As one who has been plugged into the net since 1993 I am always keeping my finger on the pulse of what is going on the technology world, but in particular for the last few years I’ve been staying very close to the mobile industry. As CMO of a mobile app development company, Action App – I see evolution and changes taking place daily that can affect the way that business is done in this fast paced sector.

If you are an app developer for iOS apps then you have probably received the email from iTunes regarding new image requirements namely that they be “Retina resolution” or above. Now, on the surface to the layman this may seem innocuous but upon further investigation we find that there may be a bigger reason behind the new Apple iTunes image requirements.

From iTunes:

“When you create or update your apps in iTunes Connect, you must upload screenshots that are high-resolution. We require your screenshots as high-resolution images so that your app is optimized for the Retina display.

The requirements for high-resolution images are 960 x 640, 960 x 600, 640 x 960, or 640 x 920 pixels. Images must be at least 72 dpi, in the RGB color space, and the file must be .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .tiff, or .png. You can update your screenshot files at any time in iTunes Connect.”

I also discovered that you cannot make any other changes to existing apps without upgrading images as well. So, the bad news is that you have to upgrade your images if you intend to do any updates of your existing apps and all future apps must conform. The good news is that it will force all of us on the developer side to offer the highest quality images possible and lets us know the the iPhone 5 is getting closer and closer…

The iPhone 4 was the first of the popular smartphone line to include a retina screen, so it makes sense that if Apple is coming out with the iPhone 5 in  the summer-fall of 2012 the 3GS will probably be phased out soon thereafter. This follows a pattern with Apple as they evolve, hardware that doesn’t support the new technology is phased out to make way for the next “must have device”.

So, what are some of the “alleged features” being introduced in the new iPhone 5 release?

According to iPhone5Latest :

The iPhone 5 will be at least 4G and possibly 4G-LTE – For the less techno, LTE stands for long term evolution and at 12mbps download rate versus 5-6mbps download rate it is considerably faster than regular 4G.

iPhone 5 leaked

The obvious difference you see from the image above from iPhoneLatest.com is how much BIGGER the iPhone 5 is supposed to be, probably at least 3.7 to 4.3 inch screen! I know for me, that is a biggie. That’s been a complaint of mine about the iPhone from day one.

It is also rumored that the new iPhone 5 will have a better front camera and possible as high as a 10 MP rear facing camera. Pretty cool stuff for those of us that use our iPhones as cameras. I did several months of citizen journalism using my iPhone, uploading images and videos live from the scene – They are phenomenal tools!

More details as we get them –

 

Gregg

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