The iPhone 5 has officially arrived folks, and Apple is making some pretty big promises about it. The first is that it’s the “world’s thinnest smartphone.” In his announcement, Phil Schiller revealed that the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick, which is an 18% decrease in thickness over the iPhone 4S.
If you were looking to get pumped up about how gigantic the launch of the upcoming iPhone 5 device was going to be and you've got stock in Apple, you'll be glad to hear what Topeka Capital analyst Brian White has to say this week. With what's easily the highest target for APPL stock in the analyst universe, White has gone what Forbes calls "uber-bull" with $1,111 USD for what he says will likely be the "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history." The iPhone 5 is likely to be announced on the 12th of September (this Wednesday) and White has just about split his computer open typing furiously about how amazingly gigantic Apple's launch of the smartphone will be.
This week a tip has appeared noting several details on the next-generation iPhone, specifically on its price - that being the same as the iPhone 4S is now - and the model number. This iPhone 5, as it's currently being called, has been tipped to 9to5mac as being part of the iPhone N42 model line, this being the generation that does not work with NFC - this is in contrast the N41 model being tested earlier this year which has not made it to final production. The price structure of the iPhone 5 in model N42 is being shown as matching the current iPhone 4S in stores right this minute.
Apple has taken the top spot for customer satisfaction in the latest J.D. Power survey, the company's eighth successive win, and extending its lead over Android device manufacturers like HTC and Samsung. The iPhone maker scored 849 overall, up ten points over the last survey, and putting 59 points between it and second place holder HTC. The survey, which questions owners on their happiness with different aspects of the device ownership experience, found iPhone users were particularly pleased with the handset's physical design.
Apple's iPhone 4S has been knocked from the US smartphone sales top spot by Samsung's Galaxy S III, retailer checks suggest, though the fast-approaching iPhone 5 may well flip things back in Cupertino's favor. August was the first month that the iPhone 4S wasn't the best-selling smartphone in the US, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley told CNET, having crunched the figures from retailers across the country.
Apple has launched a program on their own website called Reuse and Recycling in which they're more than willing to take your iPhone 4S for a gift certificate in their store. Of course the main reason a lot of people will be doing this is that once the iPhone 5 (or whatever it'll be called) is on the market, the iPhone 4S might not look so fabulous anymore. To the early adopter "must have it" crowd, that is.
Another set of photos appears to have been leaked of the iPhone 5, the next generation Apple smartphone set to be revealed - or so we've heard - some time next month. What these photos reveal is some high definition angles on the front panel of the phone showing how it will compare to the iPhone that's currently on the market as Apple's hero device. This next-generation iPhone continues to appear to have a 4-inch display with essentially the same wideness of body that the previous generation has right this minute.
Like many other carriers, T-Mobile is gearing up for the much-rumored launch of the next iPhone. Unlike other carriers, T-Mobile isn't clearing old stock or figuring out ways to get people into its stores to buy the iPhone 5. Instead, new internal documents uncovered by TmoNews show that the company will be training employees for "selling against the iPhone."
This afternoon the folks at iResQ have snapped a few photos of what appears to be the back shell of the next-generation iPhone ready for release next month by Apple. This device appears to be essentially the same thickness as the previous generation iPhone 4/4S, but a major change appears in the bottom end of the smartphone's final build. Here it appears that a new generation of Apple mobile products may be born in a dock connector that is essentially 1/4 the size of the original 30-pin "iPod dock".
Apple has released a red colored bumper in its official line of edge-protecting gear for the iPhone 4S / iPhone 4 model smartphone, this one ready to donate to charity in the (PROJECT) RED initiative. Just as Apple has been participating in (PROJECT) RED since they first released the RED iPod, so too do they continue here with this perfectly simple addition to their official protection line. You can pick this bumper up from Apple stores across the USA starting immediately if not soon.
Today brings news that Apple is matching its competitors' prices on iPhones at its own retail stores, but the company doesn't want to make a big deal about it. MacRumors reports that Apple has implemented a new quiet policy that allows employees to price match on all iPhone 4S models and the iPhone 4, so if you want to buy directly from Apple but still want to get the best price possible, now is your chance. It should be noted, however, that Apple will only be price matching on sales made in-store, meaning online orders aren't eligible for the promotion.