Apple prepares a September launch for the new iPhone 5, which will have both a more powerful processor and a more advanced camera, sources close to the company told Bloomberg. The device will be equipped with the A5 processor, found on the iPad 2, and an 8-megapixel camera. The current iPhone has an 5-megapixel camera.
According to these new sources Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad tablet, that will feature a higher resolution screen.
The new Apple phone will allow faster data processing and will strengthen its position on the market in relation to its rival Android smartphones released by Samsung and HTC. iPhone 5 will run on the iOS 5 announced earlier this month at WWDC. The system has improved messaging features, photo-sharing capabilities and can run on all Apple’s mobile gadgets. Up until last year, iPhones, iPads and iPods Touch were using slightly different versions of the iOS.
Apple has delayed the release of their fifth generation phone in order to coincide with the launch of the iOS 5, set for September, the sources said. They also added that the company is preparing to introduce a cheaper and smaller version of the iPhone for the consumers in the emerging markets.
Apple representatives declined to comment on the information published by Bloomberg.
The market research firm, IDC, estimates that the smartphones market will reach one billion units sold by the end of 2015. IDC predicts that Apple will have a market share of 18,2% this year, while Android powered phones will share 38.9% of the market.Generating half of the company’s revenues in the last quarter, the iPhone is the best selling product of Apple.
While all of us are getting excited about the introduction of a new and improved camera, apparently we will not be able to take full advantage of it whenever we want. It appears that Apple is awaiting approval on a new patent, which could limit iPhone‘s abilities during concerts. The company plans to build an infrared system, that will most likely be positioned on stage, and which will detect users’ attempts to record a live event. According to the patent’s application, the moment an iPhone is held up and used to shoot a concert, the infrared sensors will detect the device and will automatically disable the camera’s functions. The user will still be able to make phone calls or send messages.
This new technology seems to be an attempt to protect the interests of event organizers and of those who have exclusive rights to broadcast an event. These companies have shown their frustration many times the moment recordings of shows are uploaded on websites like YouTube, where users can watch them for free. Although the phone recordings found on video-sharing websites are most of the time of low quality, and internet users are not accessing them as a substitute for the real concert, event organizers and record companies are trying to eliminate any illegal footage.
Apple has applied for this patent 18 months ago, but rumors of it only surfaced recently.