Sprint to its dealers: “If there’s one rule of the iPhone On Sprint Club, it’s that we don’t talk about the iPhone On Sprint Club.” That’s kind of the gist of a newly leaked memo out of Sprint, which asks dealers not to speculate on whether or not the carrier will be getting Apple’s handset this fall.
Alongside the abundance of iPhone 5 rumors has been just about an equal amount of "iPhone 4S" rumors. The cheaper iPhone 4 would be released along with the iPhone 5, in what is appearing more likely to be an October launch. The phone would contain different components and less storage in an effort to lower manufacturing costs. But one thing that may not be different? The case.
Because these rumors just never stop. On this week's Mac|Life show, Robbie and Flo discuss the latest in iPhone 5 rumors, including that Sprint will be getting their own Apple handset and that it'll be dual-band. Plus, oh yeah, did you hear that Steve Jobs is leaving Apple as its CEO?
It’s often a bummer to be a cell phone manufacturer catering to the United States, one of the few countries to have dual competing technologies with GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon). In the past that’s meant producing two different devices such as Apple did with the iPhone 4, but that could be a thing of that past come this fall.
Look, anyone outside of the secret circle at Apple Inc. who tells you the iPhone 5 is coming soon probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about. About the only real clue is the promised fall arrival of iOS 5, which is unlikely to be released without new hardware to complement it -- but bear with us as we chat up another new rumor anyway.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to begin pre-orders for the next iPhone on September 30 in anticipation for an October 7 launch. According to sources, Apple has been mulling on whether to release the new iPhone on October 7 or October 14, but decided with the former because of how quickly production is moving along.
Apple has still not officially announced or finalized a pre-order start date, or a launch date- for the iPhone 4. It's also rumored that the company will release two different versions of the iPhone: one as an upgrade, and possibly a cheaper, pre-paid model. It's also likely that the update will feature a faster processor, a better camera and, of course, iOS 5.
New reports are in that a large Apple store has installed some 4G LTE equipment. According to the rumor, the LTE equipment was recently installed by AT&T.
The rumor also suggests that all Apple stores "in the region" are now hiring with a goal to increase sales staff by 30 percent immediately; this alleged hiring spree would be in addition to the normal seasonal hiring that occurs toward the end of the year.
According to "exclusive sources" from BGR, Apple’s carrier partners are testing iPhone models with LTE capability.
BGR allegedly obtained details of an iOS test build from one of Apple’s major carrier partners. Apparently, hidden in the firmware is evidence of LTE support. BGR refers specifically to an LTC property list (.plist file) found inside the build.
As the summer winds down, all eyes are now on Apple’s annual fall event, where the company is presumed to release iCloud and iOS 5, likely alongside a next generation iPhone as well. The company’s music-centric events have generally been held in the first part of September, and a new rumor claims this year’s shindig should be right on schedule as well.