Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders have begun in China though its release date is still months away. Cupertino based tech giant hasn’t spoken a single word about it or its launch so far
iPhone 5 is expected to be slimmer than the existing version. Though it is difficult to pack a smartphone with more powerful components and still make it thinner, but Apple is adept at doing it. Its recent MacBook Pro 2012, despite being a lot more powerful, comes with a far thinner body than its predecessor.
But while we are talking about the future specs of iPhone 5, Chinese sellers have already started pre-ordering for Apple’s next generation iPhone 5. Many sellers including Taobao are accepting pre-orders for the hotly awaited smartphone that is expected to be the biggest launch in the history of electronic gadgets. A Reuters report while detailing the modus operandi of these sellers reports that some sellers are accepting pre-orders for $160, while there are others who are asking for the full amount for the smartphone that Apple is yet to announce for as high as $1100.
China is the second biggest market for Apple products after the US and its share has seen steady increase in recent years. With economic prosperity all around in China and economy still going strong, it is going to leave the parent market of iPhone far behind in the days to come. Apple’s revenue in China reached a record $7.9 billion, which is up threefold year-over-year. That brings Apple’s revenues in the country to $12.4 billion for the first half of the fiscal year. That’s nearly what Apple made in all of the last fiscal year when it made $13.3 billion in China.
Early this year, the whole world saw in disbelief as to how much people in China love Apple products when serpentine queues were formed outside all Apple stores and there was rioting when staff said that iPhone was not available. A report says, “Demand was so insatiable for the iPhone 4 that the company had to shut down sales in retail stores amid the threat of rioting at the Sanlitun shopping center on the east side of Beijing”.
Meanwhile there are several new and improved features in the next generation iPhone that are being speculated. an iRumor report suggest that the rear camera in iPhone 5 will come with 8 mega pixel, but its aperture will go up to 0.5 mm. a report suggests that the rear camera will be slimmer than in iPhone 5.
The same report suggests that Apple is adopting flip-chip packing for the new front-facing camera. It will result in a thinner assembly and simplify lens production. But this too remains as much doubtful as reports that Apple is coming up with 4 inch retina display.