Apple has sent invitations to the media Tuesday (US) regarding an event that will be held on September 12, 2012 at Yerba Buena Center, San Franciso. Although not explicitly mentioned, the invitation gave hint at a possible release of the next iPhone, which the media often refers to as iPhone 5.
The invitation shows a big number 12 but casting a shadow of something that looks like 5. See for yourself below:
What does the rumor tells us about the next iPhone?
Big Screen (4 inches)
Recently, there’s a strong rumor that iPhone 5 will sport a bigger screen. In my opinion, this move is logical since Apple’s main competitor in the smartphone market, Samsung Mobile has already released dozens of smartphones which gigantic screen. The Galaxy line for instance sports screen sizes of as big as 5.5 inches (Galaxy Note 2). Other phone manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola follows a similar move.
Smaller Dock Connector, Thinner Uni-body Aluminum Case
Photos of rumored iPhone 5 reveals a smaller dock connector, a thinner uni-body aluminum case. The thinner aluminum might compensate for the increase in the phone size and maintain the current weight of iPhone.
LTE Support and Nano SIM
Rumor also says that iPhone 5 will be the first to use the so called nanoSIM, smaller than the current microSIM used in iPhone 4S. The purpose of which is to conserve space inside the already jam packed smartphone design.
Even before the release of iPhone 4S, people have been expecting Apple to support the increasingly becoming popular 4G LTE wireless technology. Many are unsatisfied that iPhone 4S just support up to 14.4 Mbps of data transfer (3G HSDPA). If Apple will indeed finally support the faster LTE network, then it would be a huge leap for many.
iPhone 4S Availability in the Philippines
Now that the two largest mobile network company in the country (SMART and Globe) selling iPhones in the Philippines, it would be good that Apple make the device a little earlier. Last year, it took more than two months before the celebrated device officially entered the Philippine market. I hope, this time it would be much earlier.
When it comes to price, I think Apple won’t break its tradition of keeping the price of the iPhone series while lowering the prices of the previous models. If that holds true then the prepaid 16GB iPhone 5 will likely be priced at 33, 200 Pesos.
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Will the iPhone 5 cost $800? That’s too bad for many consumer who used to pay iPhones way way less than that when subsidized by mobile carriers that offer the device. But anyway, that was just a rumor that broke out in Twitter a few hours ago. The topic “iPhone 5 $800″ is still trending in Twitter Philippines until the time of writing this article.
800 USD for an iPhone 5 Possible
Well, actually, 800 US Dollars for an iPhone is not surprising, but it should be sold as open-line, not subsidized by the carrier, and of course, free from contract-bound lock-in period. Here in the Philippines, SMART Communications is selling the iPhone 4S at 33,200 pesos if cashed out, almost exactly equivalent to $800 at the current exchange rate.
iPhone 5 this September 12
According to rumors that spread in the internet, Apple will be holding a media event this September 12, 2012 wherein the company plans to announce the next version of their most successful device- the iPhone 5. But as early as today, leaked photos of supposedly iPhone 5 prototypes have surfaced. The photos indicates that the screen will be bigger, the unit will be thinner and Apple will introduce a new color shade, Gray. Well, rumors will remain rumors until the actual event will be held, so stay on.
Starting today, you can unofficially call your iPad 2 as “old” and your iPad (first gen) “ancient” because Apple Inc. has already sent out invitations to media (including selected bloggers) for their event next week, March 7, 2012 (March 8 here in the Philippines). From the picture of the invitation, it is quite obvious that Apple will be releasing the next generation of their popular tablet product, the iPad.
“iPad 3″ Rumors
Well, Apple might have been the most rumored tech company in the world. Rumors mounts on every next-generation products that the company is rumored to launch. It started with the iPods, then the iPhones and the latest is the iPad. For the next iPad version dubbed by many as “iPad 3″, here are the most common speculation:
Quad-core A6 processor
iPad 1 has an A4 single core processor, iPad 2 has an A5 dual-core, so what do we naturally expect for iPad 3? Well, you know the answer. This new processor is expected to boost the computing and graphics power of iPad 3.
Images have come out in recent weeks showing an alleged iPad 3 sample placed side-by-side with iPad 2. The emphasis is that the camera has grown larger. Is Apple giving more image capturing power to their tablet like what they did with iPhione 4s?
Higher Display Resolution
Rumors has it that Apple is doubling the resolution of “iPad 3″ display. iPad 2 has a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi). iPad 3 will double that to 2,048×1,536 pixel.
Increasing display resolution is not new to Apple. Apple doubled iPhone 3GS resolution of 480-by-320-pixel at 163 ppi to 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi in iPhone 4. The technology is called retina display and has become one of the key selling points of iPhone 4.
LTE on iPad 3
Since most other tablets in the market has already an LTE support, the rumor of LTE support on iPad 3 is not dying out. We’ll see next week if it really does.
Siri on iPad 3?
Well, aside from the 8MP camera, iPhone 4S major boost comes from Siri, the intelligent voice assistant that was integrated to the entire iPhone 4S system. Will Apple also integrated this AI technology to their next-gen iPad? it won’t be impossible.
No “home” button for iPad 3?
Lastly, the picture from Apple invitation has spurred some controversy. As you can see the image above, the home button is apparently missing. Well, with the introduction of the iOS 5, the home view can now be accessed by your 4 or 5-finger pinch (multi-touch). Will Apple totally remove the home button this time?
