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The new iPhone is rumored to pack a dual core CPU, an 8 MP camera, and look somewhat like the iPhone 4. The fifth generation model is expected to launch in Sept. and is rumored to be named the "iPhone 4GS".  (Source: Google Images)

A "Retina Display" iPad is also reportedly incoming.  (Source: Apple)
Company struggles to stay competitive in the face of the Android army's onslaught

The pace of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone launches has slowed, as June is expected to come and go with no new iPhone.  Though Apple fans have the new white iPhone and a new U.S. carrier -- Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) -- to comfort themselves with, analysts still pointed to the lack a new model as a major issue affecting the company's stock.

Still, the fifth generation iPhone (which some say will actually be named the iPhone 4GS, rather than the iPhone 5), codenamed "Telluride", will launch within three months according to Bloomberg.

The September iPhone will bring with it a new dual-core CPU, the same Apple A5 processor found in the iPad 2 (though it may be underclocked to conserve battery life).  Bloomberg contradicts previous reports saying its sources close to Apple are saying that their will be a 8 megapixel image sensor for the rear camera (previous reports suggested the phone would retain its 5 MP sensor).

The sources at Apple suggest that the phone will look a lot like the current iPhone.

Framington, Mass.-based research firm IDC says that despite introducing new models every year, Apple is having trouble keeping up with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system and wealth of hardware partners.  It estimates that Apple will hold an 18.5 percent market share at the end of 2011, while Google will have 38.9 percent of the market -- over twice as much.  

The race between Android and the iPhone is increasingly looking like the 80s and 90s race between the Mac and the Windows PC -- and we all know how that turned out.  That's rough news for Apple, which currently gets half its revenue from the iPhone.

The launch of the fifth gen. iPhone will also correspond with the launch iOS 5.  One key advance in the new operating system will be the introduction of over-the-air (OTA) updates, a feature long supported by Android.  Other reports indicate that the new iPhone may grace the Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) or Deutsche Telekom AG's (DTE) T-Mobile network in the U.S.

In related news, Bloomberg also claimed that its sources delivered information on two other pending Apple gadgets.  One will be a low-priced, smaller version of the iPhone, based on the hardware of the iPhone 4.  That device will be aimed at developing countries -- an area where struggling Finnish phone maker Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) has traditionally dominated.

A new iPad is also rumored to be coming, which uses a scaled up version of the "Retina Display" found in the iPhone 4.  The device would boost about a third higher screen resolution and would include a more responsive touch layer.

It is rumored that Apple is planning to bump up the launch of the sixth generation iPhone to Spring 2012.  Possibly named the "iPhone 5" (assuming the "iPhone 4 GS" rumor holds true), the phone is expected to deliver a major hardware update, along the lines of the update in the fourth generation.

DailyTech recently spoke to a former Apple executive who disclosed that the company is hoping to release iOS-powered LCD television sets sometime late this year or early next year, as well.



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RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By BSMonitor on 6/22/2011 2:53:39 PM , Rating: 1
What's confusing? No matter how close you hold the iPhone 4 to your eyes, they cannot physically see the pixels.

Seems pretty clear to me. The screen too.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By MrTeal on 6/22/2011 3:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
That's not really correct. The eye resolves angular resolution, not size. Most people quote about 1 arcminute for low contrast objects, I've seen 0.6" used for normal vision. The pixels of the iPhone 4 are 78um and are fixed in size, so if you move it closer or farther you change the angle that the pixel subtends and it can go from being indistinguishable to visible. Get it close enough, and you can see the pixels.

Obviously, there's limits there since you can only focus on objects a certain distance away. Try this though, make a big bitmap with alternating black and white pixels, and display it on your phone. Move it back and forth, and note when it goes from gray to being able to make out the pixels.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By erple2 on 6/22/2011 6:43:28 PM , Rating: 1
If "300 ppi at 12 inches" is considered the limit of normal vision, I suppose that implies that you can see roughly 200 pixels per degree? (about 206 in reality).

300 / ( 2 * arctan ( 0.5/12 ) ) * pi / 180

Up to reasonably close distances to your eye (about the imperceptible 3 inches from your face), halving or "thirding" the distance to your eye results in a doubling or tripling of the required PPI density of the display to maintain the same pixel density per degree. If you double the distance (ie 24" from your face), you need roughly half the PPI to maintain the same pixel density per degree. Interesting. That implies that the non-iPhone4's are "retina displays" at 2+ feet from your nose.

Curious indeed.

So I guess at about 15 feet, my TV becomes a "retina display" as long as it has a PPI of at least 20. So if TV's are all 1080p, that implies that I'd need at MOST a that was 1080/20 or 54" wide to be a "retina display". That implies a 62" TV.

Where was I going with this? I can't remember...


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Fritzr on 6/22/2011 7:09:21 PM , Rating: 3
You're on the right track. CRT TVs use an additional trick, the pixels are larger than the dot pitch so the edges overlap. This is the only difference between a TV monitor and a computer monitor. The TV monitor smears the picture to hide the graininess of the picture, the computer monitor uses pixels as close to the dpi in size as possible to eliminate the window screening effect without overlapping.

The Commodore 1702 computer monitor displayed TV resolution pictures with the window screening clearly visible, since the pixel size was chosen to eliminate the blurring caused by overlapping pixels without the precise aim needed to make the pixels exactly the right size.

If you get "too close" to an LCD or similar display you can see the window screening. At normal distances it is not visible to normal eyesight.

In film you will hear "grain" referred to. This is a measure of the "pixel" size on traditional photographic film. You can create negatives for use in printing posters by using either a very fine (small) grain or a very large negative. Preferably both. 10" Glass plate negatives from the 19th century have a resolution greater than all but a very few, very recent digital cameras.

Another real life example you can hold in your hands. (okay maybe not the billboard sized print, but you get the idea :P )

Take a photograph with a 10-12 megapixel resolution. Now make 2 prints, both of them at the full size and resolution of that picture ... one 3 inchx5 inch and the other 30 feet by 50 feet.

It is very unlikely that you will be able to see individual pixels in the small print. the larger one, well you can probably measure the pixel size with an old fashioned wooden ruler ... yet at recommended viewing distances for prints of those sizes, both are "retina display" resolution prints.


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By omnicronx on 6/22/2011 3:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What's confusing? No matter how close you hold the iPhone 4 to your eyes, they cannot physically see the pixels.
LOL, clearly it is confusing as you just proved my point.

You surely CAN physically see the pixels at distances closer than 10-12 inches as clearly defined in Apples keynote by Mr Jobs himself.

Steve Jobs: "there's a magic number around 300dpi, if you hold something about 10-12 inches away from your eye, it's the limit of the human retina to distinguish pixels."

Those were his exact words when the famous 300+ ppi number was up on the screen during the keynote. Google it if you would like as there are several articles on the subject.


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