The Latest Details Regarding the iPhone 5

It is not even known that Apple will call its next iPhone the iPhone 5, with other potential names being the iPhone 6, the new iPhone and even the iPhone SJ in memory of Steve Jobs, but we do have a fair idea of what the phone will have to offer in the software department, as Apple has already released iOS 6 beta to developers.

For example, we know that the next iPhone will come with heavy Facebook integration. This will allow iPhone 5 users to share content directly from their phones, like things from within iTunes and the App Store and also post status updates directly from the Notification Center.

On top of this, we have already learned that Apple is getting rid of Google as the source for its Maps app on iOS 6, as part of its long running feud with the search giant's mobile OS Android. Instead, the new Maps app will run on data sourced from TomTom and Bing, and come with a new Apple designed 3D flyover mode for a small selection of US cities.

Continuing the Anti-Google theme, Apple has decided not to renew its YouTube licence with Google, the result being that iPhone 5 users will either need to watch YouTube videos through Safari, or use a new YouTube app that Google is preparing to be submitted to the App Store. There is a small chance that Apple's anger towards Google is so great that this app will be rejected, but this would ultimately be Apple shooting itself in the foot, considering how popular the online video sharing service is today.

Other than this, on the hardware side of things, all we have to go on is a number of dubious images leaked from “suppliers in Asia” and from “unnamed sources” who are either “in the know” or who have “proven reliable in the past”.

These images depict a larger 4 inch screen that will retain a similar width to existing 3.5 inch iPhone screens, but with an additional 176 pixels in height. This will result in a new resolution of 640 x 1136. This resolution was confirmed by 9to5Mac who ran a simulation of iOS 6 at this resolution and found that an extra row of app icons was added to the homescreen, while this did not happen when iOS 5 was run at the new resolution.

Images from the same sources also confirm earlier rumours that the iPhone 5 will come with a new, smaller, dock connector. While this was originally described as being a 19 pin dock connector, it is now thought to only contain 8 pins. Most potential iPhone owners will most likely not care how many pins this dock connector ends up having, the most important point to extract from this is that the new dock connector will be incompatible with the old one, and will allow Apple to make a number of tweaks to the iPhone design (such as moving the headphone socket to the bottom of the phone).

The images also depict a larger battery which is much taller (adding weight to the rumours of a larger screen), although only slightly higher in capacity at 1440 mAh. This minor increase may suggest that Apple has not included LTE on its next phone, as the 4G data connectivity can be quite consuming on battery power. Also spotted was a new SIM card tray which suggests that the iPhone 5 will be the first smartphone to use the new ETSI approved Nano SIM card design, which is 40% smaller than the Micro SIM cards used with the iPhone 4 and 4S.

As usual however, Apple is keeping pretty quiet about its next iPhone, refusing to confirm or deny any of the rumours regarding it. The name is still up for debate, although iPhone 5 seems most likely, but it seems most certain now that Apple will launch the device on September 12th with a view to start selling it on September 21st.

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Apple Not Planning Mobile Payments for iPhone 5

With the announcement of the Passbook app for iOS 6 many people have been speculating that Apple may be considering a mobile payments service for the next iPhone. This rumour would make sense considering the existence of Google Wallet and various other mobile payment schemes that are starting to gather momentum. According to the Wall Street Journal however, while Apple initially discussed the possibility of a mobile payments app when Google Wallet was first launched, Apple has no plans to release a mobile payments service any time soon.

Scott Forstall had headed a team at Apple that had explored various “wallet app” implementations, but the idea was soon dropped after the company decided that such a system would be too complex to manage, with relatively little benefit to the company or its customers in return.

Along with complexity, some of the chief concerns at Apple regarding a mobile payment app for the iPhone included uncertainty about the security of such systems, and also the possibility that poor services provided by third-party retailers utilising the payment system would reflect badly on Apple. Instead, Apple dropped the idea of a mobile payments app and decided to focus instead on the much simpler and more secure Passbook.

While Passbook was originally thought to be an NFC powered app, the stated features of the app would not require the use of Near Field Communications to operate – thus making Passbook compatible with older iPhone models. Passbook will allow iPhone users to hold airline tickets, movie tickets, loyalty cards and discount coupons, and similar items, utilising location based services. As an example, having an airline ticket stored on Passbook will allow your iPhone to alert you if your plane is cancelled or changed to a new boarding gate.

