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10 Best iPhone 5 Cases

September 15th, 2012

Now’s the time to get the best deals iPhone 5 cases

iphone-5-caseKaysCase Slim Hard Shell Cover Case for Apple New iPhone 5 2012 Version (clear)

Price:  $11.99

  • High quality polycarbonate plastic shell case for Apple new iPhone 5 from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Internationl.
  • Snap on case protects back and sides from scratches, dirt and bumps.
  • Ultra slim and easy grip gives you comfortable feeling.
  • Precise cut-outs allow accesses to all controls and buttons.
  • Low profile design to show case the beauty of your phone.

KaysCase Slim Soft Skin Cover Case for Apple New iPhone 5 2012 Version, Retail Packaging, Screen Protector (frost clear)

Price:  $10.99

  • High quality thermo poly urethane case for Apple new iPhone 5 from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Internationl.
  • Fully protects the back, sides and the edges of the front glass from scratches, dirt and bumps.
  • Ultra slim and easy grip gives you comfortable feeling.
  • Precise cut-outs allow accesses to all controls and buttons.
  • Low profile design to show case the beauty of your phone.

Ionic ACCENTUATE Leather Case for “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (Blue)

Price:  $14.85

  • Compatible with the following versions of “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Design specifically for New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Yellow, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Ionic SLIM Slider Case for “The New iPhone” New Apple iPhone 5 6th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (Black)

Price:  $9.85

  • Design specifically for “The New iPhone” New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Compatible with the following versions of the Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Blue, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Ionic SLIM Slider Case for “The New iPhone” New Apple iPhone 5 6th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (Blue)

Price:  $9.85

  • Design specifically for “The New iPhone” New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Compatible with the following versions of the Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Blue, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Ionic SLIM TPU Case for New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (White)

Price:  $9.85

  • Design specifically for “The New iPhone” New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Compatible with the following versions of the Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Blue, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Bear Motion (TM) Luxury TPU Clip Back Cover case with 100% Genuine Top Layer Buffalo Hide Overlay for iPhone 5 – (Red/white)

Price:  $9.99

  • Buffalo hide overlays on perfectly molded premium TPU back cover
  • Protection + Style + Luxury – Beautiful Brazilian buffalo hide leather Overlay
  • Premium TPU clip back cover case for iPhone 5 – Fits perfectly to protect your phone
  • Perfect cutouts – use all features without ever taking it out of the case

Ionic ACCENTUATE Leather Case for “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (Black)

Price:  $14.85

  • Compatible with the following versions of “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Design specifically for New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Yellow, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Bear Motion (TM) Luxury TPU Clip Back Cover case with 100% Genuine Top Layer Buffalo Hide Overlay for iPhone 5 – (Black)

Price:  $9.99

  • Buffalo hide overlays on perfectly molded premium TPU back cover
  • Protection + Style + Luxury – Beautiful Brazilian buffalo hide leather Overlay
  • Premium TPU clip back cover case for iPhone 5 – Fits perfectly to protect your phone
  • Perfect cutouts – use all features without ever taking it out of the case

Ionic ACCENTUATE Leather Case for “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation 5G (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon) (Red)

Price:  $14.85

  • Compatible with the following versions of “The new iPhone” new Apple iPhone 5: AT&T, US Celluar, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
  • Design specifically for New Apple iPhone 5 5th Generation
  • Four Colors Available. Black, Yellow, White, and Purple
  • Offers full protection for your Apple iPhone 5
  • Great Unique and Bright Design

Was The iPhone 4s A Big Disappointment at the “iPhone 5″ Media Event?

February 29th, 2012

Last year when Apple had their media event to announce the latest and great iPhone 5 – actually, what everyone thought was going to be the iPhone 5 – what we really got was the iPhone 4s.  For weeks, and months even, the world was expecting, talking about, blogging about, and anticipating nothing less than an iPhone 5 from Apple.   But when Apple took the stage and announced the iPhone 4s, instead of the iPhone 5, was the news really that bad?

