iPhone 5 Rumour Roundup – My thoughts on Apple’s next smartphone



It seems the the past few weeks have been filled with leak after leak of alleged parts for Apple’s upcoming  ‘iPhone 5’ with the latest photo leaking being that of a new USB cable to 8/9 pin dock connector. Whether all of these leaks are real or not are up for debate but let me give you my thought on the current situation.

Design

9to5mac reported a few weeks back what are to be leaked images of the upcoming iPhone 5 casing. It is featured to have an aluminum backing, smaller dock connector as well as the headphone jack moved to the bottom of the phone. While the image looks real, and I hope it is, i’m not holding my breath.

4″ Display

The only thing I think that’s safe to assume is that the next iPhone will include a new, larger 4 inch display: a much needed upgrade from their current 3.5″ retina display.  The iOS 6 beta has revealed in its code as well to support automatic upscaling to a larger 640 x 1136 from 640 x 960.

 

LTE/ 4G Radio

This is looking like a real possibility as the amount of LTE towers is rapidly increasing across North America, I think the only thing that would hold Apple back from including it would be its ability to get the battery life optimized to what is acceptable for them to release in a phone. Current generation smartphones that are LTE equipped notice a much faster drain than HSPA+ speeds. This is common sense, but Apple being the way they are, if it isn’t perfect, they wont include it.

Battery

The current iPhone 4S is equipped with a 1430 mAh battery. Recently leaked images(source: 9to5mac.com) of a what is proposed to be the new battery, features a slightly larger 1440 mAh battery. How much of a difference a 10 mAh increment will make doesn’t seem like a lot in my opinion.

Processor/RAM

Recent leaks of the proposed motherboard have suggested that Apple will include the A5X dual-core cpu that is in the current 3rd generation iPad. While these are merely a speculation, I would take this one with a grain of salt. It also has been rumored to include 1 gigabyte of RAM – this one as well is nothing more than speculation and is good as anyone’s guess. My thoughts are that this will be the minimum Apple will include their next generation iPhone.

 

Front/Rear Camera

Leaks of the proposed front panel show that the camera has been moved to the centre, just above the earpiece. Apple’s current generation iPhone 4S includes a VGA camera which I think will be upgraded to something that will be able to support HD FaceTime. Apple kept the same VGA camera in the front since the iPhone 4 and makes sense for them to upgrade as they are focusing on advertising FaceTime more than ever with iOS 6 including the ability to FaceTime over wireless. This may or may not have an impact on the camera they choose. They may limit the camera to VGA over FaceTime to improve quality in slower connection areas and enable HD for when connected to WIFI.

The rear camera is anyones guess. I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept the same, 8-Megapixel camera that is on the iPhone 4S, with possibly some more advancements done to it. In my opinion there isn’t really a need to go above the 8MP and would be better to improve on what they already have done a great job with.

 

NFC

Prior to the iOS 6 announcement, I would have bet that this would for sure be included. When they announced Passbook and how it is mainly barcode based, I’m not so sure. Other than using it as a payment system, such as what Google Wallet has done, I don’t see a big use. Android has their NFC share option called ‘Android Beam’, and is nothing more than a fun gimmick in my opinion, I don’t think Google Wallet has taken off to what it had hopes of.  Take this along with the fact that many businesses still aren’t PayPass/touch pay enabled, I don’t see Apple rushing into including this. They don’t look to be interested in the mobile payment game when it comes to using your credit card for making payments, and more for storing gift cards, movie tickets, sporting events etc. As of writing this, I don’t think Apple will be including NFC in its next iPhone.

Storage

16/32/64 GB are the current options. Will they be including a 128GB option for the iPhone 5? Who knows, but what I am confident of is that the 3 current options will be available.

Final Thoughts

As many leaks as there has been, and while its entirely possible, I find it extremely hard to believe all the parts all real. Has Apple, the king of secrecy, lost its touch? At this point, almost the entire phone’s parts have been leaks and while I understand the theory of ‘controlled’ leaks as well as the fact that a lot of parts are made by third party manufacturers, I don’t believe Apple believes in it. Why not? Because they don’t have to. They know the hype that is self-built around their products and as a suggested release date nears, the amount of fake parts manufactured spring out left and right. Yes, I understand the iPhone 4 was found in its whole, prototype form, but this was merely an employee mistake. While the odds are good that a lot of these parts will end up being real, don’t be surprised if its entirely different. If I know Apple, I wont be.

 

Feel free to share your own thoughts and comments and please, respect others opinions.

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GUIDE: Update your Galaxy Nexus from ‘Yakjuux’ build straight to ‘yakju’ Jelly Bean 4.1.1


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Finally!!! I have finally updated my old guide and edited it to now make a new guide on how to update your ‘Yakjuux’ build Galaxy Nexus to the new ‘Yakju’ build running the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.1.1. I have left the old guide up for those who want to be able to get the update OTA from Google, but if you choose to bypass the OTA and go straight to the latest version, this is the guide for you. I have left all the old information regarding what the ‘Yakjuux’ and ‘Yakju’ builds are for new users who may not have seen the old post so skip down to the bottom for the instructions. I will also be adding a FAQ section soon as I have received many of the same questions and will save you some time even though most of the questions are answered in this post.

So you’ve purchased a new Galaxy Nexus phone from Rogers, Telus, Fido, Bell, AT&T or any other GSM  with hopes of having the latest updated; it turns out that there are two different builds, ‘yakjuux’ and ‘yakju’. The main differences between these two builds is that the ‘yakjuux’ build is pushed out by Samsung and the Yakju build is pushed directly from Google.  The benefit from having the ‘yakju’ build is that you will receive the updates much faster as they are being pushed from Google directly.

