Case makers have traditionally been early sources of rumors about Apple’s next whatever big thing. Thus far, it’s been true for the upcoming iPhone 5. Financial incentives stemming from selling cases from day one are measured in millions of dollars in quick profits. Hence, it is really no surprise that case vendors have developed quality sources who tip them Apple gadgets’ dimensions and shapes so they could make molds on time.
Back in July, someone sent in this photo described as portraying a prototype phone, presumably iPhone 5, in the hands of an Apple employee on his way from work in San Francisco.
We find it hard to believe Apple would be foolish enough to lose another iPhone prototype – and at a bar, too – but this comes from CNET and they’re vouching for it. An iPhone prototype – probably for an upcoming model, allegedly went missing last month in Cava22, a Mexican restaurant and bar in San Francisco’s Mission District.
The past week has seen a massive amount of leaked next generation iPhone parts, the latest being from Greek iPhone, reports BGR.
According to the blog Greek iPhone, which published photos of what it is claiming to be new components from Apple’s upcoming iconic device, the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the current model and it will also feature volume buttons on the opposite side of where they sit now on the iPhone 4. Additionally, the camera module is “quite different” and thinner than the existing part, and it reportedly supports a higher resolution than the current module – it looks like an 8-megapixel sensor is all but confirmed.
Yesterday we had reported that Apple has already started testing 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carriers.
Engadget has just reported that they’ve received a photo, which reveals that AT&T has recently installed LTE network equipment in one of the Apple Retail stores.
If you’ve been keeping track of all iPhone news over the course of the last few weeks, you probably know that the rumor mill has been on fire over the release of a next-generation iPhone. Now, it seems that Apple is close to figuring out a release date, as well as a possible date when the iPhone will allegedly be available for pre-ordering.
Well, you can’t knock them for trying. First it was the images, which then evolved to videos and even an audacious “Apple.com” visual of the forthcoming iPhone. The latest effort, which claims to be an unboxing of the eagerly-awaited smartphone, has made a good attempt to seem legit in the form of a professional boxing, as if it were shipped directly from the Cupertino company.
iPhone 5 mockup
John Packowski writes for The Wall Street Journal’s blog AllThingsD that, alas, iPhone 5 will be launching in October, not in September as the rumor mill has been buzzing over the past few weeks. This information apparently comes from an unnamed source close to Apple. The blog has been right about many things Apple in the past so it’s worth mentioning here:
Following our post with images of a purported iPhone 5 case, other sources have followed up with us with their own cases. This time we not only have a silicone case, but a hard case, too. The image above shows a top view of both of our cases. They both show a ringer switch on the opposite side of the volume keys, which is a shift from previous models of the iPhone. In addition, the bottom of these cases have holes for a separate speaker, main microphone, and USB dock connector. You may have noticed this on our iPhone 5 case post earlier this week, but today comes the more important information.
We’ve just been handed some internal AT&T information on device changes:
A new tier of device will be created in AT&T’s phone database on October 4th (a Tuesday:) which will require a higher rate of insurance. iPhone (and other devices) will move there on the arbitrary October 4th date. It is curious that the iPhone was mentioned specifically and not other devices.