JUST ANNOUNCED, IPHONE 4S is Upgraded IPHONE 4 – My PREDICTIONS WERE RIGHT (read below)
THE IPHONE will receive a new iteration today when Apple goes live at 1 pm today in Cupertino. Rumors and speculation have swirled and it seems that there are some big chunks that have some validity.
Rumor 1: An Iphone 4S will be released, basically a beefed up Iphone 4, with the Ipad 2’s more powerful chip and upgraded software and an 8 MP camera on the back. (This rumor seems likely. Apple does need to retain the Iphone 4, and since it doesn’t require a major redesign, they could put some better parts in, have very little R&D costs, and have excitement around a cheaper to mass produce handset with a proven record of popularity to continue to challenge Android.)
Rumor 2: Sprint has paid 20 Billion dollars to buy up inventory and get the Iphone 5 exclusively, basically betting the farm on the cult of Apple. (Not likely. While they are dropping some big change, exclusivity for Sprint isn’t going to happen. Apple needs as wide a swath as possible to continue the proliferation of IOS, and limiting it to the distant 3rd carrier, Sprint, would be a disastrous move, even for 20 Billion bucks, and considering how much cash Apple is sitting on, $20B isn’t really scratching their back that much. Sprint is merely buying in and ensuring they aren’t left completely behind, for a huge amount of money for them. Also, this rumor came out yesterday – probably just attention seeking with a big “?” for buzz.)
Rumor 3: The Iphone 5 will come out slightly thinner, with curved glass and a wider screen. It will be more powerful than the Iphone 4 (close to the 4S rumors, probably using Ipad 2 specs and better camera), and will have IOS5 (like the 4S rumors). (This rumor is not as likely as the 4S, but probable. It is hard to determine what Apple will do here. In the past, Apple has released an Iphone, then Iphone 3G, then Iphone 3GS, then the 4. Whether Apple calls it the 4S or the 5, I believe it will be the same phone. If Apple follows their track record, they will release it with the name 4S – but that would seem unsynchronized with the IOS5 aesthetically. If apple decides to make marketing easy, they will release the phone as the Iphone 5 with OS5, thus maintaining a big ol’ “FIVE” on everything they’re pushing. It certainly would be prettier.)
Rumor 4: Apple will release an Iphone 4S and the Iphone 5 simultaneously. One for the low end low cost market to combat cheap Android sets, and one to retain the crown of awsome-ness and blow everyone away with the Iphone 5 as a global minded handset for every carrier. (Not likely but would be cool. Apple is still doing well selling the 3GS and could just drop the price on that beast of a phone to nothing OR firesale the old Iphone 4’s. While I would love to see a beefed up yet cheap Iphone 4S and the 5, it doesn’t seem likely – too much retooling for one announcement.)
Other Rumors – Apple will announce their new Voice Command Software, which better be good. Controlling your device better with your voice would be a godsend for multi-taskers, but watch out for people who don’t know how to turn their phones to silent response – remember NEXTEL’s walki-talkies – we better not get a repeat of that kind of noise pollution in the public space. ALSO, Apple will talk about their iCloud which they have been prepping pretty hard and opening server farms for. This is Apple’s future and they will expect to have a positive response. This will simultaneously make lives easier for people who sync laptops, phones, desktops and televisions; AND Apple will be able to worry less about hard drives in their future devices (who needs a 10 Terabyte drive when you can keep most of your junk in the cloud – access only the 32 GB’s you need at a time). This will keep devices like the Macbook Air and the Ipad/Iphone momentum and smallness on the go. LASTLY – Apple will talk a lot about Twitter and Social Media integration. They’re launching an Iphone Texting app similar to Blackberry’s ability to communicate between RIM devices, and word is they have placed Twitter into everything in IOS5. Will be fun to see.
Looking forward to the Event at 1 PM – be ready for a news deluge – which is sure to be fun. Woot!