Apple cut down on vacation time for its AppleCare employees last year for the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Apple may do the same this year to its German retail employees and employees in other countries as well for the launch of the iPhone 6 this year.
Reuters has reported that according to a source, Apple suppliers will begin production of 4.7-inch iPhone as early as May while the 5.5-inch version will be delayed.
Hands-on impressions of the new iPhone 5 have begun appearing online.
Its name is enough to send CEOs into cold sweats, which is why the rest of the mobile world spent last week announcing their hardware back-to-back to steal a march on this handset. Now, after all of the rumor, speculation and leaks, Apple’s sixth iPhone has finally been unveiled in San Francisco. We’ve got around 45 minutes before the world begins idly speculating about next year’s iteration, so let’s spend what little time we have delving into what’s changed.
That purported new iPhone backing has decided to show off its taller, slimmer, self again — this time in a full 360-degree video from parts reseller, ETradeSupply. It doesn’t reveal much more than what we got to see in those initial photos: a relocated headphone socket, two-tone surface and a much smaller dock connector.
Apple has begun reducing build plans for its current iPhone models, as sales begin to ease in anticipation of a new sixth-generation model expected to launch later this year.
It’s not an iPhone mini or anything, but it’s the first iPhone with Siri. And that has to count for something, right? Right? While it’s no iPhone 5 (not even close, really), the iPhone 4S is far from being “last year’s iPhone,” and the greatly enhanced camera, bolstered A5 dual-core processor and inbuilt voice command should provide plenty of reason for folks to upgrade if they’re near the end of their contract. Furthermore, having the option on Sprint — despite Apple almost announcing it as an afterthought — is bound to make folks already entrenched on the Now Network think twice about what their next phone will come upgrade time.
You can finally lay all that speculation to rest because here it is! Apple’s set its latest iPhone family member free, and out into the wireless wild for your future consumption. Pictured above is the new dual-core A5 processor-equipped, dual CDMA / GSM iPhone 4S — awash in Siri-enabled voice control. You can snag this black or white update on October 14th in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations for $199, $299 and $399, respectively. Click through the gallery below to get intimate with Cupertino’s latest smartphone refresh.
Ever since the arrival of the first generation iPhone, there were rumours about Apple planning a smaller, nano version of the iPhone. These rumours eventually died a silent death after Apple showed no interest in tweaking the iPhone or to make it available in smaller versions. Apple had also clarified back in 2009 that they are least interested in making a nano version of the iPhone. We remember the then acting CEO of Apple, Tim Cook saying:
“You know us, we’re not going to play in the low-end voice phone business. That’s not who we are. That’s not why we’re here. We’ll let somebody do that, our goal is not to be the unit share leader in the phone industry. It is to build the best phone” Apple’s philosophy was simple. Make one device. Build it so well, most people won’t require another version. This strategy seems to have succeeded quite well and Apple did not think of having different versions of the iPhone – until now.
Apple has received a lot of flak in recent times for the issues relating to the iPhone 4’s antenna.
Though the media frenzy over the issue has now partly died down since Apple’s announced free iPhone bumpers to its customers, there is no doubt that the company could be working on alternate ways to prevent such an issue from recurring in the future. According to reports, the next generation iPhone could come with an antenna made of LiquidMetal. Apple is reported to have signed an exclusive agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies to bring their proprietary IP to Apple’s consumer electronics products.