After the initial announcement of the iPhone 4s, the media was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t the iPhone 5.  Even Apple’s stock price took a temporary dip on the NASDAQ.  This was primarily due to the fact that investors were also looking forward to the iPhone 5.  But the iPhone 4s was announced, Apple stock prices dropped, and the world went on a rampage.

But it wasn’t too long after the iPhone 4s announcement that the world re-calibrated itself and Apple got back to doing what it does best – dominating the world of smartphones and tablets with their iPhone and iPad devices.  So the hit was temporary when Apple announced the iPhone 4s, but people (customers, investors, and users) got back to being in love with the Apple brand and even moreso their beloved iPhone 4s.

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iPhone 5 Rumors, Release Date, & Round Up

February 11th, 2012

The iPhone 5 has just come and gone from our memories about as fast as the most recent unknown Android tablet comes and goes from the news wire.  But the iPhone 5 is coming, and it’s not too far down the line!

The interesting thing about the iPhone 5 is that up until Apple has their most recent press conference (the one where we all though we’d get the iPhone 5), the iPhone 5 ruled the hearts and minds of every tech blogger on the web.  And one would have to look no further than Apple’s stock price on the day the iPhone 5 was “suppose” to be announced to realize that people (including myself) were simply not happy that an iPhone 4S, not an iPhone 5, was announced.  Investors were disappointed, bloggers were disappointed, and most importantly the customers who were expecting the iPhone 5 were disappointed.

But nonetheless, everyone seems to have moved beyond the iPhone 5 debacle and everyone is currently in love with their iPhone 4S – for now that is.

iPhone 5 Wish List

One of the biggest and most anticipated features that customers are (or were) looking for with the iPhone 5 was 4G.  People love surfing, browsing, downloading apps, and of course firing up Facebook on their iPhone.  So with the iPhone 5, people were really looking forward to having an iPhone 5 with 4G.  The 4G speed would be a huge increase to the currently iPhone models that only have, at most, 3G speed.  But the AT&T iPhone 5 can have 4G and the Verizon iPhone 5 can have 4G LTE – both of which would be a huge improvement from the current 3G speed.

Mashable conducted a great survey from their readers on the iPhone 5 asking them what features they wanted most from the latest iPhone.  Here’s a screen shot from the results:

iphone-5-poll

As you can see, the feature that actually ended up getting the most votes for what iPhone 5 feature do you want to see the most was actually a bigger screen.  People simply want a bigger screen with the iPhone 5.  And most of this stems from the fact that there is now more content than ever to be consumed on the iPhone tablet.

Another feature we can add to the iPhone 5 wish list of features is none other than the 3D interactive display.  3D is certainly a hot topic lately, especially with the rising relevance of 3D technology on HDTV’s.  But 3D on an iPhone 5 display, without 3D glasses even, would be ridiculously out of this world.

The iPhone 5 3D display however, would require a substantial increase in screen resolution, which would also perhaps cause the iPhone 5 to suffer with batter life.  It would only make sense that an iPhone 5 with 3D display would need a substantial increase in battery life capacity.

Latest iPhone 5 news headlines from around the web:

iPhone 5 news from 2/13/12

iPhone 5 to Boast of 3-D Interactive Screen?
‘ETHICAL’ IPHONE 5 CALLS PROMPT FACTORY INVESTIGATION
Apple Released New Ad Prior To Release Of The iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 News from 2/12/12

iPad 3, iTV and iPhone 5 Should Drive Apple to $665: Money Pros
Three Features the iPhone 5 May Have Based on Leaked Images
iPhone 5 petitions demanding ethical work conditions headed to Apple stores
iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 10

iPhone 5 news from 2/11/12

Enterprise Mobility: iPhone 5: 10 Ways Apple Can Improve on the iPhone 4S
Patent Reveals 3D Eye-Tracking in Future Apple iPhone 5? – Mobile Magazine
May iPhone 5 Release Seem Illogical but better than a Launch in Fall
Phone 5 & The 5 Ways It Can Be Better Than The 4S

White iPhone 5, Best Picture I’ve Seen So Far

October 3rd, 2011

There doesn’t seem to be a lot buzz right now surrounding the white iPhone 5.  Perhaps that’s because, since the iPhone 5 is not yet released, we don’t really know if there will be a white iPhone 5 available from the start or if the white iPhone 5 will be delayed and in turn creating a false sense of demand.

