October 8, 2012

We’re not sure how we (and everyone else) missed this one. It appears that Apple is making a new version of the iPhone 4. The new hardware number appeared in iOS device downloads on September 19th but hasn’t shown up yet for developers yet:

It is hard to tell what this device is yet. It could be an internal hardware processor update…something like the iPad 2,4 we saw this year that includes a lower-power A5 processor. It could also be a combo phone rather than the two separate CDMA and GSM models originally produced. Alternatively, maybe Apple is throwing T-Mobile and its AWS 4G network a bone? Or, perhaps most interestingly, it could be an iPhone 4 updated with new basebands that could take it to places like China Mobile and its 600 million subscribers. Apple would likely be able to hit more of the market in China with a lower-priced iPhone 4.

Russian website AppStudio believes it is the newer version of the iPhone 4, similar to the iPad 2,4 update.

The iPhone3,2 was first seen at the same time as the iPhone 3,3 that turned out to be the Verizon iPhone 4 (early 2011), which would seem to reduce the possibility of it just being a newer version of the iPhone 4.

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Apple began mass production of the iPad mini with a launch expected within weeks. Today, a new report from WSJ said Apple’s supply chain has received enough orders to produce over 10 million units for the fourth quarter alone. The report confirmed, with Asian part suppliers, that production on the 7.85-inch iPad has started, and adding the 10 million-unit figure nearly doubles the orders placed by Amazon for its Kindle Fire tablets during the same quarter:

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A number of readers notified us that their Lightning to 30-pin adapters have begun shipping with deliveries expected tomorrow. Both readers were in Australia, but we expect global orders to start being filled shortly.

There was some controversy with the original iPhone 5 online order forms due to a bit of text on store.apple.com that said an adapter was included free with the purchase of an iPhone 5.

Third-party retailers, like Amazon and eBay, began shipping Lightning adapters, but most had to cancel orders because of the proprietary chips inside the 30-pin adapters.

MacRumors also received shipping confirmations, but it noted both the $29 direct-plug adapter and the $39 adapter with a short cable are available.

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October 7, 2012

Tonight—a big technology patent deep-dive by The New York Times (non-paginated), with some super-interesting reporting [and I rarely say that about anything with ‘Patents’ in the title] and lots of Apple sourcing. (Interactive: Three Apple patents that were involved in recent lawsuits and a new version of the patent war map.) Some interesting notes: expand full story

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