Apple’s iPhone 5 to Pack 4-inches Screen, A5 Processor?

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Although the last few days have been packed with rumors pointing to a smaller iPhone with a smaller display, Digitimes is now reporting that Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone, due in June, will pack a 4-inch display to go toe-to-toe with Android device’s larger displays. This information is said to come directly from Apple’s production lines.

Apple reportedly will change the screen size of iPhone to 4-inch for its fifth generation iPhone to compete with the Google Android platform in the 4- to 7-inch smartphone market, according to upstream component suppliers.

The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple’s next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market.

In fact, smartphones that adopt the Google Android platform are mainly 4-inch and larger models. Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S and Google’s Nexus S adopt 4-inch panels, Sharp adopts 5.5-inch for its smartphone, and Acer plans to launch a 4.8-inch smartphone. With Apple joining the 4-inch and larger market, 4- to 5.5-inch will become the major battlefield for smartphones and further change the industry dynamics for small- to medium-size panels.

What is worth noticing is that Dell has re-defined the market position of the Dell Streak 5 – which was originally focused on the tablet PC market – as a super phone. The Dell Streak 5 uses a 5-inch panel which stands in the gray area between tablet PC and handset segments and indicates there is an overlap in the market for 4- to 7-inch panels.

Chimei Innolux (CMI) is also producing touch panels at its 4.5G plant and part of its 5G plant through front to back-end method, and is also producing iPhone and iPad panels through IPS technology.

Panel makers noted that in addition to touch panels, AMOLED is another important development in the smartphone market. AMOLED supply remains in shortage, and Samsung’s subsidiary Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) is the leading player in the market with the largest capacity, while LG Display is actively following behind and AUO and CMI and actively becoming involved in the market.

Another report from the same source claims that iPhone 5 will sport a faster A5 processor (Dual-Core perhaps?) to take on the likes of recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II, while the iPad 2 will feature an enhanced version of the current A4 chip.

Apple is reportedly looking to outsource the production of its A4 processor as well as the next-generation ARM Cortex-A9-based A5 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to industry sources.

According to Digitimes Research, the iPad 2 will support an enhanced version of the A4 and the A5 will power the iPhone 5. TSMC will initially produce the improved A4, and could likely become the exclusive manufacturer of the A5.

Apple To Launch Smaller, Cheaper iPhone?

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Gossips, iPhone, Rants & Raves

It’s definitely not as big and as old an Apple rumor as the Verizon iPhone was, but we’ve heard speculation about Apple releasing a second, smaller iPhone “nano,” just like they did for the iPod.

We’re hearing this rumor again thanks to Bloomberg, who reports that sources familiar with the matter, confirmed to them that Apple is prepping a second, smaller iPhone:

One version would be cheaper and smaller than the most recent iPhone, said a person who has seen a prototype and asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. Apple also is developing technology that makes it easier to use the iPhone on multiple wireless networks, two people said.

Apparently cheaper, or about $200 without a contract, this new handset would be aimed at Android, which is available in many different form factors, and is often cheaper than the iPhone. Apparently it’s not a done deal:

While Apple has aimed to unveil the device near mid-year, the introduction may be delayed or scrapped, the person said. Few Apple employees know the details of the project, the person said. Apple often works on products that do not later get released. The prototype was about one-third smaller than the iPhone 4, said the person, who saw it last year.

Bloomberg’s story goes on and rehashes many other rumors we’ve been hearing, such as the universal SIM and dual GSM/CDMA capability.

All in all, this sounds really fishy. We know that Apple doesn’t even want to release a smaller iPad, as apparently the user experience is poor on smaller screens. We’d believe the same thing applies to smart phones. Yet, HP/Palm recently released a smaller form factor smart phone, so who knows, maybe that’s where the industry is going?

[via: appadvice]

Google Translate for iOS released

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Google just released their native translation app for iOS (iTunes download) which allows you to speak translations and hear results.

OK, this is friggen awesome!  details, below:

Speak to translate The new app accepts voice input for 15 languages, and—just like the web app—you can translate a word or phrase into one of more than 50 languages. For voice input, just press the microphone icon next to the text box and say what you want to translate.
Listen to your translations You can also listen to your translations spoken out loud in one of 23 different languages. This feature uses the same new speech synthesizer voices as the desktop version of Google Translate we introduced last month.
Full-screen mode Another feature that might come in handy is the ability to easily enlarge the translated text to full-screen size. This way, it’s much easier to read the text on the screen, or show the translation to the person you are communicating with. Just tap on the zoom icon to quickly zoom in.
And the app also includes all of the major features of the web app, including the ability to view dictionary results for single words, access your starred translations and translation history even when offline, and support romanized text like Pinyin and Romaji.

Get it here.

Verizon iPhone 4 Supports Both CDMA & GSM

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We always say that folks over iFixit are just too quick. The have already got their hands on the Verizon iPhone 4 to reveal many interesting facts. There is only one interesting thing that have found in it. The Verizon iPhone 4 uses a Qualcomm MDM6600 baseband chipset which is not only supporting CDMA but also the high-speed HSPA/ AT&T GSM.

Only the CDMA part is enabled which means you can activate the GSM part to switch between both networks using the Verizon iPhone.

According to the iFixit:

“It may be that it was easier to design antennas for a CDMA-only phone-this phone supports two cellular frequency bands, while Apple supports five bands in the GSM version“. “This is the same chipset as the Droid Pro world phone. It supports both GSM and CDMA-which means that Apple *could* have supported GSM!”

May be it was less complicated for them to use such infrastructure. They could have release single phone to support both networks (AT&T and Verizon) on it. It seems that iPhone 5 will also have a similar structure or may be Apple has something interesting to reveal which we cannot predict right now.

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