Rumors still point to an October 7 launch, and one rumor is suggesting that the new iPhone 5 may have essentially the same memory configurations and form factor, including glass on the back, as the iPhone 4. Read more on CNET. A fascinating report on AopleInsider says that Apple will be building 30 million of the phones yet this year.
News reports today say that Apple has changed the estimated shipping time for iPhone purchasers, an indication that they're letting current supplies be depleted in preparation for a new iPhone in the coming weeks. And news reports say that Sprint will begin offering the iPhone. Yesterday CNET gave details on Sprint's preparations for the iPhone, including installing network repeaters in Apple stores so that customers will get a strong signal when they try out Sprint's iPhone.
Tomorrow is "Dress up like Steve Jobs day." The idea for this Facebook event came from iPhone Life staff, who announced it last week. You are invited to dress up like Steve to honor his extraodinary contribution to the world. And you can post your photo on the Facebook event page. We'll be publishing the best photos.
We're rapidly seeing the migration of magazines, newspapers, and books to portable media, with many top publications now available on iOS devices. And excellent new ones such as The Daily becoming available. Apple will foster this trend with its new Newsstand app that will come with iOS 5. Announced in June, the app will offer an iBooks-like bookshelf interface for collecting together your publications and subscriptions. As new issues come out, they will automatically be added to your bookshelf.
Recently leaked screenshots of Apple's internal newsletter, the Daily Download, show that Apple employees have begun receiving training in iOS 5 and iCloud. The text says that the training will be taking place “over the coming weeks,” suggesting again that the launch will be in October. Read more on 9To5Mac.
It has been rumored for some time that the next iPhone, expected in October, will have an 8-megapixel camer. AppleInsider reported today the latest evidence for this: information regarding the two manufacturers that will be providing the lens.
When Apple announced iOS 5 in June, they said that one feature would be deep integration with Twitter. Basically, the idea is that you will be able to post just about anything from your device to Twitter with a tap. One barrier to this deep integration was that Twitter was reluctant to have other apps supercede it's own. That has changed. The buzz yesterday was a note from Twitter head Jack Dorsey to deveopers encouraging them to work with Twitter to make this deep integration happen.
News reports early Tuesday, such as this one on TechCrunch, were excitedly saying that the iTunes feature of the forthcoming iCloud will offer music streaming. This is, of course, already available from services such as Amazon Cloud Drive and Music Beta by Google. The advantage is that your music resides on their servers rather than filling up the memory of your device. When iCloud was announced, it was download-only, no streaming.
Apple really knows how to stir up enthusiasm in its fan base — say nothing and enjoy weeks and months of speculation. It's extraordinary advertising, and free. By the time they announce, everyone is at the peak of frenzied interest. The rumors this summer have been all over the map. Lately, the word is that there will not be a big change in the form factor. However, a recent report says that the cases that are appearing strongly suggest the new iPhone will be much thinner. You can read more on TNW Apple.
I hope I don't ever have a need for this app. iRad ($5.99) uses an algorithm to detect gamma and X rays passing through the camera chip. It takes up to an hour to get an accurate measurement. The app uses your location to post the measurements taken by you and others on a map — basically a way of crowdsourcing radioactive hotspots around the world. You need to occlude the camera while your device is taking the measurement, but for the iPhone 4 that's as simple as placing your phone on a flat, opaque table. It's amazing what people come up with.