No New iPhone 5 Until FY 2012?
In what will come as a major shock to most Apple fans, it will appear that Apple are not planning on introducing the next generation iPhone 5 at this years WWDC.
There are multiple reports to back up this case. Firstly Apple announcement for this years WWDC clearly stated that they were focusing more on software.
Then the loop reported that Apple is not planning on introducing any hardware what so ever at the WWDC this year, even though Apple has announced the next gen iPhone at it every year without fail.
"Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS."
"Apple’s apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference. That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event."
However this doesn’t mean the iPhone 5 wont be coming this year, it just won’t come at WWDC
Another Analyst reckons that the iPhone 5 will launch during September, which is when Apple usually announces new iPod’s.
A Japanese blog Macotakara has claimed that the iPhone 5 will “probably” not ship until 2012 since there has been no official contracts been aligned by Apple to start producing the iPhone 5 at this date. They did clarify later that by 2012 they meant the end of Apple’s fiscal year 2011 which would see there 2012 year start in late September.
So at the moment it’s looking more like a September release for the iPhone 5 we'r afraid to inform you.
Which New iPhone 5 Rumors Pass The Smell Test?
iPhone 5 rumors continue to drip out of the tech blogosphere. More rumors have come in today, this time from China once again. China Times reports that the iPhone 5 has now reached its “trial production stage”. They also claim that the iPhone 5 will launch with an improved metal chassis to help avoid the antennagate issue which plagued the iPhone 4. Also added is that full scale production is set to begin in Q3
Along with this was more rumors to support a larger 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. This would be achieved without actually increasing the size of the device, but instead using an edge to edge screen.
Going along with yesterdays rumor they also reiterate the fact that NFC or the iWallet will be coming to this next generation iPhone.
What is also repeated and probably the most definite feature in the iPhone 5 is the new Apple A5 chip which was released alongside the iPad 2 a couple of weeks ago.
The iPhone 5 is also expected to support both CDMA and GSM networks like the current Verizon iPhone thanks to a new Foxconn chip.
Apple Adds Ability to Gift App Store Applications
The "Gifts" section of the iTunes Store Terms of Sale has been changed to clarify that Gifts may not be used for in-app purchases, upgrades, or the iPod Touch OS, to explain that some gifts require compatible hardware and parental control settings so they can be redeemed, and to notify you that, while gifts are non-refundable, this is without prejudice to your statutory rights to a refund in the event that a gift is faulty or has been misdescribed.
Selecting the "Gift This App" option next to an application takes users to a special screen where they can fill in their name, the recipient's name and email address, and a message to the recipient. Users may specify multiple recipients and will be billed according to the number of email addresses listed.
Apple Banning Screen Protectors in Retail Stores?
In communications with vendors that have been ongoing for "some time now," according to one company, Apple has said that it will remove both film-only solutions from its stores, as well as any case or other accessory that includes film protection as part of its package, such as cases that include film screen protectors. According to sources, the ban will impact all forms of screen film, including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both.
The reason for the removal of film-based screen protectors is currently unknown, although speculation centers around the company looking to reduce the perception that such protectors are a necessity because the devices' screens are not sufficiently durable. Another theory involves high return rates for the products due to difficulties with blemishes and air bubbles introduced by users as they attempt to adhere the products to their devices.
Macworld claims that the ban even extends beyond screen protectors to include protectors and cushions designed to adhere to palm rest areas on Apple's notebook computers. Apple has yet to respond to either publication with comment on the reports.