iPhone 5 release date rumors in the week ending March 4

iPhone 5, not iPad 3, will be waterproof

Cult of Mac reported earlier this week that various companies are interested in making Apple’s devices resistant to water.

Among them, HzO and Liquipel are competing to make the iPhone 5 waterproof at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

“We have agreements in place with all of our partners preventing us from talking about upcoming devices,” HzO’s Director of Marketing and Sales, Rick Peterson, told Cult of Mac regarding the company’s collaboration with Apple on making future iPhones and iPads waterproof.

When the site inquired whether the iPad 3 will benefit from such a feature, Peterson didn’t seem to encourage hopes of a waterproofed such device: “In general, it takes at least six months or more from signing a deal with a partner to the release of a device using our technology. No one was even talking about this technology six months ago, so it’s going to take a while for the first phones shipping with HzO to reach market. We hope to see some of them announced this week at Mobile World Congress, and some of these will be shipping later in the year.”

The iPhone 5 to run on Clearwire after the carrier moves to LTE?

Clearwire CEO Eric Prusch recently revealed that if the company switches to LTE, an iPhone that would be compatible with its network seems like a very plausible option for Apple.

As Sprint gets the iPhone in October, Clearwire’s network is likely to offer its services to Apple’s next iPhone, as long as it moves to LTE.

Prusch refused to comment on whether an iPhone would run on Clearwire.

RIM likely to announce poor Q4 results, iPhone 5 could eclipse BlackBerry 10, says analyst

Shares in Research In Motion were down more than 4 per cent on Thursday after a research analyst said the BlackBerry maker is likely to miss its fourth-quarter sales targets.

”We are cutting our RIM estimates and target based on our belief that there is a greater than 50% chance that RIM will negatively pre-announce the February quarter,” Jeffries & Company analyst Peter Misek said in a research note to investors on Thursday. “We believe sales of both RIM’s low-end and higher-end phones continue to be challenged.”

Misek trimmed his target price to $12 from $15, rating RIM “underperform” and warning that it came up short on BlackBerry shipments in the fiscal Q4 ended in February.

Misek also trimmed his estimates regarding the February quarter earnings to 69 cents a share on revenue of $4.2 billion, down from his previous forecast of 82 cents a share on revenue of $4.6 billion.

Apple developing A5X and A6 processors, iOS 5.1 code hints

A recently leaked image, presumed to be iPad 3’s logic board, showed an A5X processor, leading many to believe that the tablet won’t feature a quad-core processor, but a much improved dual-core one.

However, 9to5Mac analyzed the images and came to the conclusion that the A6 processor is codenamed S5L89 50X, while the A5X processor is marked by the code S5L89 45X.

Bloomberg speculated that the next Apple touch pad will be equipped with an A6 quad-core processor.

Others, like Joshua Topolsky from The Verge, indicate an improved dual-core processor compared to the iPad 2.