iPhone 5 rumours: Features and info

Posted by erlan | Posted in smartphone | Posted on 27-05-2011


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Talk of the ‘iPhone 5’ has noticeably gathered momentum in recent months, and as we anticipate how Apple will change the smartphone game once again,  we’ve rummaged through the speculation, ‘trusted sources’ and patents piecing together how the iPhone 5 could take shape.

Read below for our iPhone 5 rumours: Features and info we know so far.

1. iPhone 5: new design
The Wall Street Journal reported that its ‘in-the-know’ contact believes the iPhone 5 will feature a “different form factor”, adopting a brand new design following the antennagate issues that resulted in signal issues and dropped calls. Since then Engadget has spoken to multiple sources who claim that a complete redesign of the handset body is on the cards and that the device is already being tested by staff at Apple HQ.
Also on the cards for the iPhone 5 is an all-metal back, similar to that found on the original iPhone, reportedly in a bid to avoid the embarassing antenna issues experienced on the iPhone 4. The glass posterior of the iPhone 4 was also prone to unsightly cracks if treated roughly, and was rumoured to be the cause of the delay of the white model – a headache all round for Apple.
An Apple patent also points to the iPhone using smaller conductive nodes beneath the screen, allowing for the overall device to be slimmer. Tipped to also feature for the iPad 2, the new method could also use less power, giving you longer battery life from each charge of your iPhone 5.

2. iPhone 5: A5 processor and Qualcomm chips
The Wall Street Journal was again amongst the first to report that “people familiar with the matter” had confirmed the iPhone was to receive an overhauled chipset in order to contend with a rise in competitive high-end smartphones running versions of the Google Android operating system.

Apple is tipped to ditch the 1GHz A4 processor found inside the iPhone 4 for the dual-core A5 CPU. Apple used the same A4 chip in its iPhone 4 as in its original iPad, so repeating this trick with the A5 chip would see the iPhone 5 in line with upcoming dual-core processor powerhouses like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the LG Optimus 3D.
On the wireless chipset providers front, Infineon may make way for Qualcomm, likely in a bid to avoid connectivity issues previously faced with the iPhone 4.

3. iPhone 5 screens made by Toshiba

Nikkei Business Daily announced last year that Toshiba was set to build a new factory in Ishikawa tasked with producing high-res LCD panels for Apple’s upcoming ranges of iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

The new Japanese based factory, set to cost 100 billion Yen (£757 million) and be constructed during 2011, will double Toshiba’s current monthly production capacity of 8.5 million units. Part funded by Apple, the new factory will begin production this year with the Apple iPhone 5 expected to be one of the first devices catered for.

4. iPhone 5: Near Field Communication (NFC)

Sucessfully trialled by 02 in 2008, the appearance of NFC in Google’s Android 2.3 update means it is likely to be on the radar for Apple as well. Benjamin Vigier, Apple’s new Mobile Commerce Manager joined the Apple ranks last year with his CV showing a lot of experience in the NFC field, having helped Starbucks create a bardcode-based way of paying for your morning coffee and even setting up Paypal Mobile.

Apple has already filed a string of patents regarding NFC appearing on the iPhone, and Vigier’s appointment could well mean the iPhone 5 will see some of the action. Its arrival would essentially mean turning your iPhone into a virtual credit card, allowing you to pay for everything from cake to clothes by waving your smartphone across a dedicated reader.

5. iPhone 5: integrated SIM
To make purchasing your iPhone direct from Apple’s online or highstreet stores a much easier process, reports suggest that the iPhone 5 will include an integrated SIM to do just that.

Allowing Apple to assign networks to individual handsets at customer’s request, the intergrated chip rumoured to feature on the next handset will carry subscriber identification information and ultimately see the end of the little plastic cards currently issued directly from network service providers.

With users able to pick a network provider at the point of sale, Apple could simply program the new device to that company’s service eliminating the need for shoppers to wait for networks to activate the handset or for the arrival of the corresponding SIM.

