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Apple's iPhone 5 : What Major Tech Blogs Says


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#1 nirajan



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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:31 PM

Apple has an annual refresh rate for their smartphone, traditionally unveiling it each September for a launch in October. Four months ago, spec sheets and components of iPhone 5 began leaking from various suppliers, and over the last few weeks these have intensified. Well-known companies such as Sharp and Samsung are known to have large orders for Apple's next devices.The September 12th date has been rumoured since June, and this was confirmed by Apple on Monday, when it sent a 'Save the Date' invite out to tech journalists.

A fall iPhone release has been considered a foregone conclusion by most observers for months. Among the device's rumored new features are a slightly larger screen, a faster processor, a smaller dock connector and possibly NFC technology that would make it easier for shoppers to make payments through their phones.

"Everybody's trying to get their news out before the Apple blackout," says Entner, of Boston's Recon Analytics. "Apple will really take all the oxygen out of the room."
Until next week, we won't know for sure what the iPhone 5 will look like or offer, though Entner and other analysts expect much of the buzz to bear out - in particular, a larger, 4-inch-plus screen and the capacity to connect to 4G LTE high-speed data networks.
Entner says Apple also is expected to deliver a new version of its iOS operating system, and to integrate its own mapping software and turn-by-turn directions into the new iPhone. Since Android already offers that feature, the new iPhone could finally spell doom for small-screen, stand-alone GPS devices.

For all the new technology that will be packed into the iPhone 5 I suspect that the initial response to the new iPhone will be disappointment. At least from the media

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, iPhone sales for the period could range between 26 million and 28 million units, with the bulk of that increase occurring the week of Sept. 21.
“We believe that if the 21st is the actual ship date, Apple could sell six million to 10 million iPhone 5s in the final week of September barring supply issues,” Munster speculates. Six million to 10 million iPhone 5s sold in a week.

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