Here it is, the iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round-up! This is the place where you can find out all of the sordid rumours about what the iPhone 5 will be like. Will it be 4G? Will it have an A6 processor? Will it even be called the iPhone 5 or will it just be called the new iPhone, like its tablet sibling? When is the iPhone 5 coming out in the UK? This is the place where you can pig-out on respectable and ridiculous iPhone 5 rumours alike. Contributing author: Chris Martin.
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iPhone 5 release dates rumours:
UPDATE: iPhone 5 release date
In textbook Apple fashion, an invite has been sent out by the Californian tech giantthat reads "It's almost here." followed by a large number 12 (event date in September) that casts a shadow of the number 5. Which is as much of a hint as to what the event taking place at the Yerba Buena Centre for Arts Theatre, as Apple could possibly give. See Apple announces Sep. 12 special event.
Apple iPhone 5 media event - 12 September 2012. After these Apple iPhone unveiling events, the next generation iPhone is usually available to buy within 1-4 weeks, so die hard fans should get all Apple Store camping essentials ready. See also: iPhone 5 launch: everything you need to know.
iPhone 5 release date rumour 1
Apple will reveal its iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini on 12 September if we are to believe iMore. The website this is the date for a joint launch of both devices, citing 'sources who have proven accurate in the past'. The site even goes as far as to say the iPhone 5 will hit the shops nine days later on 21 September.
There's no date for the iPad Mini but a third device, the next generation of iPod Nano, will also be unveiled with the smartphone and tablet. These dates wouldn't be too far off Apple's launch of the iPhone 4S which went on sale on 14 October. By Chris Martin - read the full iPhone 5 and iPad Mini to be released on 12 September article.
iPhone 5 release date rumour 2
Apple will announce the iPhone 5 during a keynote speech on 7 August. If KnowYourMobile's 'reliable industry source' is to be believed, the illustrious iPhone 5's launch date is 7 August. The news contradicts the general expectation of an autumn launch of September or October.
The source was unable to reveal any other details about the launch or the iPhone 5's specifications. The smartphone will debut Apple's iOS 6 operating system but the date of 7 August doesn't match the fact Apple said the OS will be released in the autumn.
iPhone 5 release date rumour 3
iPhone 5 will "launch" in September - that's the claim by rumorsite Digitimes, which cites the ever-elusive but unquenchably talkative "Taiwan-based supply chain makers."
According to the post, Pegatron Technology "reportedly" now has orders for the Next iPhone "to be launched in September" as well as orders for a 10-inch iPad - apparently meaning an iPad
iPhone 5 release date rumour 4
The October prediction is backed up by the Japanese Apple bloggers Macotakara who say they have 'sources' confirming the Cupertino brand would be honouring the same upgrade cycle from now on. Here's a translation from the report featured on the well respected Japanese blog: "According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years".
iPhone 5 release date rumour 5
Technology website T3 made the interesting observation that the iPhone 4S launch back in October last year, was the only time Apple has made users wait 15 months for a new device, rather than the usual 12 month cycle used for the previous four iPhones. Updated 22/3/12
iPhone 5 release date rumour 6
Apple’s next-generation iPhone will launch in June, according to a recruiter working at a Foxconn factory in China. The recruiter was filmed speaking about the iPhone 5 by Japanese TV Tokyo's World Business Satellite program, which was broadcast on Monday.
As pointed out by Apple Insider, when asked how many people the factory is going to hire, the Foxconn recruiter said: "We're looking for 18,000 employees... for the fifth-generation phone."When asked if he meant the iPhone 5, the recruiter replied: "That's right. It will come out in June."
Though the next iPhone will be the sixth-generation, many people throughout the industry are currently still referring to it as the iPhone 5. It is thought, however, that the next iPhone will follow the naming conventions of the new iPad, scrapping numbers all together. Updated 4/4/12
iPhone 5 Specs:
iPhone 5 faces a "battery challenge"
According to Hughes' post, the investors note by White (no relation to white) about Sina.com's report "suggested that only 30 percent of the battery volumes produced currently meet Apple's standards." Go to iPhone 5 will "launch" in September.
In what must surely be one of the great 2012 iOSphere understatements, the "unnamed battery vendor is reportedly working to solve the problem as development of Apple's next iPhone ramps up ahead of an anticipated release later this year." Read the full iPhone 5 faces a "battery challenge" article by John Cox.
iPhone 5 to get NFC chip
Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 will come with a near-field communications (NFC) chip.
Two prototypes of the next iPhone pulled indicate the smartphone will contain an NFC chip. The hardware code for the iPhone 5 called 'N41AP (5,1)' and 'N42AP (5,2)' have been discovered by 9to5mac.
im Peters, CTO of IT and communications firm SITA said: "Opinion is that Apple is going to incorporate NFC into Passbook. Apple just thinks about how they can make it really easy for the user, and then they figure out how to monetise it. They don’t think about how to monetise it and then tell the user what they can have. It doesn’t work like that." Read the full iPhone 5 to get NFC chip article by Chris Martin.
iPhone 5 will get mini dock connector
Apple will replace its traditional 30-pin connector with a smaller 19-pin docking port on the iPhone 5.
The mini port has been independently confirmed by TechCrunch which claims three independent manufacturers agree in the 19-pin connector. If this is the case then all current iPhone accessories with a dock will be incompatible with the iPhone 5.
