If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, that’s no guarantee it really is a duck. But when it looks like a duck, too? Well, then we’d probably want to start calling it a duck. Oh, and by the way: We’re not talking about ducks here, we’re talking about an iPhone 5.
Almost since the debut of the original iPhone in 2007, entrepreneurs have been making quick money by scarfing up as much of Apple’s coveted devices as possible and shipping them back to where they came from: China, where they sell for nearly double -- but those gold rush days may be over with the new iPad.
China may have a reputation for counterfeit electronic goods, but the times, they are a-changing. Police in Shanghai have arrested five people connected with making and selling fake iPhones, a crackdown that could foreshadow less pirated goods sold in the country in the future.
Given that the iPad 2 was released earlier this year with a newer A5 processor, it probably won’t come as a surprise if and when Apple announces a similar move for the next iPhone -- and judging from a recent leaked photo of an unassembled handset, that’s just about exactly what you should expect.
Well, that was fun while it lasted. Almost as soon as a wave of fake Chinese Apple Stores were discovered, authorities in the country have started putting them out of business -- and for once, Apple didn’t even have to lift one of their mighty fingers to make it happen.
Take that, Google: A new report suggests “second-grade” touchscreen panels rejected by Apple for the iPad 2 are making their way into “Chinese ‘white-box’ iPad clones” used for cheaper Android tablets.
Never mind the fact that the iPad 2 hasn’t even left the launch pad yet (pun intended) -- the rumor mill is already moving on to the iPhone 5, which could replace the glass back with aluminum as well as feature a redesigned antenna to put the “death grip” to rest once and for all.
If a Chinese case manufacturer is to be believed, Apple’s next iPad may come with quite a few new ports and functionality -- including both front and rear cameras, an SD card slot and even a port that appears to accept a mini DisplayPort cable.
With a new rumor circulating that the iPad 2 may be announced as early as January, speculation has begun on what the refresh will bring. According to a Chinese newspaper, Apple may focus on five specific areas for the new model.