iPhone 5 Still in Production, Samsung and Apple Keep Enemies Close
Now that the iPhone 4S has reached the hands of many, many people, and soon to be many more, it seems only fitting to forget about it. Most of us may still be a little underwhelmed by the lack of an iPhone 5 announcement a couple weeks ago, but that doesn't mean we should forget about it right? According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple is still set to release the iPhone 5 in Summer 2012. The new iPhone is still rumored to have the tear drop design body, along with the typical and expected thinner/faster/lighter features. To top the list will be a quad-core processor (which we'll discuss more below), and a 4 inch OLED display with 960x640 resolution.
So why wasn't it released this year? Simply put, production line issues made some delays, causing the iPhone 5 to get pushed back. That tells me that the iPhone 5 is definitely going to be a different body shape than the iPhone 4/4S. Also, Steve Jobs was intimately involved in the iPhone 5 project, meaning we should see some radical improvements still, as well as a large cult following for the last iPhone that Steve Jobs left in his legacy.
The A6 processor, which is a quad-core chip, will be supplied by Samsung. Samsung will apparently remain a large business partner and manufacturer for Apple products, including the iPhone 5. It seems strange that Apple and Samsung keep these partnerships going after the numerous headlines of patent infringement and legal battles over the past year. According to The Korean Times however, an anonymous parts supplier said, "It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner." Samsung's CEO Gee-Sung Choi mentioned that Samsung's legal battle will be dealt with separately from their business partnership with Apple.
To add to the daytime drama that is Apple versus Samsung, Samsung has recently filed lawsuits against Apple to block the sale of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4/4S in Japan and Australia. The same type of lawsuits are also pending in Italy and France, while Apple has similar bans pending. A couple of successful bans for Apple block the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace and Galaxy S II devices, some in the Netherlands and some in Australia.
This is starting to turn into a mudslinging competition. Who will be the bigger company and say 'enough is enough', lets just sell gadgets and may the best gadget win.