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Rumor: 4th Gen iPhone to launch in May
Edible Apple ^ | Tue, Jan 12, 2010News

Posted on 01/12/2010 8:45:16 PM PST by Swordmaker

Citing mobile operators, the French-language Magazine Challenges is reporting that the next-gen iPhone will launch in May, which would mark a deviation from Apple’s pattern of introducing a new iPhone model in late June/early July.

Apple’s change of heart was reportedly a result of its efforts to prevent the Nexus One, and other Android handsets, from collectively providing an attractive alternative to the iPhone - and in the process, chip away at some of Apple’s luster and growing marketshare.

The iPhone is still the top smartphone on the market, but there’s no doubt that competitors are continuously closing the gap. But if history is any barometer, you can bet that Apple will once again raise the bar whenever it happens to release the 4th gen iPhone. Naturally, the Apple Tablet is poised to take the world by storm in just a few weeks, and as a result, news regarding the next-gen iPhone has been uncharacteristically slow to trickle in. Still, there are some clues about what features Apple has been working to implement.

One thing we can expect to see is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Also, there have been reports that Apple is toying with the idea of putting an RFID reader (Radio-Frequency Identification) into the next iteration of the iPhone. Among other uses, an RFID reader would potentially enable iPhone owners to pay for goods simply by swiping their device over a payment pad.

To be clear, though, an iPhone launch in May is just a rumor, and now might be a good time to remind you of another rumor which has Apple scheduling its annual WWDC event for the dates of June 28 to July 2. The WWDC Keynote is rumored to take place on June 29th, which just so happens to be the date the original iPhone went on sale. Reading between the lines, Apple’s exclusive contract with AT&T is believed to be up in 2010, a fact which would then pave the way for Apple to launch a CDMA version of the smartphone during WWDC.

So maybe, just maybe, the 4th gen iPhone will launch on AT&T sometime in May, while Apple will use the WWDC keynote to announce the end of its exclusivity agreement with AT&T.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet

1 posted on 01/12/2010 8:45:17 PM PST by Swordmaker
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To: Swordmaker

Good..I have the 3G..skipped the 3GS and by May, I’ll be ready for the new one!!!!!

2 posted on 01/12/2010 8:46:11 PM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
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3 posted on 01/12/2010 8:47:41 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE isAAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

A slide out QWERTY pad to type on like the Droid would be nice. I find the touch screen pad on the current iPhone to be very quirky and difficult to use at time, esp. with my pudgy fingers.

4 posted on 01/12/2010 8:48:46 PM PST by dit_xi
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To: dit_xi

Most reviews I have seen have said the Droid’s physical keyboard is barely usable to adequate.

If they are going to take anything from Android, I hope it is the voice to text for any text field.

5 posted on 01/12/2010 8:52:32 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Swordmaker

Please take me off your ping list.

6 posted on 01/12/2010 8:59:59 PM PST by Balata
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To: Swordmaker

I’ll settle for an upgrade which plays Adobe Flash

7 posted on 01/12/2010 10:44:58 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Mr. Blonde

I got Dragon Dictation, a free app, and it does reasonably good voice recognition.

8 posted on 01/13/2010 4:58:55 AM PST by publiusF27
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