New iPhone 5 Details Emerge Including Possible October Release Date

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    New iPhone 5 Details Emerge Including Possible October Release Date



    MacRumors reports today on a new research note that has been issued by Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, in which he outlines all the information about the next iPhone that he has been able to gather from his sources on a recent trip to Asia. White says that according to those in the know that he has spoken to, the next iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch screen, as well as a complete re-design, ushering in a “new, sleek look”. It will also be 4G LTE-compatible. White goes as far as to say that this will be the “most significant” iPhone upgrade to date.

    As for when the next iPhone will be released, in a separate story, MacRumors says that according to a new report on Kotaku, the Maeil Business Newspaper has heard from the chief of human resources at Foxconn’s factory in Taiyuan, China that Foxconn has just received its orders from Apple to start building the iPhone 5 for release this October.

    Source: Supplier Chatter Pointing to Redesigned iPhone with 4-Inch Display, 'Sleek Look' - Mac Rumors

    Foxconn Human Resources Chief Claims October Launch for iPhone 5 - Mac Rumors

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    Apple's next iPhone predicted to have redesigned 'sleek' unibody case

    Apple's next iPhone will feature a new design that could employ a single unibody frame reminiscent of the company's MacBook lineup, according to a new report.






    Analyst Brian J. White with Topeka Capital Markets issued a note to investors on Monday highlighting details he picked up on a tour of suppliers in China and Taiwan. During his visit, he was given the sense that some suppliers will begin production in June of certain components of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, setting up for a product launch in the fall.

    He believes the next iPhone will have a larger screen, which he sees as being 4 inches. He also expects the device will have high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, just like the new iPad.

    "In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case," White wrote. "This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade."

    Indications of a new iPhone form factor cropped up last year when some third-party vendors began manufacturing cases for a completely redesigned model. In addition, some rumors claimed the redesigned iPhone would sport an aluminum unibody similar to the rear panel of the iPad.

    White believes that Apple's ramp-up to a new iPhone launch in the December quarter of calendar 2012 could be "extraordinary." He sees the launch of the next iPhone "dwarfing previous launches" and pushing AAPL stock closer to Topeka's $1,001 price target.

    Topeka made waves last week when it first announced its $1,001 price target on Apple. In addition to the next iPhone, he also sees a full-blown integrated television from Apple helping to push the company's stock price even higher.

    White also revealed on Monday that sources he spoke with on his trip to Asia revealed that Apple is still working on a so-called "iPad mini." While the product remains under development, he said the timing of a launch for such a device is "unclear."

    Numerous reports have claimed that Apple is toying with the idea of releasing a new 7.85-inch iPad with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. The company has been testing such a device in his labs, and the size and resolution would allow current iPad applications to run without any modifications.

    As for the current iPad, White said the new high-resolution Retina display created a bottleneck in Apple's supply chain, though the issue has been largely resolved. He said suppliers indicated that demand for the new iPad, which sold 3 million over its launch weekend, has been "very strong."

    Finally, White also said that speculation he heard on his trip has pointed toward a May launch of the new iPad in mainland China. Even though the new iPad is not officially available in mainland China, he said a number of resellers are already selling the device after obtaining it through unofficial channels.

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    Foxconn employee says Apple placing orders for next iPhone to debut in October

    The head of human resources at one Foxconn factory claims that Apple has recently placed an order for its sixth-generation iPhone, and that the device is on schedule to launch in October of 2012.






    The official from Foxconn's Taiyuan factory allegedly gave the info and date to South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper. The original article was translated on Monday by Kotaku.

    "We just got the order," the Foxconn human resources head reportedly told the newspaper. "[The release] will be around October."

    The paper spoke with the head of human resources because Foxconn's Taiyuan factory has posted many hiring notices of late. The employee confirmed that the factory has been hiring a large number of employees lately as it gears up to assemble Apple's next iPhone.

