Apple will finally reveal the latest and greatest iPhone(s) tomorrow, October 4th, at their headquarters. I’ve been waiting since March to make the move to the newest iPhone. While I’ve been happy with my LG Optimus V, it’s time to part ways. It’s a great budget Android smartphone, but I’m looking forward to a device with a larger screen, better battery life and better cell coverage. While I have high hopes for the iPhone 5, it’s not a done deal yet and I’m open to go to a better Android device.
- The 5 will sport a new look that is thinner and lighter. Pictures of a new case design, indicate some sort of curved edges.
- Larger screen: To better compete with some of the Android phones, the screen is rumored to be between 4 and 4.3 inches (versus the current 3.5 inches).
- An 8 megapixel camera will replace the current 5 megapixel one.
- Faster A5 dual-core processor: There’s seems to be consensus around this one. The same type of processor that powers the iPad 2 will be in the iPhone 5.
- NFC technology: Near field communication will enable the iPhone to function as a mobile wallet. The theory is that you will simply tap your iPhone at store checkouts or vending machines. There’s a lot of speculation this won’t make it into the iPhone 5 and you’ll have to wait till the 6. This would enable Apple to compete with Google’s new Wallet offering.
- Voice recognition: Controlling your iPhone with voice commands: Make an appointment, read me my email, etc… Captain Picard would be pleased.
- Dual-band phone supporting both GSM and CDMA that will allow it to work on either Verizon or AT&T.
- Will also be available from Sprint. There’s also speculation that iPhone 4S will be available as a pay-as-you-go phone, a large part of the mobile market.
- Faster downloads: There were rumors that the iPhone 5 would be enabled for the new LTE networks aka “4G”. However, China Unicom stated at a recent trade show that the iPhone 5 would instead have support for HPSA+, giving it 21 MBps of bandwidth versus the current 7.2 MBps on the iPhone 4. HPSA+ but no LTE would be interesting as it would give a definite advantage to AT&T.