Dawn of the iPhone 5
The New York Times and service industry Bloomberg have distinctly reported that Apple will announce the release of the iPhone 5 during a keynote speech on the 12th of September.
Speculation turned to confirmation, early this week, due to a number of strong indicating factors.
Factor #1: Apple demands Asian Sweat!
Apple is clearly ramping up for a huge fall product cycle as they demand $1.15 billion dollars worth of Apple components from China and begin display-screen shipments from Japan.
One executive from the Japanese electronics company, Sharp, all but confirmed the release in a recent and seemingly intentional slip-up to draw attention away from Sharp’s $1.2 billion operating loss . “Shipments will start in August,” Okuda proclaimed amidst an earnings briefing Thursday. Sharp is one of three suppliers, along with LG Display and Japan Display, to make Apple’s screens, Reuters reports.
Factor #2: Keynote-worthy!
AllThingsD, The Loop, and The Verge have confirmed that Apple will indeed be holding a keynote on September 12th, this year.
In October 2011 keynote, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced the release of the iPhone 4s. One year earlier, in October 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2. It is happening in the fall.
Factor #3: Proof is in the Picture!
Photos of the new iPhone 5 device are appearing everyday. One prominent image comes from the website of the Chinese manufacturer’s Cool Skin Zone. The manufacturer shows an alleged iPhone 5, surrounded by one of its cases. The legitimacy of the image is not confirmed. However, similar iPhone 4 images appeared before the release of the iPhone 4 in June of 2010 – those images turned out to be 100% genuine.
In late May the next-generation iPhone hardware spec were leaked. The iPhone 5 will have an ARM S5L8950X processor and will boast Darwin Kernel Version 13.0.0. This processor was developed by Samsung and is a definite upgrade from its predecessor. The ARM S5L8950X is reportedly more robust than the one present in Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
It is also all but confirmed that iPhone 5 will be operating on 1GB of RAM, making it in the top quartile regarding smartphone speed.
If you have not figured it out by now, the next iPhone will also have a larger screen as they shift from 3.5 inches to 4 inches. This is in no doubt a competitive reply to the rival the Samsung Galaxy S III, which boasts a 4.8-inch display.
Most importantly, how much will this bad boy cost? Well, according to a Bloomberg forecast, the total cost of production will be around $270. Bloomberg estimates a 56.4% mark-up charge will be added to ensure net profits. So, drum roll please, the estimated retail price for the iPhone 5 wil be…
Fall is the season of change. Apple sells into the winds of change as they turn over a new leaf and release the next generation of Smartphone technology.