Category: iPhone 4

The Case for a Second iPhone Model

White iPhone 4

White iPhone 4 - Photo by dawvon

Having to wait over a year for a new model of iPhone is sending the rumour mill into delirium. Yesterday saw not one, but two analysts stick their heads above the parapet and oust the idea that Apple will later this year release two models of iPhone.

It all started with a report from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore who declared “Its time for a mid-range iPhone” and pointed towards Apple releasing a lower-end unlocked iPhone priced between $300 and $500 and aimed at the prepaid market, so in effect contract free. Whitmore went on to discuss the merits of releasing a pre-paid only iPhone, he notes that Apple had sold around 87 million iPhone units in the past 2 years “which suggests it has reached only 6% penetration of its current addressable subscribers,” adding, “we believe Apple has room to run both in terms of greater market penetration as well as incremental carrier additions going forward.”

Whitmore then went onto to discuss how the lower-end iPhone, named the iPhone 4S would be priced at $349 in his estimations. For the record World of Apple has it from very good sources that the name iPhone 4S is a complete falsehood.

What Whitmore fails to effectively do in his report to analysts is outline how Apple would trim such massive amounts off the price of the iPhone without “negatively impacting profitability”.

The second source of this rumour is Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. Katy never actually explicitly pointed towards two new iPhones but in her report in relation to recent meetings with unnamed individuals the analyst did say Apple is forecasting a large iPhone unit increase in 2012 “on the back of new products and potentially lower price points.”

So what merits does a second, lower cost iPhone have for Apple? The answer is obvious, it has every benefit but just because that is the case it doesn’t mean Apple is willing or preparing to do it. Take for example the netbook market; it’s a market that Apple has been vehemently opposed to but eventually entered with the MacBook Air. The one difference between the MacBook Air and the plethora of netbooks is the quality and the price, yet Apple’s MacBook Air is selling in extreme volumes.

We also have some insight to how Apple feels about the prepaid phone market, as noted by Jim Dalyrmple over at The Loop Apple’s COO Tim Cook earlier this year told Bernstein’s Toni Sacconaghi that the company “understood [that] price is big factor in the prepaid market” but Apple was not “ceding any market.”

What Tim Cook means by that comment is that until Apple feels ready and confident to enter the lower end market then it won’t do so. Apple will want quality hardware, the same software and apps and yet still want to keep the massive margins the iPhone currently offers.

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS | Image courtesy of Apple

Yet Apple already plays a two iPhone game in some countries, in the US whilst Apple sells the iPhone 4 it also allows AT&T to sell the old 3GS for a subsidised rate of $49. Last year the 16GB iPhone 4 was estimated by iSuppli to cost $188 for Apple to produce, naturally this figure discounts shipping, packaging, advertising and other overheads and let us not forget Apple’s penchant for 60% margins on products. If Apple really wanted to enter the prepaid market, a 4 or 8GB iPhone 4 would seemingly be the best way for the company to do it.

With rumours suggesting that the next iPhone to be similar in appearance to the current iPhone 4, then the two models could share 70% of their components (display, touch panel, antenna, sensors, case, etc) whilst the lower-end iPhone 4 would be of lower capacity and still keep Apple’s A4 chip whilst the iPhone 5 packs an A5 and 32 and 64GB capacity.

Apple and Nokia Settle Patent Dispute

After a long running dispute over a number of patents Apple and Nokia have settled the suit. The settlement covers all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.

The dispute first began in October 2009 and was extended a number of times. Apple also countersued Nokia for patent infringement.

The agreement consists of of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement. The terms of the agreement beyond this information is confidential.

In a statement Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Nokia said, “We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees” adding, “This settlement demonstrates Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market.”

Unlocked iPhone 4 Hits US Shores

White iPhone 4

White iPhone 4 - Photo by dawvon

Apple has begun selling unlocked GSM iPhone 4s in the US. The move was expected but the timing is strange as AT&T lost its exclusivity over the iPhone 4 earlier this year.

Prices for the unlocked iPhone 4 start at $649 for the 16GB model and and $749 for 32GB. The CDMA iPhone is not available unlocked.

On the store Apple outlines in detail what an unlocked GSM handset means for those buying, outlinging the advantages over being able to choose their own carrier.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide.

iOS 5 Available This Fall With Over 200 New Features

iOS 5 unveiled at WWDC 2011

iOS 5 unveiled at WWDC 2011 | Image courtesy of Apple

Apple has today announced a brand new version of iOS for iPhones, iPads and iPod tocuhes. iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation) and iPod touch (third generation) this fall. The iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members.

New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organise your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.

“iOS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can’t wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Perhaps iOS 5’s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading.”

With iOS 5 and iCloud, you just enter your Apple ID and password and iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.

Notification Center provides iOS 5 users with an innovative way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, all in one place, from anywhere in iOS 5. When they arrive, notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you’re doing. With one swipe you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to its app for more detail. Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with just one swipe.

iOS 5 Notification Center

iOS 5 Notification Center | Image courtesy of Apple

Newsstand is a beautiful, easy-to-organise bookshelf displaying the covers of all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. A new section of the App Store features just subscription titles, and allows users to quickly find the most popular newspapers and magazines in the world. If subscribed to, new issues appear in the Newsstand and are updated automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art.

