Apple has “tentatively” planned a mid-September launch for the new iPhone, sources say. With iOS 8 nearing completion and iPhone 6 production ramping up any day now, the timing falls in line with previous iPhone launch windows. What’s still unknown, however, is whether we’ll see two models of iPhone at the event. The 4.7-inch model is a given, but there’s a great big question mark hanging over the larger-screened model.
Apple posted their Q3 2014 financial results earlier this morning, and the Apple money-making machine is making more money than ever. Apple had a record quarter, with revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion. Device sales, as graphed by Ars Technica, break down like so: the company sold 35.2 million iPhones, 13.28 million iPads, 4.41 million Macs, and 2.93 million iPods. But the fastest growing part of the business is iTunes, with media and mobile app sales up 25% year on year.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Apple will prepare a “record number” of iPhones for the next launch, somewhere in the vicinity of 80 million units of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model. Both are expected to enter production in the coming weeks, with an expected ship date some time in September.
New photos of the rear shell from the next iPhone show off an inlaid Apple logo, where the speculation says could be designed to light up when a call or message comes in. With little to no evidence of such a feature, though, the more likely explanation is that it’s simply another non-metal window for the antennas.
We continue the iPhone part leaks with the Lightning and audio connectors for the iPhone 6, courtesy of one poster on a forum. While the authenticity of the parts is questionable, to say the least — especially given the photos taken at a strange angle — there’s definitely a chance the parts could be real. In other part leak news, the iPhone 6 front panel we saw earlier may not be sapphire as we originally thought, after being subjected to more rigerous scratch testing. Finally in next-generation iPhone news, mass production of the smaller-screened iPhone 6 is expected to begin this month, with the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone beginning production in August.
No one really knows how sapphire will be used in the next iPhone, but that hasn’t stopped one analyst from throwing his hat into the ring with some predictions of his own. He says sapphire will be in short supply (something that we’ve heard before), and Apple will attempt to limit demand by restricting sapphire covers to the higher-end models of iPhone. Continuing the next iPhone part leaks this morning are the 1,800mAh battery and 13 megapixel camera module.
What’s purported to be the more durable Touch ID sensor of the next iPhone has been shown off in photos, but for all we know it could well be the Touch ID sensor from the current iPhone with moved screw holes. MacRumors notes TSMC is likely providing the Touch ID sensors for the next iPhone, iPad Air, and iPad mini successors.
Apple has officially brought its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, after launching it in several other countries. It means you can get up to $250 for your old iPhone (or $215 for an iPad) at any of Apple’s Retail Stores Australia-wide. The final amount depends on the model and the condition of the device you’re trading in, and while it may be lower than what you might get from a private sale on Gumtree, eBay, or wherever people sell stuff these days, you can rest easy knowing your older device will be responsibly recycled. Interestingly enough, there’s nothing on the Apple website to say this change has been implemented — has anyone been to an Apple Store to see what’s what?
After dishing out a few iWatch predictions yesterday, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo came back for more regarding the next iPhone. He says production bottlenecks may force Apple to delay the larger 5.5-inch iPhone until 2015, thanks to poor yield rates on the touch panel and metal casing. It’s not looking good for a timely release of the biggest iPhone, but didn’t we already know that it was going to launch later anyway
But speaking of the iWatch, another analyst has said that Apple could sell anywhere from 30 to 60 million units in the first year. Apple’s integrated ecosystem is one of the reasons iWatch adoption will be as fast as the iPad, with Apple’s famed customer loyalty and the halo effect doing the rest.
The first piece of news we’ve heard about Apple’s next-generation SoC says it’ll be a dual-core chip running at 2GHz. It’s a contrast to competing processors, which are mostly quad-core affairs, but as MacRumors notes, Apple’s solution is custom-tailored for their software and perhaps doesn’t need the extra cores for performance. I can’t wait until some tech blog decides the next iPhone fails because it has a dual-core processor instead of a quad-core one.
The part leaks for the next iPhone just keep coming, with what appears to be the entire display assembly being shown off overnight. The front frame and a metal shield separating the LCD from the rest of the internals have been laid bare, and there’s also a metal bracket covering the home button, according to MacRumors. A separate rumour says “an unprecedented number” of iPhone 6 orders are being placed by Apple, with the first batch estimated at 68 million units. So, you know, just a few.