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    iPhone 5 Release And Features Rumors Will These Patents Debut On The Next Apple phone

    With Apple gearing up for the grand release of its highly anticipated next generation iPhone, enormous hype surrounds the smartphone with rumors confounding customers about when the device will finally be launched and what the features will be on board.






    Some earlier reports said Apple would launch iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June this year. The reports suggested that the June launch of the next iPhone would bring an end to an eight-month-long life span of the current iPhone 4S. But recent rumors suggested that Apple might launch the device in the second half of 2012. The Cupertino tech giant might abandon mid-year launches and consider a 12-month iPhone upgrade cycle starting in the fall.

    When it comes to the features of the phone, rumors are spreading like wildfire. The reports of Apple's new patent filing have also added much to the rumor mill which keeps on growing continuously. Here're some details about three Apple patent applications filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office which might turn up as key features in future iDevices like iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


    According to the new patent application, detailed by Patently Apple, "Apple has invented a killer 3D imaging camera that will apply to both still photography and video. The new cameras in development will utilize new depth-detection sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR and Laser that will create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery. Additionally, the cameras will use advanced chrominance and luminance Sensors for superior color accuracy."

    Additionally, the new 3D cameras could also recognize facial expressions and gesturing. With the knack to both capture and recreate 3D images, the new imaging system could enhance the imaging capabilities of the 5 megapixel iSight camera on the new iPad and the 8 megapixel camera found on the iPhone 4S, said an iDownloadBlog report.

    The PA report described the facial and gesture recognition functionality like this:


    "Facial gestures may include, but are not limited to, smiling, grimacing, frowning, winking, and so on and so forth. In one embodiment, this may be accomplished by detecting the orientation of various facial muscles using surface geometry data, such as the mouth, eyes, nose, forehead, cheeks, and so on, and correlating the detected orientations with various gestures."

    Despite creating a 3D digital model of an object by taking video or photographs of it, the camera would also allow users to create a 3D model of their home by shooting video while walking through it. According to the report, "a user may take video of a home while walking through the home and the image sensing device could use the calculated depth and surface detail information to create a three-dimensional model of the home. The depth and surface detail information of multiple photographs or video stills may then be matched to construct a seamless composite three-dimensional model that combines the surface detail and depth from each of the photos or video."

    Rumors about Apple planning to incorporate a 3D camera in the next iPhone have been around for a quite some time now. Many reports have also suggested that the iPhone 5 may feature an 8 megapixel (or even higher) camera given that rivaling Android smartphones are increasingly coming with much improved cameras.

    Universal Remote Functionalities to Control TVs


    Another recent report from Patently Apple said that Apple might offer a universal remote control feature to upcoming iPhones and possibly iPads. The report was based on an Apple patent application released by the US patent office for a "remote control device that is configurable to gather state information from controlled components."

    The report explained that "the remote control may have one or more cameras, microphones and/or other sensors. The sensors may be configured to operate upon actuation of the remote control device to determine if signals transmitted by the remote control were received and a desired result was achieved."

    The report speculated that the feature is "likely to be integrated into a future iPhone (or other iOS device) instead of it being an add-on app at the App Store. The advanced features being added to Apple remote could be signaling their preparation for a standalone HDTV as it's to control a television and other related entertainment devices."

    "You take a photo of your current TV remote and it sends it to iCloud for analysis. It then sends a 'virtual copy' of your remote, functionality and all, to your iPhone," the report said explaining how the new patent would work once it's integrated in the upcoming iPads and iPhones.

    In the application, Apple described the use of the iPhone as a self-configuring universal remote for home entertainment systems. It acknowledged that the iPhone would also need to have IR transmission capabilities.

    The PA report did mention that in the patent application, originally filed in Q3 2010, Apple stated that advanced universal remote controls may be capable of controlling not only home entertainment systems, including audio and video equipments, but also home automations systems like lighting, door locks and the like.

    Ultrasonic Bonding to Make Apple's Next iPhone Stronger


    One of the recent rumors to hit the iPhone 5 scene is about the device featuring ultrasonic bonding. According to Patently Apple, "On March 15, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that refines an older 2008 patent on using Ultrasonic bonding in products like the 2009 metal back iPhone and current iPods."

