iPhone 5 Rumours: What We Know

Rumours, specs, release date, pricing and much more on the iPhone 5

After T3's 2010 Commuter Gadget of the Year, the Apple iPhone 4 waltzed into our lives impressing us all with its greatness. The American-based manufacturer truly delivered with the Apple iPhone 4, even more so to our expectaions having considered its previous models; the iPhone 3gs and iPhone 3G. It wasn't long before we began wondering how Apple could better it.

1. iPhone 5 Specs ?

A recent report that came out from the Far East claimed that Apple had already decided upon its component suppliers for the iPhone 5 and iPad 2. Both next-gen devices reportedly will obtain baseband chips from CDMA inventor Qualcomm.

That same report however also claims knowledge of over a half-dozen other iPhone 5 and iPad 2 component suppliers. Many of which have remained mainly the same. Those fixed suppliers are said to be:

Samsung - CPU

Marvell - Wi-Fi chip

Intel - Flash memory

Broadcom - Touch Controller

Wolfson - Audio chip

National Semiconductor/Infineon - Video display interface chip

CSR  - Bluetooth

TI - Power Managment

(via AppleInsider)

One thing we are confident we will see is developments with the design, screen dimensions, processor speed, storage space and more importatly the antenna following the fiasco with the iPhone 4 'antenna incident'. There has also been vast speculation surrounding Apples idea to include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, turning the device into a sort of credit card. Check out Apple's patent idea below.


2. iPhone 5 Design?

Regarding the design there has been much rumour that it will look exactly like the iphone 4. We fear this may be true as this was the case in terms of the iPhone 3g to iPhone 3gs. The good news is there has been a few concept designs leaked by designers and we'd like to share them with you.

Concept by 'designedbyitem'

What we liked most about this concept of the iPhone 5 created by designedbyitem, was that it wasn't nothing out of the ordinary unlike other crazy designs. What else is amazing is that it genuinely looks like something Apple would come up with. As you can see, it’s a bit more rounded than the iPhone 4 and also a bit more curved at the back. A strong overall concept.

 

Launch gallery to take a closer look.

Concept by 'handyflash'

This is the iPhone 5 design from the guys down at HandyFlash. They give us a glimpse of something special but we have to admit, it looks way too ambitious. Just look at how thin the darn thing is. We may possibly see this in the late future but don't get your hopes up over it.


Launch gallery to take a closer look.

Concept by 'Samuel Lee Kwon'

Samuel Lee Kwon's concept design has tickled our fancy at T3 Towers as a handset free, project device that straps to your wrist. Kwon’s concept allows users 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. No offence Kwon, but we will stick to a  simple approach for now.

Launch gallery to take a closer look.


3. iPhone 5 Features?

As we see more and more Android devices releasing so drastically, we wonder how Apple will match the competition. We have complied together ten features we would like to see implemented, and if done Apple may once again attain dominance in the mobile phone market.

1. HD Output - Right now, you can't output 720p or 1080i HD video from any iPhone. We hope Apple allows for HD output in the future, particularly when you consider the HTC Evo has full HD output via HDMI.

Liklihood - 5/10

2. Removable Battery - This well-known feature amongst most mobile phones seems to be kept away from the iPhones design. The principle is very simple and and we can't see why the iPhone can't have it either. Would be very handy though in many circumstances where the battery has packed up.

Liklihood - 2/10

3. More Memory - A lot of people were disappointed that the iPhone 4 didn't come in a 64GB version (only 16GB and 32GB). Maybe the iPhone 5 will show us a 64GB model.

Liklihood - 8/10

4. Enhanced Voice Control - We expected that in the iPhone iOS4 Apple will continue to dish out the voice controls for the iPhone, but there's always room for more enhancements. It would be nice if you could compose e-mails or sms by just using your voice, no?

Liklihood - 8/10

5. FaceTime over 3G  - Currently, on the iPhone 4, FaceTime only works over WiFi. We'd love to see an option whereby you can use it over a cellular data network.

Liklihood - 7/10

6. Flash support - We all know Apple have made it clear they will not be implementing Flash as 'HTML5' is the future according to Steve Jobs. What absolute rubbish! We want to access flash content through the Apple device and thats that. Get it sorted Apple.

Liklihood - 1/10

7. Better camera - We certainly appreciate that Apple improved the camera in the iPhone 4 (5 megapixels; LED flash) so an improvement in iPhone 5 wouldn't get a miss.

Liklihood - 9/10

8. Improved Battery Life - Every time Apple puts out a new iPhone, the battery life gets better, so we expect no less from the the 5th-generation iPhone. Apple says the iPhone 4 has 40 percent more talk time than the iPhone 3GS. So, if the past is any indicator, we might see similar gains in next year's model.

Liklihood - 9/10

9. Bluetooth File Sharing - Transfering files between devices is an option we have missed dearly. It would be ever so great if we could transfer media files such as videos to other devices and vice versa.

Liklihood - 2/10

10. FM Radio - We say, free, simple and legal music for everyone! Nothing better than to get it through a built in FM radio. No need for bandwith and it would make a nice change to listen to something different on the go.

Liklihood - 3/10

4. iPhone 5 Price?

If the iPhone 5 is going to be a step up from the iPhone 4, prices will be significantly the same considering what happened with the iPhone 3 to the iPhone 3GS. Although UK prices might be expected to increase slightly due to January's VAT rise.

Price prediction: you will be able to grab a Pay As You Go Handset for around the £499 mark.

5. iPhone 5 Release Date?

We will likely see the iPhone 5 around spring time next year at the earliest but don't bet on it. Summer 2011 seems fairer

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