iPhone 5 Rumor Round-Up

October 3, 2011

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.

Along that line of thought , I recently put the “Why Android?” question to a few friends. For them, Android is about freedom. The freedom to run a mobile FTP site or the the ability to download an EXE file. In another words, they want to decide what can be loaded on their device and not leave those decisions to Apple or anyone else. As technology professionals (or as geeks), they essentially want a PC that fits in the pocket. However, freedom usually comes with complexity. For what I do now, my phone needs to be in the “it just works” category.
On the eve of the iPhone event, to save you hours of web surfing, here’s a summary of the latest iPhone 5 rumors. There’s also a lot of speculation that a low cost iPhone will also be revealed: the iPhone 4S. 
  • 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.
The expectation is that the iPhone 5 will be shipping within a week or two after tomorrow’s announcement. In the meantime, keep your phone charged.

Tags: Android, Apple, IPhone, LG

2 Responses to iPhone 5 Rumor Round-Up

  1. Peter Murray on October 3, 2011 at 10:32 am

    If the VZ iPhone lacks LTE, that is a glaring omission – one that would prevent me from considering it (were I inclined to give VZ any business at all). I could see them leaving that out for battery life and/or complexity reasons, though that still wouldn't make me say it is okay to omit it – chargers are cheap!

    I suspect the dual-band, dual-mode (GSM/CDMA) will allow the phone to work internationally, but not on ATT's network. The GSM (and hopefully EDGE) radios would be tied to 900/1800 MHz, and the CDMA radios would operate on 850/1900MHz.

  2. The Hub on October 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    It appears from today's announcement that the new 4S will work on both AT&T and Verizon's network's domestically. So much for LTE and from what I understand, Verizon doesn't support HSDPA.

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