iPhone 5 Rumor Mill Heats Up

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The iPhone 5 is expected to be released this year and the rumor mill is starting to heat up.  Some of the rumors seem to be pure speculation while others seem based on information garnered from suppliers and other insiders.  One anaylst said that the iPhone 5 would be the mother of all upgrades.

Here are the rumors that I was able to find at various technology sites including Apple blogs.  By the way, I am not an Apple fan but I do enjoy technology in general.  I think that without Jobs, the iPhone 5 may be the last of the truly innovative upgrades to the iPhone line.  We'll see.



Release Date?   I keep seeing October as the release time for the iPhone though eweek says June.  Some of the sources cite suppliers and supply chain data that would point towards an October release.

Screen Size?   Larger than the current 3.5" but I don't find much agreement about the new size.  There is a small consensus that it will be right around 4".  One supplier claimed that Apple put in a large order for 4.6" screens. Given Apple's past, I don't think it is likely that they will want to make the iPhone large enough for a 4.6" screen.  But, ya never know.

Composition?   Almost every site said that Apple will switch from a glass body to a Liquid Metal body.  Apple acquired a license for Liquid Metal about two years ago.

Processor?   Most sites agree that it will be an A5X chip that is already used in the iPad.  Some think it is possible that Apple will use a quad core A6 though most agree that is unlikely. Whatever they choose, it will be faster than the chip in the 4s, most agree.

How Thin?   Glad you asked.  Less than 8mm.  It will be interesting to see what battery they use that will work in a body so thin.

Display?   All sources agree that Apple will use their Retina Display for the iPhone 5.

Camera?  I couldn't find much about this other than specualtion that the iPhone 5 may come with a 3D camera.  Apple has filed patents for a 3D camera within a cell phone.

LTE?  Most agree that it will ship with LTE for 4G speeds (on LTE networks).  Sprint is banking on it and hoping to attract even more subscribers as their plan will continue to include unlimited data.  AT&T and Verizon have tiered plans without an option for unlimited service.

Battery?   Larger.  That would make sense for a larger screen and a phone that has more capability than the previous iterations of the iPhone.

Name?  Apple may not call this the iPhone 5 but, rather, a whole new name that does away with the sequential numbering scheme.









erick99 posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
More about liquid metal here
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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krmills1
I love apple products! I don't know why they would want to make the iphone any smaller or thinner in size, the current thickness is just right, sometimes smaller isn't always better because its nice to have a certain size in order to hold onto the phone properly.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
I don't think they will stay with the 3.5" display but there wasn't a lot of agreement among 4.0", 4.3", and 4.6". It would be extremely impressive to see them go with a 4.6" but this phone still has a lot of Jobs in it and I don't see him as having wanted that big of a phone.
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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encorez
I care more about the camera, and hope the size of the body stays the same..
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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heyimdennise
im so excited about tis iphone.. i cant wait!
heyimdennise (rep: 7.87k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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heyimdennise
*this
heyimdennise (rep: 7.87k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
I didn't see rumors about the camera but I will dig a bit and if I find something I will add it to the Page.
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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arsiel
I read rumors about the front-facing camera is finally going to have a 1.3 MP resolution vs. the current (and previously used for the 4) VGA camera.
Sorry erick99, I know you were rooting for the HTC Evo 4G LTE but I think I'll be waiting for the iPhone 5 :x
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
I can't upgrade until Aug 1rst and by then there will be some great new Android phones on the market. Samsung has several including the Galaxy III. I am hoping for something close to a 5" screen.
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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arsiel
5" is HUGE. I feel like if I dropped something like that, it'd be over.
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
When I got my EVO 4G with it's 4.3" screen I felt like I was holding something giant in my hand. Now it feels normal. I'm ready for BIGGER, lol.
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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encorez
I just got rid of my galaxy s2, and went back to iPhone 4s.....and after using both....the iPhone kills.....android OS needs more work.
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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arsiel
That's what...she...said....
...... :|
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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erick99
I'm here to serve :)
erick99 (rep: 17.2k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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encorez
lol...burn
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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arsiel
Lolol
arsiel (rep: 13k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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gangstabarbie
Goodbye iphone4! Hello iphone5 ! Can you hear me now?
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted Apr 25, 2012
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ajesta76
good one
ajesta76 (rep: 11) posted Apr 26, 2012
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lusily
i can't wait it.so excited.
lusily (rep: 14) posted Apr 26, 2012
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audiocracy
Glad I'm skipping the 4s upgrade!
audiocracy (rep: 825) posted Apr 26, 2012
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