Rumor: Apple to begin 'iPhone 4S,' iPad 3 production in Sept for Oct launch

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in iPad edited January 2014
A new rumor claims Apple will begin production of a so-called "iPhone 4S," along with a new iPad model in the first week of September, on track for release in October.



Macotakara.jp reported Friday that the new iPhone set to go into production is based on the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4, released in the U.S. in February. The new iPhone is allegedly set to go into production the first week of September, and will be shipped from October.



The roughly translated report also mentions an "iPhone 5" as well, with the author noting that he has "not found any information" about such hardware. The comment could be interpreted to suggest that an iPhone 4S, based off of the current iPhone 4, might be sold in addition to a proper fifth-generation iPhone.



Macotakara.jp first reported in March that Apple was not aligning part suppliers for a fifth-generation iPhone, even though the company had historically launched new handsets in the June-July timeframe. It was said that a new handset was not expected to contribute to Apple's 2011 fiscal year, which concludes on Sept. 24.



The latest rumor supports claims from Taiwanese tech industry publication DigiTimes made in early July, which said Apple will release a fifth-generation iPhone and third-generation iPad in October, after production begins in September. However, that story claimed Apple would only launch one new iPhone model.



It was also said in July that Apple's new iPad would be even thinner and lighter than the current iPad 2. The device's screen resolution will allegedly be increased to 250 dots per inch, making it a "Retina Display" with a pixel density closer to the iPhone 4.







Rumors of a new iPad launching this year began before the iPad 2 was even announced. It was suggested that the tablet could be an expansion of the iPad line, rather than a replacement of the iPad 2, serving a "pro" model, much how Apple sells the powerful MacBook Pro and thin-and-light MacBook Air.



If a new iPad does launch this fall, it is not expected to include Apple's next-generation A6 processor. One report filed earlier Friday claimed that the new chip just went into trial production with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., and is not expected to become available until the second quarter of 2012.



Apple seemed to silence rumors of a new iPad this year when it declared 2011 the "Year of iPad 2" in March. But information has continued to trickle out, with one report saying a so-called "iPad 2 Plus" could launch this year with a high-resolution display. Supporting those claims, both LG and Samsung are said to be working on low temperature polysilicon 2048-by-1536-pixel displays for Apple's next-generation tablet.
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  • Reply 1 of 87
    Colon rolley...



    Oh, FORGET IT.
  • Reply 2 of 87
    I give up on you guys. Its october, its september, its 5 its 4s its iPad3 its iPods. You have NO CLUE you are just trying to get web hits. I'm done with the rumor sites... ill just be pleasantly surprised whenever something comes out, because you guys honestly have no clue and should just admit as much.
  • Reply 3 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jayparry View Post


    I give up on you guys. Its october, its september, its 5 its 4s its iPad3 its iPods. You have NO CLUE you are just trying to get web hits. I'm done with the rumor sites... ill just be pleasantly surprised whenever something comes out, because you guys honestly have no clue and should just admit as much.



    No, no. It's not AppleInsider's fault. They're just reporting everything, which is better than selectively not posting crap (even if everyone probably thinks isn't true). WE are the legitimacy filter, not AppleInsider.



    They're basically the only unbiased news source left. Look at it that way.
  • Reply 4 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jayparry View Post


    I give up on you guys. Its october, its september, its 5 its 4s its iPad3 its iPods. You have NO CLUE you are just trying to get web hits. I'm done with the rumor sites... ill just be pleasantly surprised whenever something comes out, because you guys honestly have no clue and should just admit as much.





    You beat me too it! lol. 4s is hilarious at this point.



    If the rumors of a bigger screen, redesigned shell, and hardware improvements are correct this ain't no 4s update
  • Reply 5 of 87
    gwlaw99gwlaw99 Posts: 134member
    The previous post said the A6 wont be out until Q2 next year. So how is the ipad3 coming out this fall unless the only change is screen resolution?
  • Reply 6 of 87
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,533member
    When you consider that the iPhone 4 is almost 15 months old the next iPhone had better not be an iPhone 4S!



    But an iPad 2 Pro would be nice, might even tempt me to upgrade from the original iPad.
  • Reply 7 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post


    You beat me too it! lol. 4s is hilarious at this point.



    If the rumors of a bigger screen, redesigned shell, and hardware improvements are correct this ain't no 4s update



    And yet, if they're not, and it is simply a processor update and RAM upgrade (a la 3G to 3GS), then it is. Point being, nobody has any idea except select people at Apple.
  • Reply 8 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by saarek View Post


    When you consider that the iPhone 4 is almost 15 months old the next iPhone had better not be an iPhone 4S!



    The iPhone 3G was 12 months old and people didn't whine about the 3GS.



    I'm certainly not taking the side of the "4S", I'm just putting your statement into context.
  • Reply 9 of 87
    cloudgazercloudgazer Posts: 2,161member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacInsider2 View Post


    You beat me too it! lol. 4s is hilarious at this point.



