As a potential presentation date of Apple’s iPhone 5 approaches, we can’t help but hear the rumors floating around in cyberspace about the new specs the latest Apple creation will sport.
One thing seems clear to me, and that is the iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch screen. That means that it will be longer than the current 4 and 4s models. The width of the phone would not change, however it will be thinner.
The back of the phone also will no longer be the glossy black look we are used it. It is possible that the “5” will show off a flat black, or graphite look. The phone will also place the headphone jack on the bottom, and could possibly have a smaller input for the connection to a computer or charger as shown in this video released Wednesday by ETrade Supply.
It is also rumored that the newest iPhone will have a curved back and front. This rumor is substantiated by the fact that Apple bought somewhere between 200-300 special glass-cutting machines, although it is possible that they may include a liquidmetal technology instead.
As far as the tech specs go, Sony, who supplies the cameras to Apple to make the iPhone, is said to have developed a small 8mp camera. The ram of the phone is also supposed to get an upgrade to 1 GB (the iPhone 4s has 512mb). Finally, there is a mystically rumored A5X chip that will be the processor.
As far as the release date goes, I would put good money that it will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. The rumors from CNET put the release date around September. If that is the case, expect the announcement to come sometime soon.
Upon the release of the iPhone 5, how will the markets react?
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Here’s a list of firms that feel the impact of Apple’s smartphone market share:
1. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Is the world’s most popular search engine. Market cap at $189.28B, most recent closing price at $580.57. Google is behind the Android models of smart-phones
2. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $534.35B, most recent closing price at $571.46. Manufactures the iPhone
3. Nokia Corporation (NOK, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides Internet and digital mapping and navigation services worldwide. Market cap at $11.04B, most recent closing price at $2.88. Makes the Lumia, uses a Microsoft OS
4. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $246.57B, most recent closing price at $29.35. Produces software for Windows phone
5. Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides business and mission critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers worldwide. Market cap at $14.37B, most recent closing price at $49.19. Produces the RZR, runs the DROID OS
6. Sony Corporation (SNE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional, and industrial markets worldwide. Market cap at $13.65B, most recent closing price at $13.59. Makes the camera used by the iPhone. Also manufactures smart-phones
(Written by Ryan Horch)
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