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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 Fritzr on 6/22/2011 6:45:55 PM , Rating: 2
@MrBlastman

The term "Retina Display" is similar to the term "20/n" vision" (ex 20/20 vision)

A person with 20/3000 vision (legally blind) CAN see a bald eagle clearly at 12 inches. A person with 20/20 vision (often called perfect eyesight) cannot identify a bald eagle at 20 miles. Distance from the eyes is part of the definition of these measurements. (The optometric measure is; at 20 feet the object appears as clear as perfect vision sees it at n feet)

The iPhone Retina Display has an APPARENT pixel size AT NORMAL VIEWING DISTANCE that is smaller than what the human eye can perceive. If that is 300ppi at 12 inches, then any display with a ppi=>300 is a retina display if and only if it is meant to be viewed at a distance of NOT LESS THAN 12 inches.

A 108" LCD TV with a "retina display" by your definition requires a 300ppi or smaller pixel size. In reality you will not view a 108" display from a distance of 12 inches. The viewing distance will be closer to 20 feet or more from the screen. A 108" retina display could get away with a similar resolution to what the iphone has as long as, at the recommended viewing distance, individual pixels have an apparent size that is less than what a person with normal vision (20/20) can see clearly.

Retina display is not a numeric resolution, it is defined by the normal vision of a normal person at a distance that is recommended for viewing the display. This might be a viewing distance of 1 inch if mounted on a headset or 100 feet if displayed on a cinema screen.

Obviously you will be using a much larger pixel on a cinema screen then you use on a screen mounted on your eyeglasses. Both can be retina displays though, even if the cinema uses a pixel nearly as big as the entire headmounted display viewed from 100 meters.

This "Retina Display" effect is the reason why with graphics a given resolution has a maximum enlargement size recommended. Camera sites will give various resolution recommendations in terms of how big a print can be before the individual pixels make the image "blocky".


RE: Retina Display on the iPad 3?
By Botia on 6/23/2011 10:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
I find it just a little bit funny that you arguing about a marketing term using logic, math, and science. Wouldn't it be better to ask, "How does Retina Display make you feel?"


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