    Rumors have generally pointed toward a fall 2012 launch of the next iPhone, placing it one year after the debut of the iPhone 4S. Last year's iPhone 4S launch was unique because Apple, in years past, had launched new models in the months of June or July.

    One report from February claimed that Apple plans to continue to release new iPhone models in the fall for the foreseeable future. Last year's iPhone launch essentially took the place of Apple's annual fall iPod event, but the iPod now represents a much smaller part of Apple's business, which led to it being pushed into the background in 2011.

    Apple's decision to launch a new iPhone just before the holiday buying season proved to be a successful strategy. The company sold a record 37 million iPhones during the December quarter, achieving 128 percent unit growth over the 2010 holidays.

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    in which a different Foxconn employee suggested Apple could launch its next-generation iPhone in June. That person claimed Foxconn's Taiyuan factory was gearing up for an iPhone launch much sooner than October by hiring 18,000 employees.

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    This Could Be The Key To Apple Creating A Larger 4-Inch iPhone




    Whispers have been circulating for months about Apple releasing a larger iPhone later this year. Since the original iPhone launch, Apple has kept the iPhone’s essential dimensions intact, and we still have the same 3.5-inch display size Steve Jobs demoed at Macworld in 2007. While the rest of the smartphone industry has been experimenting with all kinds of crazy screen sizes and aspect ratios, Apple has stuck with a simple 3:2 aspect ratio and 3.5 inches.

    There have been plenty of arguments made for why Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone in the future, but one smart forum user has put together an argument that trumps the rest.

    Over at The Verge’s forums, “modilwar” presents a very compelling case for why he thinks the next iPhone will have a 4-inch display. He starts by mentioning the obvious problem that LTE radios have caused for device size — you need a bigger device to house a bigger battery to fuel power-hunger LTE circuitry. Case in point: the LTE variant of the new iPad is 0.6 millimeters thicker and 0.11 pounds heavier than its older counterpart. Modilwar argues that Apple won’t want to increase the physical footprint of the sixth-gen iPhone — no matter how slightly — so that would leave LTE on the cutting room floor. In his mind, Apple would need to increase the iPhone’s overall size, and thus the screen size, to accommodate LTE networking.






    Modilwar’s curiosity was sparked when another reader of The Verge named Colin recently suggested how Apple could make a 4-inch device without losing the iPhone’s general form factor or pixel density:

    Change the aspect ratio. As I mentioned above, all iPhones (and iPod touches) have had an aspect ratio of 3:2. Could Apple change the aspect ratio to increase the screen size while maintaining the same 326 ppi? What aspect ratio would need to be to hit that 4 inch mark? And most importantly how could app fragmentation be avoided?

    Colin’s idea was to keep the shorter side of the iPhones screen the same, i.e. 640 pixels at 1.94 inches. With that in mind how much would the longer side need to increase so the that diagonal measurement was 4 inches. The answer, derived using simple algebraic rearrangement of Pythagorus’s theorem, 1152 pixels and 3.49 inches. That leaves the the diagonal length measuring a little over 3.99 inches, I’m sure Apple PR could round this 4.

    For those of you who are good with numbers I’m sure you’ve noted that 1152 x 640 has an aspect ratio of 9:5 and the 1152 pixels is and increase of 192 from 960 and that’s 20% more than on the iPhone 4 and 4S.

    Modilwar continues his presentation with mockups of how Apple’s stock apps would look at the new aspect ratio. He notes that there are some instances where the new dimensions wouldn’t work as well. For example, game devs would need to rebuild certain UI elements for a 4-inch display with a 9:5 ratio. However, video playback would actually leave room for less black space around the edges of the video frame, creating a better experience than what the current iPhone displays.

    Admittedly, it’s a pretty brilliant solution to what’s been making the rest of the tech industry scratch its head for the last few months. A trick like Modilwar and Colin explain would be something smart enough to come from Apple itself. Well-connected Apple pundit John Gruber chimed in saying, “Methinks “Colin” wasn’t merely guessing or idly speculating.” Sounds like we may have found the key to a 4-inch iPhone.

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