The new iPhone 5 is going to be coming out sometime in the near future and, as usual, there are rumors flying all over the net gossiping about what it might have and what we hope it will have. One thing is for sure; when it hits the market, millions of Apple’s incredible little phones are going to fly off the shelves like hotcakes as they have done with every release before them.
Screen size is about the most obvious of the complaints that most people make, especially since practically all of the new Android phones are sporting 4” screens and in some case MUCH larger. The consensus is that the iPhone 5 will have at least a 4” screen. In fact, Reuters reported that Apple is putting in orders with suppliers for a 4.6-inch Retina Display. This could mean an iPhone with a 1.1” larger screen, a 30% increase in screen size! This also means that any and all old cases, covers, purses and whatnot are now going to be obsolete, but I don’t think that anyone ig going to complain as long as they get the bigger screen that they have been screaming for.
Carbon fiber could provide more strength to the iPhone’s body and, when Apple recently filed some new patents for their carbon fiber product the rumor mill began circulating that the new body would be made from this super-strong material. It would also make the iPhone 5 lighter, although if it’s bigger this point may be moot.
Speaking of patents, Liquid Metal was acquired by Apple in 2010 and so was their patented material, which has super-elastic properties and may give us an iPhone that has an incredibly durable and shatter resistant back. This would also allow Apple to make the iPhone 5 even slimmer, more elegant, and totally super-uber cool.
Complaints about battery life have reached a crescendo recently and a newer, faster processor and bigger screen will eat up battery life quicker so expect the new iPhone to have a more powerful battery with a longer life. How much longer nobody is really speculating. If it’s bigger it will eat up battery life quicker, but also be able to hold a bigger battery. Most experts ar saying that the b-life won’t change too much and that Apple hasn’t made it a priority.
Rumors of a new A6 processor (the iPad used the new, faster A5) coupled with a Gig of ram are circulating, which would make the iPhone 5 the most powerful iPhone to date. Of course that’s not much of a surprise as ALL iPhone versions have always been better than the previous in this department. Still, if you take a LOT of pics or spend time playing games on your iPhone the extra oomph will be a welcome addition.
An interesting change that will no doubt make peripheral designers cringe is that the iPhone 5 will have a new dock-connector, meaning that all previous covers and skins will no longer function with the iPhone 5. The old 16 pin plug is being replaced, so they say, with a slim round plug that will make plugging it in easier.
For people with disabilities this rumor is interesting; the iPhone 5 will have Senseg’s Haptic technology, which was 1st seen in the iPad. This newish tech gives a physically challenged person some real-world features like bringing the type ‘out’ so as to see it better by rendering it in something g similar to 3D.
The upgrading of the 4G protocols is still another naughty little rumor that is making its way around the net. This would allow the iPhone 5 to have the fastest connectivity rates ever while also increasing accessibility to select users in various parts of the globe. The new iPhone would, if this were true, have truly blazing connectivity speeds that would allow for a number of advancements in other areas such as gaming and IMing.
Finally, there are rumors of a June/ July 2012 release date, due to a heavy increase in hiring in some of Apple’s plants overseas (18,000 people!), but most experts see the new iPhone being released in the fall as usual, probably around October. No matter when it’s released or what the actual newest iPhone has or looks like, this perennial fan favorite is sure to cause a stir.