    "Apple may have refined the process of ultrasonic bonding in their latest Apple TV and iPad designs where it's necessary to bring metal and plastic together to save on costs and to keep the devices lighter," the report added.

    The report said that ultrasonic bonding could be useful for making stronger, more lasting bond than using adhesives to hold different materials together, i.e. in a phone casing. Various iPods and iPhones use covering having plastic parts that have been ultrasonically welded together. "Seams and joins of plastic parts that have been ultrasonically welded together can also be quite aesthetically pleasing in comparison with some traditional metallic welds."

    However, ultrasonic bonding can prove complicated because of the use of materials with two different melting points, like metal and plastic. "This serves to limit the abilities of designers with respect to the materials that can be used in a particular design, such as for the housing and internal features or parts of an electronic device having complex internal features."

    When it comes to compact portable devices like the iPhone, Apple's solution is to use a metallic surface that can withstand "the flow of melted plastic into one or more surface irregularities therein," allowing a plastic item to ultrasonically bonded to a metal item.

    Rumors are rife that the next iPhone will feature 4G LTE connectivity. After the Cupertino-based tech giant confirmed the 4G LTE inclusion in the new iPad, numerous unnamed sources have stated that the upcoming model of the iPhone will be launched later this year, featuring the same technology.

    Other features that are likely to be added to iPhone include 3.7- to 4-inch Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display with 1280 x 720 resolutions (367ppi), a 1.2 to 1.5 GHz A6 processor with 1GB or more of RAM, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, better battery life and an updated OS - may be iOS 6.


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    iPhone 5 Rumors: From Release Date to Features, Specs (All You Need to Know)

    There are always a lot of rumors ahead of the launch of the new device, especially if Apple is involved, and as the new iPad is out, anticipation is now building up for the iPhone 5. Needless to say, there are increasingly more rumors piling up around the next-generation iPhone, but we need to draw a line between facts and fiction - or at least try.

    Here's a checklist of what's being rumored about the sixth generation iPhone.

    Latest Rumors

    Two of the latest and most plausible rumors come from iMore and RepairLabs. Let's start with the first one. On March 26, iMore posted some intriguing details about Apple's next iPhone, citing some anonymous sources. Reportedly, the iPhone 5 will include the new iPad's 4G LTE capability, will feature a display "similar if not same sized" to iPhone 4S' 3.5-inch screen, and will switch to a smaller dock port for charging and data transfers.






    So far, the Apple-centric blog has correctly anticipated the date of Apple's new iPad unveiling, as well as its 4G LTE capability. It now predicts that the new iPhone will debut in fall, around the time the iPhone 4S was launched last year. The smaller dock rumors are hardly news anymore, as another Japanese blog, Macotakara, claimed as far back as in October 2011 that smaller ports were headed to the iPhone and iPad.

    Meanwhile, RepairLabs has recently reported that Texas Instrumentals has already started manufacturing the iPhone 5's power management chip. Texas instruments is one of Apple's suppliers, handling the manufacture of components such as the touchscreen controller and the power management chips found in the iPhone 4S and the new iPad. ReparLabs also claims that Texas Instruments calls the new iPhone the "iPhone 5", busting rumors that Apple would follow call the sixth generation iPhone "the new iPhone," just as it named the third generation iPad, "the new iPad."

    Bigger Screen

    Also citing anonymous "internal sources" that are "extremely reliable," RepairLabs claims the screen will be bigger than the current 3.5-inch size, but it is uncertain whether it will be as big as the rumored 4.6-inch. According to Reuters, South Korean publication Maeli Business Newspaper published a report on March 21, citing an unnamed "industry source," saying that Apple had ordered 4.6-inch screens for the next-generation iPhone.

    Two days later, however, iMore's editor-in-chief Rene Ritchie stated that the iPhone 5 will feature the same 3.5-inch screen as all previous-generation iPhones, but will sport a few new features. When it comes to release date, Ritchie forecasts an October 2012 launch, and he has a solid track record with Apple predictions.

    Last August, while all other sites expected Apple to unveil the iPhone 5, Ritchie accurately reported that it would be called "iPhone 4S" and it would be unveiled in the first week of October. In addition, Ritchie also correctly predicted the March 7 date for the new iPad's unveiling. Regarding the iPhone 5's screen size, Ritchie believes it "could get a little bigger," but not nearly as big as the 4.5-inch plus Android smartphones.

