World watches for 'iPhone 5' unveiling Wednesday

Sep 09, 2012 by Glenn Chapman

Apple becomes the focus of the technology universe Wednesday as the world awaits a new iPhone with a big, beautiful touchscreen and connectivity to blazingly fast telecom networks.

has been tight-lipped about what is in store at its media event in San Francisco, but hinted at a keenly anticipated "" in invitations that bore the cryptic message "It's almost here."

Leaks and rumors portray the new as having a larger than its predecessor and say that it will be available by the end of the month.

"They need to come out with a bigger screen since the market is clearly moving in that direction and they need to give the iPhone LTE 4G connectivity," said NPD Group analyst Stephen Baker.

"Both of those are features people want and Apple is clearly ready to make them part of the iPhone."

have been rolling out fourth-generation, or 4G, networks boasting top speeds for Internet-linked wireless devices.

Demand for what is being referred to as "iPhone 5" is likely to be hot, with analysts convinced many people have put off purchases to wait for Apple's latest.

Canaccord Genuity brokerage told investors to expect record iPhone sales after a new model launches, and Piper Jaffray predicted that as many as 10 million could be bought during the week after launch.

"Pent-up demand for the iPhone 5 is such that Apple will sell every one they can make" in the coming weeks, said analyst of Enderle Group.

Enderle said he expected the iPhone 5 to dominate until next year, when "fan demand" could give way to device-neutral shoppers by opting for Android-powered rivals from firms like Samsung.

"Samsung has gone beyond copying iPhone to improving on it," Enderle said.

Smartphones powered by Google's Android software continued to dominate with 52.2 percent of the US market, but Apple's iOS was the second most popular smartphone platform with 33.4 percent, comScore reported.

Samsung mobile phones remained the most popular in the United States with 25.6 percent of the market, but third-place Apple gained ground to claim 16.3 percent as of the end of July, according to .

Google and Microsoft introduced new champions in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena a week ahead of the Apple event.

Microsoft and Nokia boosted their smartphone arsenal with two new Lumia handsets powered by Windows 8 software.

Motorola Mobility added three powerful Android smartphones to its Droid family, the first major product news from the company since it was bought by Internet giant Google a year ago in a $12.5 billion deal.

While unlikely to dull iPhone 5 frenzy, challengers "set bars" for smartphone battery life, screen quality, and wireless recharging, according to analysts.

"(Microsoft and ) platforms are really out-innovating Apple but that might not matter to consumers," said Gartner Research vice president of mobile computing Ken Delaney.

"The consumer goes into a store with a heavy bias to buy an Apple product and you have to do a lot to unseat them from that love affair."

Apple usually uses its September media events to show off improvements to its iPod line, the stars of which are "Touch" models that are essentially iPhones without mobile phone features.

A separate media event is expected in October to unveil a new, smaller version of its wildly popular iPad tablet.

It remained a mystery whether the Cupertino, California-based company would confirm reports that it is in talks to license music for an online radio service.

Some analysts thought Apple might bring in a celebrity to infuse the Wednesday media event with magical energy that has been missing in the absence of company co-founder Steve Jobs, who died last year.

"You might have a celebrity on stage to re-create that old Steve Jobs excitement," Enderle said. "Hopefully, it won't be Clint Eastwood talking to a chair where Steve used to sit."

Apple shares climbed to a new high on Friday, eclipsing $680 for the first time and giving it a market value of $637.5 billion, extending its lead as the world's most valuable company.

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Darktitan
1.8 / 5 (5) Sep 09, 2012
Well isn't this surprisingly...predictable...apple sues Samsung..."in apples territory" & claims they copy apples products when they're the ones buying hardware from Samsung to use in THEIR DEVICES.
Android (Linux) copying apples iphone/ipad os?
This is absolutely hilarious to even consider the notion.

