Apple new iPhone 5 and iPad Mini – new product rumours

Posted on August 5, 2010


iLounge insider knowledge of Apple’s products had been quite reliable in the past. The latest news is about the new products Apple will be releasing in the market in late 2010/early 2011. Of major interest is the iPhone 5 and mini iPad. Both iPhone4 and iPad had not even reach Malaysian market and won’t these be outdated when Apple announced the new products ?  Malaysia had never been on Apple’s priority list , so that’s the price one will pay being a late comer to Apple’s products . Just read the full report about the new iPods, iPhone 5, mini iPad at iLounge with a pinch of salt.

Excerpts from TUAW : Supposedly, a 7-inch ” iPad mini” will come out either later this year or in early 2011. I’d say this one could go either way. I can certainly see a market for a smaller iPad, but squeezing the iPad’s hardware into a smaller form factor may cause a significant hit to battery life — the battery dominates most of the internal space of the current iPad.

Least likely of all (even iLounge admits they find it hard to believe), Apple is rumored to be moving the release date of the iPhone 5 up by six months to address the “Antennagate” concerns. I don’t see this happening for a couple of reasons. First, it would be a tacit admission on Apple’s part that the iPhone 4 has a design flaw. Second, Apple has refreshed the iPhone in mid-year three years in a row; bringing out a totally new design only six months after the iPhone 4 would have millions of iPhone 4 owners grabbing their torches and pitchforks. It seems more likely this January 2011 “iPhone 5” would be more like an “iPhone 4.5.” Such a device would be substantially similar in design and features to the iPhone 4, but with a slightly modified antenna (probably as simple as an extension of the antenna insulation from its current thin line to a wider band), 64 GB capacity on the high end, and support for Verizon’s CDMA network.

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