iPhone 5 rumour round-up

by Jerry D on September 28, 2011

Ahead of the new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S) launch on October 4th, here’s a quick round-up of what we can expect from Apple’s newest handset.

A new design: Internet rumours predict an all glass front face and for Apple to ditch the squared-off design of the iPhone 4 for a more curvy casing. If the new iPhone has a bigger screen, then expect the iPhone 5 to be bigger and wider too.

A faster CPU: A speedier processor is surely a nailed-on upgrade. The iPhone 4 features a single-core 1GHz Apple A4 chip, which is now being outclassed by dual-core processors in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2. The new phone is likely to use the same A5 chip as the iPad 2.

A better camera: The tech-whispering online suggests an upgrade from the 5 Megapixel lens in the iPhone 4 to a more advanced 8MP snapper. Of course, does more raw megapixels actually make that much of a difference to the photos you take? Not so much.

A larger screen: if rumours of an all-glass front face prove true, then the next iPhone could have a larger 3.7-inch display. A 4.0-inch screen would be more on trend, however.

Speech recognition: The headline on the Apple invite says ‘let’s talk iPhone’, which could point to new speech-enabled controls powered by Nuance.

A digital wallet: NFC is starting to make an appearance in newer smartphones and Apple could include the technology in the iPhone 5. Some Cupertino clout might be just the thing to get the technology more accepted and e-cash transactions moving.

New software: The new iPhone will debut with iOS 5, which includes improved notifications, baked in Twitter support, iMessage, iCloud, over-the-air software updates and more.

We’ll have stats and iPhone 5 fights as and when the new handset is revealed.

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