Posted by Michael Nace under Apple Rumors on Tuesday May 7, 2013
A widely circulated rumor that Verizon is set to cut prices of the iPhone 5 by $100 this month suggests that the iPhone 5S release could be earlier than expected.
A fresh rumor is spreading throughout the tech media suggesting that a high-profile promotion set for the iPhone 5 in May suggests that Apple could once again return to releasing a new iPhone in the early summer, as it did in previous years. The rumor, which claims that Verizon is poised to offer the iPhone 5 at an astounding $100 off its current pricing, would ostensibly be a move on the part of the U.S.’s second-largest mobile carrier to dump large stocks of iPhone 5 units ahead of the iPhone 5S’s release sometime in June or July.
Considering that Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the once-prominent event that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used to announce new iPhone models, is scheduled for its typical mid-June launch, could mean that Verizon — and perhaps other mobile carriers as well — will attempt to sell off the iPhone 5 just ahead of the new model’s release.
However, given what we know from past iPhone releases, does this rumor really make any sense? Read More
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple Rumors on Thursday Apr 25, 2013
The Apple rumor mill will be prognosticating the new WWDC 2013 logo, looking for cryptic meaning. Let’s not forget last year when the 2012 WWDC meant bupkis.
Let the games begin. Apple has once again announced its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will run from June 10th through the 14th at the Moscone Center. Because of the WWDC’s long-heralded role as the go-to event for announcing the iPhone — a once-prominent ritual that Steve Jobs managed to weave into the fabric of the mainstream — virtually none of us can let go the full measure of anticipation that comes with this announcement.
Will we see a surprise iPhone announcement? Maybe the iPhone 5S? Or, how about the el cheap-o iPhone? An iPhone 5 News Blog source even recently claimed that the iPad 5 is due up in June, suggesting that perhaps the WWDC could become the new launching event for iPads instead of iPhone?
Certainly, no one knows. But one thing’s for sure: the WWDC probably doesn’t give us any hints. Apple isn’t that imaginative anymore. Read More
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple Rumors on Monday Apr 22, 2013
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In the past, the WWDC was associated with the launch of new iPhones. According to an exclusive iPhone 5 News Blog source, however, the iPad 5 will release in June, and could possibly be the centerpiece at this year’s WWDC.
A trusted iPhone 5 News Blog source, who chooses to remain anonymous, claims that the new iPad 5 will be released in June. This source, which comes from the consumer technology accessories sector, is the same source that the Blog has cited in the past, who correctly stated in 2011 that only a refreshed iPhone 4S would be released, and that the release date would be in the fall of that year instead of at the 2011 WWDC. You’ll recall that 2011 was the first year that the iPhone did not show up at the WWDC keynote address.
However, our source’s iPad 5 release date prediction does suggest that, in a dramatic change of tradition, the WWDC could become the new venue for future iPad releases. Read More
A new source has boldly predicted not only the month, but the exact release date for the iPhone 5S. Will we really see Tim Cook presenting the new iPhone on June 20th?
We’ve gotten to that next stage in the iPhone 5S rumor mill — the stage where the crazy, unmitigated release date rumors begin flowing with reckless abandon. Much like a roulette wheel, tech media blogs and websites — as well as a few financial tech analysts — begin choosing random or semi-random dates based on a “best guess” of the release month. Since the latest analyses from the financial sector has focused on an iPhone 5S release date in June, we now have our first submission from the iPhone 5S roulette wheel: June 20th.
Save the date. Read More
It might seem hard to believe, but analyst and the tech media alike are coelescing around the belief that Apple will release all three of its rumored, new devices — the iPhone 5, Mini iPad, and iTV — at tyne same event in September.
The interesting thing about this year’s iPhone 5 rumor cycle is that we had a dress rehearsal for it in 2011: most of the rumors we heard last year have been recycled in this year’s rumor mill as well. You’ll recall that a recurring theme in 2011 was that we would see iDevices co-released together. First, it was rumored that the iPhone and iPhone 4S would be released together, followed by rumors of the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Plus/2S/HD/Mini. A few bold prognosticators even claimed we’d get all three at the same event.
For as completely out of character a multi-device release would seem for Cupertino, that’s exactly what is being rumored of September of this year.
With Apple CEO Tim Cook choosing not to announce the iPhone at the WWDC, one thing is now certain: the era of symbolic teaser graphics and event tag lines died with Steve Jobs.
Warning: negative Apple rant ahead.
Even if you are one of the many Apple enthusiasts who have long held the belief that there was no way that Apple would announce the iPhone 5 at this year’s WWDC, you can’t help but admit that, in spite of a 2012 that has seen its share of new Apple gear — the iPad 3, a new line of ultra-impressive MacBooks, and the launch of iOS 6 beta — there is a kind of vapid, empty feeling surrounding Appledom these days. As of today, all of the most-rumored and highly anticipated Apple products have yet to materialize: the iTV, the Mini iPad, a new iPod, and the ever elusive iPhone 5, which is now two and half years in the making.
