Next-gen iPhone to feature only “slight modifications”, coming in September?

Next-gen iPhone to feature only “slight modifications”, coming in September?

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuowas one of the few reliable sources giving correct estimates aboutthe iPad 2's resolution. It's this track record that makes us valueinformation that he's gathered straight from supply channels aboutthe expected iPhone 5. First off, the new iPhone will only undergo aslight redesign and an improved antenna positioning, focusing more ona flashier iOS 5.0 than on any major changes in the hardware. Theanalyst remained silent about a possible change in the screen size,but mentioned that it's the 2012 iPhone that will bring more dramaticchanges.



In addition, Kuo confirmed that the newiPhone is to come with an A5 dual-core chip and an 8-megapixel rearcamera. The analyst noticed that Apple will switch to aQualcomm-produced baseband chip for both GSM and CDMA handsets.Apple's A5 chip is what's behind the iPad 2 and its noticeably fasterperformance and graphical oomph, but all of this is also expected onthe next generation of the iPhone.



Kuo also confirmed earlier information that mass production of the phone is to start onlyin September, while trial units are to be produced as early asAugust. If true, this will break Cupertino's disciplined yearlyrelease schedule and will leave us guessing about what we'll see atJune's WWDC where Apple usually debuts new products. A delayed launchof the next-gen iPhone in September or October would allow Apple toship between 28 and 32 million handsets this year.



Kuo also went on to claim that Japan'sdevastating tsunami affected seriously Apple supplies to an extentthat a new generation of the iPod touch – as unlikely as it sounds– might not be launched this year.



source: AppleInsider



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51 Comments

49. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Only rumors

43. Hey unregistered

Just To Let You All Know It Is Going To Be The iPhone 4Gs Released In September

36. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

I just got my Thunderbolt ... And as much as I like my new phone .... Comparing it to the smoothness of Apples iOS, camera, apps, (and not just the variety but better apps like Facebook) .... And last but not least games. Android games just SUCK, plain and simple. And developers like Camack and Cliffy B., back the Apples iOS instead of Android ... The future for Android games looks grim. Especially if Apple puts iPad2's CPU+GPU in the next iPhone. Again, I like my Thunderbolt .... But if Apple releases the next iPhone with Verizons LTE and a bigger screen ... I'm going back.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The thunderbolt is a mid range system. It rides a single core Snapdragon cpu. The same that is in last year's Evo. Its the first "LTE" Phone, but it is not high end when it comes to processor. The galaxyS series and anything dual core smashes it to bits.

47. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

Lol ..... It's obvious you don't what your talking about.

51. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Android has awful games compared to the iPhone NO DOUBT!!! Everyone seems to be jumping on the android bandwagon so don't be surprised this year to see a huge jump in games for android. watch the press conference may 6th i bet some big game developers will be there

20. tone1

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

i hate how apple releases new products with minimal changes when they can be doing so much more! definitely frustrating for the consumer

30. Xpple unregistered

Just imagine how much more limited their hardware and OS would be if they didn't have stiff competition in the form of Android these days. Android is making hardware vendors compete because of it's open platform thus we've seen great increase in SoC over the past two years and it's increasing even more. Not to mention screens and other bits and peaces. What iFans don't seem to get is, without high competition Apple is happy with a very very slow upgrade path--they will only increase the hardware and OS slightly each year thus driving more upgrades for a much longer period instead of pushing the bounds. Just look at how little improvement came with each version of the iPhone till iPhone 4 when they had to step up to match Android. So, stop bashing competitors and hope that there is always lots of competition to make each company push themselves so we as consumers win.

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

It looks good. I like that they've replaced the glass at the back! Maybe people won't want to hide it in thick protective covers anymore? The current camera is pretty decent, but 8MP would be pretty good! I just hope they manage to get a bigger screen.. All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with my iPhone4. I am a bit bored with the interface though. It hasn't changed in years!

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

the last is everyones complaint.... too bad there aren't any leaks on that matter but i think they are going to stick the same on that matter.... changing the whole system could mean a new way for apps to work and the possible sing of fragmentation and stuff now working the way it should be, and this could be seen as a disadvantage if the new OS ends up being too buggy

14. Allday28

Posts: 350; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

No bigger screen= Me sticking to ANDROID..

11. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

IOS 5 is going to decimate all! Honestly what is a quad-core processor going to do that a dual-core cant right now? That’s the problem with hardware technology…. It’s always a head of the software. Apple has it right… cut cost by putting in current USABLE technology that will still out perform its hardware superior competition. I would have liked to have seen a larger screen though. 4” would have been awesome!

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agree with you at some point, apple created one phone once a year, they must ensure the stuff they add is stable, to avoid complete disappointment and a reduce of sales, now to your question QUAD core will perform in gaming graphs as good a your PS3 or XBOX 360... its all ive had heard

22. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yes, A Quad core processor will increase the gaming enviromnt. But my point was that there is no mobile came that can currently utilize the quad core. This is why the average users doen't really care about hardware specs. Why increase hardware if the current technology still isnt being used to its fullest?

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

sorry, couldn't see it that way, but also it first must be implemented and then will see things for them, there where no iPad apps when the iPad was created, why would you expect games with superb graphics when there is not device that could handle them first we make the device, then we make the games fit for the power. not that i disagree with you completely... dual core on the IP5 IS a great step

34. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

It also doubles the browser speed... Defiantly a good reason to have quad-core. but your right Aas long as iPhone is in dual core i doubt many game developers will step beyond the iPhones power since that is where the profit is!

