It seems that the usual “people briefed on Apple’s plans” have been telling one newspaper one thing and another newspaper something else -- only days after The Wall Street Journal claimed Apple was working on an “iPhone nano,” along comes The New York Times, who claims they’re not.
As rumors of a new, smaller “iPhone nano” swirl across the pipes, a report from Taiwan indicates that Apple may choose to go in the other direction for the next iPhone -- essentially keeping the same form factor but increasing the screen size to four inches to better compete with Android smartphones.
While most people are thinking of Apple and Samsung as being direct competitors these days -- Samsung's Galaxy S is often touted as a worthy competitor to Apple's iPhone -- their relationship isn't all War of the Roses. Samsung doesn't just sell their own products, but they manufacture a wide variety of components that other companies, such as Apple, need to purchase. Case in point: Apple and Samsung are reported to near to closing a deal worth $7.9 Billion for the purchase of components to be used in existing and upcoming iPhones and iPads. According to the Wall Street Journal, the $7.9 Billion deal is said to relate to theliquid-crystal display panels for the next generation of the iPad, as well as mobile processors and flash memory for iOS devices.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: The iPhone will get a nano-sized little brother (or sister), and one of these days, MobileMe will be free to everyone. The difference is, now this information is coming a reliable source not usually known for tossing out wild rumors and speculation.
Conventional wisdom says that if Apple had freely licensed the Mac’s operating system when it was released back in 1984, the vast majority of the world would be using it, Windows would be a niche player, and everyone would be happier.
Conventional wisdom also says that Apple is now making the same mistake by keeping tight and proprietary control over iOS, the iPhone and iPad’s operating system, and by doing so, it’s letting Android, Google’s mobile-device operating system, chomp away at Cupertino’s market share. After all, Android is steadily improving, sales of Android-equipped smartphones are outstripping iPhone sales in some markets, and the number and variety of Android-powered offerings give customers a far richer array of devices from which to choose.
Ah, nothing like the sweet smell of an Apple rumor. While the rumor of a smaller and cheaper iPhone has certainly been around for awhile, Bloomberg reported today that Apple is indeed trying to bring this to fruition. Read on for the details!
Apple’s custom A4 chip introduced with the iPad a year ago was certainly impressive -- but let’s face it, that’s so 2010. The stars are aligning and they seem to indicate that this year’s iDevices will be taking a major step forward with a dual-core A5 processor.
Perhaps in an effort to lend further legitimacy to the YouTube video that popped up earlier this week showing off parts from a next-generation iPhone, design sketches which appear to be quite similar have now appeared online.
There’s little doubt that an iPhone 5 will be unveiled this year, and a Verizon-specific model of the current iPhone 4 could arrive even sooner. A newly leaked video of some altered iPhone components seem to indicate one or both are already being manufactured.