It's been over one month since we published our last iPhone 5 rumour so here's something to feed fan-boys' appetites. Apple will launch two new iPhones next month; an improved specification iPhone 4 and a new "tear-drop" shaped iPhone 5.
Games retailer GameStop may begin to sell iOS devices, like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, in their 6,500 stores worldwide as the iPhone 5's imminent release date approaches, according to 9to5mac.com. This speculation is substantiated by the fact that GameStop has confirmed they are now accepting second-hand Apple products in lieu of store credit.
As the iPhone 5's inevitable launch date in late September or October draws ever closer, speculators have begun to estimate the device's cost. An image posted on 9to5Mac and sourced from Bloomberg breaks down the iPhone 5's individual component costs and estimates that the device may retail at $620 for a 16GB, slightly less than $649 for the current iPhone 4 16GB model in the US.
A high definition (HD) version of the iPad 2 will be released this autumn alongside the long-rumoured iPhone 5, if reports from This is my next (TiMN) are to be believed. TiMN report that the updated device, dubbed “iPad HD”, will feature a 2048x1536 pixel screen, double that of the current iPad 2.
Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer may have inadvertently admitted that Sony image sensors will be used in the iPhone 5. In an interview with Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal the Sony chief stated, possibly accidentally, that image sensors manufactured in Sony’s Japanese factories on their way to Apple may be delayed as a result of last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.
Google is rumored to be rolling out a smarthpone based real-world payment system using Near Field Communication technology. Well, the Wall Street Journal reports that the search giant has now brought MasterCard and Citigroup on-board.
As Nokia and Microsoft were announcing their “broad strategic partnership” which will introduce Windows Phone 7 as Nokia’s principle operating system (as widely rumoured) Apple was evading rumors that the company will introduce an entry-level iPhone along with the release of the iPhone 5 this year.