Fact:
Linux will almost always be the superior OS to as it's open source and almost all devices in the WORLD use it these days from air-flight computer systems, MOST internet and game servers..etc, supermarket checkout systems to car stereos and even Microsoft admitted that they also use it, as it's far more stable.
Darktitan
2 / 5 (4) Sep 09, 2012
And so apple decides the time is right to release their next phone when their Superior rival is apparently weakened, or are they?
Not only is this an act of desperation and cheapness on apples behalf but on a side note, after the court hearing was decided and the courts worked in favor of apple Samsung sales rose in alot of countries around the world.

How much more dirty can a company get?

Apple wreaks of severe desperation as it struggles to maintain a foothold in an ever evolving market where it honestly can't ever come up with anything new so it steals other companies' technology and claims it as their own by potential bribing of the courts.

People are fed up with your dirty antics and religious cult-like approach to marketing.
It's about time people woke up and stop buying faulty, fragile, out-dated devices with bad reception from a company that can't keep their promises.
Eikka
4.2 / 5 (5) Sep 09, 2012
World watches for 'iPhone 5' unveiling Wednesday


No we don't. I have something better to do.
KillerKopy
2 / 5 (4) Sep 09, 2012
Darktitan
I'm not an Apple fan in the least bit. But why don't you let the courts handle the case, they both had their day in court and Apple won. If you hate Apple so much don't buy one, like I won't. Stop cackling about Apple stealing other companies products when that's just in your head and the courts said otherwise.
Mayday
3.8 / 5 (4) Sep 09, 2012
darko, this release was planned at least a year ago. And killer is right; if you have somehow managed to get your shorts into such a bunch that you can summon hatred for a company, the right thing to do is not buy their products. I'm about to buy my 4th iPhone and am on my 3rd iPad. All have worked perfectly from day one. I'm working on my 3rd novel written on the ipad. I consider it the writer's dream machine. My only misgiving is that my phone needs more memory. I'm hoping for an option of at least 64gigs in the 5. And I would love a 17" iPad, but I won't hold my breath.
Darktitan
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 09, 2012
And I suppose summoning samsung to appear in a court within close
proximity to apple's HQ doesn't work in apples favour?
Nice hot cup of corruption anybody?

I would also like to add that I have never been a supporter of apple nor will I ever support them. Nor have I ever seen any "groundbreaking innovations" from them that haven't already been present in other phones/devices.

Who would support a company that makes a living off of harassing other companies with patent infringements? It almost seems like
apple seems to think they invented life itself and I think we're all sick and tired of it.

This is one prime example of the abuse of powers apple enforces

on other companies:
h p://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1294059

No amount of bullying and hyped up marketing campaigns will ever
compensate for the poor quality apple delivers to the consumers,
and if you're too blind to see this then you should probably just
stick to apple products.
Darktitan
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 09, 2012
darko, this release was planned at least a year ago. And killer is right; if you have somehow managed to get your shorts into such a bunch that you can summon hatred for a company, the right thing to do is not buy their products. I'm about to buy my 4th iPhone and am on my 3rd iPad. All have worked perfectly from day one. I'm working on my 3rd novel written on the ipad. I consider it the writer's dream machine. My only misgiving is that my phone needs more memory. I'm hoping for an option of at least 64gigs in the 5. And I would love a 17" iPad, but I won't hold my breath.


I also fail to see why one would own so many iphones and ipads if
the originals work "perfectly fine"?

Do you keep them behind a glass case?
Because both products are notorious for their fragile screens as many reviews and people will prove to you unlike devices from other companies.
kochevnik
2 / 5 (8) Sep 09, 2012
Stop cackling about Apple stealing other companies products when that's just in your head and the courts said otherwise.