    Other rumors point to an iPhone 5 with better battery efficiency, s quad-core processor, NFC technology, Siri v2.0, better screen resolution, better camera, a new design, and much, much more.


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    Apple's new iPhone will use bigger 4.6-inch display: report

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch "retina" display and is set to be launched around the second quarter, a South Korean media reported on Thursday.



    Sales of the iPhone, first introduced in 2007 with the touch screen template now adopted by its rivals, account for around half Apple's total sales.

    Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.

    Its major display suppliers LG Display and Samsung Electronics Co declined to comment.

    Samsung, which is also the biggest challenger to Apple in smartphones, uses 4.6-inch OLED display for its flagship Galaxy S II smartphone, introduced in April last year.

    The high-definition "retina" display--containing several times as many pixels within the same area-- is used in the latest iPad released earlier this month.

    The latest iPhone 4S was introduced in October last year.


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    iPhone 5 Release Date, Features: 3D Camera Likely, What About Other Specs?

    Apple iPhone 5 rumors mill were in action since last year when people speculated the fifth generation iPhone to be iPhone 5, but instead Apple fanboys had to be satisfied with iPhone 4S, which is a mere update over iPhone 4. And, though iPhone 5's debut is not expected until at least June, if not later, it hasn't stopped people from continuing to speculate what features it will carry. And guess what? The latest rumor claims that the sixth generation iPhone will boast of 3D camera.






    According to Patently Apple, the Cupertino based tech giant has filed a petition for 3D camera capabilities in its iOS devices. After approval, 3D camera imaginary can become a revolutionary feature in Apple's upcoming iPhone and iPad.

    If the report is to be believed then Apple iPhone 5 will feature two camera sensors linked to advance image processing module. New camera module can use RADAR and LIDAR technology and luminance sensors to produce a real-time 3D image.

    According to the patent photo, the new camera will scan an object and recreate a 3D image on the iPhone screen with colors as close to real image as possibly. The new camera will include advance gesture detection features like smile detection, wink detection, frowning and more.



    In the iPhone 5, the inclusion of 3D camera is likely but not confirmed as this stunning feature could get postponed and Apple might save it for so-called "iPhone 6". Everything will be clear once Apple unveils iPhone 5.

    Meanwhile, Apple iPhone 5 is said to be in production. Recently, Foxconn has hired 20,000 workers for a factory that reportedly will manufacture iPhone 5. The hiring spree reflects that iPhone 5 assembly work is speeding up and the new device could see the day of light in June. If iPhone 5 launches in June, Apple may skip the 3D camera feature. However, most bloggers still believe that iPhone 5 will come out in September/October, following the launch pattern of iPhone 4S. With a fall release date, there is greater possibility of 3D camera to be featured in Apple's next flagship model.

    Other than the camera update, iPhone 5 is expected to boast of quad-core A6 processors, 1GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of Internal storage and 4G LTE compatibility. Reportedly, Apple will bless iPhone 5 with NFC chip and iWallet app. Rumors are also high that iPhone 5 will sport 4.6-inch display with 720p resolution.

    The tech giant may also wave good-bye to 30-pin dock connector and replace it by a high speed compact alternative like micro-dock connector or microUSB v3.0.


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    Apple's next iPhone expected to launch in October with Qualcomm LTE chip




    Even if Apple did want to launch its sixth-generation iPhone before October of this year, supply issues with Qualcomm LTE chips would still cause the next iPhone to launch a full year after the iPhone 4S.

    Analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray revealed in a note to investors on Thursday that Qualcomm is facing supply issues for its 28-nanometer LTE baseband. He believes that will assure that the next iPhone will launch in October of this year.

    But he expects that Qualcomm, based on increased capital spending this year from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, will have the capacity to support a fourth-quarter launch of a new iPhone with LTE 4G connectivity.

    "It is more likely the phone launches in October given Qualcomm commentary around 28nm chip supply," he said. "We believe Apple will include LTE in the iPhone 5 as an important feature in the product update."

