Be Still, My Beating Heart: The Best iPhone 5 Rumors
While many people expected the iPhone 5 to arrive in 2011, Apple instead gave us the iPhone 4S. Finally in 2012, however, the iPhone 5 looks set to drop, but what can we expect from Apple’s new superphone? There are plenty of rumors flying about, but picking apart the credible ones from the absolute guff isn’t as easy as it sounds. We know that Apple always aspires to impress, and we don’t doubt the iPhone 5 is set to top smartphone sales charts just like its predecessor, so it’s natural that the rumour mill should be going into overdrive as we near the release date.
First up, Apple has been keeping the new iPhone’s release date firmly under wraps, as usual. We’re expecting the new handset some time in late 2012, given that previous iPhone handsets have all been released between June and October; the iPhone 4 first saw the light of day in June 2010, though last year’s 4S was released substantially later, in October of 2011. Despite high hopes the phone might get a showing at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in early June, nothing has yet been set in concrete regarding the iPhone 5, though developers did indicate it may well be released in ‘the fall’ – so that’s autumn for us UK consumers.
And what about the iPhone 5′s design? Apple doesn’t like to rock the boat when it comes to form, preferring to make subtle tweaks to the iPhone’s chassis rather than drastic alterations. The Californian company is probably well aware they have a legion of die-hard fans who don’t want to see the iPhone become something completely unrecognizable. However, in comparison to previous iterations, the iPhone 5 looks like it’s set to be revolutionary by iPhone standards, featuring an entirely new casing in comparison to the 4S. The size of the handset is still anyone’s guess; earlier rumors suggested Apple might opt for a larger phone, while more recent rumors suggest the notion of a 5-inch iPhone has been scrapped by Apple. Our guess would be, that while the screen size might increase marginally compared to the 4S, nothing drastic should be expected.
Of course, it’s when we get to the specs and features of the iPhone 5, that things really start to get interesting. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out, Apple is going to want to include plenty of cutting-edge wizardry in their new phone. Looking around at the other popular high-end releases of 2012 is a decent way of checking out the competition provided by Apple’s main rivals (Samsung and HTC). This year, the HTC One X has so far championed high-end tech in the form of quad-core processing and an 8MP camera. Will we see similar things from the iPhone 5? It’s likely the iPhone 5 will include quad-core technology, as Apple has never been one to snub technology. In 2012, dual-core smartphones are categorized firmly in the ‘mid-range’ camp, and the new iPhone would certainly look amiss there.
Next up is the potential connectivity options in the new iPhone. The two new features getting all the attention at the moment are 4G/LTE data connections and NFC – Near Field Communication Technology. Most people expect the iPhone 5 to feature 4G, and given that plenty of high-end devices have already been released with 4G in the US, it’s likely that Apple is going to have to come up with the goods in order to be seen in the same league. Whether UK handsets will feature the same level of connectivity is another question entirely. Plenty of smartphone manufacturers have opted to release non-4G versions here in the UK, which is exactly what Apple did with the new iPad this year, simply because 4G isn’t widely accessible yet in the UK. Near Field Communication, on the other hand, is alive and flourishing in the UK. It’s already being implemented in express supermarkets on self-service check-outs, and the rollout will be ramped up within the next few months. Near Field Communication is how contactless payments are made possible, allowing a little chip in your phone to communicate with the e-commerce terminal, and make your payment for you, without you having to whip out your card. Given that plenty of phones – even mid-range and budget handsets – have been flooding our shelves with NFC technology all year, this seems like an obvious inclusion in the iPhone 5. There’s been a little more concrete evidence indicating this, too, including an Apple patent filing made in April 2012, which reinforces the idea that Apple is keen on NFC technology.
One feature many people will be wondering about, is the iPhone 5′s camera. 2012 has been a good year for smartphone snappers, with the 41MP Nokia PureView being launched, and some brilliant 12MP cams included in Sony handsets. The ‘norm’ for high-end phones this year has undoubtedly been 8MP, which is what you’ll find in the HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3. Sources have also stated the iPhone 5 will come with an 8MP camera. This seems likely, since Sony has traditionally supplied cameras for Apple phones. However, using this as a clue may indicate the iPhone 5 could include a 12MP camera after all – unless the Japanese company prefers to save those babies for themselves.
The rumors you might read about the Apple iPhone 5 can’t all be true, and yet, they’re all useful to some extent. After all, it’s this kind of media buzz which filters through to the company, compelling them to listen to the wishes of their consumers. Apple has a reputation to uphold, and the sheer volume and extent of the rumors surrounding the iPhone 5, is a testament to the company’s consistency when it comes to delivering cutting-edge technology and modern gadgetry. We don’t know exactly what the iPhone 5 is going to include just yet, but chances are it’ll be very, very good.
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