Your stupid court barred prior art even though that is the basis of your patent law! Court also said that Bush was to become president although they have no authority to make that decision. Court decided Iran is terrorist nation that needs to be destroyed by Israel based on no evidence whatsoever. Maybe if you get a ruling from the world court I'll change my opinion.
Mayday
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
Dark, I've bought new ones as they get faster and have more features. Always seems like a nice upgrade to me. The previous iPads have become welcome hand-me-downs(all are still working perfectly, BTW). And the prior iPhone is now a perfectly good iPod touch. I've had zero problems. No screen issues. Just give me a boatload more memory please. I am also quite happy to see all the other tablet and smartphone competition and market penetration. Good stuff.
CreepyD
5 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
Part of the problem is that many people simply assume that Apple's products are the best and just go and buy what ever they release.
Just look around the Internet at reviews for 10 minutes and find the true best phone/pad for you, and you'd probably end up with a better phone for half the price.
Mayday
1 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
I can't think of another category where if you like a product, have had great experience with it, get great service, and it exceeds your expectations, that people will try so vehemently to talk you out of buying a new one. It's nearly fanatical. And I'm far from being a fan boy. My laptops at home and at work are PCs, Toshiba and Dell. It's hard for me to get too riled up about what gadget another person buys. Though I have to admit, it can be fun making fun of the fan boys at work. :-)
SoylentGrin
5 / 5 (1) Sep 09, 2012
If you don't like Apple, don't buy their products.


I'm perfectly happy to let people buy the products they prefer, with a little friendly rivalry/ribbing and whatnot between the camps.
Where Apple crosses the line is using patents that should never have been issued to remove the choice to actually buy those other products.
Then they have the audacity to say this will give people MORE choice!
chromosome2
1 / 5 (3) Sep 09, 2012
I think Apple is evil and all that other plainly apparent stuff, but I'm excited about the iPhone 5 because I expect it to be the first mainstream device to bring IGZO display technology to market. I'm quite tired of all these pathetically low-resolution, 60 fps LCD monitors. It's time amorphous silicon gets out of the way.
kochevnik
2.1 / 5 (7) Sep 09, 2012
I can't think of another category where if you like a product, have had great experience with it, get great service, and it exceeds your expectations, that people will try so vehemently to talk you out of buying a new one.
You're a writer not a power user by your own admission. All you need is a glorified typewriter. Other people need to open the hood and realize they have been sold cubic zirconia.
Noumenon
1.8 / 5 (10) Sep 09, 2012
I think Apple is evil and all that other plainly apparent stuff, but I'm excited about the iPhone 5 because I expect it to be the first mainstream device to bring IGZO display technology to market. I'm quite tired of all these pathetically low-resolution, 60 fps LCD monitors. It's time amorphous silicon gets out of the way.


I really don't understand the "Apple is evil" mentality. Is it the "in" thing to think? Is it naivete in thinking other companies operate with emotional fairness?
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (6) Sep 09, 2012
I really don't understand the "Apple is evil" mentality. Is it the "in" thing to think? Is it naivete in thinking other companies operate with emotional fairness?
So Apple isn't the greatest evil? Finger point much?
SoylentGrin
5 / 5 (2) Sep 09, 2012
I really don't understand the "Apple is evil" mentality.


Most companies have some kind of shady dealings or questionable business practices at some point or another. What sets Apple apart is the volume of them.
From being complicit with China's employee treatment, not saying a word while a worker was (literally) tortured when he was accused of stealing a prototype, to working to establish the precedent that an Apple user doesn't actually own the hardware OR the content on their own devices, to the patent abuse, to many other points too numerous to list here.
The only people I know that approve or disapprove of Apple based on it being the popular thing to do are those that approve. Everyone I've encountered that disapproves of Apple can tell you exactly why they disapprove.
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 10, 2012
Google search "apple fascism" 2,800,000 hits. 0.10 seconds

http://gawker.com...eve-jobs
antialias_physorg
3.5 / 5 (2) Sep 10, 2012
What sets Apple apart is the volume of them...

What irks me most about Apple is the blatant abuse of customer stupidity: Selling them stuff at 3 times of what they'd pay anywhere else for the EXACT SAME machine.
http://themetapic...ison.jpg
Noumenon
1.7 / 5 (6) Sep 11, 2012
What sets Apple apart is the volume of them...

