Every summer, Apple announces a new iPhone at it’s Worldwide Developer Conference (June 5 to June 9). Usually preceded by rumors to get the market hungry for it. Today’s rumor is that Apple is holding off on a new OS5 until at least September. ” While Apple typically releases a new version of iOS concurrently with a new iPhone, the delay of iOS doesn’t necessarily mean that new Apple hardware is being pushed back until fall this time around.” says PC Magazine. From various reports, case and chip makers don’t even have some of the orders for parts for the new iPhone5. Add to that the earthquake in Japan affecting parts makers, and July seems optimistic at most. September more likely, with some rumors even saying later in the year or next year.
But What IS an iPhone 5?
All there is rumors at this point. And not even very reliable ones like leaks out of Apple, but…
- The iPhone 5 is said to look fairly similar to the iPhone 4 except for two very important differences: materials and screen size.
- Apple has decided to move away from the back-glass enclosure found on the fourth-generation device and move to something similar to the back of the first-generation iPhone or adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal (aluminum?) back. (the curved body would be good as I could then still use my Mophie battery case.)
- The next major enhancement is said to be a larger display guesstimated by Digitimes at 4 inches. Rumors are that will be larger than the one on the iPhone 4.
- new operating system could include “cloud”-based features,
- OS5 Features:
- a larger advertising platform for iAds,
- a digital locker in the cloud to synchronize content between users’ Apple devices,
- a music streaming service on a subscription basis and
- an aggressively priced video subscription service.
- Jim Dalrymple at The Loop says that this year’s WWDC will be about software, not hardware, with Apple focusing on iOS and Mac OS.
- it’s possible the new iPhone won’t be a total refresh and we’ll see an iPhone 4S (or iPhone 4GS) before an iPhone 5.
- Expect the basics of the iPhone 5 specs to get a bump – more memory, faster processor, and more storage.
- On 10 March 2011 it emerged that the A5 chip, found in the new iPad 2, looks to be headed to the iPhone 5, bringing enhanced functionality and dual-core power as Apple looks to improve both battery life and performance.
- The iPhone 5 price won’t change
- Apple could simply be planning to launch the iPhone 5 sometime closer to the holiday season
- iPhone 5 is strongly touted to be 4-G-equipped: The iPhone 5 specs may include LTE support- One analyst thinks the iPhone 5 will support LTE, super-fast mobile broadband, in the US. That would make the iPhone 5G a 4G phone (huh?) LTE is coming – AT&T plans to roll out its LTE service in 2011 – but an LTE iPhone has been rumored for a while.
- Grapevine has it that Steve Jobs’ medical leave could be another reason for the delayed launch.
- The iPhone 5 specs may include a digital wallet – There’s been some speculation that Apple might include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5G, turning it into a kind of credit/debit card. However, as Techeye.net notes, “Apple has looked into NFC before” so this might not be imminent. However, with the tech being inside the Google Nexus S, the time for NFC may finally be here.
- PAY PHONE: Apple patents show how a near field communication-equipped iPhone 5 could act as a kind of credit card. Apple patented an e-wallet icon on the iPhone home screen. This adds credence to the rumor that iPhone 5 will feature NFC.