Regardless, when it comes to leaked pictures and images of what a white iPhone 5 may look like, below is perhaps one of the best images I’ve seen to date.  This is a pretty sweet iPhone 5 mock up, prototype, or whatever you want to call it…

via MacRumors.com

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Sprint iPhone 5 Specs

October 3rd, 2011

It’s being reported that the Sprint iPhone 5 deal cost Sprint a cool $20 billion, which equates to roughly 30 million iPhone 5′s.  But what is Sprint’s motivation for making such a deal with Apple on the iPhone 5?  Data customers, obviously, and long term committed customers on the Sprint network.

Sprint iPhone 5 specs

So with the big iPhone 5 announcement coming tomorrow, what can expect at least from the Sprint model?  Below are some specs that are currently at the forefront of the rumor mill:

  • 4G WiMAX
  • Faster CPU – A5 processor
  • Larger 4-inch screen, similar to LG’s NOVA display but with a higher resolution
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Slightly larger design overall, but thinner and with a larger battery
  • 32GB of storage
  • iPhone 5 exclusive software and APIs
  • Dedicated Assistant button
Even though Sprint may have paid $20 billion for the iPhone 5, the Sprint iPhone 5 sounds like it’s going to be a pretty sweet device.  Hopefully we’ll know more details about the Sprint iPhone 5 tomorrow.
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Pre Paid iPhone 5′s – Could It Be?

October 2nd, 2011

Somehow, Cincinnati Bell’s website was showing some iPhone 5 deals, along with the cheaper iPhone 4S.  Who’s Cincinnati Bell, you ask?  Well, not only are they not a major phone carrier, but they actually deal in the world of pre paid phones.

Say what?  The iPhone 5 is going to be available as a pre paid phone?

Hold on to your horses folks.  First, nothing solid can be confirmed at this point about anything regarding the iPhone 5.  Apple’s “keep everything secret” policy just about guarantees that.  But the other thing is that the iPhone 4S would make a whole lot more sense being offered as a pre paid phone, not the high end iPhone 5.

However, imagine for a moment if the iPhone 5 does in fact hit the pre paid phone market.  This means Apple would be opening up the flood gates to have just about every carrier, and every type of carrier, to carry the iPhone 5.  This would be a huge break from the traditional iPhone 5 offering strategy.

No worries however, because the iPhone 5 keynote speech is set for October 4th (only 2 days from now).  And we are sure to have a lot more answers as to what Apple intends to do with the iPhone 5 from a carrier exposure point of view.

via TUAW

 

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Pre Order iPhone 5 October 7th [Prediction]

October 1st, 2011

Alright folks, Tuesday is the big day for the Apple iPhone 5 keynote speech.  Are as excited as I am about the pending launch?

There’s been an abundance of talk about the upcoming iPhone 5 event that’s being held on the Apple campus in Cupertino, California.  News is flying out everywhere you turn.  What’s not being talked about too much however is when we can actually pre order the iPhone 5.

My iPhone 5 Pre Order Prediction

With the iPhone 5 event happening on Tuesday October 4th, and with an estimated release date of October 14th, my best guess is that iPhone 5 pre orders will open up this coming Friday, October 7th.

Why do I believe iPhone 5 pre orders will occur on October 7th?

Simple really.  The iPhone 5 keynote goes down on the 4th, and stores are expected to have the new device on the shelves by the 14th.  Look at the calendar and pick a day when you think would be best to open pre orders and I believe the obvious date is October 7th.

