Monday, September 5, 2011

The iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup Redux

A lot's happened since the last time we put all the iPhone 5 rumors in one place for you. So here's an up-to-date look at what we're expecting from Apple's next iPhone.
We're going to tackle the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S rumors separately, since they're often at odds with each other and very well might be talking about two completely different pieces of hardware.

The Latest

Some time in July, an iPhone 5 prototype reportedly went missing. There are some questions left unanswered, but Apple has been actively trying to recover the handset, with at least some form of assistance from the SF Police Department.

iPhone 5 Hardware Rumor

Let's get this out of the way first: We still don't think that the next iPhone is going to have LTE. But there have been a few rumors about Apple testing LTE tech on iPhones and in their retail stores, so it remains an outside possibility. More likely is that they're running a typically long product cycle and this is early testing for next generation.

Full size

An icon in Apple's Photo Stream app has sparked a fresh round of wider screen/tinier iPhone design talk. Our best guess is that the icon translates into an iPhone 5 that is shrunk significantly, with a screen that's a scoche (3.7 inches?) larger, but with the same resolution and proportions. We've seen a number of cases and informed renderings that suggest the phone is skinnier, shorter, and wider, so that seems like a good bet.

And for what it's worth, a new round of 3rd party case analysis from MacRumors backs up ThisIsMyNext's earlier "teardrop" renders, and sizes the screen at a bigger-than-expected 4 inches. Yet somehow their rendering came out smaller than the cases we've already seen. Interesting.

We're pretty sure that the iPhone is going to be available on all four major carriers, or at least on Sprint, even if they don't want to talk about it just yet. Verizon's changed its mind on 3G Facetime, no longer swearing it off completely, but now saying it only wants it to be available to customers on a tiered data plan, which could be a harbinger of how carriers try to force users off of grandfathered unlimited data plans.

We're also relatively certain it'll make the jump to an 8MP camera, improving on the iPhone 4's 5MP sensor, and should continue the iPhone's run as the best phone camera.

iPhone 4S Hardware Rumors

The iPhone 4S is the name the tech blogosphere has bestowed upon a less-than-hoped-for refresh of this year's iPhone, and more recently, a rumored budget-friendly 8GB iPhone 4. The best evidence that we've seen for this phone being a reality has come in the past few weeks, when leaked images of purported iPhone 5 (or 4S) parts have surfaced. Some of the model numbers and much of the design suggest an incremental refresh to the iPhone, and they are convincing (and numerous) enough to be taken seriously.

Launch Date Details

BGR has its hands on Best Buy docs that detail iPhone 5 pre-order and launch week information. According to the docs, leaked from an insider, preorders could begin as early as this week with an official launch slated for the first week in October. It should be noted that Best Buy also states these in the slides that even these hazy date ranges are subject to change.


Anonymous said...

I love the iPhone Series and I'm still looking forward to them, nice blog!
+Follow said...

im tired of the iphone. even if it has a bigger screen it will still have the same old boring grid of static app icons interface

wp7 is more exciting

btw following u now. follow back and comment thank

Matthew Prindiville said...

Android forever!

Electric Addict said...

so many rumors around iphones

katarina said...

Planing to get an iphone pretty soon

Self Improvemen2 said...

Nice looking phones. I just might have to get one.

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