6. iPhone 5 FM radio receiver

Apple may bring AM, FM and Satellite radio to the upcoming iPhone 5 after the fruity tech giant filed a patent for radio mapping on its market leading handset late last year.

The patent would see the iPhone finally receive standard AM and FM radio capabilities with an FM radio receiver added to the top right corner of the device. The Apple patent highlights the company’s plans to introduce a unique radio station mapping system that would allow users to locate available stations and make their selections via the closest or strongest signal options.

7. iPhone 5 video

Chinese website M8cool claimed they snapped and videoed a device which they believe will be the iPhone 5.
Looking little more than an amalgamation of the 3GS and 4, the leaked iPhone 5 clone features squared-off edges with a slightly curved rear shell. You can take a look at the video below and judge for yourself if this is indeed the real deal.

8. iPhone 5: 3D screen

some of the patents refers to being able to adjust the display based on the user’s position, and using the iPhone camera combined with the onboard gyroscope and other motion sensors, deliver a 3D projection. A leap too far? Possibly, but we wouldn’t rule it out for future iPhone devices.

9.iPhone 5 solar powered charging system

some known for its battery issues, one patent filed by the Cupertino company suggests the iPhone 5 could well boast a battery which is rechargeable by the sun.

The patent, which details ways of recharging the batteries found in portable phones, laptops and tablets, features a new power control circuit situated between the sun sapping solar cell and the device’s battery that ensures a steady release of the absorbed power.

With the battery on Apple’s market leading iPhone devices constantly under criticism, many users would no doubt value the inclusion of a mother-nature inspired power

10. iPhone 5 LED projector

Dreamt up not by the creative minds at Apple HQ, but designer Samuel Lee Kwon, this take on the new iPhone  suggests the device which straps to your wrist would allow uses to interact with a virtual image projected from the device’s inbuilt LED bulb projector. Although the wrist-residing unit does host a small touchscreen, most of the user functionality is carried out on the virtual palm display. iPhone 10 maybe?

11. iPhone 5 8-megapixel camera

Courtesy of a Wall Street Journal interview with Sony CEO Howard Stringer, it seems the iPhone 5 could be primed for a decent camera once and for all. Stringer let slip the info which adds credence to reports that OmniVision, the company that usually provides cameras for Apple products, suffered damage to its plant as a result of the recent tsunami in Japan. This has apparently left Sony to pick up the slack, which may be good news to fanbois desperate for some serious snapping action.

12. iPhone 5 storage

A video of what appears to be a prototype iPhone 4 was leaked onto the web with the handset boasting 64GB of storage (twice the capacity of the top release model’s 32GB). Clearly, no such device ever made it to market, but with the price of storage falling with time like everything else in the tech world, might Apple find the space for 64GB this time around, bringing the iPhone 5 in line with the iPad 2?

13. iPhone 5 laptop dock

Tipped by ITProPortal’s “intelligence” the next generation could be set to join the Motorolla Atrix with its very own dedicated laptop dock. The supposed iPhone 5 will let users slip the iPhone into a slot where a trackpad would normally sit. The iPhone would then be used as a mouse, with the dock running the cell’s iOS software and using its web connection. It may have sounded ridiculous before the Atrix turned up, but there’s a strong argument that the iPhone 5 could get its very own central computing hub.

14. iPhone 5 release date

So when will be able to get our hands on the next iteration of Apple’s smartphone beauty? A summer release would fall in place with Apple’s usual cycle for its jewel in the crown, so we can most likely expect a the iPhone 5 to appear around that time. However, we’ve heard talk of possible component shortages pushing theiPhone 5 release date back until September, although honestly we’d be surprised to see Apple tripped up on something so fundamental.

15. iPhone 5 UK price

Apple has upped the price of all its products after VAT rose to 20 per cent here in the UK, so we can perhaps expect to pay a little more to snap up the Apple smartphone this time round. If the iPad 2 release has taught us anything though, it’s that Jobs and Co. are keen to keep prices of their updated tech the same as the previous model at time of release. That wisdom would put the cheapest model at either £510 or £612, depending on whether Apple keep the cheaper 16GB model as an option with the iPhone 5.

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