If you are curious about the iPhone 5 features which will be hitting consumers in 2012 then you are not alone because the iPhone 5 is the most highly anticipated smartphone of 2012. With thousands of Google searches every month with people just like you seeking the facts as to what the iPhone 5 will launch with it makes no wonder that we have created this iPhone 5 features round up of all the lovely features Apple’s next generation iPhone will have.
Because the iPhone 4S was only released on the 4th of October, 2011 all of these iPhone 5 features aren’t official however these are the features that we think will probably make their way over to the future iPhone in 2012, and also the features we think you really would benefit from in the iPhone 5. We were personally disappointed in a few ways with the iPhone 4S, and here’s our two cents that we hope the iPhone 5 is a massive update over the iPhone 4S this year.
iPhone 5 features
Read on to find out more about what the iPhone 5 will be like and also the specifications which we would like to see in Apple’s next generation handset.
iPhone 5 mock up
Below is an image of what the iPhone 5 may look like. As you can see from this mock up against an iPhone 4 (identical to the 4S in many ways), the iPhone 5 features an elongated home button which allows the handset to be shorter. The display on this mock up is also larger than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4′s.
iPhone 5 – Unibody Design
Apple take note, glass has been used twice now and aluminium unibody should be next on your list. If the next gen iPhone was to feature a unibody enclosuse it would make for one beautiful handset and also an incredibly durable one. A lot like the HTC Sensation, Apple’s iPhone 5 could incorporate the antenna to the back of the device and also have a detachable rear fascia, although this is hugely unlikely.
iPhone 5 – Even more storage
Yes! More storage! With smartphone owners using an increasing amount of apps and downloading more and more movies from iTunes more storage on the iPhone 5 is inevitable as flash storage becomes thinner. 64GB will become in norm in 2012, but let’s just hope that Apple can keep the price of the iPhone down next year as they have this year, because currently flash storage is very expensive.
iPhone 5 – Capacitive, back lit home button
The home button on the iPhone 4 and 5 is the least technologically advanced part of the handset, and in 2012 it could very well bring with it multi gesture input for scrolling and bringing up special menus. This would allow easier operation of the iphone during single hand usage and it could also feature LED lighting, flashing when an incoming call happens or when you have a text message whilst your iPhone is on silent.
iPhone 5 – Higher resolution camera
The war of the megapixels is ever lasting, and next year I wouldn’t be surpised if handsets with a 10 megapixel camera started to become the new black. Of course, added megapixels are all good, however next year I would suspect that Apple may contact lense suppliers and seek out camera components to crush the competition and future proof their handset for another year.
iPhone 5 – Better graphics
The iPhone 4S’s graphics are no slouch being 7x faster than the iPhone 4′s, however in July 2011 we attended a Qualcomm Snapdragon event where they showcased some of their future roadmap and the chips there boasted graphics comparable to an Xbox. If Apple is deadly serious about app development and future proofing gaming they’ll have to up the ante and offer graphics far superior to that of the Xperia Play, Sony’s stab at the mobile gaming market.
iPhone 5 – LTE 4G Connectivity
With the ever growing world of wireless technology, the inclusion of 4G connectivity would allow iPhone 5 users to download content similar to that of home broadband speeds. 4G connectivity will also make its way over to more and more smartphone’s in 2012, so if Apple wants to stay on top it’ll have to introduce this feature.
iPhone 5 – UK and US pricing
The iPhone 5 will most probably be exactly the same price as the iPhone 4S, making it just as accessible as it’s previous version. Apple will most probably keep the price up as to keep the next generation iPhone as a premium choice over Android handsets.
iPhone 5 – release date
So when the iPhone 5 be released? Well it’ll be released almost certainly after July, 2012 and possibly a direct year after the iPhone 4S, with a release date of October 2012 being very probable indeed. This will allow Apple the time it needs to analyse trends within the upcoming smartphone’s of 2012, and also assess the market demand for features such as 4G connectivity and smartphone displays. Now, a lot of rumors will fly around on the internet over the next few months regarding an iPhone 5 maybe coming in Q1 or Q2 of 2012 but do not listen to them, as you only have to take a look at Apple’s product release dates to see they are all just dribble. Another reason to discard rumors which will surface regarding the iPhone 5 coming sooner than July 2012 is because Apple’s iPhone 4S will sell perfectly well, despite it not being (aesthetically) a major upgrade over the 4.
We’ll update this post
As new news leaks surface of iPhone 5 parts we will update this post accordingly and future proof it for everybody. Make sure you bookmark it for future reference to compare our notes to what will really happen in 2012!
Apple’s original iPhone was unveiled by Apple’s prior CEO Steve Jobs on January the 9th, 2007, and since then has grown to become the world’s most popular single device smartphone. Reasons for this include extremely good marketing from Apple, having huge developer support for their App Store and also pushing the boat when it comes to smartphone thinness and design. On top of that, iOS, Apple’s operating system, is the smoothest OS out there on a smartphone.
UPDATE: A lot of very recent rumours are pointing to the iPhone 5 shipping with a 4-inch display, possibly made by LG but most probably by Samsung.
UPDATE- According to CNET the iPhone 4S was not Steve Job’s last project however the iPhone 5 was, and it features a whole new redesign according to sources close with them.
Fun iPhone 5 features, video
The video below is pretty cool indeed, and features some really cool features which we would all love to see in the iPhone 5. Perhaps we are wishing too much though. Hit it up, baby!
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