Well, all these rumors will remain as rumors until March 7 (March 8 in the Philippines) when Apple finally reveals what the next iPad version will really look like.
Parties and festivities welcomed the official release of iPhone 4S in the Philippines as two of the largest mobile network in the country held separate events in Makati this evening.
SMART Communications held their party in Power Plant Mall while Globe Telecom held their own festivities at the Ayala Museum. Crowd of people flock the two events, most of them if not all were excited to welcome the newest iPhone model from Apple.
iPhone 4S – the best iPhone so far?
The new iPhone 4S commonly marketed as the “best iPhone to date” boasts some major upgrade from its predecessor iPhone 4. iPhone 4S has a new faster A5 dual-core processor which boosts iPhones graphics and computing powers. At the back of the unit is a new camera with advanced optics capable of capturing 1080p HD video as well as great still shots.
The new iPhone also introduces Siri, an intelligent assistant that can help you find what you are looking for. It’s not just simply a voice activated search engine but an assistant that understand you and learns from you.
SMART is currently holding an event in Power Plant Mall in Makati City to launch their latest and probably their best handset so far, the iPhone 4Sfrom Apple. For the first time, the celebrated Apple smartphone is heading towards the largest mobile network in the country.
The exact launch date is December 16, so now it’s just a couple of minutes before the main event in the evening. But before that event, SMART has already released the official price list of their iPhone 4S units.
For prepaid units (locked to SMART), here are the prices:
- P33,200 for 16GB
- P38,200 for 32GB
- P43,200 for 64GB
For Postpaid, here are the price matrix:
The clock is ticking and the number of days is just down to three before the official release of iPhone 4S in the Philippines this Friday, December 16, 2011. But days before that, the competition between SMART Communications and Globe Telecom is rising up to a heated level especially in terms of promotion.
Last weekend, SMART gave out apples in selected Supermarkets, Malls and SMART Stores in Manila. Yes, they literally gave people free Apples to promote their latest offer, the iPhone 4S made by Apple Inc.
Globe Telecom, on the other hand, published two blog posts today. The first one cited that the pre-order for the Globe iPhone 4S has already surpassed last years’ record for iPhone 4. The second one states that the iPhone 4S units of Globe arrived first in the country.
How about you? Which network do you plan to get your iPhone 4S?
iPhone 4S is indeed the most successful iPhone ever. It first broke US sales record when Apple reported that its pre-order reaches more 1 Million over the first 24 hours after its announcement last October 4 dethroning iPhone 4 pre-order quantity of 600,000 units.
Now, Globe Telecom announced in their official blog that iPhone 4S pre-orders
have already surpassed the pre-order of iPhone 4 last year. Although Globe didn’t mention the figures, it can be assumed that the number will continue to increase as the official release of the celebrated phone nears.
Globe and SMART Communication is bound to release the Sir-powered iPhone this Friday (December 16, 2011). This is the first time that SMART will be offering the Apple darling product and this development is expected to expand the usage of iPhones among Philippine based users.
iPhone 4S features a faster A5 dual core processor, a 8GB Camera, and an intelligent assistant Siri. It was released in the United States last October 14, 2011.
Globe finally confirmed today that the iPhone 4S will be made available under their roof on December 16 (Friday). This was exactly the same date as what their rival SMART Communications had announced earlier.
Globe iPhone 4S vs SMART iPhone 4S
The real competition between the two networks in terms of Apple products is bound to unfold next week. With the two largest network in the Philippines releasing the iPhone 4S, consumers are in a better position when it comes to choices. Globe had been the exclusive partner of Apple way back in 2008 with the iPhone 3GS. Three years later, the exclusivity of Globe to market the celebrated Apple Smartphone has apparently ended giving an opportunity to SMART to strike a deal with Apple and sell iPhones.
This development is bound to affect Globe Telecom but as to what extent is yet to be seen. In its official blog post, Globe maintains that they were better equipped to handle Apple products since they have several years of experience regarding it.
iPhone 4S For Sun Cellular Subscribers?
With PLDT, the parent company of SMART, getting majority stake at Sun Cellular, it would be more likely that Sun subscribers will have the iPhone 4S as well, although no official announcement has been made yet.
Yes, iPhone 4S comes first to Globe Telecom. As displayed in their website, Globe confirms that the new iPhone model will be sold under them. In fact, reservation requests can now be submitted.
iPhone 4S features a new dual-core A5 processor, a new 8MP camera and the intelligent assistant Siri. It also comes pre-installed with iOS 5 with over 200 new features and access to iCloud services.
iPhone 4S Also Coming to Smart Communications?
A news broke out early this month that SMART Communications will also be offering iPhone 4S in the Philippines. The news even came from SMART’s chairman Manny Pangilinan as reported by inquirer.net. If this would be the case, the two largest mobile operator in the country will be offering the celebrated smartphone to a more broad range of users.
As expected, Apple has finally released an update to their mobile operating system with the iOS 5.0.1 version. The update contains fixes to the bugs affecting the battery life seen in iPhone 4S models. It also adds multi-tasking gestures to the original iPad (this feature was available in the beta version of iOS 5). Voice recognition was also improved specially for Australian dictation. Lastly, the update fixes the bugs on Documents in the Cloud.
The 790MB update is now available for download via iTunes (10.5 version only) or you can get the increment updates via device settings which only weighs 44.6 MB.