So there we have it folks.  Just remember, when pre orders for the iPhone 5 open up on October 7th, you heard it here first!

iPhone 5 Cases For Sale In The Mall

September 30th, 2011

Tonight, when I was walking around the mall here in my hometown outside Atlanta, I noticed something very interesting at the mobile phone case kiosk.  I saw some iPhone 5 cases for sale.  There wasn’t just a few of these either, there was an abundance of iPhone 5 cases on display and available for purchase.

What’s interesting is that the person at working the kiosk did not take the time to introduce me to the iPhone 5 cases.  He was simply talking about all the various cases they have, and also the fact they can repair iPhones, etc…  no mention whatsoever about the iPhone 5.

Tomorrow I will go back to the kiosk and snap a picture of the iPhone 5 cases.  Perhaps the owner will be obliged to let me do it after I tell him I run a blog and I’ll mention his little shop with a link.  But I’ll try to get a picture and post back here tomorrow.

I’m surprised that I don’t see some more original images of iPhone 5 cases on the web.  After all, it’s easy enough for me to walk into the mall and see the iPhone 5 cases on display.  I would think they would be easily accessible for others as well.

So stay tuned and check back tomorrow – I’ll get the image of the iPhone 5 cases and share them here.

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Best iPhone 5 Design Prototype [Video]

September 30th, 2011

Certainly, there’s been a lot of fake iPhone 5′s showing up lately.  From images to video, people are trying to capture some attention by claiming they actually have their hands on the latest iPhone 5.

But the iPhone 5 video below that I found on Mashable doesn’t go that route.  They actually let us know up front that the iPhone 5 you are about to see is actually a fake prototype based on a collection of all the rumors up to now.

But I have to admit, I found myself watching with anticipation as the guy started to unveil his iPhone 5 prototype.

Here it is, let us know what you think about the video:

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The Best “Fake” iPhone 5 Video So Far

September 29th, 2011

There’s a video circulating around the web about a supposedly leaked iPhone 5.  However, after taking a close look at some subtle nuances, it’s clear the video is a fake.  But even if this particular iPhone 5 video is a fake, it’s a pretty darn good one, I must admit.

Some people are claiming here and here that the video was put together for the sole purpose of promoting the game Rock Rider.  And that may be true considering it’s really the only thing the iPhone 5 demo dude does, is play the game.

So without further a’do, here’s the best fake iPhone 5 video that we’ve seen so far:

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iPhone 5 ‘Case-Mate Pop’ Cases Appear In AT&T’s Inventory

September 29th, 2011

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Case Mate “accidentally” let some iPhone 5 cases hit their website?  Yeah, I quoted accidentally because I really don’t think it was an accident at all.  I believe that Case Mate knew exactly what they were doing when they leaked out those iPhone 5 cases.

Regardless, BGR has shared some breaking news surrounding these iPhone 5 cases today.  AT&T’s inventory system is now showing these iPhone 5 cases from Case Mate.  The cases are called Apple iPhone 5 Case Mate Pop, and there seems to be a whole lineup of these things ready to go.

This only makes sense of course, because Apple’s iPhone 5 event is getting ready to kick off on Tuesday, October 4th.   However, something tells me there’s going to be a whole lot more iPhone 5 Case Mate Pops sitting around long after the initial waves of iPhone 5 devices have long sold out.

 

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iPhone 5 Conspiracy Surrounds Missing Case

September 27th, 2011

Remember the leaked iPhone 5 cases that I mentioned back on the 19th?  Here’s a image of what I’m talking about:

According to The Next Web, this case is part of conspiracy that’s unfolding from Foxconn, the main iPhone 5 supplier and manufacturer.  The iPhone 5 case on the left (see above) was apparently built after an iPhone 5 was stolen from Foxconn and then sold to the case manufacturer.  The case manufacturer then turned around and created the case molds like the one you see above.