The current pushed versions of Ice Cream Sandwich:

YAKJUUX – 4.0.2

YAKJU      – 4.1.1 (JRO03C)

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to update your build from the ‘yakjuux’ to ‘yakju’ build of Jelly Bean 4.1.1 on Mac OS X. I am using OS X lion 10.7.3.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for any damages you incur to your phone by updating. I am merely writing a how-to guide and everything is done at your own risk.

Make sure you backup anything on your phone as this process will wipe everything.

First you will need to download the fastboot file which is located inside the ‘Nexus’ folder. That file can be downloaded https://www.dropbox.com/s/lkaey1tajd0ttnx/Nexus.zip

You will want to place the Nexus folder onto the desktop as the commands below require it.

Inside the “Nexus” folder, you will find the file “fastboot”. Open this up the way you would an application and let is run. It will ‘install’ whats needed. If you don’t, you will receive a permission denied reply when you try to run the fast boot commands.

Next, download the Factory Image for Android 4.1.1 here: Link

You will want to download UnRarX in order to extract the Android 4.1.1 tgz file. Once you are ready to extract the file, extract the contents to the ‘Nexus’ folder located on the desktop.

Next download the Android File Transfer software for mac from http://www.android.com/filetransfer/ and install.

At this point, you should have everything extracted into the ‘Nexus’ folder on the Desktop and we are ready to start the process.

We are going to start by unlocking the boot loader. This is needed so that we can install the ‘yakju’ image files. Note: This is not the same thing as rooting your phone.

First you are going to want to plug-in your Nexus and make sure that the Android File transfer recognizes the phone. If it does, power down the phone with it still being connected to the computer.

Next, boot the phone into recovery mode. To do this, power down the phone and restart it by holding the power and volume up/down buttons until you see the recovery screen.

Next, we will unlock the Bootloader. To do this, open up Terminal(located in your Applications->Utilities folder)and type the following commands.

1.) cd ~/desktop/Nexus        (hit enter after typing each one if these commands)

2.) ./fastboot devices

If everything is installed correctly, you should see xxxxxxxxxx fastboot(the numbers represent your serial number)

3.) ./fastboot oem unlock

4.)Your phone will ask you if you want to unlock the bootloader. Use the volume up button to ‘yes’ and select it by pressing the power button.

NOTE: THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA ON YOUR PHONE. Your bootloader is now unlocked.

Next we will install the new files:

5.)type ./fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-maguro-primelc03.img

6.) type ./fastboot reboot-bootloader

7.) type ./fastboot flash radio radio-maguro-i9250xxlf1.img

8.) type ./fastboot reboot-bootloader

9.) type ./fastboot -w update image-yakju-jro03c.zip

At this point, the phone will automatically restart. Once the phone has booted to the factory startup screen, power down again and and boot into recovery mode.

We are going to now re-lock the bootloader. Keep in mind that if you choose to lock it and want to update to a future version, you will need to re-unlock it and thus erase everything again. If you decide that you need to send it in for warranty, you will want to re-lock it.

To lock the bootloader:

In the Terminal, type the following:

1.) type ./fastboot devices

2.) type ./fastboot oem lock

Your bootloader is now locked again.

3.) ./fastboot reboot

Your phone is now updated to the latest firmware, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. As well, you will now also be able to receive the future OTA updates directly from Google.

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We are now Digital-Igloo.com!


Just an update- Digital Igloo can now be found at http://www.digital-igloo.com!

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Galaxy Nexus Yakjuux to Jelly Bean 4.1 guide coming soon…


Wow, the page views have exploded over the past few days. I never would have guessed that I would get such a positive response to what I thought was ‘just another guide’. Thank you all for the comments on if its helped you or anyone else. Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of post/emails about making a update guide similar to my Yakjuux to Yakju guide, but for Jelly Bean. Once the factory image for Jelly Bean is released, I will make a new guide and upload the proper files for you to install. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog or followed me on Google+ or Twitter, be sure to as I will post updates there about where I’m at with things.Image

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I’m the ‘One’ you’ve been waiting for


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Indeed you are. Thursday was a good day as I became the owner of a new HTC One X International unlocked smartphone. Ever since seeing the phone at the MWC in Barcelona, I have been wanting to get my hands on it. I will be updating this week with a first impression of the phone as well as do some comparisons between it and the Galaxy Nexus.

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Google updates new 4.0.4 ‘takju’ build…


Google has added a new build to their factory images page with a 4.0.4 ‘takju’ build. What is this new build you ask? It’s really nothing more than the 4.0.4 IMM76I ‘yakju’ build, but includes Google Wallet in the applications. This is the current build that is being included with the newly released unlocked Galaxy Nexus you can purchase at the Google Play Store(sorry, US customers only at the moment).

What does this mean for us Canadians – can we install the build in hopes of getting Google Wallet? Short answer, no. Currently there is no support for Google Wallet in Canada, even though there has been talks for months about bringing the mobile payment service to Canada in 2012.

Will you get updates any sooner with the ‘takju’ build vs the ‘yakju’ build? Doubtful, being there are no major differences.

I will keep you updated if there are any changes, but for now if your on the 4.0.4 IMM76I ‘yakju’ build, there is no real reason to update.

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Android 4.0.4 build IMM76I now out!


ImageGoogle has released the full image for Android 4.0.4, build IMM76I. You can get it here: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

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