    If the rumors of a bigger screen, redesigned shell, and hardware improvements are correct this ain't no 4s update



    Or you could read the article



    Quote:

    The roughly translated report also mentions an "iPhone 5" as well



    This '4S' could easily turn out to be a TD-SCDMA phone for China, or a replacement for the 3GS, or any number of things.
  • Reply 10 of 87
    cloudgazercloudgazer Posts: 2,161member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gwlaw99 View Post


    The previous post said the A6 wont be out until Q2 next year. So how is the ipad3 coming out this fall unless the only change is screen resolution?



    Again, reading the article is of use



    Quote:

    Rumors of a new iPad launching this year began before the iPad 2 was even announced. It was suggested that the tablet could be an expansion of the iPad line, rather than a replacement of the iPad 2, serving a "pro" model, much how Apple sells the powerful MacBook Pro and thin-and-light MacBook Air.



  • Reply 11 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jayparry View Post


    I give up on you guys. Its october, its september, its 5 its 4s its iPad3 its iPods. You have NO CLUE you are just trying to get web hits. I'm done with the rumor sites... ill just be pleasantly surprised whenever something comes out, because you guys honestly have no clue and should just admit as much.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    No, no. It's not AppleInsider's fault. They're just reporting everything, which is better than selectively not posting crap (even if everyone probably thinks isn't true). WE are the legitimacy filter, not AppleInsider.



    jayparry - then why are you even here? This isn't some secret blog of Steve Jobs (oh if only); it's a site for compiling the latest rumors and info. Some of it's crap, some of it's Wall Street types talking out their arse, but some of it comes from inside sources at actual manufacturers and distributors and winds up being right.



    There's a lot of junk on AI - but that's because there's a lot of junk in the world. Nevertheless, by following AI I'm consistently days to a week ahead of the MSM in finding out when Apple events are occurring and what products are being changed.
  • Reply 12 of 87
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    In no way did Apple say there would be no new iPads this year. All they implied was that this is the year of iPad 2. I'm still amazed that people can read so much into that phrase that just isn't there. However it doesn't say anything positive to see "Kaspers Automated Slave" repeating the same mistake.



    As to the A6 it is interesting that the rumors are about a "trial production". If this was a tape out you could expect another six months before integration and mass production. However trial production seems to imply they are well past that stage.



    Frankly I don't think we can have an iPad 3 with a high resolution screen without an upgraded SoC. Such a machine would need a faster GPU and more bandwidth to memory. So if you look at this as October being a month and a half away it really doesn't look all that impossible that an A6 based device could come this year. At least from a hardware standpoint.



    In any event keep the rumors coming.
  • Reply 13 of 87
    orlandoorlando Posts: 601member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    The iPhone 3G was 12 months old and people didn't whine about the 3GS.



    I'm certainly not taking the side of the "4S", I'm just putting your statement into context.



    The 3GS had less competition when it launched. Android was still a joke back then.
  • Reply 14 of 87
    If the next iPhone only turns out to be a processor and RAM upgrade, I think this would be a huge disappointment for both consumers and investors. Apple has not released a new handset in well over a year and I think it would signal a huge problem with their design team if the best they could come up with in that time was a minor speed bump. If I recall from the iPhone 4 intro presentation, Steve said that they started work on the iPhone 4 before the 3GS was even released and it took Apple roughly 18 months to get the iPhone 4 to market. If a new iPhone is released in September, it will be about 18 months since the iPhone 4 was released. Hopefully, this means the next iPhone will be a major redesign.



    Keeping my fingers crossed!
  • Reply 15 of 87
    Worst. Photoshop. Ever. They didn't even bother to remove the Apple menu or to properly align the "screen"
  • Reply 16 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Orlando View Post


    The 3GS had less competition when it launched. Android was still a joke back then.



    It's not now?
  • Reply 17 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Orlando View Post


    The 3GS had less competition when it launched. Android was still a joke back then.



    I was just about to say that... but we can still laugh at Android... can't we...
  • Reply 18 of 87
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by saarek View Post


    When you consider that the iPhone 4 is almost 15 months old the next iPhone had better not be an iPhone 4S!



    That's right. It's too late for an iPhone 4S at this point, and still too early for the iPad 3. If there is an new iPad it must be an iPad 2 HD.
  • Reply 19 of 87
    I will go with Mango once it releases. Just got tired of this "Sept-Oct-4S-i5" thing. Apple should realize that IPhone fans have been waiting too long and may not put up with this guessing game anymore. This guessing hype is getting old and counter-productive. Give us a date or else.....
  • Reply 20 of 87
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NextTechnocrati View Post


    I will go with Mango once it releases. Just got tired of this "Sept-Oct-4S-i5" thing. Apple should realize that IPhone fans have been waiting too long and may not put up with this guessing game anymore. This guessing hype is getting old and counter-productive. Give us a date or else.....



    LOL!



    You do realize that the vast majority of people have no clue that any guessing game is being played... this is just link bait for the rumour sites.



    ... and Mango will most likely be a nice OS... you'll enjoy it I'm sure... but not as much as I'll enjoy my iPhone5 at the end of September.
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