TNW is reporting that, The person who had access to the prototype wiped the phone’s software, thus disabling the GPS hardware needed to track it down. It was then allegedly sold to one of the iPhone case manufacturers for RMB ¥20,000 (about $3,100). We were told that Foxconn was aware of the loss and had penalized internal management for the incident. We also heard from another source that the person who “lost” it was paid to do so.

So let me ask you this.  Would you have sold an iPhone 5 case for $3,100 to someone if you “inadvertently” came across an iPhone 5 prototype?

Pretty soon however, the need for selling stolen iPhone 5 prototypes will be worthless because on October 4th, Apple is highly expected to announce the next generation iPhone.

 

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AT&T Product SKU Indicate iPhone 5 Coming October 14th

September 27th, 2011

As we know by now, Apple has officially started sending out invites to an October 4th media event at the Apple campus in Cupertino.  The expected star of the show is the iPhone 5.  I’ve predicated that, based on the timing of the iPhone 5 keynote speech, that we can expect iPhone 5 pre orders to open up on October 7th.  Now there’s information coming from AT&T product skus that indicate “Apple products” are set to arrive in store on October 14th.

If product skus are showing arrival dates of October 14th in AT&T’s system, then this would be just about right in the timing of pre sales happening on October 7th, and the iPhone 5 news conference happening on October 4th.

I think it’s safe to say that in about 2 weeks from today, we’ll see iPhone 5 on shelves.

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iPhone 5 Keynote Made Official By Apple Invites

September 27th, 2011

It’s now official folks, Apple is starting to send out invites to the October 4 event that is expected to be the platform upon which Apple announces the iPhone 5, and perhaps even an iPhone 4s that is the cheaper brother to the iPhone 4.  Reports have been flying around the web today about media outlets receiving the official invite to the October 4th event.

The Apple press conference will be held at the Cupertino, California campus at 10:00 a.m. PST, which is 1:00p.m. EST.  The event is typically held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  However, for reasons yet unknown, Apple has decided to run the event from the Apple campus in Cupertino.

Media outlets have been receiving little more than an image as an announcement to the event on October 4th and here it is:

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Assistant – The iPhone 5′s Best Kept Secret

September 26th, 2011

With all of the rumors about the iPhone 5 release date, keynote speeches, and leaked iPhone 5 images, there’s been one feature that has somehow flown underneath the radar.

And that one feature is called Assistant.

According to 9-to-5 Mac, Assistant is Apple’s Siri-inspired, system-wide voice navigation system. It so far appears that iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users will be left out in the fun, unfortunately, because the feature requires the A5 CPU and additional RAM.

In a nut shell, you’ll be able to talk to your iPhone 5 and it will respond to your every command – pretty slick huh?

In order to initiate Assistant  on the iPhone 5, you’ll simply have to hold down the home button (which is rumored to be square, not a circle) for a couple of seconds until a microphone interface pops up underneath from the bottom of the display.

Assistant doesn’t cover up the entire display, but takes up about a fourth of the bottom half – and it will reportedly work even when the iPhone 5 is in the locked position.

According to Gizmodo, Wolfram Alpha is baked into Assistant. Wolfram Alpha is the equivalent of an extremely nerdy, always-right friend who knows everything. And now Assistant is that genius friend. Ask your iPhone for the GDP of Libya: it’ll tell you. Ask your iPhone how many feet from the Earth Jupiter is. It’ll tell you. Wolfram Alpha support gives you an enormous trove of instant knowledge, invaluable for work, school, or just winning an argument with your friend.

So are you now more stoked than ever to get your hands on the iPhone 5?  I know I am.  And what about all those rumors that the iPhone 5 will be here by mid-October?  I think they’re accurate – considering the iPhone 5 keynote speech is scheduled for the 4th of October and I’m predicting an iPhone 5 pre sale of October 7th.

Can’t wait…

 

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iPhone 5 Keynote Speech To Be Held At Apple HQ, Not YBCA

September 26th, 2011

The iPhone 5 keynote speech on October 4th has been perhaps the most anticipated keynote address of any Apple product to date.  But this keynote speech is reportedly going to break a long standing Apple tradition.

