Shortly after Apple introduced the iPhone 5, Samsung's propaganda PR machine went into high gear mocking the new phone and Apple fans in general. Samsung tried to make it like the iPhone 5 was for an older generation that was simply out of touch with technology. One particular ad mocked Apple's decision to reposition their headphone port to the bottom of the iPhone 5. Samsung may have jumped the gun on that point and it may come back to bite them in the next year of two.
The Nimrod we just Loved to Jeer
This character that Samsung invented for one of their anti-iPhone 5 ads is definitely one that the Mac Community loved to jeer for his animated opinion that Apple blew his mind when they repositioned the headphone port to the bottom of the new iPhone 5.
The question is why did Apple move their headphone port and was it really a design blunder? In 2011 a new Apple patent application was published by the US Patent Office which clearly indicated that Apple is seriously considering a pico-like projector for their future iDevice line up. Wouldn't it make sense that Apple might be saving the top side of the iPhone 5 for a future compact projector? Isn't that where users would want such a projector to be positioned on a future iPhone so that it would be easier to point to a display or projector screen?
Last week Sharp revealed that they had developed a high-efficiency red laser diode for displays. The new laser, as shown below could be integrated into mobile devices as a "compact projector," states the report. The lasers will come onto the market sometime in early Q1 2013.
While we can't definitively say that this is what Apple is going to implement on the top side of the next iPhone in 2013 or 2014, we think that it's definitely one option that would make a lot of sense. What are your thoughts on this?