File this one away in the "rumors that won't quit" section, because there are more rumblings of Apple doubling up with two--count them two--new iPhone models this fall.
In a report on China-based Sohu.com, which is making the rounds this morning by way of AllThingsD, the site says carrier China Telecom has reached a "preliminary agreement" with Apple to sell the iPhone some time before the end of October. Furthermore, it won't just be the much-expected iPhone 5, it will also include a lower-cost variant of the iPhone 4.
The report, which was … Read more
Apple may have killed off its last white plastic gadget with the recent shelving of the unibody MacBook, but an alleged iPhone prototype that's making the rounds suggests it could be making a comeback.
Macrumors today picked up on a forum post from Vietnamese site Tinhte--the same outlet that got ahold of the iPhone 4 ahead of its official announcement, and more recently a 64GB iPhone 4 model--with what it says is a new variant of the iPhone 4.
What's new? The translated forum post says the device is a little bit faster than the iPhone 4, weighs less, and is sporting plastic on the front and rear instead of glass.
That last bit is where things get interesting. Apple nearly shipped the original iPhone with a plastic screen, before changing it up to "optical-quality glass" just ahead of release for what the company said would result in a "superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity." That Apple would be contemplating a step back to plastic based on that claim is worthy of some eyebrow raising. … Read more
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of Apple's iPhone 4 going on sale, and the countdown continues for whatever Apple plans to release as a follow-up. A history of four annual device releases would suggest Apple plans to roll out just a single new device, but one analyst suggests Apple's "one more thing" may, in fact, mean it will double up with two new iPhone models.
In a note to investors this morning, Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore suggests Apple is cooking up two versions of the iPhone for release later this year. One will be an honest to goodness next-generation device, he predicts, while the other would be a $349 souped-up iPhone 4 (which Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt coins as a "4S") that would be available to customers who wanted to use it on prepaid cell phone plans.
"With Nokia and RIM struggling," Whitmore wrote, "the time is right for Apple to aggressively penetrate the midrange smartphone market (i.e. $300-$500 category) to dramatically expand its [total addressable market] and market share."
What's the big deal about prepaid, you might be wondering? Not everyone likes to get locked into a long-term agreement with their carrier versus paying money for a device up front.… Read more
Forget the rumors of an iPhone 4S coming this fall. In fact, you may be able to forget an iPhone 4S entirely. Word on the street from Boy Genius Report is that the iPhone 5 is coming.
Apple has been rumored to be testing iPhone 4 (or 4S) models for T-Mobile and Sprint lately, causing many to conjecture that an iPhone 4S release this fall is entirely possible (with a full iPhone 5 release in January). BGR, however, "has independently confirmed that the next-generation iPhone will not merely be an upgraded iPhone 4 as had been previously rumored."… Read more
When it comes to the fifth-generation iPhone, you have two camps: those who think Apple is going to do a major design revision and those who don't.
For the moment anyway, the rumor mill is tilted toward the latter camp, as Taiwan-based Digitimes is claiming that Apple has slowed production of the iPhone 4 as it gears up to produce an upgraded--but not significantly redesigned--iPhone 4S.
If you had your heart set on an iPhone with 4G LTE, the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5 might not be for you. The good news is that the next version is still set to get a few enhancements and end up on more carriers.
That's according to a research note by Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek, picked up by Forbes, which claims Apple's next iPhone won't sport LTE hardware from Qualcomm because the chipmaker "is currently not achieving yields sufficient for inclusion in the iPhone 5."
So what's destined to be different about the … Read more
There was a lot of automotive eye candy and information to take in at the recent 2010 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Arena in Detroit, and yesterday's highlight reel clip from Inside Line barely scratched the surface on covering all the exciting new automobiles potentially on the make both domestic and international. Today, I bring you another quality video from Inside Line, but this time we focus on BMW's stand from this year's Detroit auto show and a few of the more interesting cars that the German luxury vehicle manufacturer brought stateside for this big … Read more
I've been taking a lot of inspiration for my blog posts lately from the many beautiful and bad-ass cars I saw earlier this month at the 2009 International Auto Show in San Francisco. Likewise, I've been focusing on the several sports cars that really tickled my fancy at said car show, and I've been posting up Web video covering their attributes in great detail amid scenic backdrops and general fanfare. Today I'm going to talk about yet another newly unleashed sports car, the 2010 BMW Z4, but the video posted here is more of a hit-and-run … Read more
The Porsche Camp4 racetrack is perched more than 9,000 feet above sea level. So if the sight of the new Porsche 911 Carrera S to which I was assigned didn't take my breath away, the elevation certainly did. But armed with water, aspirin, and special acupressure wristbands to prevent motion sickness, I was ready to start my engine.
The one-day program was divided into four specific exercises: The skid pad, an obstacle-avoidance course, a slalom course, and the full track. The skid pad was a large circle cut into the snow. The goal wasn't to just drive … Read more