iPhone 5, iPad HD, HD iTunes, And More
The Apple rumor mill has been more active than usual this week, as those who claim to know (or at least have good reason to suspect) bring out some tantalizing tidbits about, among other things, the new low-end iPhone, iPad HD, device-to-device transfers, 1080p iTunes, and more.
* First up: September is the target launch date for a pair of new iPhones, according to various sources. One will be a direct attack upon the budget-conscious (read: Android) market, that rarest of creatures: a low-end iPhone. The other will be all about luxury, thinner and lighter but with a larger curved-glass screen and an 8-megapixel camera.
Then again, another rumor making the rounds say that the next iteration of the iPhone will have only the most minor of improvements over its predecessor, being an 'incremental upgrade' to save the real blockbusters for the (you guessed it) iPhone 6.
* The next iPad is rumored to be a more expensive model, sporting double the resolution (1048 x 1536, thus, the iPad HD). The target market is said to be visual professionals, the same sort of segment of the video- and photo-obsessed who would choose a MacBook Pro over a simple MacBook.
On one hand, the "iPad HD, NOT iPad 3" theory would support the contention that Apple is unlikely to bring out a new iteration of the iPad within months of their iPad 2 release. On the other hand, the trend of Apple's releases lately has been away from the pro market and toward the mass market, so a higher resolution iPad (and the serious expense that it would require) may not be in the cards.
* One more-than-likely (but still unconfirmed) rumor is that iTunes movies with a higher resolution -- namely, 1080p rather than the current peak of 720p -- are being provided to the iTunes Store for a September. This will correspond, apparently, with an upgrade to AppleTV's CPU (as well as all of those new iPhones and iPads that we've already mentioned).
* And finally, the least drastic but possibly most long-awaited possibility of all: wireless transfers between devices. Apple device owners would love to close the gap (so to speak), but the most evidence we really have is a patent application from last year that Ars Technica uncovered and concluded "we expect Apple to move on these transferring techniques soon, given the progress of similar technologies from competitors."