    Regardless, the timing of the launch of the next iPhone is "irrelevant," Munster believes. All that matters is that Apple's next iPhone is a "compelling" upgrade, a requirement that he believes the company will meet with connectivity to high-speed long-term evolution data networks.

    Last month, it was said that Apple is expected to utilize Qualcomm's "MDM9615" LTE chip, which supports both voice and data connections on high-speed 4G LTE networks. It was said in March that Apple was in the midst of testing and evaluating potential components for the next iPhone.




    The rumored Qualcomm LTE chip would be a change from the new iPad, which features the company's "MDM9600" modem. That chip only offers data connections over 4G LTE, and not voice, as the iPad cannot be used to place phone calls.

    Rumors surrounding the next iPhone have generally agreed that it will launch in the fall of 2012, about a year after the iPhone 4S debuted. Last year's iPhone launch was uncharacteristic for Apple, which had previously introduced new handsets at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

    Instead, last year Apple opted to show off iOS 5 at WWDC in San Francisco, Calif. If the company sticks to that same schedule for 2012, the company would then introduce the next major update to iOS at this year's show in early June.

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    Rumor: Apple's next iPhone to have glass replaced with Liquidmetal

    A new, questionable rumor from Korea claims that Apple's next-generation iPhone will replace its glass back with the super-durable Liquidmetal alloy.





    The claim was published on Wednesday by Korea IT News, which said Apple's sixth-generation iPhone will be made of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper "and so forth." It also said it will have a "surface smooth like liquid."

    Though the report includes references to a general "liquid metal," the proper noun Liquidmetal refers to an amorphous metal that Apple purchased the exclusive rights to use in 2010. The company behind the material, Liquidmetal Technologies, revealed in March that it was paid $20 million by Apple in that deal.

    Casting some doubt on Wednesday's report out of Korea, it goes on to say that the new iPhone is expected to debut at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. Last year, Apple opted to hold off on unveiling the iPhone 4S until well after WWDC, and launched its fifth-generation handset in October.

    This year, most rumors have suggested that Apple plans to hold to a similar timeframe for the launch of a sixth-generation iPhone. It has been rumored that Apple will unveil its next handset in the months of September or October.

    While the WWDC launch reported by Korea IT News is questionable, claims of a metal back for the next iPhone are not new. As far back as last year, there were indications that Apple was working on an all-new iPhone design with a metal back akin to the iPad.

    As for the potential use of Liquidmetal, the company that owns the material announced in March that it had begun shipping commercial parts to "several" unnamed customers. Apple's Liquidmetal gives it the right to exclusively use the material in electronic products, though it is free to be used in other industries like defense contractors, sports equipment manufacturers and medical suppliers.

    The first product Apple created out of Liquidmetal's material was an iPhone SIM card ejector tool, but since then there has been no indication that any other products have been crafted from the Liquidmetal alloy.

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    Next-Generation iPhone to Use Thinner In-Cell Technology for Multi-Touch Display?







    Taiwan's Central News Agency reports on comments from DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh, who believes that Apple is planning to use new "in-cell" display technology from Japanese manufacturers in the next-generation iPhone. The move would benefit suppliers such as Sony, Sharp, and Toshiba, which currently lead the industry in the technology.

    Compared with on-cell technology, touch panels that use in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them, he explained.

    At present, Taiwan's TPK Holding Co. and Wintek Corp., which supply touch panels to Apple, use mainly on-cell technology in their products, according to the two companies.
    The occasionally-reliable Digitimes is reporting similar claims based on "sources in Apple's supply chain", indicating that improvements in yield rates for the in-cell panels have made it feasible for Apple to use the technology in its products. According to the report, Sharp and Toshiba will be ramping up their production of in-cell panels this quarter.

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    iPhone 5 Will Be Lighter And Thinner Thanks To This New Touchscreen Tech




    Your iPhone’s touchscreen might look just like a single pane of living glass, but there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. Every iPhone is comprised of multiple layers: an LCD that actually blasts the pixels out of the Retina Display, a glass substrate laye separating the LCD from the touch layer that translates your finger swipes and prods into input the system can read, and a layer of protective Gorilla Glass on top.

    Obviously, Apple’s existing touchscreen tech works well, but having so many different layers has its drawbacks. A big one is that it adds to the iPhone’s thickness. But Apple may already be on the cusp of inking a deal with Sharp and Toshiba to adopt in-cell touch panel displays, which should lead to a slimmer, lighter iPhone 5.


