Last Autumn, excitement regarding a new iPhone release was entering overdrive. Talk of the Apple iPhone 5 was the main subject of heated discussion, and people began regularly fainting in the street under the sheer weight of anticipation. Apple’s ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ event was arranged for 4th October 2011, and the world held its breath; bracing itself for the unveiling of the iPhone 5. The date came, and Apple unveiled… the Apple iPhone 4S, which was a bit like the iPhone 4.
Now let’s not take anything away from the success of 4S which is a great handset, but the world was waiting for the iPhone 5, and still continues to wait. Since the original iPhone hit the market in 2007, Apple have released a new iPhone model at the rate of one a year, and we see no reason why 2012 should be any different. Here at e2save we’re happy to give you our best predictions to the top questions floating around right now.
Will this year’s release differ to the iPhone 4 and 4S?
Many criticised the iPhone4S as being a stopgap to the iPhone 5, so we expect Apple to silence their critics with the launch of a brand new handset, not just a refined update of a previous one. We’re confident the Apple iPhone 5 design will differ drastically from the 4S.
Will it be called the Apple iPhone 5?
As we’re expecting a new model, rather than an update of the old one, the iPhone 5 seems the logical choice. What did the S in 4S even stand for? Speed? Siri? Steve Jobs? Stop asking us when the iPhone 5 is arriving? Bear in mind that Apple do like to surprise their audience, and named their most recent iPad as The New iPad, rather than the iPad 3. Could they follow this trend and release a handset entitled simply, The New iPhone? It’s not beyond possibility, but we’re putting our money on this being the long-awaited iPhone 5.
Apple iPhone 5 specifications?
As you can expect with Apple, no official announcements have been made yet regarding the specifications of the Apple iPhone 5. The iPhone range has traditionally kept a 3.5 inch display. We see no reason why Apple would bother to increase the screen size beyond these dimensions. As Android handsets stick to the “bigger is better” principle, we’re seeing a flurry of releases between 4 inches and even a mammoth 5.3 (Samsung Galaxy Note). As for the iPhone, if it isn’t broken, why fix it? A change in screen size would mean a reshuffle of resolutions throughout the entire App Store catalogue; a lot of work for the sake of a few inches.
With the release of the Apple iPhone 5, expect to see a brand new chip within the handset. The new iPad muscles an A5X chip within the latest iDevice; the capability to host quad core graphics within a dual core processing chip. As more of this year’s flagship handsets are unveiling quad core smartphones, the Apple iPhone 5 would surely want to compete on a performance level with these devices. Currently the HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X HD out sprint the competition with their quad core 1.5 GHz chips. Rumours suggest that next month’s Samsung Galaxy S3 release will push this further with up a 1.8GHz quad core chip. Will the Apple iPhone 5 be the first release to utilise the A6 quad core processing chip?
Additional rumours for the Apple iPhone 5, suggest NFC technology integration, a 12 megapixel camera and 4G mobile broadband support; ready for the UK rollout over the coming years.
Apple iPhone 5 release date
Pundits are confident the Apple iPhone 5 will be announced as early as June. Though the iPhone 4S was released just 7 months ago, a summer release for the iPhone 5 would mark 24 months since the release of the iPhone 4 and give the opportunity for early iPhone 4 buyers to upgrade to a new iPhone device without a long winded wait. The last thing Apple wants to do is throw its fan base away to the Samsung Galaxy S3 crowd.
For smartphone fans, the next few months are exciting times ahead. Who do you think will take the crown for smartphone of the year? Let us know your opinion on our Facebook community.
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