The iPhone 5 release and iPad 3 release that seems destined for this year, and banks heavily on overlapping features and specs like enhanced use of Siri, iTunes and iCloud, with a new A6 processor and HDTV capabilities. Dates of these seem to be galvanizing into a February and March release date, consistent with past product launches from Apple. Still, it seems destined to be media-heavy in its focus.
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The iPhone 5 release date seems destined for June at the WWDC, or World Wide Developers Conference. This the iPhone news / iPhone rumor posted by DigiTimes, who quotes the Chinese-language Commercial Times who quotes Daiwa Securities. Convoluted, but it’s the best theory or concept so far. This is after the fallout from last year's iPhone 4s launch, which everyone thought would be an iPhone 5 release. We just found out this week that Apple sold 37 million iPhones in the 4th quarter last year, making it the third biggest mobile phone in the world, according to DailyFinance. Cash-money. Favored iPhone 5 features include it being totally waterproof, enhanced Siri support and iCloud integration. It's supposed to align the planets as well, but we'll just have to see about that. Favored iPhone 5 specs include 4G LTE capabilities, the emergence of iOS 6 and a groovy new A6 processor. The recently filed Macroscalar trademark lawsuit originally reported by Patently Apple might prevent this, although it's unclear what kind of an effect this has on Apple A6 plans.
The iPad 3 release, on the other hand, seems favored for March right now. Macotakara predicts a "strange" Apple event in February with an iPad 3 release date in March, which is consistent with the release date for previous iPad releases. CNET also breaks these out nicely into a timeline of events. There's been talk over the past week about an iPad 3 replacing the MacBook Air based on the comments of Citi analysts who met with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Still, iPad 3 features seem to bank on a lot of Siri and iCloud. Those looming iClouds on the horizon ... the big question is the use of media like music / movies / TV shows and how it plays out via both iCloud and iTunes. It could make Netflix look like yesterday's technology if it's done right, but that depends largely on the licensing of media, some of which is beyond Apple's control. iPad 3 specs still bank largely on an A6 processor and 4G LTE capabilities. Also check out Huffington Post for a nice collection of possibilities on the iPhone5 and iPad3 release.
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