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What I Really Want in the New iPhone 5

iPhone 5. Image source: 9to5Mac

The Apple iPhone 5. The most talked about, speculated, rumoured mobile device ever in 2012, possibly. The official announcement looms and in less than 24 hours (September 12 @ 10am PST / September 13, 2012 1:00:00 AM GMT+08:00), expect Apple‘s latest smartphone to be revealed. And then some. Let’s disregard all the fancy facts and rumoured specs. Here’s what I really want in the new iPhone 5.

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iPhone 5 Event. Image source: Mashable

A bigger screen
Not a puny 3.7-inch. Not an adequate 4-inch. Give me 4.3-inch at least, 4.5-inch being the ideal. The trend is now for bigger phones, and companies like Samsung has really pushed the envelope on what’s the ideal or acceptable size of a smartphone. Not to say that Apple should “follow trends”, but really look at what the market currently wants.

Yes, the argument that’s usually brought up is that too big a phone would mean less optimal finger reach (so no texting with one hand) but I think this argument is less and less a factor these days. More and more people, I find, text with two hands. I should know, I do that too.

One of the main reasons I skipped a couple of generations of iPhones (I stopped after the 3GS) was the screen size. I outgrew the 3.7-inch display. While I thought the Retina Display was brilliant with the iPhone 4, I decided to look elsewhere for a bigger option. And hence, I was content (and actually pretty happy) with the Samsung GALAXY S II, as blasphemous as that can sound.

So, Apple, 4.3-inch, pretty please?

A bigger battery
Smartphones kill battery life. Social networking kills battery life. Cam-whoring, Instagram-ing kills battery life. I kill battery life. The sub-1500mAh battery just doesn’t cut it anymore. No matter how efficient iOS is, iOS 5 brought the iPhone 4/4S to its knees. Imagine a phone you can only use for less than a day. Pathetic. Being the battery-sucker that I am, I demand a 2,000mAh battery at least.

You only need to look as far as the Motorola RAZR MAXX to see how a huge 3,300mAh battery can be squeezed into a tiny chassis. Motorola did it, Apple. So can you.

A thinner chassis, but not lighter
In terms of looks and design, I always had the opinion that the iPhone 4/4S was near perfection. It’s fantastically well-built, oozes sex appeal, and has that solid feel in your hands. Something so synonymously Apple. I’d love for it to retain its solidness, without it being overly light. The trend for super-thin, super-light phones is widespread, but can sometimes make a phone feel ‘cheap’ and plasticky.

Thinner is always good. The rumours point to a 20% thinner iPhone 5, and I most welcome that.

A quad-core processor
A dual-core A5X processor is more than adequate, but just so I can brag to the Android brethren, I’d love to have a quad-core processor too. Ok, but then I’d need an even bigger battery. Sigh, such is life.

So, what do you think? What do you want the iPhone 5 to be?

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iPhone 5 Codenamed N42 sans NFC

iPhone 5. Image source: 9to5Mac

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the soon-to-be-announced Apple iPhone 5 bears the codename of N42 and will be sold at the same price points as the iPhone 4S.

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The current iPhone 4S sells at $199/$299/$399 price points.
It looks like Apple is continuing its pricing structure –maintaining or reducing prices or new generation products while making the previous generation model super affordable.
It is highly anticipated that Apple will discontinue the iPhone 3GS completely. Expect to pay less than $199 for the iPhone 4S when the iPhone 5 is launched.
Leaked from 9to5Mac – Part codes matrix for the new iPhone launch from a source at a well-known U.S. retail chain: N42A-USA -$199, N42B-USA-$199, N42A-USA-$299, N42B-USA-$299, N42A-USA-$399, N42B-USA-$399.  A & B signify black and white.

The new iPhone 5 is widely believed to feature a 4-inch 16:9 ratio Retina Display, thinner two-tone design, nano-SIM, an A5X or A6 processor and a redesigned smaller dock connector.
It is reported that Apple had a prototype codenamed N41 which featured NFC capabilities. However this was eventually replaced by the N42. No reasons given for the switch.
Knowing Apple, they might just reserve NFC for a later improved revision (‘iPhone 5S)’ if they felt the timing wasn’t right to deploy NFC.
Speculations aside, the iPhone 5 has got to be the most anticipated smartphone of 2012.
Can you even wait another day?
Source: 9to5Mac
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[Leaked] Official iPhone 5 Promo Video

Official iPhone 5 Promo Video

Ok, this is interesting. A purportedly leaked iPhone 5 promo video surfaced on YouTube and social networks, dated two days ago. The seemingly legit video details much of the speculated specifications and features of the new generation iPhone from Apple. Watch video after the jump.

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Lasting two minutes and 25 seconds long, the mostly 3D-rendered video reveals some interesting details, some not known or seen previously.

The new iPhone is a unibody construction which is 9mm taller and 22 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S. The longer form factor encases a 4″ 16:9 widescreen Retina Display (640 x 1136 pixels at 326ppi), a 18 percent larger screen than previously.

While facts point to a non-LTE model, codenamed N42, the video shows the inclusion of LTE.

The video also details the inclusion of Apple’s next generation A6 processor, 1GB RAM and 32/64/128GB storage options. Strangely enough, there is no mention of the main camera, while a 720p front FaceTime camera is shown.

The all-new 9-pin Mini Dock connector as seen in leaked specs and images all over is 50 percent smaller and will support fast USB 3.0 transfer.

