iPhone 5 release date, features, specs and all the rumors about the next smartphone

iPhone 5 design by Patrick Eckert

Release date

So far we know that the 6th generation iPhone will be launched in the fall, in September or October. We’re betting on October, based on last year’s launch of the iPhone 4S in the same month, and the likelihood that Apple will want to mark Steve Jobs’ anniversary with an important launch event.

Components and design changes

Based on the little unofficial information, we know that the iPhone 5 is expected to have a larger screen, measuring 4.08 inch, but we don’t think that Cupertino will make such a sudden transition between the current 3.5 inch display on the iphone 4S to a 4 inch screen. There has been speculation that the handset could have a 3.8 inch display.

Bloomberg claims that the future iPhone featuring a larger screen, a new design and 4G LTE connectivity was developed under the supervision of Steve Jobs.

U.S. analysts also expect the iPhone 5 to be 20% thinner than the current model. Korean site ETNews.com claims Apple will build an iPhone 5 with a “liquid metal” casing.

Although there has been speculation that Apple will drop the iPhone Home button in the future device, leaks have reportedly surfaced on the net and some claim that it would be a slight change from the current model. Of course, there is also the likelihood that this component could be for another device, but we’ll see.

Other specs include a resolution of 1136×640 pixels, a 16:9 screen ratio, 8 MP sensor with a larger aperture of f/2.2, a quad-core processor and a front camera with HD resolution, which would be repositioned over the loudspeaker.

Besides these, the next iPhone could sport a unibody casing and a thickness of 7.9 mm.

Another rumor surrounding the iPhone 5 claims that Apple has contracted Sony to produce new in-cell screens.

David Pogue the New York Times says that next iPhone will have a larger screen and a modified design as Apple would like to implement a higher capacity battery.

The iPhone 5 could come with Gorilla Glass 2 and it could be waterproof thanks to the Liquipel technology.

New A5 chip

9to5Mac claims that Apple will use a new version of the A5 chip in the iPhone 5, and that the handset it will have a S5L8950X processor and a SGX543RC graphics chip.

What is important about the name of the chip is that it shows the development of a new processor, different from the S5L8940X used in the iPhone 4S and the S5L8945X, but that does not mean it’s a quad-core.

The device that these information were obtained from had 1 GB RAM, just like the iPad 3, and ran a version of the iOS 6.

A prototype of the iPhone 5, which Apple is reportedly testing now, is running a processor codenamed ARM S5L8950X, which is produced by Samsung and we’re talking about a new generation of processors that probably hasn’t been featured in any device.

The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S have the ARM S5L8940X series processors, the iPad 3 has an ARM S5L8945X series processor, but with the iPhone 5 we should see the processor that many were expecting to power the iPad 3.

But why is the code of the new processor so important? Well because it shows us that Apple could finally launch the A6 chip that is rumored to be quad-core.

The first A4 chip Apple released was codenamed ARM S5L8930X, the A5 chip is codenamed ARM S5L8940X, the A5X chip in the iPad 3 is codenamed ARM S5L8945X and the chip codenamed ARM S5L8950X should be the A6.

Inside Apple, the chip for the next iPhone is known by the codename A5-xxx and by this name the company is trying to keep the silence on the real name of the future processor.

Currently there are no concrete data that would suggest that the future iPhone SoC will be called A6, but even if they will call it that way, it doesn’t mean it will be quad-core, as many assume.

Right now, launching a SoC that is similar to the current A5 seems certain, but only if it’s built using an efficient manufacturing process that could generate a significant increase in battery life. Of course, Apple can decide to increase the frequency of the CPU that runs the iPhone.

The iPhone 5 is also rumored to feature a new Broadcom chip that manages energy more efficiently and would allow the use of Wi-Fi Direct.

NFC integration and 4G LTE connectivity

The prototypes of the new device that is currently being tested by Apple have integrated NFC chips. 9to5mac have managed to obtain a log with information about the iPhone 5 hardware and have concluded that the device will feature such NFC technology.

So far Apple has refused to include this technology in its devices, but the launch of the iOS 6 application Passbook offers a new perspective of the integration of NFC in future iPhones.

A U.S. analyst claims that Apple’s next flagship device will work both on 3G networks and the upcoming 4G LTE network.

Another rumor suggests that the iPhone 5 will have a 19-pin dock connector.

