Many reports said Apple would release the next iPhone in 2011. Although widely expected, as it happened, there was no iPhone 5 in 2011 after all, but the company did announce the iPhone 4S. Earlier this month Samsung announced their latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, which is seen as a challenger Apple’s iPhone. In 2012, some reports are fairly certain that the real iPhone 5 will roll out of Apple's gates and that the device should be a bigger leap forward than the 4S was.
Apple has sold tens of millions of iPhones with 3.5-inch displays. However, the trend is toward smartphones with 4-inch displays and a new report suggests Apple will go with a bigger screen when the iPhone 5 debuts later this year. Will the next iPhone actually sport a larger screen? A new report from the Wall Street Journal suggests it will. "Apple is set to replace the 3.5-inch screen that the iPhone has had since it was first released back in 2007 with a screen that measures “at least four inches diagonally,” according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal."
If the news is true, the release date? Specfications? Price?...
iPhone 5 Release Date:
Given the pattern of Apple's iPhone launches, we're expecting the next-gen iPhone 5 to debut in mid to late 2012. We reckon it's most likely to be shown off at Apple's Worldwide Developer Event (WWDC), which usually takes place in early June - even if the focus of the 2011 event was software. However, we reported in February that the new iPhone would be launched in October, falling into line with the same release schedule from last year, and Macotakara 'sources' confirming the Cupertino brand would be honouring the same upgrade cycle from now on.
Rumours keep appearing that the iPhone 5 release date is June 2012. It seems Foxconn is even gearing up for that date.
iPhone 5 Specs:
Based on the roadmap of mobile chip design specialist ARM (of which Apple is a licensee), we'll see a quad-core processor debut in the new iPhone 5 - probably called the Apple A6. We know that we'll see other quad core handsets debut in 2012, so it's not too much of a stretch to say that the iPhone 5 will be the same.
We had expected some kind of help in terms of predicting the iPhone 5 CPU from the launch of the new iPad, but the announcement of a slightly tweaked A5X processor really didn't help things there.
iPhone 5 Screen:
Various sources claim the iPhone 5 will feature a larger, 4-inch screen. Digitimes quotes the source as saying that Apple is expanding the screen size "to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market."
On 23 May 2011, we reported on rumours that the iPhone 5 could feature a curved glass screen. These rumours also came from Digitimes, which said that Apple has purchased between 200 and 300 special glass cutting machines because they're too costly for the manufacturers to invest in.
In March 2012, new reports suggested that the new iPhone 5 would come sporting a larger 4.6-inch retina display, while April rumours even suggested the next iPhone will use new touch technology and will be encased in something called "liquidmetal."
However, with Apple getting its phones a bigger screen, one wonders if the new iPhone will stick to the company’s philosophy of sticking to minimalist design.
iPhone 5 Price:
If the iPhone 5 is an evolutionary step like the move from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S then we'd expect the price to stay more or less the same, although in the UK higher VAT rates may well mean a higher price tag.
It's pretty much nailed on that the new iPhone will cost around ￡500 for a 16GB / 32GB model (depending on the capacity Apple whacks in there) and unless the iPhone 5 comes with some truly next generation technology that pricing model should hold firm.
The iPhone 5 news is true or not? In theory, I think it is; but in practice, I’m not so sure. If true, I will share a full, in-depth iPhone 5 specs, features, testing and review when we get our hands on one. Thanks for viewing, hope it is useful for you.