The new iPhone 5 will use an Apple-designed 4FF nano-SIM card, which is 40 percent smaller than micro-SIM card.

iPhone 5 Fingerprint Scan

What’s interesting is a never-before-seen “Fingerprint scan to unlock” function, built into Home button – hybrid fingerprint matching with on-chip encryption.

iPhone 5 Mission Control

Some iOS enhancements were also shown including Mission Control (two finger swipe gesture to reveal panel) and new UI for Calendar/Contacts.

Catch the video here:

The video is incredibly detailed and does have a very legit Apple feel to it, but some missing elements and over-dependence of 3D rendering makes it less convincing. Regardless, some of the added enhancements are interesting.

What do you think?

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Apple Snubs Samsung As Memory Supplier For First Batch of iPhone 5

Apple A5X Processor

According to industry sources, the first batch of the upcoming iPhone 5 will not use Samsung memory modules.

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Apple is reportedly tapering orders from the South Korean smartphone rival. Another report claims Apple dropped Samsung chips completely for the new iPhone, replaced by parts made by Toshiba, Elpida Memory and SK Hynix.
It is believed that the move is part of Apple’s strategy to diversify its supply chain and has nothing to do with the patent disputes between the two smartphone giants.
Aside from DDR2 RAM modules, Samsung is the sole supplier of Retina displays in the third-gen iPad. It also fabricates the current line of A-series chips used in iDevices.
Apple is set to reveal the latest iPhone on September 12.
Source: Appleinsider
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Apple iPhone Tops JD Power Satisfaction Survey. Again.

iPhone-4S-feature
Thanks to the  iPhone, Apple has once again topped the J.D Power and Associates rankings for customer satisfaction, marking the eighth consecutive time it has won the accolade.

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Scoring 849 out of possible 1,000 points, Apple earned a five-star “Power Circle Rating”, which categorises the Cupertino company as “among the best” for customer satisfaction.
Apple was significantly ahead of the pack, HTC in second place scored 790 points.
Bitter rival Samsung was third with a score of 782. Motorola, Nokia and LG scored 777, 763 and 742 respectively with RIM not far behind with 740 points.
The survey found 47 percent of smartphone owners chose products based on specific features including camera, OS, social media or gaming capabilities. Less than 20 percent chose their smartphones based on price.
Now this is interesting – 2 out of 10 smartphone owners say they have experienced app or device malfunction and this has significant effect on overall user satisfaction.
Devices that crash at least once a week scored an average of just 663 points, nearly 200 points below what Apple scored.
Something to ponder upon?
Source: Appleinsider
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The iPhone 5 is Out. And It Runs Android. Say What?

GooPhone I5

As if to give Apple a slap at their own (patent) game, an enterprising Chinese manufacturer has released the GooPhone I5 (where do they come up with this names?) which bears an uncanny resemblance to numerous leaked photos of Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPhone 5.

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The GooPhone I5, despite its iPhone 5-ish looks, runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by Appleple A6XX processor. Ok, we’re kidding. It packs a quad-core 1.4Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP camera and a 4-inch display. Not bad where hardware specs is concerned.

But heck, never mind the looks and the specs, because according to reports, the opportunist Chinese manufacturer has also filed a patent on the design and won’t hesitate to take Apple to court when the iPhone 5 is released. They are also considering blocking the iPhone 5 for sale in China.

Go ahead, laugh.

This brings the patent wars to a whole new level. Imagine patenting a stolen design that was leaked on the internet. Shamelessness and bravery know a new face.

Fabulous. China-style.

Source: CNET Asia, Giz-China

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[Leaked] Are These Apple’s New Redesigned Earphones?

[Leaked] New Apple earphones. Source: Tinhte.vn

Vietnam has been quite a good source for yummy Apple leaks, the latest being what is claimed to be redesigned earphones for the new iPhone 5 (and like new iPod family). Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn has posted a video and some convincing pictures.

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The new in-ear headphones will replace the current earphones that are in the market.

Mac Rumors stated that the earphones are manufactured at the Phax Co factory in Vietnam. The new earphones have a smaller profile, and a fully-integrated, single-unit design – characteristic of Apple products.

[Leaked] New Apple earphones. Source: Tinhte.vn

[Leaked] New Apple earphones. Source: Tinhte.vn

Apparently, all new earphones are made in Vietnam, with a clear “Designed in California, assembled in Vietnam” prints on them.

This is the first time Apple has redesigned its iconic white earphones since the launch of the iPod range in 2006. Apple is slated to unveil the much-talked about iPhone 5 at a special event on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco.

Source: Mac Rumors and Tinhte.vn

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It’s Official. Apple to Unveil iPhone 5 on September 12 in San Franciso.

iPhone 5 Event. Image source: Mashable

The world is suddenly abuzz again with Apple‘s official media invite to an event on September 12 at 10AM PT at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. Apple is expected to unveil the much-awaited iPhone 5 which has been heavily rumoured, speculated upon for the past several months.

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As with all Apple products, everything is shrouded in mystery and secrecy – is it a dual-core A5X or a quad-core A6 processor? A 4″ Retina Display is inevitable. A slightly longer form factor to support a 16:9 screen ratio. Uprated 12MP camera? NFC? Official Siri release 1.0?

In about 8 days or less, Apple will put all the speculations and rumours to rest.

The much rumoured iPad mini is expected to be revealed in a separate event in October. The iPod family especially the iPod touch is due for an update as well.

Now matter what happens, rest assured that there will be a gazillion people up to catch the keynote on all available liveblogs on the 12th.

So how do you feel about the upcoming iPhone 5? Are you excited?

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