Rumors about the iPhone 5 started flying nearly as soon as the iPhone 4 landed on the shelves last year. So far, many have strongly suggested that Apple’s newest smartphone may be right around the corner. With a potential launch date drawing close, let’s take some time to review the future of the iPhone 5.
- Releasing in October
The Wall Street Journal confirmed the new iPhone model is coming in October, although we don’t know yet if the new phone will be called iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, or something else entirely. It’s been well over a year since the iPhone 4 became available in June 2010, and we’ve had white iPhonesand Verizon iPhones since then.
- Wireless syncing, wireless charging
We know for certain that the new iPhone using iOS 5 will sync with your computer wirelessly, since Apple made a big deal of this capability at its developer’s conference in June. The iPhone may also support wireless charging.
- Better camera
The Wall Street Journal also reported the new iPhone camera sports 8 megapixels, which is a significant boost over the iPhone 4’s 5 mexapixel sensor.
- 4″ screen or smaller
The size of the iPhone 5’s touchscreen has been a hotbed of rumor. While many original rumors said the screen would be larger than 4″, new panel suppliers indicate that the iPhone 5 screen will actually be smaller than 4″.
- iCloud inside
One of the most exciting bits about the iPhone 5 will be its operating system and iCloud. The free service will automatically sync your pictures, music, and other data instantly between your computer and your iPhone.
- Faster, beefier processor
It isn’t a surprise to hear that the iPhone 5 will have a better processor than the iPhone 4, since every major iteration of the phone has enjoyed this kind of upgrade under the hood.
- iPhone available on Sprint and T-Mobile
While Verizon and AT&T both boast their own iteration of the iPhone, Apple’s smartphone hasn’t migrated to the remaining two carriers yet. The Wall Street Journal expects the new iPhone 5 to include Sprint among its available carriers, while other reports indicate the iPhone may land on T-Mobile.
- A new friend: iPhone nano
At the same time we’re hearing about a bigger, more powerful iPhone 5, rumors about a smaller, cheaper iPhone also keep coming up. The lighter, more budget-minded (and purely theoretical) iPhone has been dubbed the the iPhone nano among tech blogs.