Instead of being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), or as part of Macworld or WWDC at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the iPhone 5 keynote speech is reportedly going to be held right at the Apple HQ in Cupertino, California, according to reports from All Thing’s D and Mashable.

Of course, Apple is keeping everything about the upcoming iPhone 5 under tight wraps, not allowing any information to leak.  So none of this can definitively be confirmed.

So why would Apple make a change in venue for the iPhone 5 keynote speech?

Perhaps it’s because of the change of command at the CEO position.  As you know, Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO and Tim Cook is now at the helm.  So maybe Mr. Cook just prefers to be closer to home for his first keynote speech.

Maybe it’s because Cupertino is able to facilitate a faster WiFi connection than the YBCA, allowing bloggers to stream information out to the web faster as the even unfolds.

Or maybe it’s a reflection of Apple’s success.  Apple no longer needs to rent out facilities in order to host a keynote speech.  And the iPhone 5 keynote speech is a representation of the prosperity that has founds it’s way into the Cupertino campus.

Whatever the case maybe, and regardless of where the iPhone 5 keynote speech goes down, one thing is for sure.  Apple will still garner billions of dollars in free advertising and promotion through bloggers like myself and other sites that I’ve already mentioned.  And when it comes time for the actually iPhone 5 keynote speech, the entire world will be watching.  Then, when the iPhone 5 officially launches, we’ll more than likely see instant sell outs globally, and mayhem will unfold surrounding Apple’s latest iPhone 5 device.

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iPhone 5 Pre Sale To Start October 7th

September 25th, 2011

Ok, so we’ve got a pretty good idea that the iPhone 5 keynote speech is going to officially happen no October 4th.  But what about pre sales for the iPhone 5?

Well, we also know from what I wrote yesterday that Apple is blocking vacations for employees on and around October 14th.  So with the iPhone 5 keynote happening on October4th, which is a Tuesday, and with Apple blocking employee vacations on the 14th which is the following Friday, I would say that puts iPhone 5 presales opening up on October 7th which is the Friday following the iPhone 5 keynote speech.

October 7th for iPhone 5 pre sales only makes sense considering that 1)  it’s a Friday and the start of a weekend, which implies that weekends are heavier shopping days, and 2) that gives Apple one whole week of pre sales prior to opening the doors in all of the retail locations, which to date are Apple Stores, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Best Buy – and that’s just here in the United States.

But it also looks like Apple is on the same timeline internationally as well.  I wrote last week, prior to us knowing about the new October 4th keynote date, that China Telecom was getting ready to take pre orders for the iPhone 5 on September 30th and start selling the device on October 4th – the exact same timeframe that’s been speculated here in the United States.

With Apple taking the approach of even having pre sales for the iPhone 5, and launching the device internationally on the same schedule as the U.S. launch, you wouldn’t think we’d be hearing rumors about problems in the production line.  But news is rampant about how Apple is struggling with manufacturing for the iPhone 5.

As recent as Friday, there’s been talk about how defects in the iPhone 5 touch panel have been dramatically hindering production.

I’m sure that with the predicted iPhone 5 keynote speech being about a week away, we’ll hear a lot more solid information this coming week.  So stay tuned right here at iPhone5is.com for the latest and greatest.

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Apple Blocking Employees From Vacation During Week of October 14th

September 24th, 2011

News is out today that Apple is reportedly blocking vacation requests for the week of October 14th, a move that could indicate that iPhone 5 will be released during that period.  This news comes on the heals that Apple is schedule to have keynote speech on October 4th to announce the iPhone 5.

Once the iPhone 5 hits the Apple stores, not only will people be wanting to get their hands on the latest Apple iPhone, but all of the associated iPhone 5 products – like accessories, cases, earbuds, etc… – would all create a huge demand for staffing at the Apple stores.

Dates that can be confirmed at this point are October 9th thru the 12th, and October 14th and 15th, according to MacRumors.

