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iPhone Invitation Confirms Oct 4. iPhone 5 Launch

Apple has officially announced the launch date for its next iPhone (or iPhones). The big day? Next Tuesday, October 4th. The Cupertino, California-based company will reveal the eagerly anticipated iPhone 5 from the Town Hall auditorium on Apple’s campus.


Apple sent this simple invitation to the press to announce the event. 

The invitation Apple sent to the media doesn’t reveal much else beside the date and location of the event. A Google maps icon pinpoints Apple’s campus location at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino. The date and time are also communicated. What is intriguing is the the red notification “1,” which on the iPhone indicates a message or call. Many industry insiders have speculated that Apple will introduce not only one iPhone but two new iPhones – including a smaller, cheaper and faster iPhone 4.

iPhones for Everyone
It’s also been rumored that Sprint will also carry the iPhone. That partnership, if a reality, will most likely be announced at the event, too. The various iPhone options (including a new iPhone 5) has been the source of many industry rumors. Most believe Apple is offering different types and price points for the iPhone in order to be more competitive with Google’s Android phones. If you’re considering a new cell phone, we recommend waiting until after the release of the iPhone 5, as the release of the iPhone 5 and different types of iPhones will most likely dramatically affect the plans offered by smartphone providers like AT&T & Verizon.

iPhone 5 Apps & Features
In addition to the new iOS 5, a number of other features and updates are expected along with the iPhone 5 announcement. Among them, Facebook and Twitter may be more closely intergrated into the phone. According to Ben Parr of Mashable, an unnamed source informed him that a new Facebook iPhone app, a new Facebook iPad app and, possibly (if that isn’t enough to have you updating your status by now), an HTML5-based mobile app store.

Neither Apple or Facebook have made any comment confirming the above rumor. Instead, Apple just quietly sent an invite for the October 4th event to press and select app developers. DMAC has been tracking the status of the iPhone 5‘s release for some time. Join us next Tuesday for a full report on the iPhone’s launch, including price and availability.

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Sprint’s iPhone 5: Projected Sales & Possible Look

It’s not official yet, but if Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 finds a new home at Sprint (the nation’s third-largest carrier), it will prove to be a colossal success, at least according to one industry analyst.

In a recent note to investors, UBS Investment Research analyst Maynard Um speculated that if Sprint gets a green light to carry the iPhone 5, the sales could be amazing: approximately 1.2 million units. And because that estimate only covers the last few months of 2011, we’re talking about projected sales of 400,000 iPhones per month…or roughly 13,000 per day.


Rumors are circulating that the upcoming iPhone 5 will be offered by three different carriers…a first for Apple.

If the Sprint deal comes to pass, it will mark a fundamental change in the way Apple does business: for the first time, the iPhone would be available for use with three different carriers. “We believe that the addition of Sprint as a carrier for iPhone is a logical extension of Apple’s strategy,” Um wrote. “The company has increasingly moved away from the exclusive-carrier model and has been using country and carrier expansion as one way to drive growth of its iPhone and iPad lines.”

Unlimited Data Deal
Sprint’s unlimited data plan would surely be a strong incentive for potential buyers/users; a recent survey of Sprint users indicated that more than half would be willing to purchase an iPhone if available with Sprint service. However, some industry voices have wondered aloud if Sprint would be able to maintain an unlimited data plan for long, because of the strong possibility that iPhone users would overload its data networks. Such has been the case for AT&T and Verizon, each of which already offers the iPhone. Both carriers have had to step away from their unlimited data plans and put tiered plans in their place.


This Chinese clone is based off leaked case designs for the iPhone 5. 

The iPhone has already proven itself to be a sales phenomenon, even in a troubled economy. During the second quarter of 2011, more than 20 million iPhones flew off store shelves. Compared with the second quarter of 2010, sales jumped almost 150 percent. Furthermore, the Q2 sales of the iPhone were almost 2 million units stronger than those of the first quarter, showing that the iPhone’s appeal is still robust and growing.


