Apple iPhone 5 release date, secret models and more surprises

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  • iOS 5
    This is a safe bet since it was announced. Apple's VP of Software Scott Forstall took the stage at Apple's World Wide Develop Conference in San Francisco to rattle off the litany of usher in the long awaited features. The VP said that there were over 200 new features coming to the iPhone and iPad, and took time to demonstrate 10 key ones. Perhaps the biggest, and least expected announcement was that the new iOS no longer needs to be connected to a PC for startup the first time or to receive updates. That all happens "over the air." "We are living in a post PC world," Forstall says. "Especially with the iPad, we are ushering in a post PC world. We know we are selling to a lot of households that just don't have computers." "Now, if you want to cut the cord, you can," he says. The latest iteration of the iOS will allow iPhone and iPad users to start setting up the device right out of the box, whereas before the device first needed to be connected to a PC. The exec also introduced a new "notifications" feature that makes it easier to see what's happened on the phone in one place. The way Apple notifies users now is a throw-back to its first iPhone in 2007. Pop-ups appear, sometimes interrupting a user, and forcing users to respond before they disappear. Users have frequently The notifications are now aggregated and assessable by sliding your finger across the top. Android has a similar feature. When users visit the notification center, they can also see updates on weather and stocks. [ALSO READ] Apple iPhone 5 rumored dual LED flash: Playing even with Android rivals? IBTimes
  • Its head in the Clouds
    The most important changes is expected the new "cloud"-based features, which represent "a significant step forward" for the operating system, according to Jefferies analysts Peter Misek. Apple built what could be the largest data center in the world in Maiden, North Carolina. The half a million square feet center is expected to live this spring, will give Apple massive computing to accomplish five key things, according to Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. 1: A larger advertising platform, for serving up iAds 2: A digital "locker" in the "cloud" to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices 3: a music streaming service on a subscription basis; 4: an "aggressively priced video subscription service" 5: and a service that would support a “voice interface” on Apple devices, taking user requests in spoken natural language and returning answers, similar to Google’s free voice search. [ALSO READ] Apple iPhone 5 rumored dual LED flash: Playing even with Android rivals? IBTimes
  • Charge it to my iPhone
    Near Field Communication allows devices to communicate to other devices using short waves. The reason this technology has caught fire has been its use in mobile credit card payments. It already has inroads in Japan and other Asian countries. Jupiter Research has projected that NFC Mobile Payments will exceed $30bn by 2012 (September 2009). NFC technology would allow iPhone users to swipe their phones in front of a reader, and make quick credit card payments. The NYT interviewed one person "familiar with the new feature" on March 22 who said the phone’s credit card information would be tied to information currently used on iTunes, making it simple for customers to set up the mobile payments. This echo's the hunch Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White expressed to clients on the 22nd of February: "We believe the adoption of NFC will make the smartphone an increasingly invaluable asset for consumers and we believe Apple is best positioned to take advantage of this trend in the coming years," though he didn't elaborate. [ALSO READ] Apple iPhone 5 rumored dual LED flash: Playing even with Android rivals? Reuters
  • When is it coming?
    The next generation of Apple's smartphone is starting to hit factories, ramping up for a September release date. The consumer electronics giant has contracted out Catcher Technology of China, according to Jefferies & Co.'s Peter Misek, prepping for a production ramp-up in July. "Our checks and guidance from Catcher Technologies indicate component orders beginning for the iPhone 4S," Misek said. Catcher, the metal casing manufacturer for Apple, raised its outlook for its Q2 and for the second half, suggestion “greater scale on its aluminum unibody products," Misek explained. Misek told investors that Apple should be able to make 5 million to 10 million of the new phones in the September-ending fiscal Q4, and 17 million to 19 million iPhone of various models in that quarter, which would be an increase from his 16 million estimate for the current, June-ending quarter. [ALSO READ] Apple iPhone 5 rumored dual LED flash: Playing even with Android rivals? Reuters
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There are a number of details that have surfaced over the weeks and months as to what Apple will be packing into the iPhone 5, and more importantly, when it should hit shelves.

Some of these details are backed by industry checks, and have some reasoning, but some are complete non-sense.

Couple that with the viral-nature of the Internet, and a complete overload of Apple related coverage globally, it's hard to get a proper grounding on what consumers of what's fact and what's fiction.

IBT has wallowed through the clutter, took apart the supply chain, and picked the brains of a dozen analysts to compile the best guess as what would be likely in the iPhone 5.

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