In the meantime, Apple is thought to be waiting for its competitors to do its market research for mobile payments first. If mobile payments become a well-established and trusted service, then Apple can easily produce its own version or acquire an existing mobile payments service and be guaranteed success from it. If mobile payments flounder, Apple will have lost nothing by sitting on the fence.

Although Google Wallet has been around for some time and Samsung plans a large scale trial of its own mobile payments system at this summer's Olympics in London, there is still no widespread system in place and most consumers still have their doubts about privacy and security of personal and financial information. Until the industry produces a standard cross-platform system that is adopted by a large number of retailers, and companies do more to address the concerns of consumers, Apple may have made the right choice by choosing to omit mobile payments from the iPhone 5.

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iPhone 5 Cases Leaked All Over China!

As I say always, till date, we haven’t seen a new Apple product, up to that days, we are going to get the rumors and reports associated with it. Well, according to the recent report of MICGadget, the early iPhone 5 cases are now everywhere in China. Well, the site has also posted another gallery of these case designs that show a mute switch on the opposite side of the device. Well, let’s have more information on this from below. Read More

iPhone 5 Prototype Image Supposedly Leaked!

Well, as I say always, till date, we haven’t seen the new and upcoming Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports associated with them. Well, here comes another relating to the upcoming iPhone 5. Actually, according to 9To5Mac, they have got the images of the original iPhone 5. Well, let’s have more information on this new report from below with the screenshot of the real thing. Read More

New iPhone 5 Silicon Cases Suggest Thinner And Tapered Design

Well, as I say always, till date, we haven’t seen a new Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports associated with it. Here comes another relating to the upcoming iPhone 5. Just recently, 9To5Mac has got photos of a proposed case for the next-generation iPhone 5 and according to that photos, the iPhone 5 will have a thinner profile with a tapered design very much similar to the iPad 2. Read More

iPhone 5 To Be Launched In Second Week Of September? iPad 3 Later?

Well, as I say always, till date, we haven’t seen a new Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports on the new product. Well, here comes another related to the upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3. According to the report of China Times, the new iPhone 5 is going to release in the second week of September with an initial order of 4 million units. Actually, according to the suppliers, they are preparing 400,000 trial run units. Furthermore, the report also says, the next iPad may be delayed until Thanksgiving due to component shortages. Read More

iPhone 5 To be Released On September 5, Will Go Internationally On October 5, Says Swisscom Senior Executive

As I say always, till date, we haven’t received the new and upcoming Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports associated with it. Well, here comes another related to the upcoming iPhone 5! According to the report of iPhoneItalia, Apple is going to launch the iPhone 5 on 5th October this year, at least on Swisscom’s network. Actually, this news is in accordance with a senior executive at Swisscom. Read More

Apple To Release A Low-Priced iPhone For $350 With iPhone 5 Launch In September

Here’s a quick heads-up! By for now, the web was just hot with the new iPhone 5 rumors, but, now, another new rumor is just heating up with another new low-cost iPhone that is to be delivered with the newly upcoming iPhone 5. Well, this news is in accordance with the reports of BGR, and this upcoming cheaper handset will retail for no more than $350 without contract. Let’s have more information on this from below. Read More

iPhone 5 To Come On Sprint And T-Mobile, Says Analyst

Well, as I say always, till date, we haven’t seen an Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports associated with it. As already reported, the upcoming iPhone 5 will be landed on every US carrier, and now another analyst seems to agree also. Actually, Chris Larsen, MD and senior telecommunications research analyst with Piper Jaffray, argued that both Sprint and T-Mobile will join AT&T and Verizon Wireless in offering the iPhone 5. Read More

iPhone 5 Conceptual Designs!

Well, as I say always, till date, we haven’t seen an upcoming Apple product, up to that date, we are going to receive the rumors and reports associated with it. Here comes another relating to the new iPhone 5. As you can remember two iPhone 5 mock-ups we have posted recently, and today, Mac Magazine has proposed another iPhone 5 design. So, whether your upcoming iPhone 5 will look like this? Just check it out from below. Read More

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