If you’re still on the fence about upgrading your iPhone it may be for good reason. Many Verizon customers wanted a LTE enabled iPhone which many of the Android phones already have as a service, although with poor battery life. The iPhone 5 may be a LTE model, but it’s anyone’s guess when that comes out. I believe that the iPhone 5 will be just a radio refresh to include LTE sometime early next year. This would be done to avoid the backlash of the 2G to 3G conversion Apple made in a few months after the iPhone 2G was released.
If you own a iPhone 3G or a 3GS, then it’s a good move to upgrade, IOS 5 will bring some new features, but performance always lags on full version upgrades. If you have a iPhone 4 and it works great for you already, then have fun with IOS 5, and wait it out. Especially if you have to pay expensive upgrade fees because you only have had it for a year or so.
CNN is reporting that Apple has confirmed their intentions to announce the next iPhone on October 4th. No word as to who will be speaking at the event, but it should be Tim Cook this time around, though this is the 5th iPhone they could bring Steve out for one final iPhone release.
1. Availability – Monday October 17th – Reason: It’s after payday.
2. Cool Feature – Voice Dictation – Speak and your words are converted to text.
3. 4G - iPhone 5 will be a 4G iPhone
5. 4S – There will be a iPhone 4S Feature Complete iPhone 5 minus 4G capabilities targeted towards Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T
6. Quad Core – iPhone 5/4S will feature a Quad Core ARM processor
7. Battery – Advanced battery with improved life and greater charge/discharge counts
8. Audio – Stereo speakers on bottom of phone
9. Camera – 8-12 Megapixel better zoom & video capabilities
10. One More Thing
One of iOS 5′s bigger features is the ability to use FaceTime to make video calls over 3G & 4G networks. Discussions as reported by 9to5Mac seem to be at an impasse. What I do not understand is the difficulty faced by Apple to add this feature. It seems as if the telco’s are now saying were going to tell you how to use the bandwidth even if you pay a premium for it. I find that unfair and that also raises the network neutrality flag in my mind. I think it’s time Apple plays hardball with these companies and tell them if they do not concede on this point that they will take the iPhone 5 to another carrier.
The guys over at Phone Arena think so, and is a common occurrence when a new hardware refresh is imminent with most Apple products. Sometime in August we should get invites for an “Announcement”, but when is anyone’s guess. Read more about the tip here.
The link goes to a french website which claims that they received photos of the iPhone 5. I’m not buying it, but hey make your own decision. First Apple does not put a 4 after iPhone on the back of the phone, and jeez people 3d video on a phone is just a waste of a good camera.
A report from Electronista shows an increase in the price of phone insurance from 4.99 to 6.99 around October 4th. This would fall in line with IOS 5 being released in the Fall as Fall officially begins September 21st. It could also hint at even more expensive iPhones with higher memory capacities and that might be the reason to increase the price to cover the insurance costs of insuring a more expansive phone.
While we still do not know the full details of this year’s iPhone refresh other than the rumored 8 Megapixel camera and a launch window in September, information is leaking out about the next iPhone.
Sources claim that next year’s iPhone will drop the iTunes cable in favor of possibly a MicroUSB port to bring it in line with EU requirements for phone chargers, and also introduce an inductive charging system. Other improvements would be in the video recording abilities of the camera along with possible faster memory that may be introduced in the 2011 MacBookAir refresh. Other possibilities include the rumored A6 processor which may be introduced with an iPad3, and a prepaid version of the iPhone to fit the demands of the prepaid market. If not this year, then next year’s iPhone will also feature LTE connectivity although we still believe that this feature will be introduced this year possibly as an option you have to turn on with the understanding battery life may not be optimal.
I’d like to file this on under the Duh! section, but I don’t have one. Correction I do now. Right now Verizon’s quarterly reports will be the first to come up on wireless carriers that carry the iPhone in the States. Like before every other iPhone launch, sales soften as consumers want to wait for the next phone to come out. It’s not rocket science folks. What we do know is that Apple may release a iPhone this fall, it may be LTE enabled it may not. Apple would be smart to ship one with LTE to take advantage of the over 200 LTE markets that Verizon will have expanded to by fall 2011 and nearly complete coverage as we near the end of 2012 if Verizon sticks to stated plans. AT&T on the other hand has 5 LTE markets by the end of this year? What’s up with that? It seems just like Verizon going fiber to the home with FIOS, AT&T to save money will most likely cherry pick LTE markets Verizon has not upgraded yet and ride on their 7.2Mbps faux4G network to save a few bucks, just like they cheaped out to deploy fiber to the node and put all those refrigerator sized boxes in people’s yards.
Yanko Design’s artist and designer Michal Bonikowski has posted a pretty good mockup of what they believe is the next iPhone 5. This is not exactly the iPhone 5 because nobody’s bothered to leave on in a bar yet, but it’s a pretty impressive rendering. I’m a real fan of the iPhone 4′s design, but I’m sure The Steve wants to make it even thinner. The rounded back is what bothers me because it will wobble on a flat surface if you place it down on it’s back. It also means yet again another case design and another few days of finding a case I like. Only if it’s a LTE iPhone will I upgrade, dual core processors are not a selling point for me, network speed is though.