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The long-delayed fourth-gen. white iPhone is expected to FINALLY air in the next couple weeks.  (Source: Gear Live)

The next gen. iPhone 5 is rumored to launch in September. It reportedly will be almost identical to the iPhone 4, but will pack a new signal processing chip, a faster processor, and a higher resolution camera. It will reportedly be quickly followed up with the iPhone 6 -- a more major redesign -- in Spring 2012.  (Source: Google Images)

iOS 5 is rumored to bring a new visual preview of multitasking apps.  (Source: tinhte.vn)
Details about iOS 5 also may have leaked

It's only a few months away from one of the biggest annual smart phone events -- the launch of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) latest and greatest iPhone.  Hopes are riding high and the pressure is on for Apple.  

After delivering a fourth generation handset plagued with problems like shatter-prone screens, antenna woes, and proximity sensor issues suffice it to say that its crucial for Apple to deliver solidly this time around.  And that's not to mention the increased pressure Apple faces from a soaring Android from Google Inc. (GOOG) and a resurgent Windows smart phone effort from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).

I. iOS 5 Details Air

As is typical, what is rumored to be Apple's game plan for the upcoming release has leaked well in advance of it.  While no Gizmodo lost prototype debacle, there's plenty of juicy details to dig into this time around.

First up is a pair of videos from Vietnamese leaks site Tinhtê.vn.  The site shows off what looks to be the long delayed white iPhone 4 handset, which it claims to be from Apple.  Better yet, the device is sporting what it claims to be a "test build" of iOS 5.

The test build shows a new multitasking menu that shows you visual previews of apps -- similar to the Opera browser's tab preview.  The current version of iOS only has icons of running apps in its multitasking menu.  Like in the current menu you can click on apps to expand them to fill the screen or click and hold ("long click") them to bring up an option to close them.

The new menu also features a search bar up top, that drops the user into what appears a Spotlight search version almost identical to that found in the current iOS build.

In the settings menu, the system information indicates that the device has a capacity of 64 GB.  

Note, it would be possible to jailbreak an existing handset and implement such a preview feature, so there's no guarantees of the authenticity of this set of rumors.

II. Hardware Revealed as Well?

A separate report provides more details about the hardware that the iPhone Gen. 5 is rumored to be packing.  In a research note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities breaks down several new features coming in the handset.  

Mr. Kuo was boosted for being one of a handful of analysts to correctly predict that the iPad 2 would stick with the previous generation's screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels.

This time around he predicts that the iPhone will ditch the Infineon Technologies AG's (IFXA) 3G baseband processor found in the previous model, for a new baseband processor from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM).  The last generation's reception woes were thought to be partially the fault of Apple's antenna design and partially the fault of Infineon's hardware.  This time around Apple clearly wants a clean break when it comes to its antenna design.

He says overall, the phone's hardware modifications will be "slight" and be more of an iterative nature, rather than a redesign.

For example, he expects the camera to be bumped to an 8 megapixel resolution.  And he expects the device to employ a more powerful CPU/GPU successor to the A4, dubbed the A5.  The higher clocked chip will likely be co-designed with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005390) and Intrinsity, Inc., as with the previous generation.

Apple has scheduled its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 6-10 in San Francisco, Calif.  But don't expect the iPhone 5 to air then, according to Mr. Kuo.

Due to various issues, including the Verizon pickup and part shortages due to the recent Japanese earthquake/tsunami, he expects the iPhone 5 to enter mass production in August and be released in September.  Past years have seen Apple announce the iPhone hardware in June and release it in July.

If this is accurate, it is unlikely that the hardware will announced in June as Apple typically prefers to announce its products right before it is going to release them.  More likely WWDC 2011 will be focused exclusively on iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.  As the hardware of the iPhone 5 will likely be more of an iterative improvement, Mr. Kuo suggests that iOS 5 will be the "main selling point" of the handset. 

Mr. Kuo expects Apple's shipments will reach a volume of 28 to 32 million units for the year.  
He says that his sources indicate, in a surprising twist, that Apple will air the sixth generation iPhone early in spring 2012, despite the late fall release of the iPhone 5.  He says the company is devoting a great deal of resources to the iPhone 6, which will represent a major hardware redesign geared at keeping the company competitive with Android.

Additionally he predicted that the iPod Touch Gen. 5 may not ship in September alongside the iPhone 5.

In a previous note from last month, he predicted that Apple would begin to ship a white iPhone -- similar to that seen in the Vietnamese leak -- late this month.  The rumor has since been confirmed by numerous reports [1] [2].


