Mophie finally released an external battery pack case for the iPhone 5 called the Juice Pack Helium. It wasn’t Mophie’s fault… if Apple wasn’t being such a stingy bitch over the Lightning connector, Im sure Mophie would have had this out on day one of the iPhone 5 launch. But now is better than never.
Saying that customers shouldn’t have to choose between price and having the latest gadgets, Walmart announced yesterday that it would be adding the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 to its stupidly cheap pre-paid plan. Since it’s a pre-paid plan, you’ll have to buy the phones up front, but after that it’s just $45/mo for unlimited everything.
Normally, with a brand new iPhone launch, consumers are awash in a sea of third party accessories of every kind the day the phone comes out. No so with the iPhone 5, thanks to the new Lightning connector and Apple’s stinginess on allowing companies to use the technology. So finally after all this time, there’s an iPhone 5 battery case, and it’s not from Mophie, but from iBattz.
As with the iPhone 4, it’s expected that Apple will make a minor update to the iPhone 5 with an iPhone 5S model some time early next year. So here we are with a couple of pretty reasonably believable iPhone 5S pictures.
Large scale strike at a Foxconn iPhone 5 factory. Yes, this means you might have to wait a little longer. Cry me a river.
A complicated manufacturing and assembly process, an insane consumer demand and notoriously shitty Chinese labor conditions all combined today, when a Foxconn factory in Zhenzhou, China saw thousands of workers go on strike. So that means, if you’re waiting for a new batch of iPhone 5’s to ship to your local store, it might be delayed.
Apple is currently on stage in California, showing off the brand new iPhone 5 and it looks just like everyone thought it would. It’s got a 4” screen, and it’s 17% thinner than the iPhone 4S. It’s got 2x the graphics performance and processing, an improved camera, an HD front-facing Face Time camera, panorama camera, etc etc.
It looks like the new, smaller iPad won’t be coming out til October, but when the latest iPhone is announced later this month, it will likely also have brand new earbuds, which is something that hasn’t changed on Apple products since Apple earbuds first debuted.
Mark your calendars… Apple’s big unveiling event for the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini is scheduled for September 12, with a release date for both devices supposedly set for September 21st.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) kicks off on Monday, so I’m just warning you there will be a bunch of news about iOS6, MacBook Pros and OS X. But for today, here’s a pretty good 3D rendering from Blackpool Creative of what the next iPhone might look like, based on leaked case details from suppliers.