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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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