloading apps for the past decade but all or most of them were business related. The medical field in particular has some crazy expensive apps that run on the old Palm OS but unless you’re a Dr. you have never used or seen them. Yet you still have the apple fan boys that think apple invented everything because they can only remember back to 2007 for some reason.

45. caneshockey1433

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

I couldnt agree more. It almost pisses me off how close-minded iCrap users are. I love showing them up with my Droid and the best reaction I have EVER gotten was "How are you staying logged in to eBuddy all day from your phone?? I cant do that with mine (iPhone), it disconnects me!" I just laugh and say "Droid does...sorry!"

46. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

You stick to your droid. The droid stucks for games. The android market is a joke. The iphone showed what a touch screen, music playing, game playing, internet surfing phone should be! ALL the rest are playing catch up.

48. caneshockey1433

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

Others WERE playing catch up...Droid screen is higher res than iphone, Droid uses the same Webkit browser as iphone, Droid will be doing FLASH...iphone does not, Droid gives you FREE turn by turn navigation with street view...iphone does not, Droid camera is higher res than iphone, Droid does more things out of the box than iphone, Droid video camera shoots at DVD quality...iphone does not, Droid can make PHONE CALLS...again, better than the iphone. Now, lets see...iphone has CAUGHT UP by adding copy/paste, MMS, video, push notifications (kinda) and rumors say it will upgrade to a 5 megapixel camera...like the Droid. iPhone cant do FLASH, and still hasnt caught up in multitasking which if you have a smartphone, chances are you do a lot of....maybe they will catch up to that with the 4th gen but chances are they wont. Seems like the iPhone has been doing some catching up! Also, I dont buy a phone for games. I know a lot of people do...but that mainly is for tweens and teens. People that are in college, out of college, working people need a phone based on what it does and reliability and not how many games it has. That is why people have PS3's and Xbox! Iphone to me is more of a dumb phone. Dumb phones can download apps, surf the web and stuff but cant multitask...just like an iphone!

3. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

This one might actually change a bit...do i hear a flash for the camera coming!!!

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

unless they open it up and allow widgets and all sorts of other cool stuff thats on android, there isnt going to be as much demand. they need to SERIOUSLY up the game in order to not be yesterdays news. i dont like apple, but competition is good for everyone.

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i agree. widgets are awesome. i would be lost without them.

7. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Well I think that Apple's locked down OS really isn't that big of an issue for most people. People like you that really want a high degree of customization on their handsets, while growing in numbers, are still a minority. Most people in the US market really just want a phone that can call and text and ocassionally get on the web. The iPhone works really, really well for the vast majority of people that buy them. Plus, Apple has such a loyal fan following that they really don't need to up their game. To stay relevant and successful. That being said, there are several things that I'd love to see added on, and there are some basic functions that aren't in there. No phone is perfect.

8. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I'm willing to bet that you'll never see things like multiple customizable homescreens and widgets. Why? It would go against Apple's own overly simplistic model. Apple would call all that stuff useless clutter, that only ruins the brainless experience of owning an iPhone. It makes too much sense for them to continue as they are. Look at the iPod. Has it really honestly changed over the years aside from looks, and a camera recently? It's still the same basic software, same flat sound, and not a custom EQ to be had anywhere. So don't expect any radical new changes like an 8MP camera with a lens cover and Xenon flash, or a completely redone UI with homescreens, a removable battery, or a camera shutter button, or a microSD expansion slot. You probably will see an LED flash on it, and they'll talk about how great it is, like nobody had ever done it before.

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Pretty much everything you just mentioned seems pretty useless. The camera on the current iPhone has been reviewed by many sites as better then the Droids 5MP camera, and all these camera functions are worthless. A tiny flash? What REAL purpose does that serve? Hardly any from what I've seen. If you need camera options that bad, the obvious choice? Get a fucking camera. Removable battery? The only reason I've ever needed that in a phone was to reboot it which you can do without removing the battery in an iPhone. Expansion slot? If the 32 gig model isn't enough for you, I don't know what the hell to tell you. 90% of what I hear from iPhone haters is garbage. I can see why Apple doesn't incorporate those things, becuase they go for a clean minimalist look. You all want a bunch of useless clutter that you use 5 times the life of having the phone. WTF is it with widgets? What makes them so special that the iPhone doesn't essentially already offer?

13. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And that goes to Droid haters as well. 90% of what we hear from you guys is TRASH.

15. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@HOVA: yeah, you're right, i mean, if everyone seems to want widgets then they must be useless...come one, open your eyes. by the way, having expandable memory is about ease of moving things on and off and not having to use itunes for everything. having a removable battery means you can replace it when it doesnt work or carry a second one. oh, and 100% of what i hear from iPhone lovers is garbage...take your nose out of apple's ass and get a grip

16. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That was the exact, typical worthless response I expected. Whata surprise.

19. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

Why is it that most of the iphone owners I know are so militant about their decision to buy an iphone and they so needlessly defend it from any criticism? It's a phone. Who cares. I love my Pixi, I'd buy WebOS over any other phone OS now. But I'm not going to go jumping on peoples cases for their iphones being gay. I mean it's not my business about your sexual preference. I mean it's hard to get gayer than a phone named Pixi but....you know iphone schools it in hip gayness. Also did you know that 90% of statistics are made up? But in all seriousness, I don't care if your iphone makes you very simplified meatloaf. The key thing is people like options. They don't like being told what they want. Some people want the option of back up batteries. Some people want widgets. Some people want flashes. The beauty of there being many handset producers is options. Some people will choose versatility, others will choose a phone with training wheels. The beauty of options. I'll choose more Pixi.

20. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You did a wonderful job og going off on a tangent that had nothing to do with what I was talking about... People act like the Droid is a phone from another, far more advanced world that is far superior to the iPhone and I don't get it. It does the same shit the iPhone does, yet they hate on the iPhone and sleep with their Droids, makes no sense.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"And that goes to Droid haters as well. 90% of what we hear from you guys is TRASH." Haha, no one really cares that much about the Droid....The keyboard does really suck though.

25. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

The way the iPhone is set up, widgets are already there. Others are playing catch up. Once one comes out with a ground breaking item, others always bite. All of these years and no one can still match the iPhone. The iPhone has a video processor in it, THAT is why it looks so good.

26. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea it's just that iPhone haters are too glazed over by their hatred to realize how idiotic they sound. It's like trying to teach a 2-year old, they just don't get it.

28. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the iphone screen sucks. looking at pictures, webpages and movies on the iphone is pathetic.

31. dandirk unregistered

I would disagree in that after years no one can match an iphone. Recently got a droid, at first I still prefered my BB but its growing on me. I think I have has 1 lock up since I got it, not bad. I have pretty much what any iphone user has and I am happy... well except paper toss. I want paper toss on android!!! lol Hova - I agree phone haters (iphone, uphone, whateverphone) are silly, just as in any area. Most everything has its merits. Though I do see staunch protectionism with apple products, which begets the haters, which begets the protectionism etc etc etc. When will the sillyness end on both ends. Hova you egg them on every turn, what do you expect. Your comments are just as bad at times, more so in attitude then substance but still not much better then those you proceed to invite then knock afterwards.

34. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

we also need the choice to get a data plan or not!

37. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

"Plus, Apple has such a loyal fan following that they really don't need to up their game. To stay relevant and successful." Bet Records, 8 Tracks, Cassette tapes, VHS tapes, Walkman, Discman, AOL and micorsoft all said that at one time or another. mixed bag for me. If they push out a new phone too soon and simply throw on a few extra feats that other phones already have, they may not be as invincible as everyone thinks. But if they wait till June/July or fall and put out an earth shattering new device, AT&T may lose a buttload of customers to Android (specifically the Droid) in the meantime.

40. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

Can't we all just get along?

49. djroggen

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I do not have a problem with the keyboard, it is so many steps ahead of the lg style messaging phones it is unreal. The keyboard takes about 2 days to get used to.

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