Chinese Online Sellers Offering Pre-Orders of the iPhone 5
It seems that Chinese sellers such as the Taobao e-commerce platform are already offering pre-order sales of the phone. For $160 USD you can get yourself a reservation on a phone, but no absolute guarantee that it will be delivered when released. On the other hand, forking over $1,100 USD in advance gives you a “guaranteed” delivery. The problem is that whichever amount you pay in advance, the end product might not even exist, since Apple hasn’t absolutely confirmed the device’s eventual unveiling. Interestingly, the Chinese sellers are also displaying mock-up images of the phone on their sales page -never mind that no one yet knows what it looks like.
Verdict: False. The sellers probably won’t be delivering much on sales of the machine, and almost certainly have no advance access to any specs or guaranteed wholesaler deliveries.
Apple Will be Ditching the Classic 30 Pin Dock Connector
According to certain electronics gossips, the classic 30 pin dock connector that’s been used since the days of the first iPods will be discontinued in favor of something else; a different proprietary port design that will also not be compatible with many things. The effect of this rumor might be that it causes a lot of irritation, or makes people want to buy the iPhone 5 even more. The old 30 pin connector has always been unpopular as heck due to its incompatibility with other devices (forcing you to buy a special cable from Apple) and its pathetically short length. Some are expecting the new design to improve on these problems, while others just think it will be more of the same old nonsense but with a new look.
Verdict: Seems to be true; a number of tech bloggers have investigated and come to the conclusion that the design change is coming, except, none of them know what the new look will be.
IPhone 5 Release Date
biggest rumor of them all, the one that’s got every Apple fan waiting and watching for news, the release date of the iPhone 5 is reputed to be between mid and late 2012; maybe around September or October, according to some sources. The rumors recently intensified with the release of a series of photos which appear to show a mockup of the phone
Verdict: Much of the support for a September Release date comes to us from tech gossip sites and their elusive but chatty Taiwanese supply-chain manufacturers. It’s nothing solid, but it seems reasonable to believe that the info isn’t off by more than a month or two.
How’s the iPhone 5 Going to Look?
Another major source of swirling rumors, the appearance of the new iPhone has got a lot of people curious and speculating in all sorts of ways. The basic consensus is that it won’t be that much different from the 4S, but that there will be a few notable changes. Again, we go back to “leaked” images coming in from unidentified Chinese suppliers who claim to be showing Apple’s own mockups of the little smart phone. From what’s been talked about and seen, the iPhone 5 will have the same width, a slightly larger 4 inch screen, silver back (maybe) and a revamped battery design. Other rumors also talk about Apple including a NFC technology in the new device and also tossing in a dual core processor for considerably enhanced RAM. It’s also widely believed that the iPhone 5 will have 4G capability.
Verdict: Too much to make a firm decision on, however, we’re probably going to see some serious specs and visual changes for the better. It’s in Apple’s best interest to create a phone that really one-ups not only the 4S but also rivalry from close competitor Samsung and its upcoming machines.
Guest article by: When John Dayton isn’t covering the best LWG Consulting has to offer, he’s busy throwing the ol’ pigskin around with his two sons.