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Curious
By amanojaku on 4/19/2011 12:18:06 PM , Rating: 2
The iPhone release cycle has been approximately twelve months, from Original->3G->3GS->4. Now it's approximately six months, from 4->5->6. What gives? Has Apple leveled up and boosted its magic power? Does that mean its iSpells will critically hit for double Android damage? There can't be that much improvement between the three models in so short a time.




RE: Curious
By theapparition on 4/19/2011 12:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
4->5 is going to be well over 6 months, closer to 15 months. 5->6 will probably be less, and that will just keep with the existing June/July schedule. Only thing happening here is iPhone 5 sounds like it is going to be a minor upgrade (which I already guessed at) and it's going to be delayed.

So what's up with Apple sueing Samsung and then using thier Hummingbird design for thier A4? A5 will also use Samsung and Intrinsity designed parts.

And Steve's level 9 Elf Paladin only hits for double damage when the RDF spell is cast.


RE: Curious
By Mitch101 on 4/20/2011 9:08:13 AM , Rating: 2
I think all smartphones are going to be just minor upgrades from here on out there is very little one smartphone does over another. It comes down to form factor and your wireless carrier at this point. Not even sure a higher resolution 3.5" screen will have any wow factor.

I have a Samsung Epic (Android), HTC Arrive (Mobile 7), and a Blackberry Curve 2 (Work).

I dont own an iPhone because it lacks a memory slot and they will NEVER support flash. I think the camera and video is top notch so why no memory slot? The user interface enjoyable but found myself unable to experience half the internet because of the lack of flash. Making it white wont resolve the issue. Its a nice device you just need to know its limitations and flash I feel is permanent one in Apples world.

I dont see a need for more cpu or gpu on any of my phones. All apps written correctly for a mobile device work perfectly fine are fast and enjoyable on any of the devices and should last 2 years.

I dont care about true multitasking I haven't found a reason, want, or need for it. If I want to multitask I will use my PC with multiple monitors. It only drains the battery.

Not going to start a war on # of apps its a moot point now even on Windows Mobile 7. I have found everything I feel I need.

They can get better cameras but without more memory or a memory slot you'll just fill it up quicker.

I personally like my Windows Phone 7 best. Why? Minor things like seeing how many messages since I last checked and the X-Box integration thats only going to get better. Finally because were moving toward Sharepoint 2010 and I can check out documents but would prefer a Windows Tablet for when Im on the move. Thats me it fits the way I work. For goofing around on stuff like you tube maybe the Samsung Epic just because of the 4G.

All could use much longer battery life. My 2 cents.


RE: Curious
By Guspaz on 4/19/2011 12:39:26 PM , Rating: 2
Your timing is off:

iPhone 4 launch (actual): June 2010
iPhone 5 launch (predicted): September 2011
iPhone 6 launch (predicted): June 2012

That makes the gaps between 4 -> 5 to be 15 months, and 5 -> 6 to be 9 months. Not 6 months.


RE: Curious
By ClownPuncher on 4/19/2011 7:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect gestation period.


RE: Curious
By Roffles on 4/20/2011 2:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, there is a 3 month "kink" in the standard release cycle due to the Japan crisis and hardware redesign. It doesn't seem to me like they are switching over to a new release cycle.

Did anyone catch the subtle hint, when discussing the move to a Qualcom 3G baseband, that Apple is in fact admitting the current baseband chip is faulty? I always chuckle when people say, "the iphone is good at almost everything except being a phone".


RE: Curious
By Kiffberet on 4/21/2011 9:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
It's only in the US and even then in the sticks, where the reception was ever a problem. In Europe I have never had a problem, even when in the Alps snowbaording!


RE: Curious
By AstroCreep on 4/19/2011 3:16:35 PM , Rating: 2
If I were to guess, I'd venture to say that the shorter time between the release of 5 and 6 is that 6 will have an LTE radio in it versus CDMA and/or GSM (hence the verbiage about being a "significant redesign").
Plus that will be closer to a year-out from the release of the iPhone on Verizon, and AT&T is supposed to start rolling out their LTE towers before the end of this year.

I think Apple's "end-game" is to have one hardware version to supply both carriers with, versus having two separate versions.


RE: Curious
By JW.C on 4/20/2011 6:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
No, its simply that the life of the devices isnt what apple had hoped it would be. People are buying other phones and so apple is reduced to using the buz of a "NEW" phone to generate sales. Thats the simple truth, like it or not


RE: Curious
By Kiffberet on 4/21/2011 10:09:26 AM , Rating: 1
People are buying other phones only because they can't afford an iphone.
Sales aren't declining, in fact, they're increasing. And every phone sold has a nice margin that HTC and Samsung can only dream about, with their generic 'bleh' smart phones.


