Apple Inc.’s next-generation handset is likely to run a bit faster; sport a somewhat larger, higher-resolution display and camera; and link to faster (HSDPA+) networks. But the incremental upgrade will not merit the name iPhone 5. We give the handset a C for effort and dub it the iPhone 4+.
On the other hand, the accompanying report card looks bright for the chip vendors already designed into the iPad 2; most have a better-than-average shot of getting sockets in the evolutionary smartphone.
The most heated competition will be over baseband processors, where the likely scenario sees Apple continuing to use its tried-and-true Infineon chips for 3G phones and the Qualcomm MDM6600 for the CDMA versions.
On the 3G side, Apple may upgrade to Infineon’s X-Gold 626 or 706 to pick up support for HSDPA+ networks, says Steve Bitton, senior technology analyst at our partner UBM TechInsights.
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What I would really like in an iPhone is a solution to the power problem.
I once heard that iPhone 5 would have solar cells integrated on the casing thereby allowing the battery to charge more frequently, thus reversing the constant draining of the battery by power hungry apps.
However, I doubt if this technology will be available in 5 as I don't see any info about it anymore.
iPhone 4 is significantly different from 3, with the introduction of improved retina display, face time, gyroscope, etc.
Will a new analog instrument be integrated in the iPhone 5 ... just as the gyroscope was introduced in 4, for example?
When I hear "iPhone 5" being bandied about, I expect significant changes over the existing version 4. Not just improved processor speed.
There is always a danger in assigning numbers to quantifiable stuff. Maybe the Apple 4+ is really a 5- and until we have one in our hands and can evaluate without prejudice we won't know. But speculation is good. It keeps the mind racing and the blood from curling.
I don't understand the infatuation of the iPhone. My boss has one and when he calls me, I always have a hard time understanding him with the sound breaking up. Also, the calls are often dropped. Many times he says that he has to wait until his phone reboots before he can call back. Just don't see the attraction.
Frank, the 4G iPhones exist, just go to Europe where they are supported. The problem is that the network provider, ATT, had "clipped the wings" off US iPhones to throttle down their bandwidth usage. US network capacity is the problem. The acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T will not increase market competition (read expanded US network bandwidth), but it will be good for shareholders. An AT&T spokesman said that the take over is good for customers "as measured by the value of improved call quality"...like their ability to maintain iPhone connectivity was already an industry high water mark and bandwidth... "we don't need no stink'in bandwidth"
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