Rumor Has It: iPhone 5 (4S)
If you follow Apple products, you know that Apple typically releases every new iPhone generation around June, with the most current generation, the iPhone 4, being released on June 24, 2010. This year may be a little different because before, AT&T was the only authorized carrier until recently when Apple announced that Verizon would be getting their own CDMA iPhone 4 in January, eventually released on February 10, 2010.
No official word has been given about the specs or the release for the 5th generation iPhone but according to DigiTimes, the iPhone 5 may see the daylight this September. Why? According to TechnoBuffalo, Apple could merge the release dates for AT&T and Verizon as well as expanding to other carriers such as Sprint.
A Fall release would also make the iPhone the highlight of Apple’s Fall music event and of their holiday product lineup. Since their inception, Apple’s iPod line has typically been released in September so now Apple is able to release the iPod lines along with the iPhone generations.
4-inch display: We could be seeing a new edge-to-edge screen display for the iPhone 5, expanding the current 3.5 inch display to a 4 inch display. This would compete with the increased sizes of the competition’s phone screen sizes.
Camera: With most of the competition’s phones having an upgraded 8-megapixel camera, Apple is stepping up iPhone 5’s camera—upgrading the current 5-megapixel camera to an 8-megapixel camera. According to PCWorld, the mockups of the iPhone 5 show that the camera lens would remain on the top left of the back of the phone but the flash will move to the top right hand side. See published photos of the new camera at Apple.pro.
Processor: It’s not official what processor the iPhone 5 will have no doubt it will be a faster processor. Expect Apple to use the dual-core A5 chip that the iPad 2 debuted with, according to PCWorld.
iOS5: The new iPhone will no doubt get an upgraded iOS system, with revamped notifications, according to TechnoBuffalo. There are also rumors of a streaming iTunes as well as cloud-based services, which would also mean revamped models of the iPad and iPod lines.
There is no word on what the official name of the new generation iPhone will be but according to the Washington Post, industry analyst Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co., the new iPhone will be called the iPhone 4S (think iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 3G).
Update: The iPhone 5 back cover has supposedly been leaked. There’s no word yet on the validity of the picture but it lines up with the rumors that the flash has been moved to the right hand side of the device. Take a look below.
What do you think? Will you get the iPhone 5 (4S) when it comes out?