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A KDDI (Japanese network operator) “au” wireless service document has been leaked, which reveals the iPhone 5S will be available for pre-order in June. The leak comes from Nowhereelse.fr, a French site, via the AppleInsider.
AppleInsider reports, “Obtained by French website Nowhereelse.fr., the supposed document looks to be meant for sales floor staff and carries pricing information as well as a few details regarding the as-yet-unannounced iPhone 5S.”
The site points out, “While AppleInsider cannot vouch for the document’s authenticity, the laminated paper is very similar to the current product and pricing “cheat sheets” referred to by many cell phone dealers and official carrier stores in Japan. It should be noted, however, that the cards can easily be reproduced as some are printed directly at point of sale from a PDF file, with the only distinguishing feature being a company logo.”
Speaking about the handset’s specs leaked on the document, the site says, “Written and starred in red is information for the iPhone 5S “new product,” which is scheduled for a pre-sale announcement date of June 20 with sales starting in July. Below the release dates is a notation for major feature changes from the iPhone 5, which in this case says the supposed 5S will carry a fingerprint reader, 13-megapixel camera and iOS 7.”
The site notes, “While mere speculation, the information quoted in the purportedly leaked material does jibe with the timeline of Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to take place from June 10 through 14. If the iPhone 5S were to be announced at the conference, it would be one week prior to the June 20 pre-sale date referred to in the supposed KDDI document.”
However, it also says, “Though enticing, the rumor may not be accurate as Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at product “surprises” for the fall quarter during the company’s latest earnings call. Also, a recent research note from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted upgrades to Apple’s MacBook lineup will be the highlight of the WWDC, with no indication given as to a new iPhone model launch.”
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According to a report, Apple is seeking a licensing deal for its rumoured iRadio service for devices such as the iPad and iPhone.
The Verge Reports, “Apple is expected to sign its first internet radio licensing agreement with a major record label perhaps as soon as next week, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks have told The Verge. Universal Music Group, the largest of the major record companies, has reached the final stages of the negotiations and Warner Music is close behind, the sources said.”
It adds, “Apple is expected to launch a web radio service similar to Pandora’s later this year, provided that executives there can strike an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment as well as music publishers. Talks with Sony, which operates the third label, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony / ATV, the music publishing company jointly run with the estate of the late singer Michael Jackson, are said to not be as far along towards reaching a deal. Last week, The Verge broke the news that Apple had made made substantial progress in the talks with Universal and Warner.”
In terms of financials, the site says, “As for the financial terms, Apple will not receive the steep discounts it had sought for the labels’ music. According to a story published last month in the New York Post, Apple initially offered to pay 6 cents per 100 songs streamed, or about half of what Pandora pays. Now, Apple will pay rates nearly “neck and neck” with Pandora, one of the sources said. But what mustn’t be forgotten is that Apple’s new service will be similar to Pandora’s. but it won’t be a clone. According to the sources, iRadio will come with more on-demand features.”
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Ken Segall is a former Apple adviser who was involved in the Cupertino firm’s “Think Different” ad campaign. He thinks that iPhone naming is getting “complicated”.
In a blog post titled, “iPhone naming: when simple gets complicated,” he writes, “iPhone is sold differently. Since two previous models are still available when a new model is launched, the number is needed to distinguish one from the other. Consider it a necessary evil.
“But once you accept that iPhone models can’t live without a model identifier, the question becomes: what should that identifier be?
“The press has already dubbed this year’s model “iPhone 5S.” Most experts see a narrative in which Apple only produces a major upgrade every other year, and in between we get the “S” model. This is the model that delivers only incremental improvements.”
He does however think that the ‘S’ should be dropped. He writes, “Whether that’s Apple’s intended message is unknown. But personally, I wish Apple never created a “4S.”
He adds, “First of all, it’s an awkward moniker whether you speak it or read it. The Apple designers tried their best with the product graphics, but there is an inescapable reality: 4S will never be as simple as 4.
“More important, tacking an S onto the existing model number sends a rather weak message. It says that this is our “off-year” product, with only modest improvements. If holding off on the big number change achieved some great result, I might think otherwise. But look what happened with iPhone 5.
“This model brought major changes: bigger screen, better camera, greater speed, all on a thinner and lighter body. Yet its improvements were still dismissed by many as “incremental.” In fact, the perceived lack of innovation in iPhone 5 (deserved or not) is what prompted some to start writing about Samsung as “the new innovation leader.”
He suggests, “The simplest path is to give each new iPhone a new number and let the improvements speak for themselves. If anyone wants to say that the 7 isn’t as big a leap as the 6, that’s their business. Attempting to calibrate “degree of innovation” in the product name seems like a needless (and self-diminishing) exercise.”
He goes on to say, “My (meaningless) vote is that the next iPhone should be christened iPhone 6, not iPhone 5S. If it’s worthy of being a new model, it’s worthy of having its own number.”
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