Safari is the world’s most popular mobile browser, and with iOS 5 it’s now even better. New features include Safari Reader, which gets all the clutter out of the way and sets the right font size on a web page, so you can easily scroll and read through a story; Reading List, so you can save articles to read later and they automatically show up on all your iOS devices; and Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to flip between multiple web pages on iPad.

iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter integration, so you can sign in once and then tweet directly from all your Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap. New APIs give third party developers the ability to take advantage of the single sign-on capability for their own iOS 5 apps.

iMessage in iOS 5 brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all of your iOS devices―iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Built right into the Messages app, iMessage allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to maintain one conversation across your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.

iOS 5 running iMessage

iOS 5 running iMessage | Image courtesy of Apple

The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal and Outlook and are updated automatically.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject. The new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organise your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go.

With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box with no computer required, and iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap. Wi-Fi Sync in iOS 5 transfers and backs up your content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from your device to your iTunes library.

64GB iPhone 4 Memo a Typo

Following yesterdays publication of an internal memo from Russell Cellular it has now been confirmed that the reference to a 64GB iPhone 4 was a typo. Russell Cellular a third party Verizon retailer has reportedly reached out to This is my next to confirm the mistake.

According to the updated memo it should have read ’16 and 32GB’ iPhone 4.

Apple Readying 64GB iPhone

Update: Memo confirmed to contain a typo

Third party Verizon retailer Russell Cellular has circulated a memo this week that This is my next has become privy to. The memo mentions both a 32GB and 64GB iPhone, and although could be a genuine error the blog has reportedly received from multiple tipsters a similar memo.

Apple already manufactures a 64GB iPod touch so has the capacity to ramp production to such a level.

iPhone 4 and iPad Displays Praised

Apple iPad

Apple iPad

Both the iPhone 4 and iPad has this week been awarded for the quality of their displays. Apple’s iPhone 4 won the Display of the Year Gold Award from The Society for Information Display on Monday, while the iPad display won the Display Application of the Year Gold Award.

The iPhone 4’s “640×960-pixel Retina display set a new benchmark for mobile display resolution, low power consumption and image quality.” SID goes onto praise the display further saying that “the iPhone 4 Retina display achieves a viewing angle superior to conventional mobile LCDs” and the “display features a host of technical advancements”.

When awarding the iPad for its display SID said that the “display provides a superior viewing experience with a minimized gamma shift over viewing angles, enabling designers to create innovative apps that further enhance the viewing experience.”

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3

Apple has today released iOS 4.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The minor iOS update delivers iPod bug fixes and addresses battery life issues. Most notably the update also changes how iPhone and iPads store location information.

As outlined in Apple’s question and answer on the location tracking bug the new software will cease backing up of the database, reduce the size of the database of WiFi and cell towers cached on the phone and delete the cache when location services are turned off.

iOS 4.3.3 is available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and 2, and third and fourth generation iPod touches. Apple has released iOS 4.2.8 for the CDMA iPhone 4.

Apple Responds to iPhone and iPad Location Data Collection

Steve Jobs Unveils iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010

Steve Jobs Unveils iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 | Photo by mathieuthouvenin

Apple has today officially responded to growing concern over the subject of location collection on the iPhone in iOS 4.0 and on the iPad 3G. Since iOS 4.0 data is recorded into a database of nearby Wi-Fi and cellular access points used to provide quick location fixes when needed.

Apple has released a Q&A on its website explaining the issue, highlighting that Apple is not tracking the location of iPhones and iPads, and never intends to do so.

The data recorded is sent to Apple in an anonymous and encrypted fashion and it is not possible for the data to be tied to any user but is helpful in gaining a location when requested where GPS signal is hard to obtain.

Apple also said that a number of bugs are at play in the current version of iOS, when location services are turned off it has been discovered that the database continues to grow and this will be addressed. Apple also intends to release a software update that will cease backing up of the database, reduce the size of the database of WiFi and cell towers cached on the phone and delete the cache when location services are turned off.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has also given a telephone interview to All Things Digital, adding some colour to the issue:

Jobs said that the tech industry hasn’t done a good job of educating users on what has been a fairly complicated issue.

“As new technology comes into the society there is a period of adjustment and education,” Jobs said. “We haven’t as an industry done a very good job educating people I think, as to some of the more subtle things going on here. As such (people) jumped to a lot of wrong conclusions in the last week.”

Jobs also revealed that Apple has been asked to testify by US authorities and will do so but questions whether other phone manufacturers will come under the same scrutiny by the press.

Apple: White iPhone 4 Coming April 28

White iPhone 4

White iPhone 4 - Photo by dawvon

Apple today announced that the white iPhone 4 will be available beginning tomorrow. White iPhone 4 models will be available from Apple’s online store, at Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

White models of iPhone 4 will be available in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macau, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and the US, beginning Thursday, April 28.