What irks me most about Apple is the blatant abuse of customer stupidity: Selling them stuff at 3 times of what they'd pay anywhere else for the EXACT SAME machine.
http://themetapic...ison.jpg


Why does that 'irk' you? There are cars that cost three times what another car costs, even though they are 'the exact same thing', and houses like wise, as well as shoes, etc.
Noumenon
1.4 / 5 (9) Sep 11, 2012
Google search "apple fascism" 2,800,000 hits. 0.10 seconds

http://gawker.com...eve-jobs


Google search "anti capitalist twit" 32,000,000 results (0.56 seconds)
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2012
Google search "anti capitalist twit" 32,000,000 results (0.56 seconds)
What's so great about capitalism?
Noumenon
1.7 / 5 (6) Sep 11, 2012
Google search "anti capitalist twit" 32,000,000 results (0.56 seconds)
What's so great about capitalism?


What country do you live in?
kochevnik
2.3 / 5 (3) Sep 11, 2012
Google search "anti capitalist twit" 32,000,000 results (0.56 seconds)
What's so great about capitalism?
What country do you live in?
Russia, obviously. You answer depends on that? It probably should.
Noumenon
1.6 / 5 (7) Sep 11, 2012
Google search "anti capitalist twit" 32,000,000 results (0.56 seconds)
What's so great about capitalism?
What country do you live in?
Russia, obviously. You answer depends on that? It probably should.


Yes, now I don't need to answer it.
VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Sep 12, 2012
Google search "apple fascism" 2,800,000 hits. 0.10 seconds

http://gawker.com...eve-jobs

http://christophe..._30.html
kochevnik
1.8 / 5 (5) Sep 12, 2012
"Apple haven't invented anything," Jean-Louis Gassee, former Apple executive
Noumenon
1.7 / 5 (6) Sep 12, 2012
I'm not married to Apple. I'm just pointing out how doppy and immature it is to hate a company.

Apple controls the presentation of its products, the user experience, for a reason. They're not selling to kids interested in the device for the sake of playing with the device (changing it, just to change),... they're selling to adults who are only interested in using it for a actual purpose. They have a defined market.

As far as being responsible for every foreign employee issues wrt standards of workplace,.... if it wasn't for Apple those people would still be working in the fields. Plus, it is laughably naive to think Apple has control of China's human rights.
Noumenon
1.7 / 5 (6) Sep 12, 2012
"Apple haven't invented anything," Jean-Louis Gassee, former Apple executive


Eventually , you will have to ask yourself why it is that no one wants Russian made electronics nor Russian made cars, etc. Just the thought of a Russian made anything is a joke in the west.

Also, capitalism IS taking root more and more in your country, as even China was forced into because of the global economy. I give Russia a few more generations to rid itself of the old stupid communist-socialist, and finally evolve to a non-fraudulent democracy with capitalism.
SoylentGrin
not rated yet Sep 12, 2012
naive to think Apple has control of China's human rights


Nobody implied that. However, Apple threatened China with withdrawing their contracts if they didn't get to the bottom of who stole a prototype. China responded by torturing workers. Apple stood by quietly waiting for the "investigation" to finish. If Apple didn't know how China would respond, they're the ones who are laughably naive.
extinct
1 / 5 (2) Sep 12, 2012
reality check... --> has anyone looked at Apple's market share lately? it is absolutely tanking. is Android perfect? no, not by a long shot, but it sure beats Win-doze and iOS
Deathclock
1 / 5 (1) Sep 12, 2012
I write applications for android devices, professional applications for a test and measurement equipment company, and I have to tell you from a developer standpoint android is *ALMOST* perfect. It is easily my favorite platform to develop for, and the development tools, SDK, and documentation are top notch.

I'll probably end up having to port our app to iOS eventually, so we'll see how that compares.

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