For all those of you who have been patiently waiting for the iPhone 5 to be announced, you might be in luck, as Apple have sent out official media invitations to an event on September 12, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. However, Apple have not given any indication as to what new product will be unveiled, so the speculation is that the iPhone 5 will be introduced. So what can we expect from Apple’s new device and will iPhone fans be pleased with the product?
Most reports suggest that this new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5, although officially it is the 6th iPhone, as we already have the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4S. Also the huge number five at the bottom of the media invites might be a clue.
Leaks from various sources all point to Apple producing a larger screen for the iPhone 5. The general consensus is that the iPhone 5 will boast a 4-inch screen, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and employ new in-cell technology that allows a thinner, lighter screen. There are also rumours that the iPhone 5 could feature a curved glass screen that is clear. Digitimes reported that Apple had purchased between 200 and 300 special glass cutting machines because they’re too costly for the manufacturers to invest in.
It is thought that this iPhone will be encased in a metallic body, rather than the hard durable plastic of old. Rumours abound that this will be the first phone to be made using Liquidmetal technology, of which Apple just bought two more years to the exclusivity rights. Liquidmetal is a metal alloy which is extra strong and gives products a quality feel to them.
Evidently, Apple are gunning for a slimmer version of the iPhone 4S with the iPhone standing at a slim 7.6 mm thick, which would make this phone one of the slimmest smartphones on the market, and a whole 1.7 mm thinner than the iPhone 4S.
It is possible that we could see a quad-core processor debut in the iPhone 5, which tech geeks are already naming the Apple A6. As talks have leaked of Apple revamping their A5 processor, thoughts are that this could be the new processor. Apparently there are photos have been leaked which show what some believe to be the new internal chipset, which features an A6 power unit, which may increase the level to quad-core power – or it could be for other things. Some are saying the iPhone 5 won’t need more than a dual core power unit, which supports 1 GB of RAM. This is one spec we’ll have to wait and see.
Near Field Communication
It is thought that the iPhone 5 could well feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. This effectively turns the phone into a credit or debit card substitute. As the Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones already possess this technology, it seems only right to assume that Apple will follow suit. In fact, leaked photos of the new back of the iPhone 5 show it is ideal for the NFC antenna. Plus a developer into NFC technology when questioned how confident he was on the feature being included said, “Enough to bet the app development on.”
Sources have suggested the iPhone could have an 8MP camera which is front-facing. At present, Sony makes the cameras for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and it is reported that Sony’s Sir Howard Stringer, talking about the company’s camera image sensor facility in Sendai, a town that was recently ravaged by the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, remarked, “Our best sensor technology is built in one of the [tsunami] affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones… or iPads. Isn’t that something? They buy our best sensors from us.”
The general consensus is that the new iPhone 5 will cost around £500 in the UK and around $650 in the US. This is unless Apple unveil some radical new technology that we have not heard rumours about!
Although the above is mere speculation based on leaks and rumours, you can come back to this page for more updates as we get them.