Mobile // Mobile Devices
11:59 AM
Connect Directly
Core System Testing: How to Achieve Success
Oct 06, 2016
Property and Casualty Insurers have been investing in modernizing their core systems to provide fl ...Read More>>

iPhone 5 Predictions: The Last Mile

Tuesday, the secrets will finally be out. But for today, you still get to enjoy iPhone 5 rumor madness.

InformationWeek Now--What's Hot Right Now
All that's missing now is a faked photo of the iPhone 6--prototypes left in a bar are becoming very last month. Yes, I said iPhone 6. Wouldn’t it be fun to skip ahead a whole generation on the iPhone rumor watch, now that we're just a day from Apple finally revealing the details on iPhone 5? Well, we think this will be the iPhone 5, but it may actually be called the 4-something. Or, there may be two phones announced tomorrow. As InformationWeek's Eric Zeman reports, iPhone madness has reached new heights.

"A recent poll shows that 41% of current smartphone owners are considering the iPhone 5 for their next device--even though the respondents know nothing about the device yet," Zeman writes.

So, what are you likely to see at Tuesday's announcement? Zeman's betting on a larger display and faster processor, for starters.

As for the design, Zeman expects that this iPhone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, use a tear-drop shape, and skip the glass back that made phone-droppers even more nervous. As the Wall Street Journal wrote on Monday, it's getting harder for Apple to find ways to be truly "out there" with design, as its rivals catch up.

Watch these three other tidbits, generating their fair share of speculation:

-- A cheaper iPhone 4? Gizmodo posted some photos from a Foxconn factory in Brazil over the weekend that supposedly show a less expensive iPhone 4 in the works.

Apple Insider sees evidence in the latest iTunes beta for the existence of a less expensive iPhone 4S model, while Macrumors has a peek at pre-shipped cases.

-- Voice navigation? Macworld is downplaying the notion of multiple phones being announced tomorrow but it is talking about the possibility of real voice commands.

-- R.I.P. iPod? Finally, Ars Technica is not the only outlet speculating that tomorrow may be the end of the line for your old iPod.

And if you're Appled-out, see our expert analysis of what IT pros want from Oracle at its Open World confab in San Francisco this week, where the Exadata analytics appliance debuted Sunday night.

Laurianne McLaughlin is editor-in-chief for Follow her on Twitter at @lmclaughlin.

Attend Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara, Nov. 14-17, 2011, and learn how to drive business value with collaboration, with an emphasis on how real customers are using social software to enable more productive workforces and to be more responsive and engaged with customers and business partners. Register today and save 30% off conference passes, or get a free expo pass with priority code CPHCES02. Find out more and register.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Tom LaSusa
Tom LaSusa,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/3/2011 | 5:15:32 PM
re: iPhone 5 Predictions: The Last Mile
I always found the shuffle to be a useless product, so that's no loss. But I do in fact know a couple of people that enjoy the ability of carrying their entire music library around with them so I could see some discontent if the Classic was phased out.

But that's such a small number of the population I don't think Apple would get too concerned.

Tom LaSusa
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.