    An in-cell touch panel display differs from current solutions in that it merges the LCD layer and the touchscreen layer. That reduces thickness while also getting rid of the glass substrate layer required to separate and LCD from the touch layer.

    Digitimes reports:

    The adoption of the in-cell touch panels, if realized, will also have a significant impact on the operations of Apple’s current touch panel suppliers TPK Holdings and Wintek, which are specialized in the production of glass on glass touch solutions currently, said the sources.In response, TPK said that it is developing TOL (touch on lens) single-glass touch solutions, which will be more suitable for the production of high-end customized devices and that the market will accommodate more than one technology.

    Not only will in-cell and TOL panels reduce iPhone thickness, but they will improve Apple’s margins too: less parts means less things which can go wrong in manufacturing, which translates to higher yields. It also means that there’s an extra layer of polishing of the glass substrate that doesn’t need to take place on every iPhone, shaving off a few pennies more.

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    Purported next-gen iPhone home button has modified design

    A new component from the Far East is claimed to be a home button from Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, featuring a new, modified design.


    The iPhone home buttons remain circular, but underneath the button they are attached to a more squared-off plastic piece. The black and white parts, advertised as a "home button key" for Apple's "iPhone 5," were discovered on Monday.

    While the purported iPhone parts suggest the next-generation device's home button will look largely the same as it always has, they also indicate that the component will be redesigned internally. That could support speculation that the next iPhone will be a redesigned model with an appearance different from the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

    The original listing for the new iPhone home buttons at TVC-Mall.com notes that the design is different from the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, with the round button in the center accompanied by a more square piece outside of it. It also noted that the black and white versions of the home button are identical.

    The parts, if legitimate, suggest Apple is working on prototype models of its next-generation iPhone. In March it was said that Apple was reviewing potential components for the new iPhone, which is expected to be released this fall, one year after the iPhone 4S.





    Rumors surrounding the next iPhone have picked up steam in recent weeks, as one report said the handset will feature Qualcomm's "MDM9615" LTE 4G chip for high-speed wireless connectivity. Reports have also claimed that the next iPhone will adopt in-cell touch panel technology, which will allow Apple to make the next iPhone thinner by 0.44 millimeters, or fit in a larger battery.

    It has also been rumored that the next iPhone will have a metal back, replacing the glass back panel that has been utilized with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. The alleged metal chassis has been compared to the aluminum backs Apple has created for the iPad.

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    Apple's next iPhone coming in September, 7" iPad launching in August(Rumor)

    Pegatron has reportedly landed orders for Apple's next-generation iPhone, rumored to launch in September, while Foxconn will allegedly manufacture a new 7-inch iPad arriving in August.


    Citing sources in the Taiwan technology supply chain, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday that Pegatron Technology has landed orders for Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, which the site believes will be launched in September. Separately, the report also claimed that Foxconn will be responsible for Apple's anticipated 7-inch iPad when it arrives in August.

    In addition, the report also claimed that Apple plans to launch a new 10-inch iPad in the fourth quarter of 2012, which will allegedly be built by Pegatron.

    Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad just received an update in March with a Retina display and 4G LTE connectivity, which would make another update this year unlikely. DigiTimes has a hit-or-miss track record with respect to Apple rumors.

    As for a 7-inch iPad, recent reports have pegged such a device at a specific size of 7.85 inches, with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. By using the same screen resolution as the iPad 2, Apple could allow current applications written for the iPad to run on a new, smaller device without any modifications.

    Pegatron, which is rumored to manufacture the new iPhone, is currently an original equipment manufacturer for Apple, and handles orders for both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad. The company is said to be expanding its capacity and staffing in order to handle even more orders from Apple in the future.





    Wednesday's report also alleged that Pegatron has "internally decided to downsize its SI motherboard department and to shift resources to Apple's orders." The company is said to be placing a priority with Apple as other companies are reducing orders, and gross margins with those orders have been low.

    Foxconn, meanwhile, is Apple's largest overseas manufacturing partner. The company is set to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday to begin construction of a new 10,000-square-meter operational headquarters in Shanghai, China, scheduled to be completed in 2015.

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