The iPhone 5 : The latest rumors

New York – A new round of speculative buzz says the next iPhone might have a curved glass display and better international coverage

For months, there’s been speculation as to when the iPhone 5 will be released, and what high-tech wizardry it might boast. Early rumors included talk of a bigger screen, an aluminum case, and near-field communication (NFC) technology. In recent weeks, a number of additional rumors have emerged. Here are five:

1. A curved glass display
Digitimes, an electronics industry newspaper for Taiwan and China, reports that Apple bought hundreds of glass-cutting machines to make a concave display screen. A number of newer phones, like Samsung’s Nexus S and LG’s G2x With Google, have curved displays, which can make holding a phone to your face more comfortable.

2. Availability on more carriers
Apple analyst Peter Misek, of Jefferies & Co. says he expects the next iPhone to be available on a number of new mobile carriers, including Sprint, T-Mobile, and China Telecom. He notes that on the last Apple earnings call, management responded to a question about carriers by saying, “We are constantly looking and adding where it makes sense, and you can keep confidence that we’ll continue to do that.”

3. Better global coverage
Because the current Verizon iPhone uses a CDMA chip instead of the GSM chip used by the rest of the world, its international coverage is very limited. But, with the next iPhone, Verizon will have global coverage equal to AT&T’s, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.

4. A delayed release
While Apple has not announced a release date for the iPhone 5  (many are expecting September), its release could be delayed after a tragic explosion last week at Apple’s Foxconn factory in China killed three people, and injured 15. Foxconn released a statement saying that iPad 2 production would not be affected, but it’s unclear if the next iPhone might be.

5. No big changes
The next iPhone may not even be the iPhone 5, says Misek. “According to our inductry checks,” it will be the iPhone 4s, and have only “minor cosmetics changes, better cameras,” and a faster processor.

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JAL:成田 ボストン線 開設

連日、ボーイング787の話題ですね。この新型機で成田ボストン線開設です。成田コナ、成田マウイ、成田シアトルあたりも採算が取れますね。

日本航空は27日、来年4月22日に成田空港と米ボストンを結ぶ国際線の新路線を開設すると発表した。日航が成田発着の新規路線を開設するのは8年ぶり、北米路線としては13年ぶりとなる。10年1月に経営破綻した同社は同4月、国際・国内合計45路線の運休を決めたが、今年3月に会社更生手続きを終え、運航路線で攻めに転じることになった。

 新路線はアジアと米東海岸のボストンを結ぶ初の直行便で、週7便の運航を予定(12年5月末までは週4便)している。日航は今年4月から米アメリカン航空と共同事業を開始しており、日本と北米を結ぶ路線は両社で計7路線となる。

 機材には全日本空輸に続き、今年10~12月に日航への納入開始が予定されている米ボーイングの最新鋭中型機、787(約200席)を使う計画。北米路線で現在使っている大型機(777)では採算が合わなかったが、中型機ながら航続距離が大型機並みの787を導入することで開設が可能になったという。