A Major Redesign
Shortly after Apple unveiled iOS 5, the cloud-friendly operating system that will soon reside inside current and future iPhones, there was speculation that the iPhone 5 would look almost exactly like the iPhone 4. The innards would be different, but most people could simply swath iPhone 5’s in the same cases as their previously adored iPhone 4’s. But soon enough, some eagle-eyed folks spotted new iPhone cases that would in no way house current iPhones or the doppelganger iPhone 5. Answer? The iPhone 5 will be radical design departure. Some believe it will be thinner, or perhaps tapered. Others insist it will be wider.
A Faster Phone
This is sort of a no brainer… Even if we didn’t know about the A5 chip, Apple’s custom dual-core CPU, why would Apple do a major product launch without raising the performance bar? We rely on our smartphones to do more every day; they simply have to get more powerful—as any good computer should, under Moore’s Law. Apple will also likely increase the amount and quality of RAM—which always has a big impact on performance. These changes will be necessary if Apple does some of the other things we’ve been speculating about.
Better Screen and Cameras
Apple’s Android competitors outshine the iPhone in the camera resolution and screen size department. On the latter, Apple’s retina display is smaller than many slab Android phones, but often approaches or beats them in resolution. If Apple goes with a larger screen, 8 megapixel camera and full 1080p video recording, it’ll need more horse power to support all of them. The bigger screen, in particular, will also demand more battery power. Apple’s been very careful about battery life (it’s why it fought so long and hard against multi-tasking) and it may have to increase battery size and capacity to support a larger retina screen.
Apple now has both CDMA and GSM phones. Ubiquity is how to play the competition game. I expect Apple to welcome at least one new carrier partner to the table. My money is on Sprint (which, like Verizon, uses CDMA).
4G or Not 4G?
People want 4G (look at all the 4G Android phones they’re snapping up). I can’t say their battery life is worth much, but at least they have a good time surfing Youtube videos while the charge lasts. Apple could do LTE 4G, the premiere option, but only if it’s convinced that there’s enough quality 4G out there. I’d say there is and the phone will ably dumb down to 3G anyway.
- iPhone 5 Faces Tall Order Living Up To Al Gore’s Hype (forbes.com)
- Apple iPhone 5 Launch: Here’s What to Expect (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Here’s What to Expect in the iPhone 5 (suburbanmen.com)