There are also rumors that the new iPhone will sport a 4G LTE chip similar to the one on the iPad 3 and Qualcomm is expected to produce this component for the future device.

The New iPhone?

In March, Apple’s decision to name the iPad 3 only the “new iPad “was very much talked about as it was a change that many did not understand, but that fits with Apple’s tradition.

As for the name, in the D10conference, Tim Cook said that Apple changes the products side names only if they feature certain important functions, or if there is a radical change of design.

This is the idea behind the naming of the iPhone 4S and iPod Mini / Nano.

During the same interview, Cook said that when a product is extremely popular, the company drops the inclusion of secondary names and this is how they renamed the iPad tablet or the Macs. Basically, Apple believes that the product name itself is very strong and a secondary name is pointless, unless it brings really important functions or major design changes.

Given what the Apple head has said, the next iPhone is expected to be simply called the New iPhone.

Of course, everything we presented here is a long chain of rumors. Some will certainly be confirmed, but we will find out which will prove correct in the fall when Apple is expected to release the next generation iPhone.

Demi Lovato denies rumors she’s dating One Direction star Niall Horan

“He’s really sweet, and he’s one of my really good friends now,” she recently said.

“I am single at the moment, and I plan to be for a long time because I need to focus on my career and myself and my well-being before I think about getting in a relationship.”

Romance rumors were sparked when Demi called the 18-year-old Irishman “adorable” during an interview.

In addition, Niall has reportedly revealed that they’ve been communicating via Skype.

“Demi’s a cool girl – she’s really nice. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.

Lovato is currently a judge on the X Factor show.

iPhone 5 release date and specs rumors this week

iPhone 5 design by Patrick Eckert

This past week has seen Apple’s flagship device mark its fifth anniversary. Since the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has earned more than $ 150 billion thanks to the smartphone alone.

According to statistics made by Strategy Analytics, the handset has generated $ 150 billion in cumulative sale since it was launched five years agos.

Analysts also believe that the next device is expected to lead the smartphone market in 2013.

J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz estimated that the iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September with 4G LTE connectivity.

He also estimates that sales of the next iPhone will most likely score records in the holiday season.

However, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White detailed a report from Chinese news website Sina.com which revealed that Apple partners have problems in the production process, as only 30% of the battery products manufactured so far meet the quality standards.

The company might not be able to improve the manufacturing process in time to allow the production of the battery in larger quantities.

As for the awaited increase in screen size, the Cupertino company has reportedly asked developers to double the current resolution for future icons for iOS applications.

Developers of applications required to submit icons with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels. Speaking of apps, a team of engineers is reportedly working on a software that is meant to ease the time apps take to launch.

The tech is called predictive caching and it functions similarly to predictive texting in that it will try to figure out a series of software routines based on the user’s behavior while using the device.

It will then try to guess which step is most likely to be taken next in a computerized process.

The software could reduce the average app boot time from 20 seconds to merely 6 seconds.

In addition, rumors of a 19-pin dock connector have resurfaced this week, with Gizmodo coming up with an interesting theory according to which this new port connector could be compatible with the standard micro-USB.

Apple has reportedly signed a document by which they comply with the European Union directive to standardize chargers around micro-USB, which means that users will be able to charge an iPhone using any charger that is compatible with the standard micro-USB.

Also, NFC was in the rumors about the next iPhone.

9to5Mac managed to get a log with information about iPhone 5 hardware and concluded that the device will feature NFC tech, fueling rumors about NFC integration in the next device.

Also, the new Passbook app that allows users to make payments at shops / service providers in the U.S., all without taking a penny out of the pocket is viewed by analysts as a precursor to a more developed e-payment tech for the future iPhone, possibly even featuring “wave and pay” technology.

In addition, Jim Peters, CTO at SITA, announced at the Air Transport IT Summit in Brussels that they have to be ready for the implementation of NFC technology, which he believes is likely to take place before the end of the year.

New iPhone 5 concepts were created by Martin Hajek, the Dutch designer who also published iPhone 5 photo renders based on leaked parts and schematics.

iPhone 5 white - studio shot

The mockups present a thinner handset, with a unibody design and the rear panel made mostly from aluminum, and with images of the iOS 6 app Passbook appearing on the screen.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing after five years of marriage, Holmes files for sole custody

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“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” Holmes’s lawyer Jonathan Wolfe said. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

Cruise’s rep released a statement to People: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy.”

