No one knows for sure, of course, but two reports are again suggesting that Apple will be releasing two iPhones this fall: an iPhone 5 with a larger screen and an iPhone 4-plus, a lower-cost phone for the pre-paid and international markets. One report, from an analyst with JP Morgan and summarized on AppleInsider, describes the two phones. He says the iPhone 5 will also be thinner and lighter in addition to having a larger retina display.
A recent survey found that there's more anticipation of the iPhone 5 than any other iPhone so far. Somehow the enthusiasm for the iPhone just keeps building. On Thursday CNET reported that the head of Fance's largest telecom company let it slip that the iPhone 5 would be available for purchase starting October 15. My guess is that the date isn't firm, and that it simply depends on how soon the devices will be ready.
Rumored details of the new iPhone/s continue to crop up, with some suggesting that there will be two iPhones coming out next month: a low-cost iPhone 4S with an option for a prepaid plan and an iPhone with a new design. Read more on TiPb. The best evidence for a larger-screened, thinner, more tapered phone continues to be the leaking of photos of cases that have been manufactured for the new phone.
The website 9To5Mac is reporting that Sprint will be offering an iPad and that it would likely be launched soon after the Sprint iPhone that's widely expected to be announced in early October. If such an iPad is offered, enthusiasts are hoping that it will be compatible with Sprint's 4G data network, meaning a lot faster surfing and download speeds.
Some people prefer prepaid mobile phone plans, which don't require a contract and often cost less, especially for those who don't use their phone a lot. Another advantage is that you're not locked into a contract. There have been rumors of prepaid plans for the iPhone. And Verizon and AT&T have just announced new prepaid plans, with some speculating that this is in preparation for a prepaid iPhone coming out in October.
CNET has posted a summary of comments today from an analyst who has estimated the arrival of the next iPhone based on the timing imminent release of the final version of the iOS 5 software. He's saying that the units won't likely be available the second week of October. He's also among those suggesting that the form factor won't change.
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.