Apple’s iPhone 5 is next up on the tech giants slate of planned product releases. Rumors about the smartphone have been swirling around the internet since before Apple played bait and switch with the iPhone 4S. But when is the iPhone 5 coming out, and what features will it have?
When Will The iPhone 5 Go On Sale?
The earliest cited estimates for announcement/release of the iPhone 5 involve the late spring/early summer time frame. During that window, Apple will participate in the Worldwide Developers Conference, which is held in June. Some experts are betting that the release will take advantage of that event’s press exposure, with production getting in gear during that same time.
If Apple doesn’t make an iPhone 5 announcement in June, the next likely time frame would be October 2012. Most Apple analysts point to the fact that the last version of the iPhone (the iPhone 4S) was released this past fall, and Apple almost always spreads product releases by yearly intervals.
iPhone 5 Features
So now that we have an idea on when the phone will be available our next question is of course, what will it do? The iPhone 5 is supposedly part Apple’s all new product line for 2012, with Apple rumored to be overhauling it’s entire product base. This leaves some exciting possibilities for the iPhone 5, like:
Larger Screen: Apple has taken shots from consumers and the industry alike for not having a larger display. Some experts believe Apple will ramp up the current iPhone display size from 3.5 inches to 4 inches, while others are expecting a whopping big display on the iPhone 5…one that could approach 4.7 inches. Odds: Highly Likely
NFC: The iPhone rumors include the device may include NFC (near-field communication). Like Google Wallet, NFC allows for devices to be used as a credit card (otherwise known as “wave and pay” chips). Rumors are Apple has rejected NFC because there is no standard for it. But recently Forbes reported an Apple employee let it leak that the iPhone 5 would have NFC and use iTunes for billing. That makes more sense, since NFC is the future and Apple’s never been known to care much about the current standards, just look to iTunes for proof of that. Odds: 60% Likely
More Power: Other expected enhancements include a more powerful processor, possibly even using the A5X dual-core processor chip that powers the new iPad. Odds: 85% Likely
Better Camera: Apple has slowly added better cameras to their devices but they lag behind the industry as a whole. With the new push for retina display and better photography, odds are high that Apple will make sure a better camera is in the iPhone 5. Odds: Very Likely
Metal Case: According to sources at Apple’s Chinese iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, the new iPhone 5 could be made of lightweight metal, possibly aluminum, there have also been rumors of Liquidmetal, a futuristic substance that’s as easy to mold, lightweight like plastic, but as strong as aluminum. Odds: Highly Likely
Apple Innovation = Revolution
Apple like many young tech professionals are driven by technology and taking the lead in creating the future. Learning app development for the iPhone can help you be part of the revolution. And speaking of revolution, make no mistake, when the iPhone 5 does release it will be revolutionary.
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