10. Gcombs unregistered

Where's the quad core processor, 5 mp front facing camera along with a 12 mp rear and 4.3 inch retina display with a polished customizable UI? Wishful thinking I guess. lol

12. Gcombs unregistered

Flash and LTE capable also.

9. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Bad move Apple, you are only getting further and further behind. Have fun watching your market share dwindle as phones like the EVO 3D, Sensation, Galaxy S II, and LG Optimus 3D destroy you in hardware and combined sales. Android FTW!!!

7. Seylan unregistered

So its going to be thinner, lighter, faster, and that 8mp camera will video record in Full HD . 64gb option, scratch resistant stainless steel body, and what else? Is there really going to be a bigger screen? I think it will have the same one as the Iphone 4, with slight improvements. It sounds great, but im still waiting for some nokias running Windows phone 7

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am real curious about what is in store for iOS v. 5.... Android 2.2+ notifications is beating the snot out of iOS 4.X notifications. Multi-tasking in iOS 4.X is a bit on the clunky side. Net-net, iOS is getting a bit long in the tooth compared to Android. Time for an update.

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I've kept my mouth shut on here about apple but I'm am really starting to dislike pretty much all iPhone. They are just selling over-priced, under powered devices. Yes they're OS is super polished, Incredibly quick and smooth, but that isn't enough in my opinion. It's to simple for my taste, they use scraps from each device (iPad, iPhone, and iPod) to make the next just so they can save money and charge a stupid amount for it. I mean come on look at the camera's on the iPad, they couldn't have gone with the rear on the iPhone instead of using the iPod cameras. Either way they make a lot of money for something that no one else could just because of the name behind it, and I don't care much for that.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

err...... the iPhone is going to have an A5 chip and a 8MP camera i think those are some interesting changes there

5. lzxc unregistered

A5 chip means dual core processor. HTC, Samsung and LG have already done that.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I know A5 is dual core, but they could have use a upgraded A4 chip or ship with a 5MP camera, plus dual core is a far as we have gone, In my opinion apple its not going to be the first LTE or the first Quad core or the first with wireless charging only but its gonna do a good work and not make most users feel outdated

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

technically, its Samsung's A5 chip, not Apples. Again, apple is using a lower version of the exynos chip that samsung will be using in the galaxyS2, just like the iphone4 shares a lower version of the hummingbird in the galaxyS. Apple doesnt "make" anything. They contract out to a dozen different companies and have some poor suicidal souls in china put it together for pennies. I wonder if the apple factory has hit the 20 suicide mark. They were at 17 suicides 3 months ago.

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I have a great suggestion for people like you who truly understand the cell phone industry. Why not create your own cell phone and then we can compare your product against Apple's iPhone. It's easy to be a critic -- the speed at which Apple overtook RIM sends a strong signal that Apple's products are hard to beat. As for the iPad, more iPads were sold in its first year than the combined sales of PC-based tablets. It's just amazing how Apple can provide a great iPad2 at $499 and no other competitor can match the iPad2 at the same price for a comparable product. Motorola can't match a similar spec product at $499. Samsung can't match it. Acer can't match it. HTC can't match it. LG can't match it. Dell can't match it. And what about RIM. The bottom line is people like MalakiMills don't understand the economics of building a product like the iPad2 or the iPhone. Also, while the iPad or the iPhone is not for everyone, Apple has done a tremendous job creating competition such that the consumer wins in the end. It's no denying Apple has raised the bar.

32. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i also agree with this. Apple really revolutionized the smartphone industry with the iPhone what? almost 10 years ago? That being said. Android is coming up on it's 3rd birthday while Apple is rounding it's 11th (give or take... i didn't take the time to actually research initial release dates so if i'm wrong plz take it with a grain of salt xD). i'm not saying that Apple has lost the capacity for change, though i do believe that for the past few years with the 3g and 3gs they got lazy... rightfully so almost. being the only true competitor for the smartphone industry... lol overall, competition gives birth to innovation. that and War ^^ :o

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

11 years?? ok.. lets do easy math. Right now, the iphone4 is out. Apple releases a new iphone every year.. soooooooo... try 4, almost 5 years... not 11. LOL Ardent, Samsung is beating it, Acer is under cutting it, HTC is beating it, LG (is over pricing the Gslate..), Dell's current offering is way cheaper, and RIM is beating it. Everyone you just mentioned is making a dual core tablet that does as much or more than the ipad2 for the same price or less for the most part. ibot fanboys are so blind. The chip is made from samsung, so id say apple is at the mercy of their competitor if samsung just happen to start having "supply issues", and since LG makes most of their screens, id say the same. Again, ibot, Apple doesnt "make" anything. They just send different premade parts to a factory in china and has them put together and sold.

52. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

remixfa: The argument calls for same specs (as in an apples to apples comparison): 9.7" screen, up to 10-hour battery life as the standard, $499 price point for wifi, 1.33 pounds, 8.8 mm thick, etc, etc. I left out HP after HP got a huge black-eye from it original boast of its upcoming Slate tablet. In economics, Apple's approach is called economies of scope, which is better than economies of scale. As I stated earlier, thanks to Apple, the consumers are benefitting from Apple's innovations.

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