RE: Curious
By marvdmartian on 4/20/2011 8:17:12 AM , Rating: 1
Steve Jobs needs his faithful (mindless) minions to buy more new toys, so he can afford to finish the construction of his cloned body, which his brain will be transplanted to.......thus ensuring his dominion over the masses for many decades to come.....and that sh*t costs serious money, ya know?? ;)


RE: Curious
By Lazarus Dark on 4/20/2011 8:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
It's just a color change. I don't think six months is too long for a color change :P

This is for the real A-holes who want to say: Not only do I buy terrible phones because they are "hip" (aka, douchy), I can afford to throw them away just to get a new color!!


RE: Curious
By voodoochile123 on 4/21/2011 7:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
Wtf? I don't get all this iPhone hate... I'm with you on not throwing money away on incremental upgrades, but there is absolutely nothing terrible about the iPhone and absolutely nothing douchy about buying one.

I can get any phone I want. I want to watch movies on it, play music, surf the web, and play games. Tell me a better phone than the iPhone 4.


Slow news day?
By JimboK29 on 4/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: Slow news day?
By AssBall on 4/19/2011 1:45:57 PM , Rating: 1
For real... If I really wanted an update on fashion accessories I'd go read Wonderwall or Shine.

OMG, now it comes in white, what a technical breakthrough!


RE: Slow news day?
By aharris02 on 4/19/2011 1:51:54 PM , Rating: 5
Psst, the article talks about much more than just an announcement of the impending white iPhone 4.


RE: Slow news day?
By quiksilvr on 4/19/2011 4:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are joking about the order in which the news was revealed. The fact that the White iPhone was the first thing in the headline just makes it extra lulzy.


RE: Slow news day?
By B3an on 4/19/2011 8:17:34 PM , Rating: 2
Mark my words... even though this is almost non-news it will still get into the 'most popular' articles list. This kind of Apple sh*t always does even though a lot of people complain about it and also hate Apple. Which is probably why it's always posted, because it gets page views.


RE: Slow news day?
By PrinceGaz on 4/19/2011 8:14:40 PM , Rating: 2
This is critically important advance information for anyone planning to take time off work/school to queue outside an Apple store overnight before the expected release date.


RE: Slow news day?
By Azethoth on 4/20/2011 4:20:05 AM , Rating: 2
I am holding out for a nice fluorescent powder blue iPhone, with glow in the dark red tiger blood stripes.


4G
By dubldwn on 4/19/2011 12:21:57 PM , Rating: 2
My sources at Qualcomm told me they did get the 3G baseband processor contract, but it looks like no 4G until iPhone 6. Not sure how I feel about that.




RE: 4G
By smackababy on 4/19/2011 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 1
The only reason I've held out on buying an MP3 player was because I was hoping for a 4g iPhone 5 to be released and I could just use the two. Guess Apple will continue to get none of my money. And they almost had me sold...

Maybe MS will get off their ass and release a Zune Phone. The Zune HD was amazing.


RE: 4G
By ApfDaMan on 4/19/2011 1:26:42 PM , Rating: 2
What about WP7?


RE: 4G
By Arsynic on 4/19/2011 3:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
Have you been hiding under a rock?


Apple Gargles Balls
By StraightCashHomey on 4/19/2011 2:02:10 PM , Rating: 5
Posted from my Windows Phone.




RE: Apple Gargles Balls
By Murst on 4/20/2011 3:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
Seems to work. Although this site is not very mobile phone friendly. And scrolling through comments on wp7 is not ideal.

Posted from wp7 (not doing this again though ).

:-)


So...
By JMC2000 on 4/19/2011 3:39:38 PM , Rating: 5
So, basically, the iPhone 5 is an iPhone 4 with iPad 2 hardware (minus the screen size). Innovation, Apple Style, don't you just love it!




By karndog on 4/19/2011 2:13:49 PM , Rating: 2
I've never owned an Apple product aside from an Ipod (not due to any dislike of Apple, i just prefer PC's, and the Iphone's cameras suck, and to those people who say "the Iphone's camera isnt THAT bad", well compared to my 12.1 megapixel Sony Ericsson, yes, it IS that bad) nor have i owned an Android phone, but in the last few weeks i have been looking at upgrading my current phone to the Iphone 5, but anything later than a July release is unacceptable imo.

