The iPhone 5S, Fifth-Gen iPad Could Debut Next Summer, 2013 [Rumor]

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    The iPhone 5S, Fifth-Gen iPad Could Debut Next Summer, 2013 [Rumor]


    Right now, if Apple sticks with a yearly product release cycle, all of Cupertino’s major products are scheduled to debut next year in October. The iPhone 5S. The iPad mini 2. The iPad 5. New iPod Touch. New iMacs. New MacBooks. All released right before Christmas.

    It’s hard to believe that Apple would actually release all of their new products in October next year, though. It not only makes for a boring road map, but it positions all of Apple’s new products during the most expensive holiday of the year: if people want to get, say, a new iPhone and an iPad next year, they might have to choose one or the other, instead of getting both at launch during a more staggered road map.

    That’s why there’s something about the latest Digitimes report that makes sense to me: they say the iPhone 5S and next-gen iPad will come out in the middle of next year, or around June or July.

    The always questionable, often unreliable Digitimes reports:

    Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter half of the first quarter, according to the observers. Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.

    We have to take this with a grain of salt, but I think Apple has to shift some products earlier in the year in 2013. The iPhone 5S is a good candidate: after all, Apple released new iPhones during the summer up until the iPhone 4S, and a summer launch guarantees that supply issues have been resolved by the time the Christmas season approaches.

    Likewise, it makes sense that the iPad 5 might come out in June next year. Apple released the fourth-gen iPad just seven months after the third-generation, after all, and the fact that Apple has switched over to calling each successive iPad “the new iPad” suggests to me a more Mac-like approach to product updating in the future.

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    Next iPad and iPhone Due in "Middle of 2013"?



    Digitimes reports that Apple's suppliers will enjoy a particularly strong 1st Quarter of 2013. The reason cited is due to new iPad and iPhone products "around the middle of 2013".

    Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013, which will boost demand for ICs in particular communications related chips during the latter half of the first quarter, according to the observers. Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.

    The "middle of 2013" claim is offered very matter-of-factly despite Apple's recent history of offering fall releases for the iPhone and now the iPad. For example, the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 launched in September and October, respectively.

    The claim is somewhat consistent with another report that reported that Apple is already starting trial production of the iPhone 5S with volume production planned for early 2013.

    Still, we are hesitant to read too much into this report just yet. Digitimes has had a mixed record in the past with its share of both hits and misses. If the iPhone and iPad launch will indeed be accelerated, we are certain to hear more in the coming months.

    11-19-12

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    The iPhone 6 Might Get Dark Knight-Style Sonar Mapping Abilities [Rumor]


    The iPhone 6 probably isn’t going to come out for another 18 months or so, but seems how it’s so far away, now seems like a great time to fantasize about possible features Apple might throw into the device based on patent filings. It’s Friday. I’m tired. So screw it, let’s talk crazy.

    Yesterday the US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that showed Apple is considering adding hidden audio sensors into the displays of the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and maybe even the iTV if they get around to it. What wasn’t detailed was how Apple plans to use those sensors, but one crazy idea is that Apple might use them to create sonar-maps kind of like in the movie The Dark Knight.

    Remember how Batman took Lucius’ sonar concept and applied it to every cellphone in Gotham to create a huge sonar-based live map to find The Joker? Here’s a refresher if you don’t, but yeah, the Apple concept is kind of like that High Frequency Generator idea, only on a smaller scale.

    What the patent indicates is that Apple wants to detect audio waves through a display assembly. The display assembly may include a screen and at least one electromagnetic energy emitter configured to direct energy at an inside surface of the screen.

    The patent also states that at least one sensor could be configured to sense the emitted energy after it’s been reflected back. Altogether this new technology will allow Apple to make thinner iPhones with more advanced sensors.

    A more practical feature Apple might use the tech for – other than Batman sonar – would be for purposes of proximity detection to turn off touchscreen features when your iPhone is near your face. But because Apple’s also patented a method of using sonar with the iPhone, it is possible that the technology could be used to detect large objects and build a 3D generated map to assist people in the dark.

