Supply chain checks in Asia point to a third-quarter arrival of Apple's next iPhone. Component suppliers are expected to begin delivering parts in late May, which will then be assembled by Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn. What's not clear is exactly when during the third quarter the next iPhone will arrive. The iPhone 5 went on sale at the very end of the third quarter in 2012.
The timing of the supply chain ramp-up falls in line with expectations, as Apple introduced the last two new iPhones during the third quarters of both 2011 and 2012.
"A battery that lasts all week" - Now that would be a genuine revolution.
My first cell phone was a Motorola analog flip phone. I could generally get a day out of a charge. By the time I was up to a Motorola Razr flip phone, I had about a week of battery life. Now with my smart phone, I'm back to generally being able to get a day out of a charge.
I do like a number of the features we get for that price, but I'd almost rather have a separate phone with a week-long battery and a smart-phone sized tablet for all of the other functionality.
I have to agree with eewiz. The first iPhone was revolutionary and every smartphone from every manufacturer since then, including Apple, has been evolutionary.
Higher res screen, more megapixels in the camera, faster processor, cellular link evolution from 2.5G to 3G to LTE -- it's all very logical and predictable. That's not to say that today's phones aren't better than those of years past. They definitely are. They just don't offer any new features that truly startle the consumer.
You know what might be revolutionary? A battery that lasts all week but has the same volume & weight as today's smartphone batteries.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.