There's never a dull moment in the world of Apple patents. We've seen sneak peeks of many new pieces Apple kit in the past, and we've seen some things that have never made it into real world. Looking at the two latest patent applications from the boys in Cupertino, we're really not sure which category they fit into.
A new report claims Apple's next iPhone will be called the iPhone 4S, and it will feature 'minor cosmetic changes'. Business Insider reports that Jefferies analyst Peter Misek has put out a note on the next iPhone, claiming Apple will go for the 'iPhone 4S' moniker rather than go straight to iPhone 5.
Following the previous rumors about the iPhone 4S/5, it looked like the next-gen iPhone will just be a hardware upgrade over the current iPhone 4 instead of a cosmetic one. But according to ThisIsMyNext, things might be a little different, in fact way too different from what we’ve been hearing about the next gen iPhone all this time!
Just yesterday, through a patent, we found about Apple's secondary display that may be introduced in their upcoming iOS devices. Well, there's a new patent out already which highlights some of the details of the primary display of next-gen iPhone. The new improved display will be hybrid of e-ink and standard LCD.
Boy Genius Report is reporting about a block of low level operating system code found in iOS 4 which reveals codenames for CDMA iPhone 4 and the next-gen iPad. Their sources at Apple has confirmed that the queries you see in the screenshot below refers to CDMA iPhone (on Verizon) and iPad 2 and that they are about to hit the field testing stage. Also these new devices are said to auto-activate, bypassing iTunes for activation. Apple probably has done it so that carriers may not be able to find anything in the activation logs.
Remember T-1000 Skynet robot which was made from Liquid Metal in Terminator 2? Well it looks like Steve Jobs and Co are in full mood to build their next-gen hardware using Liquidmetal Technologies, a California based company from which they recently acquired exclusive rights to build products made of Liquid Metal alloy.
The million dollar question, how long before the new iPhone 4 is going to be jailbroken and unlocked? Well we already know that the iPhone Dev Team has already announced that they are going to release an unlock which will work on the 05.12.01 baseband on all iPhones, provided they haven't upgraded to the latest 05.13 baseband. But since the new iPhone 4 will have the latest baseband, it will be a while before it gets fully jailbroken and unlocked. Another infamous iPhone hacker by the name of Geohot is also said to have a new bootrom exploit, which he has preserved for this new iPhone.
WWDC 10 is only about 12 hours away now where Apple will unveil the next iPhone and what we have now is even more pictures leaked from Korea, showing the back panel, and other parts of the white model (video here) of the next-gen iPhone. The back panel case is similar to all the previous leaks that we have seen so far. Maybe someone in China, Vietnam or Korean region have got loads of these parts and they are selling it off to make loads of money right before the official announcement by Jobs.
According to the sources at BGR, there is high chance that the next Apple iPhone will go on sale nationwide on Friday, June 18th 2010. They have confirmed it through multiple AT&T store reps that since the sales quotas for this month are very high, what this means is that the iPhone 4G/HD is confirmed to launch sometime in June, not July.
Apple has started hanging banners outside San Francisco’s Moscone center in preparation for the upcoming WWDC 2010 conference which will be held here next week starting from June 7. The large iPhone apps-centric WWDC10 banner which was seen on the invitation cards has already been hung, alongside Apple logo outside the main conference center.