    The Batman sonar could be a huge aid to the blind by alerting them of upcoming objects in their path. Or it could just be used to fight crime. Either way is fine with us as long as Tim Cook isn’t sitting in an evil lair watching all of our dirty deeds spill out in beautiful high-resolution sonar.

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    Analyst thinks ‘iPhone 5S’ due in June with better camera, NFC, multiple color option



    Business Insider summarizes comments from Jeffries analyst Peter Misek who claims that Apple will release a new iPhone in June. Misek claims that this new iPhone will be an “S” upgrade, calling it the “iPhone 5S.” Misek says that it will feature such hardware updates as an improved camera and NFC.

    Like the fifth-generation iPod touch, he also claims that it will ship in multiple color options (6-8 different colors). Additionally, he says improved battery life will be in the mix.

    Misek is not the first to claim that a new iPhone will launch sooner than Apple’s typical one year iPhone upgrade cycle. Reports out of Asia have already claimed that Apple is gearing up for pre-production of an “iPhone 5S” product.

    Misek also claims that the new iPhone 5S’s screen will be “SuperHD” (whatever that means) which does not make much sense to us given Apple’s major iPhone display upgrades for the current generation and fourth generation iPhones.

    Misek also says that Apple has multiple iPhone 6 prototypes floating around:

    Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.

    As we usually are with analyst reports, we are looking at this with much skepticism. Earlier today, Jeffries lowered its $900 Apple stock forecast to $800.

    12-10-12

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    Analyst Suggests iPhone 5S Could Launch in Mid-2013 with NFC, 128 GB Storage, colors



    Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today released a new research report that is gaining attention for its claims regarding Apple's next generation of iOS devices. Based on supply chain checks, Misek believes that the iPhone 5S is likely to launch in June or July of next year, in line with several other reports citing a similar timeframe.

    Misek makes a number of interesting claims regarding features of the iPhone 5S, classifying them into "likely" and "possible" but offering little expanded commentary on any of them.

    Based on our checks, likely updates include a new super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC. Possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage, and coming in 6 to 8 colors.

    Going further, Misek discusses a number of different iPhone 6 prototypes he believes are currently circulating, referring to the device that would follow next year's iPhone 5S.

    Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8" screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.
    Misek also revives talk of a low-cost iPhone at a $200-$250 price point on an unsubsidized basis, but claims that the project has not yet been given the go-ahead.

    A mid-2013 launch for the iPhone 5S would make for an accelerated update cycle on the iPhone, but as was seen with the iPad this year Apple may be working to speed up the intervals between product updates in order to enhance its competitiveness. Asymco's Horace Dediu last week outlined several reasons why Apple may be making such a concerted effort, with one major reason being the strongly cyclical nature of Apple's sales that sees customers holding back on purchases for as much two quarters ahead of an expected product release. Accelerating product releases would make customers more likely to skip generations but smooth out Apple's sales numbers while keeping its products fresh and competitive.

    Misek also believes that Apple will be launching the fifth-generation iPad around June of next year, with the device adopting an IGZO display to reduce thickness and weight. The iPad mini is reportedly also scheduled for an upgrade around the same time, potentially adopting multiple new colors and a Retina display.

    Finally, Misek believes that Apple may launch its long-anticipated television set with gesture and voice control in September or October of 2013, with delays said to be stemming from issues with Sharp's financial stability and yields on IGZO panels. Apple is reportedly struggling with content negotiations for its rumored television set initiative, but fresh comments from CEO Tim Cook regarding television being an "area of intense interest" have continued to drive speculation about Apple's efforts.

    In most cases, analyst reports should be taken with considerable skepticism, and Misek has had a mixed track record in the past. His closest hit was likely early claims of the iPhone 4S, while he has missed on other topics such as a thinner IGZO-based iPad for the third generation earlier this year and a Netflix competitor from Apple.

    12-10-12

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