Apple's next iPhone will include an edge-to-edge screen and a camera flash in a different place, according to yet another online report.
New reports suggest the next-generation iPhone will indeed
feature an edge-to-edge screen and a shifted camera flash.
Those reports stem from an "iPhone 5G" case offered on
Chinese manufacturer Kulcase's Alibaba.com Website, which was noticed by Electronista
and subsequently picked up by Apple-centric blogs such as Apple
. The mockup for this "newest design crystal case for Apple iPhone
5G" included a screen that stretches to the extreme edges of the device, along
with a camera flash now spaced further away from the aperture.
How much can you trust this sort of report? The Apple rumor
mill has a tendency to buzz over any scrap of news related to upcoming company
products, no matter how far-fetched. Apple's own tight secrecy creates an
echo-chamber that amplifies even the most fanciful scuttlebutt; and before you
know it, half the Web seems convinced that the next iPad will offer
glasses-free 3D and little white-plastic arms to massage your wrists as you
hold it. (You heard it here first.)
That being said, Apple Insider insists that Alibaba.com "has
been the source of a number of Apple product leaks in the past."
A new research note from Jefferies & Co. suggests the
next iPhone could feature only incremental upgrades, even as it appears on a
broader set of carriers.
"We believe the likelihood of the iPhone 5 launch in
September including LTE [Long-Term Evolution] is now remote," analyst Peter
Misek wrote in that note, issued May 13. "According to our industry checks, the
device should be called iPhone 4S and include minor cosmetic changes, better
cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ [Evolved High-Speed Packet Access]
That note also claimed, based on "industry checks," that
Sprint, T-Mobile and China Mobile will be announced as new iPhone carriers in
time for the holiday season: "On Apple's last earnings call, management
responded to a question about launching the CDMA [Code Division Multiple
Access] iPhone at other carriers as -we are constantly looking and adding where
it makes sense, and you can keep confidence that we'll continue to do that."
AT&T and Verizon remain the only two U.S. carriers of
the iPhone at the moment. Despite AT&T's plans to acquire T-Mobile for $39
billion in cash and stock, the smaller carrier has denied it will carry the
iPhone in the short term.
"T-Mobile remains an independent company," read a note
posted on T-Mobile's corporate Website in March. "The acquisition is expected
to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We
offer cutting-edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and, coming soon, our
new Sidekick 4G."
For its part, Sprint remains close-lipped about any
potential iPhone deal, with CEO Dan Hesse claiming during a recent earnings
call that he was unable to comment on "potential discussions" with any suppliers.
Current rumors suggest the next
iPhone will include an A5 processor and more powerful cameras, and possibly NFC
(near-field communications) technology, which would allow the smartphone to
make electronic purchases when placed in proximity of a special reader. Given
Apple's cone of silence, though, any hardware or software rumors about the
(possibly) upcoming device should be taken with the usual grain of