Another view of the Chinese iPhone 5 clone. 

Granted, the Sprint projections are very early, considering that Apple hasn’t even officially announced a release date for the much-anticipated iPhone 5 (although most industry gossip suggests that the iPhone will be released sometime in October). Still, just the idea of the possible revenues generated by iPhone 5 sales made Sprint’s stock spike 10 percent.


Sprint users love its unlimited data plan. But will Sprint be able to keep offering it if iPhone traffic jams Sprint’s data networks?

And there’s another provocative projection from analyst Maynard Um. He indicated that if Sprint can land the iPhone 5, he anticipates that Sprint will also be selected to carry the iPad 3, which is expected to arrive during 2012.

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Cheaper iPhone 4 & First Look at iPhone 5

In a few weeks Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5, but there’s also a cheaper iPhone 4 on the way. Reuters recently reported Apple is producing a lower-end version of the iPhone 4, expected to reach the market in late September. The iPhone 4 is currently only available in 16GB and 32GB versions. The new iPhone 4, which is being manufactured in Asia, could contain an 8GB flash drive.


                        iPhone 4                                                iPhone 5

With a wider, sharper screen, the iPhone 5 will be a smartphone that really amazes.  

Cheaper iPhone 4, Sprint Availability on the Way
News that Apple is producing a cheaper iPhone 4 is exciting iPhone fanatics and developers alike. App development is a huge business, and now even more iPhones will be released. Recently, the Associated Press reported  Sprint would sell the iPhone in September. iPhone hardware is currently only available through the AT&T and Verizon network.

When Does the iPhone 5 Release?
The iPhone 5 is apparently just weeks away from release. Some sources have even said that September 7 would be the release date. The device is rumored to have a better display and wider screen, among other great features.


Could this be the iPhone 5? Sadly no, it’s Photoshopped. But we can dream, can’t we?

One thing is for sure: Steve Jobs resignation hasn’t slowed down tech giant Apple, as insiders say the company has big plans for the next iPhone release. The dual release of a cheaper iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5 would make a lot of business sense.

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When Will The iPhone 5 Come Out?

The next must-have gadget to help usher humanity into the future is merely weeks away from release. It’s the original smartphone – the iPhone. And rumors about its release have been running wild for months. We break down the rumors and take a look at the future of iPhone:


The iPhone 5 will be slimmer, although this artist’s rendition probably more likely resembles the iPhone 7. 

iPhone 5 will be slimmer and wider. A wider display will look great for movies and games. A Slimmer profile will give the iPhone 5 an even sleeker look.

iPhone 5 will include Qualcomm Chipsets. In the cellular industry there are two competing network technologies. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM – founded in 1987) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). CDMA was a standard developed by Qualcomm. Qualcomm makes the GSM/CDMA chipset; AT&T uses a GSM network, while Verizon uses the CDMA network. The iPhone 5 is rumored to be equipped with a Qualcomm chip with a CDMA, GSM and UMTS baseband processor. This would allow for only one model of the iPhone 5 to be produced, lowering the cost of the hardware, at least for Apple.


The iPhone 8 might be have a crystal clear display – literally. Where will they hide the circuits? 

iPhone 5 will use a Apple’s A5 Processor. The A5 powers the iPad2. This means a much faster phone and faster loading speeds for media. The small screen may be underwhelming when playing high-definition video content, but it will look crystal clear. A faster processor also means more power for games.

We’re definitely looking forward to the iPhone 5 and the next generation after it.

(Updated 1/2/2012)

iPhone 5 Release Date
So back to the original question: When will the iPhone 5 come out? Analysts that track iPhone and Apple’s manufacturing timelines point to a mid-late summer 2012 release. Here’s why: iPhones usually release in summer, this gives time for Apple and service providers to work out bugs before the holiday season buying rush. 

No matter if you’re just a phone geek or want to become an app developer, the iPhone 5 is an exciting upgrade to the world’s greatest smartphone.

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