No one will contest that the MacBook hardware rollout at the WWDC was impressive — if you’ve got two grand to go spend on one of the new Retina display-bedecked MacBook Pros. iPhone 5 News Blog correspondent Sam Levin, who was at the WWDC, told me candidly that the new Retina display models are the only ones worth a damn. So, in essence, Apple just released a product that most people cannot afford, as the U.S. and Europe continue to flux in and out of recession-like economic climates. Nice one.
But what I find really interesting is that, since the death of Steve Jobs, we’ve seen one thing change dramatically in Tim Cook’s approach to hyping new events and product releases: he overhypes it. Read More
Corroborative photos out of Asia depicting a fully-assembled iPhone 5 made of the same parts leaked by 9to5Mac were quickly debunked, but not before fooling the likes of Gizmodo, BGR, and others. If those photos could be faked, so too could the 9to5Mac photos.
Just on the heels of the 2012 WWDC keynote address, wherein Apple failed to deliver the iPhone 5 for the second year in a row, excitement over the sixth-generation device was briefly rekindled, with the appearance of photos that depicted the same iPhone 5 parts shows by 9to5Mac in full assembly. According to FoxNews, “Images published on a Chinese tech blog purportedly show “leaked” photos of the unannounced, unreleased, unavailable Apple iPhone 5 — the hotly anticipated next version of the device that rewrote the rules for smartphone makers.”
The photos quickly made their rounds to the usual suspects: Apple Insider, Gizmodo, BGR, etc., all of which bought into the new photos as authentic. The only problem is, they aren’t. Read More
There is much disappointment being expressed in responses to Michael’s column yesterday about the iPhone 5 WWDC no-show. I have to say I would’ve been more surprised had there been an iPhone 5 announcement Monday than I am that there wasn’t, although the complete absence of mention is a bit perplexing.
If there had been any vigorous controversy among professional industry-watchers about the earliest likely release of a next-generation iPhone, I might’ve been more optimistic about the prospects of a return to WWDC iPhone refreshes. However, if there was any major dissonance among top-tier financial and market analysts over the past several months about iPhone product release timing, it eluded me. That cohort had pretty much unanimously been forecasting a sixth-gen iPhone release sometime in the September-October 2012 calendar interval, and these guys don’t get paid big $$ for being mistaken a whole lot.
Actually, after what Apple did say at the WWDC keynote yesterday, I’m leaning more toward October, or at best very late September than I had been, being as Apple’s official word in the iOS 6 preview yesterday is that “iOS 6 will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall.” The 2012 autumnal equinox falls on Saturday, September 22, so strict interpretation of that affirmation would make Tuesday, September 25 the first available new iPhone release date. Since that would be well after Apple’s traditional September iPod refresh time slot, I’m thinking around the first anniversary of the iPhone 4S release in October now seems most probable. Read More
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Monday Jun 11, 2012
With Apple CEO Tim Cook’s keynote address coming and going with only the announcement of iOS 6 beta and a new MacBook line, Cupertino seems to have officially shifted away from using the WWDC as their launch point for new iPhones.
For those who were extremely excited about the launch of a new generation of MacBooks, this was their moment. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled some impressive, new specs for the MacBook Air and Pro, with the Air featuring up to 2 ghz and up to 3.2 ghz with turbo boost, and p to 512 gb flash storage available, plus USB 3. The Pro? New processors: 2.7ghz up to 3.7, faster video, and USB 3. Even more impressive for the Pro — it weighs in at just 4.6 lbs., and features the coveted retina display with 2880 x 1800 resolution. Yep — that makes it the world’s highest resolution on a notebook.
Moreover, the Macbook Pro will be shipping with quad core i7 and up to 16gb RAM. Up to 768GB internal flash storage. 7 hours battery. SD, HDMI, and, finally, Thunderbolt. Together with FaceTime HD and dual mics, it represents a pretty major hardware upgrade from the current MacBook Pro.
Of course, it isn’t the sort of hardware announcement that Apple enthusiasts were hoping for. Read More
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Sunday Jun 10, 2012
This is the post for the iPhone 5 News Blog‘s live coverage of the 2012 WWDC, covered and hosted by Sam Levin of AppMinute. Sam will be in attendance at the WWDC and will liveblog the event as it occurs. During the keynote, photos are not permitted, but Sam will try to get some shots before and after it begins.
We will be using a live blogging plug-in, which should post Sam’s updates in realtime. However, if the page doesn’t appear to be responding, simply refresh your browser.
Enjoy! Read More