This week has mostly been about the iPhone 4. The fact that a white version was released on Thursday created a certain amount of buzz, despite the 10 month delay between announcement and production. However, there were some small snippets of info on the iPhone 5 floating around.
T-mobile iPhone 5?
Yep, a T-mobile iPhone 4 has been spotted in testing. The prototype device is said to be exactly the same as the white iPhone 4 recently released, but with a dual-core processor powering its internals. This iPhone “4S” is said to be the same device that game developers have received to test and build new apps for the next generation iPhone. The T-mobile version differs slightly, in that it runs on Tmo’s 3G network, which indicates that it may be HSPA+ compatible.
With the device expected to be released in September, there could be enough time to get a deal announced with the Magenta carrier, and have the handsets produced.Â It wouldn’t take a huge redesign to make it compatible with T-mobile’s advanced 3G service. (Yes, I’m one of those who refuse to call it 4G. It’s just a really fast 3G, that is all.) Since AT&T clearly doesn’t have the exclusivity anymore it makes sense to launch it on T-mobile soon, and what better time then at the launch of the iPhone 5? It could be Steve Jobs’ “one more thing…”
3.7″ Retina Display
The image below was leaked by MIC Gadget earlier in the week, it shows an iPhone with exactly the same form factor as the iPh4, but with larger display. As you can see the bezel is much thinner, and the display takes up a lot more space on the front of the device. I simply cannot see Apple going all out and designing another all-new handset to incorporate a 4″ display, especially as the pixel density would not be high enough to earn the name “Retina”. 3.5″ is now too small, but the device is a great size. I’d say this was a pretty firm bet.
As mentioned earlier, both game developers and whoever tested the T-mobile iPhone 4 both had phones with an A5 processor built in. This dual-core, custom designed silicone chip is currently exclusive to the iPad 2, but it will undoubtedly make its way to the iPhone this year.
iOS 5 and iCloud
However much we all hanker after new notifications, I’m not sure we’ll see them. I am happy to be proven wrong on that. I, like most, am fed up of those irritating blue pop-ups. WWDC 2011 will be all about “the future of iOS and Mac OS X”. Apple has already unveiled the new features of Mac OS X Lion – set to be released this summer. So, what is this future? Cupertino won’t unveil something that has already been shown. Rumors of a cloud-based iTunes are building, and it is looking increasingly likely that something is happening on that front, very soon. Steve Jobs in an interview recently stated that Apple is definitely looking in to the cloud. I, for one, believe that the future of all media lies in the cloud. Content accessible from anywhere we can get an internet connection, which is practically everywhere now.
With Cupertino buying the iCloud.com domain name for $4.5 million, it’s fair to say we’re going to see this soon. Perhaps the future of all Apple devices lies in this “iCloud”. If we truly are going to see the future of iOS, then surely it’s going to be more than just an iTunes in the sky. I think it’ll be more akin to Google’s all-in-one service. Documents, calendars, contacts, and media will all be in the cloud. It will be accessible from anywhere and for free. Apple simply cannot continue to charge for its MobileMe service. I honestly believe this is the next step for Apple.
One feature in Mac OS X Lion I’m looking forward to the most is the auto-save feature. You won’t have to save a thing. So, let’s say your working on a Numbers document on your Mac, you need access to it from your iPad. Currently you have to upload it to another service, accessible from your iPad. Once you’ve saved it you need to download it again on to your iPad. We all know Apple is one company renowned for cutting down these tedious steps. So, what if you’re writing a document on your laptop/desktop. It will auto-save in OS X Lion, but what if it auto-saved to a cloud service? Like, iWork for instance? Then, when you want to access it from your iPad, all you need to do is open the Numbers app on your iPad, and it’s there, waiting – constantly connected. Those with MobileMe accounts now know it’s possible with contacts and calendars, why not documents and media too?
What are you guys looking forward to the most in the June event?