Business Hardware iOS News, , , , , , — July 21, 2011 9:17 — 0 Comments

Apple’s iPhone 5 set to launch in September

As much as we love our iPhone 4 there looks like there will be a new kid in town, in the shape of the iPhone 5, from September if we are to believe latest speculation on the web.

Much of the gossip is coming from component suppliers in Asia who are gearing up to build the next generation of Apple’s smartphone.

The shape of things to come?

Charles Arthur from The Guardian, usually a reliable source on these matters, writes: “Although reports vary on the naming – with some sources suggesting that it will be called the iPhone 4G or 4S – the Guardian has been told that the form of the device is very similar to the existing iPhone 4, which was released in summer 2010.”

Arthur also believes that the same suppliers are also understood to be preparing for another iPhone release during 2012, though he says the timing on that is less certain. Some are suggesting that the next model could come out in March.

General speculation suggests that while the new version will look very like the iPhone 4, it may dispense with some of the visible buttons on the side of the device for volume control.

Another credible source at Bloomberg claims the new phone will use an A5 processor like that included in the iPad 2 released in March and feature an 8MP camera (compared with 5MP in the iPhone 4), which will excite smart moviemakers.

Another point of interest is reports that Apple is testing a higher-resolution or larger version of the screen than that in the present model.

Arthur goes on to say that the new devices will include Apple’s new iOS 5 software, which includes its iCloud capability to synchronise data between devices, and to activate and update phones without requiring connection to a computer, as well as offering photo sharing and Twitter messaging across many apps.

Rumours also suggest that the new version will sell for roughly the same as the old one: $600, but there is also speculation that Apple might introduce a mid-range phone at about $300 in order to capture a larger share of the market.

Market analysts predict that if that happens Apple’s share of the smartphone market – currently about 19% of the 100m devices sold per quarter – could explode as the market itself grows in this year and 2012.

“Phones running Google’s Android operating system have taken a dominant share of the smartphone market in the past six months, with a 31% share in the first quarter. Android pushed ahead of Nokia, whose Symbian operating system had been the leading smartphone platform for years, in the first quarter of this year. Apple is in third place, though analysts expect Apple to pass Nokia in the current quarter which ends in just over a week,” says Arthur.

The smartphone market is expected to grow 55% this year to 472m and to hit 1bn units by 2015, according to the research company IDC. With Android devices and, from October, Nokia devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone software competing for that market, it may become imperative for Apple to produce a mid-range device to capture more revenue, as it did in the music player market when it launched the iPod Mini, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.

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