So it looks like either Samsung or HTC will be getting my money this time around.

A "new" Iphone 4 with a shiny new cover (yes i know that's not the only thing different about it) isnt going to tide me over until the Iphone 5 is released. But funnily enough alot of people with 3gs or earlier model phones will probably lap it up but I think most people who actually do research before they purchase smartphones will be looking elsewhere, rather than buying an Iphone 4 at this stage in its life cycle, especially with much better alternatives on the very near horizon.

I can see Apple losing more market share this year to Android. The Samsung GS2 is looking like the #1 contender for my money at the moment, but ill still probably just go for a 12 month plan and if the Iphone 6 is a good improvement then maybe ill go Apple next year or the year after.




I'm going to make a fortune.
By sabbede on 4/20/2011 3:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
I already have the whiteout, now all I need are some iPhones.
I'll flash them around Starbucks... Those hip fools will be throwing their money at me.

Hmm. Now that I think about it, Jobs could well be doing the same thing. Just think of all the people who wanted a white phone but were 'forced' to get a black one instead because of some nebulous supply problem. Keep the phones off the market just long enough so that they [the consumers] can invent some thin illusion for themselves whereby they justify buying a new phone "because its not too soon to upgrade, right? I've had this thing for months now! Besides, there's a scratch on the back that makes me look like a loser (or gay, too gay, not gay enough depending upon which strata of hippness they occupy [the term "gay" is being used in a mixed context wherein negative connotations are entirely separated from those of sexuality - the aim being to poke fun at {aka offend} everyone apart from the homosexual community, to whom I say "hello"])." Wala! Sell people the same phone twice.
Genius.
I wish I had thought of it first so I could have patented the style and sued Jobs for every last turtleneck.
Black is my color, after all.




This sounds like a big fail.
By Roffles on 4/20/2011 3:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
It sounds like Apple is/was completely unprepared for Verizon's LTE rollout. I mean, most major cities are covered as I type this and it sounds like Apple's iPhone6 (which appears to be the first to support the LTE) is 12+ months away.

With the current availability of the HTC Thunderbolt and the confirmed 3rd quarter release of the Motorola Droid Bionic, it looks like Apple is positioned to lose a big chunk of potential market to everyone up for contract renewal in the window between now and next March/April.

I'm very surprised Apple isn't releasing a dual-core LTE iPhone5 in June. I was fully expecting this and I think a lot of other people were too. How can they remain competitive otherwise? I had even convinced a few of my friends to hold their horses on the iPhone4. Now I've got some splaynin' to dooooo.




iphone coming to Sprint?
By KC7SWH on 4/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: iphone coming to Sprint?
By KC7SWH on 4/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: iphone coming to Sprint?
By aharris02 on 4/19/2011 1:37:49 PM , Rating: 5
No, you were down rated because of how you berated the author.

Sure he made a typo, and it's even cool that you pointed it out... but do you really have to be a jerk about it?


RE: iphone coming to Sprint?
By KC7SWH on 4/19/2011 2:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well the last time that I sent Jason a email and not a comment he never corrected it.


RE: iphone coming to Sprint?
By KC7SWH on 4/19/2011 2:27:32 PM , Rating: 3
If it had been in the article I wouldn't have bothered but in the headline the difference between spring and sprint is huge.


RE: iphone coming to Sprint?
By aharris02 on 4/19/2011 2:37:39 PM , Rating: 5
Again, there's no problem with pointing out an error; it's all in how you go about it.

Next time say this:

quote:
Should it be iPhone 6 in Spring 2012?


And drop this:

quote:
Please hire a proof reader for Jason.
I can understand a lot of typos but when you typo the heading, come on Jason.


People don't downrate correction suggestions, they downrate elitest attitudes.


Typical Mick
By BSMonitor on 4/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Typical Mick
By AssBall on 4/19/2011 1:51:06 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
I cannot stand looking at the screen of any smart phone now. Am totally spoiled. iphone 3G/3GS, droid phones look like EGA graphics compared to the Retina Display and its ridiculous 326 ppi.


I spend more time looking at the screen of my iPhone than any other smartphone because it sucks at making phone calls. The only thing I use the speaker for is to listen to my emo band iTunes collection.

[/Fixed]


RE: Typical Mick
By Reclaimer77 on 4/20/2011 7:46:18 AM , Rating: 2
AHAHAAHAHAH!

+5


RE: Typical Mick
By voodoochile123 on 4/21/2011 7:14:25 PM , Rating: 1
I thought this was a mature tech site? That is just pathetic trolling. Get a grip.


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