iOS Devices ▪ April 22, 2011

iPhone 5 mockup from This is my next

Update: MacRumors and people in the know who we have spoken to are having their doubts about this one.

This is my next drops a bombshell, claiming that the next-generation iPhone will not be a minimal departure from the iPhone 4, like others are saying, but will be a completely re-designed phone, as Engadget reported earlier this year. The iPhone 5 that the report describes is said to be a prototype in testing – we know that Apple tests many products before going to market – that features a body akin to that of the one found on the fourth-generation iPod touch. This design is said to also be “teardrop” like the late 2010 MacBook Air’s design – thicker to thinner from top to bottom.

Even more interesting is that the next-generation iPhone is said to gain a larger home button on the bottom portion of the device and… it’s gesture sensitive. This is my next points out that this could easily work hand-in-hand with some of those funky new gestures Apple is testing in iOS 4.3 with iOS App Store developers. The report also backs up a report from the Wall Street Journal, and says the screen will cover most of the device’s front and the new phone will likely lack a true bezel. Even cooler is that This is my next says Apple is exploring ways to hide the earpiece and the iPhone 4’s famous sensors behind the screen.

Speaking of screens… the report says that it’s not your everyday iPhone 3.5 inch display, but it’s 3.7 inches and the pixels are staying the same. This will cause a drop in pixel density of 13 pixels-per-inch – but this will still be above the magic Retina mark of 300 pixels per inch. The screen will likely look the same to the human eye, and developers will not need to adjust their graphics. Perhaps they will have the option in the iPhone SDK to to take full advantage of the extra screen real estate. This is my next is also saying that this all-new-phone could possibly sport some sort of wireless/inductive charging and/or NFC, but that is less confirmed – on their part – compared to the rest of the story.

Finally, This is my next closes by making it clear that the described iPhone 5 may never hit the streets, but it’s certainly being toyed with at Apple HQ:

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Following our post about an internal memo dictating a April 27th launch for the white iPhone 4, Engadget has nabbed three pictures of the device at Vodafone UK. Supposedly a customer was able to purchase the device with model number MC604B/A. The biggest thing we take from these pictures is the white iPhone 4’s new proximity sensor. Notice the new sensor is just a black cut in the white front plate versus the old sensor with dotted cuts. Perhaps the proximity sensor was the main reason for delay? Anyways, count us thrilled.

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A tipster at Netherlands phone retailer BelCompany sent us the above picture of a company memo, detailing a Wednesday, April 27th launch for the white iPhone 4. Our sources in AT&T and Verizon say that they have still recieved no concrete information about a release date, though. So, is the white iPhone 4 launching next week? We think this might be the best proof yet. What a had a picture of the memo but we were asked not to post it.  Here’s the translation:

This Wednesday, all retail stores will receive the white T-Mobile iPhone 4 16 GB. Also, a limited number of retail stores will receive one single white iPhone 4 32 GB. New supplies will be scarce/very limited. If the supply is exhausted/sold out, inform the customer that new deliveries are expected in 4 to 5 weeks time.

The source  says that T-Mobile might have one month exclusivity on the white iPhone 4, in the Netherlands at least. Also, the white iPhone 4 supply is said to be in limited in Europe at launch, with availability increasing in the coming weeks. Even more interesting is that the white iPhone 4 has already arrived today at some European retailers. They have arrived in boxes with embargo stickers all over them – “due not open until April 27″ – and are kept in the company safe. Both 16 GB and 32 GB capacities are said to be offered, as we have previously detailed, but quantities are said to initially be limited. Thanks, Simon for translating the memo!

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Big publishers tend to do massive discounts ahead of important holidays and this coming Easter is no exception. Electronic Arts announced their second annual Easter games sale, with over thirty iPhone, iPod touch and iPad games seeing their priced reduced to just 99 cents. These are triple-A releases that cost from five bucks up, most of them around ten bucks. The full list of discounted iOS titles is available below. Some of the notable price cuts that caught our attention include iPhone games Need for Speed Hot PursuitDead Space and The Sims 3 plus Scrabble for iPad and more. The deal is valid through this weekend.
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iOS Devices ▪ April 21, 2011

Samsung has fired right back at Apple and has sued the Cupertino, California company over Samsung patents filed in South Korea, Japan, and Germany. The lawsuit is said to involve five specific patents. Samsung provided the following statement to Reuters:

Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.

Apple sued Samsung earlier this week over patent infringements relating to the iPhone and iPad. Apple claims Samsung copied the designs found in the Galaxy S series of phones and tablet devices.

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The iPad 2’s A5 processor not only is a speedy, dual-core chip, but also works to provide nine times the gaming performance of its predecessor, A4. So, what’s Apple to do for their best-selling gaming phone? Give it the A5 chip with remarkably better gaming performance. We have already discovered, in the iOS 4 SDK, that Apple is bringing the A5 chip to the next iPhone, and now we have heard Apple is going to push this gaming performance and speed as one of the next-generation iPhone’s major marketing points.

Apple isn’t taking the next iPhone’s A5-power lightly.  They already have select developers working on versions of their iPhone applications that take full advantage of the next-generation iPhone’s speedier and much more powerful hardware. These developers, seemingly from high-level gaming outfits, have been given what is essentially an iPhone 4 but with an A5 processor instead of an A4. The device itself is virtually identical to the iPhone 4, and there is no way anyone can tell it’s not an iPhone 4 based on the phone’s exterior.

The person who chose to share this information with us calls it the ‘iPhone 4S’, though the device itself only has typical Apple prototype nomenclature.  He also shared that the device spends its evenings in a safe in the company’s offices.

To be clear: these prototype iPhone 4S devices are not necessarily the next-generation iPhone. These phones are simply prototype units for developers to get ready for the new phone, rumored to be launching in September. The next-generation iPhone may end up looking just like the iPhone 4 (iPhone 3G-iPhone 3GS sort of thing) but we cannot confirm this. If the next iPhone does end up looking like the iPhone 4, we would assume that Apple would pack in more than just an A5. Probably an 8 megapixel camera, a world phone Gobi chips, and a few other things to spice up the package.

The operating system running on these phones is a version of iOS 4 that supports the next-generation hardware, and this may be why we found the iPhone 5 with an A5 chip in the iOS 4 SDK at all. If past history repeats itself, the fifth-generation iPhone will ship with Apple’s fifth-generation mobile software, in this case iOS 5. iOS 5 will be announced at Apple’s WWDC conference in early June with a rumored launch in September of this year. If anything, this news backs up claims that the fifth-generation iPhone will have an A5 and that Apple is taking gaming very seriously.

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