Mole: iPhone 5 in testing now, on sale in September
Dual-core revamp, anyone?
Last week's revelation that the iOS 5 developer-only beta release contains pointers to new iPhones and iPads was followed this weekend by the next Apple smartphone is currently in "final testing".
That, a "previously accurate Apple source" told website 9to5Mac, indicates a September iPhone release date.
Other sources made the same claim just recently.
Will it be the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4-something, a tweak to match the upgrade from the 3G to the 3GS? The mole doesn't say beyond referring to the "next-generation iPhone".
That's what Apple would call a souped-up iPhone 4 in any case, but with the simultaneous release of iOS 5 - which Apple has publicly stated will ship this coming autumn - Apple will probably call the handset the iPhone 5 no matter what. ®
However like any industry those who are at the top, however they managed to get there, are watched carefully as an indicator so others can plan their moves. Hardly anyone on the planet wanted a tablet, especially those of us who had used them in the distant past, but the second Apple put one out everyone started falling over themselves to get one out, now the landscape is littered with tablets from £50 to £750. The doomsayers are telling us this is the end of the desktop just 'cos 3 people on an average train have iPads or Galaxy's to read The Times on the way to work.
I'm not sticking up for Apple, just pointing out that Apple prove the old adage that "money talks and BS walks". Those with the "nudge factor", able to have a major influence on the markets, tend to watch the market leaders and then tell others where to put their money. The one thing that genuinely bothers is how delicately balanced the money-markets are and how much they are influenced by these so called experts. Some plank with some influence in the tech sector makes a Tweet that says Steve Jobs is scratching his nuts, next thing the value of my pension is dropping quicker than the value of a new BMW!
You're entitled to your opinion, but...
Why the dissing of Apple so much? Their market share belies your poo-pooing. iPhone obviously meets the expectations of >25% of the phone-buying public, and the iPad is used, a lot. It is highly portable, and better for reading books and magazines (perhaps Kindle is better at books, but iPad isn't bad).
It seems so many people are just stuck on their own view. You like Symbian? Fine- I really don't care. You prefer Android? Great!
iPad serves me fine for what I do and how I use it. Oh, and it's a godsend on long, overseas flights. My carry on bag is much lighter for it- no books, magazines, etc... all the time-killers are in one place. And it's great for concepting, which I need to do a lot of for work. I found some great tools for idea capture.
I'm just amazed at how many people project their view onto how everyone else should think. Buy what you like, but be objective.
If Apple wants to stop leaks from moles,=
....maybe they should stop burying their iPhones underground?
Thank you, I'll be here all week.