The 33-year-old actress cited the standard “irreconcilable differences” and demanded a “suitable amount” of child support from Cruise, TMZ reports.

The site also writes that Katie asks for a division of property in her filings, but makes no mention of their prenup.

The actress is the one who filed for divorce on June 28 in New York.

She reportedly filed for sole custody of the couple’s 6-year-old daughter Suri.

The site writes that Cruise is believed to have “not seen” the divorce coming and according to sources, it was his absence that had started to bear on his wife and daughter.

Holmes and Cruise, 49, married in a lavish ceremony at an Italian castle in November 2006.

Adele announces she is pregnant

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“I’m delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together,” the 24-year-old artist announced on her website.

“I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx”

Adele, 22, and Simon Konecki, 36, made their first appearance together in January 2012, when they were spotted leaving a friend’s party.

Soon after, rumors that Simon was still married surfaced but Adele was quick to deny them on her blog. “This is the first and last time I will comment on the details of my relationship with Simon,” she wrote in response to the allegations. “Contrary to reports and headlines in the press today, Simon is divorced and has been for 4 years.” The singer was previously in a relationship with part-time DJ Ned Biggs, who is rumored to have been the source for some of her heartbreaking songs.

Future iPhone could speed up app loading

The tech, which is called predictive caching and functions similarly to predictive texting, is developed at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Based on the user’s behavior while using the device, predictive caching will figure out a series of software routines, New Scientist reports.

It will then try to guess which step is most likely to be taken next in a computerized process.

The software is already being coded up by Tingxin Yan and his colleagues from the University of Massachusetts.

Yan discovered that the software could reduce the average app boot time from 20 seconds to merely 6 seconds.

However, it also cuts 2% of the battery life per day.

What do you think? Would predictive caching be a useful iPhone or iPad app?

Gisele Bündchen pregnancy rumors: a baby bump in Vogue pictorial?

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The supermodel poses on the July cover of Vogue Brazil, fueling rumors that she is expecting.

Lately there have been rumors saying that the Brazilian model, 31, is pregnant with her second child.

So far no one has confirmed or denied the rumor.

Bündchen and her husband Tom Brady are parents to 2-year-old son Benjamin and Brandy’s 4-year-old son, Jack, with ex Bridget Moynahan.

What do you think? Does Gisele have a tiny baby bump?

Jessica Simpson tweets photo of baby Maxwell

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“Howdy friends,” new mom wrote along with pictures of her beautiful daughter.

“I am so in love with baby Maxwell. I want to cry every time I look at her. Motherhood is by far the best thing I’ve ever experienced,” Simpson shared last month.

Maxwell Drew was born on May 1.

What do you think? Baby Maxwell looks more like her mom or her dad Eric Johnson?

iPhone 5 to lead the smartphone market in 2013

A note to investors on Thursday by J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz reveals that the iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September. The device is also expected to feature 4G LTE connectivity.

“We think that a combination of revolutionary hardware enhancements and software-driven services (i.e., Passbook, Maps, FaceTime over cellular) stand to reaffirm the iPhone as the leading smartphone in 2013,” Moskowitz wrote.

The analyst estimates that sales of the future iPhone will most likely score records in the holiday season.

“Overall, our expectation of stronger iPhone unit sales and the related mix benefits partially counters our lower growth assumptions for the iPad and Mac businesses,” he wrote.

However, “we think that the company’s incremental market penetration opportunities can help the Mac become a major contributor to overall company growth in the coming years,” Moskowitz added.

The report comes ahead of iPhone’s 5th anniversary, celebrated tomorrow.

According to statistics made by Strategy Analytics, since its launch in late June 2007, the handset has grossed more than $ 150 billion with 250 million copies sold.

iPhone 5 rumors: Apple is having problems in development of battery for next iPhone

AppleInsider cites Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White who details a report from Chinese news website Sina.com. the site reports that Apple partners have problems in the production process.

More specifically, only 30% of the battery products manufactured so far meet the quality standards.

In addition, Apple might not be able to improve the manufacturing process in time to allow the production of the battery in larger quantities.

Market watchers believe that Apple’s high production standards for its products are what could cause a delay in the launch of the product.

The iPhone 5 is rumored to be released in the fall. The device is expected to feature a larger 4-inch display, as well as a major design change.