It’s also being reported that Twitter has scheduled their own developer conference in London on October 10th.  The rumors surrounding this conference is that Twitter is expected to have a heavy developers focus on iOS 5, the OS that will reportedly release with the iPhone 5.

 

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Touch Panel Defects Hinder iPhone 5 Supply

September 23rd, 2011

I couldn’t even imagine the amount of pressure that manufacturers are under to produce the iPhone 5.  I can just envision long, drawn out assembly lines of factory workers pushing day and night to just keep up with the belt line of iPhone 5′s coming their way.

Anyway, there are new reports out today that a possible defect with the iPhone 5 touch panel display could have a dramatic impact on the initial supply of the device.  According to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese online publication, “delayed bubble” defects have been discovered in touch panels produced by the supplier. Wintek, the manufacturer who is currently supply up to 25% of the next generation iPhone touch panels, quickly responded to the rumor by assuring that all of its products are being delivered on schedule, according to the report.

The defect is said to be “difficult to avoid” during production, especially if not detected early on in the process. However, “since the manufacturing process of touch panels used in iPhone 5 is of the same as that for iPhone 4, Wintek is expected to remedy the defect quickly,” the report cited sources as saying (via AppleInsider).

Apple’s current plan, according to most sources, is to ship between 25 to 30 million iPhone 5 devices in Q4 2011.  At that rate, Apple could be expecting to ship upwards of 100 million iPhone 5 devices by the end of 2012.  And it is somewhere in 2012 where it’s expected that Apple will finally get control of the iPhone 5 supply side imbalance.

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AT&T CEO Says About iPhone 5, “Competition Is Overblown”

September 23rd, 2011

Making comments during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference on Thursday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the opportunity to talk about the upcoming iPhone 5 and how it relates to competition.  In his remarks, Mr. Stephenson was quotes as saying, “anytime there’s another competitor launching Apple’s hit device, the expectations for what would happen to the carrier that had it before is overblown,” Stephenson said.  ”The competitive dynamic will be no different than last time…”

When he says “last time”, what he’s referring to is when Verizon Wireless started selling the iPhone 4 last year, which removed the exclusivity that AT&T had on the iPhone.  This year for the iPhone 5, the field is full of competitors who will be offering the iPhone 5.  Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and even Best Buy are all expected to sell the iPhone 5 along with AT&T.  The field of competition has never been more full for a new iPhone release.

The presence of competition, according to what AT&T’s CEO is saying, is that the impact if nominal.  I find this hard to believe though.  How can you go from the only company selling the iPhone, to now having 3 or more competitors and not feel the pain of the lost market share?

And to make matters even more competitive for AT&T is the fact that Sprint could very well be offering unlimited data to their iPhone 5 customers.  Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have recently removed their unlimited data packages and are now offering two different limited data plans.

Currently, AT&T offers three different data packages:

  • DataPlus:  200MB for $15 per month
  • DataPro:  2GB for $25 per month
  • DataPro 4GB:  4GB for $45 per month

With the two higher end data packages, if you actually exceed those allotted amounts you’ll be charged an additional $10 per 1GB of data used.  With the 4GB package you’ll also be able to turn your device into a WiFi hotspot, allowing up to provide data connectivity to other laptops, smartphones, and tablet devices.

Even with Sprint offering their unlimited data plans, I don’t necessarily think it will cause a mass exodus from AT&T and Verizon.  If you are using 2GB and 4GB of data on your wireless device, you are consuming a lot of data, far beyond what the normal user would consume in any given month.  So I don’t believe this will be a huge game-changer for Sprint, or for AT&T and Verizon Wireless as far as customers leaving for the unlimited data at Sprint.

But the fact that other competitors are in the market place selling the iPhone, and that not having an impact on AT&T is a bit hard to believe.

It’ll be interesting to follow the comparative sales figures once the new iPhone 5 does finally arrive.  The latest rumor mill puts the iPhone 5 keynote speech happening on October 4th with a release date of the iPhone 5 a couple of weeks later.

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