Although Apple has used the 30-pin connector since the third generation of iPod, it supposedly wants to save space. The connector looks similar to a Thunderbolt port found on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display and will be roughly the same size. Read the full iPhone 5 will get mini dock connector here.
iPhone 5 to have e-wallet capability
For at least a year, it's been rumored that the Next iPhone would have a near-field communications (NFC) radio chip, which could eventually be used to support electronic payments or other proximity-based services. But a new iOS 6 app -- Passbook -- unveiled at Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference is seen by some as a precursor to a more fully developed e-payment infrastructure for the iPhone, an infrastructure that may not need a chip at all, at least at first.
Reporting for The Telegraph, Christopher Williams notes that Passbook was promoted by Apple as an easy-to-use container for various documents with associated barcodes, such as movie tickets, airline boarding passes and the like. Coupled with location data, Passbook can tell when you arrive at the airport, and retrieve the boarding pass, for example. Read the full iPhone 5 to have e-wallet capability article here.
iPhone 5 to may have tactile touchscreen
New Apple iPhone 5 patent seems to have some type of flexible surface, but uses stacked layers of "piezoelectric elements" to create the physical buttons or keys.
The patent reveals a "similar technology" to that of Tactus and makes the intuitive leap of faith that lies at the heart of iOSphere rumors: "A similar technology dealing with advanced haptics and feedback is reportedly being built for Apple's sixth-generation smartphone, presumably called the 'iPhone 5.'"
But if even it isn't in iPhone 5, "it's likely that a future iPhone will feature Tactus Technology's dynamic touchscreens," Smith declares. "Feeling buttons or controls on a smartphone would be extremely useful for completing tasks that typically require a keyboard. ... It's an incredible and exciting technology. ... But if this really is a hot technology, there's a great chance Apple will rush to get its recently-granted patent into its next iPhone, which is expected to arrive in September or October." Read the full iPhone 5 will have a tactile touchscreen article here.
More specs and rumours on the next page.
iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumours continued.
iPhone 5 will have a flexible display
Future generations of the iPhone could have a flexible OLED display that can bend and twist.That's according to The Korea Times, which claims Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun has hinted that Apple is testing the display for its new iPhone. Kwon said that Samsung has been getting "huge" orders from companies wishing to use the display.
"Samsung is eager to push open an era of bendy phones and boasts a capability to mass produce OLED displays that bend from the middle or from around the edge," the report says. Read the full iPhone 5 will have a flexible display article here.
The 5 in iPhone 5 stands for 5-inch screen
The latest 5-inch rumor cited by Michael Nace is one posted at KnowYourMobile: "[W]e're hearing reports that Apple's up-coming iPhone 5 will feature a 5-inch Retina Display. The news comes via a source based in China. According to the source, they are familiar with Apple's production process and have access to pre-production models of the iPhone 5." Read the full The 5 in iPhone 5 stands for 5-inch screen article here.
Liquid metal to replace glass in next iPhone
Apple plans to use new lightweight liquid metal for its next-generation iPhone. According to Korea's Electronic Times Internet "the next flagship phones of the companies [Samsung and Apple] are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone 5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts."
This isn't the first we've heard about the possibility of liquid metal appearing in Apple's devices. In 2010, it was reported that Apple was seeking a number of experts on amorphous metals, as the company planned to create hardware from newly licensed, super-durable custom metal alloy known as 'Liquidmetal'. According to that report, Apple paid at least $10.9 million in licensing fees to Liquidmetal Technology to use Liquidmetal exclusively in the field of electronics.
iPhone 5 will have 1GB of RAM
Those chaps over at 9TO5Mac love a good gossip. What they've recently heard is that iPhone 5s are currenlty being tested in the shells of current iPhone 4s. After a lot of A5X processor comparisons with the new iPad the tech website goes on to make the impressive claim that the iPhone 5 will be packing a whopping 1GB of RAM.Updated 10/4/12
iPhone 5 will have a better camera
This is the sort of thing we like here at PC Advisor. A feasible rumour backed up to the hills with reasoning and examples. cnet is reporting that Apple have jumped into bed with Sony and are looking to use the Japanese tech company for its camera nous, more specifically its camera sensors. cnet is reporting that Sony's new 'RGBW' and High Dynamic Range (HDR) Movie' sensors are likely to be bundled into the iPhone 5 to boost the quality of it's already impressive pictures - particularly in low-light settings.
iPhone 5 will have "multi-point camera focusing system"
Talk about "wow." The reason for this is the fact that Apple was recently awarded a patent for a multi-point camera focusing system, (as noted by AppleInsider) and what better device to put the patent to use in than with the iPhone 5.
According to the website, the MPCFS patent "describes a system that lets the user of a camera-equipped device select two or more areas of focus on a touchscreen which, when a picture is taken, are passed through a dedicated image processor to produce optimal sharpness and exposure for both regions."
"The patent calls for an image processor that continuously tracks the user-defined "regions of interest" in a combination of live image processing and auto-focus technology similar to that found in the iPhone 4S," AppleInsider notes. "Unlike the current handset, however, the focus will not be limited to center-weighting or face-detection and will in theory choose the best mix of camera settings to achieve the highest possible clarity in the multiple selected areas." Read the full iPhone 5 will have "multi-point camera focusing system" article here.
A6 processor in the iPhone 5
PC Advisor's expert opinion: Based on previous chips that Apple has used, the iPhone 5 should have an A6 processor which could well be quad-core. However Apple could opt to use the A5X chip found in the new iPad which is dual-core with quad-core graphics.
iPhone 5 will not use liquid metal
A lot of the iPhone 5 rumour mills have tipped the new Apple smartphone to be made from the revolutionary new material know as Liquidmetal. However, dreams of the new metallic substance being used in the near future in smartphones were quashed by the material's inventor himself, who says Liquidmetal is not ready to be used in smartphones yet. Read the full iPhone 5 will not use liquid metal here.
iPhone 5 will have a bigger screen
The iPhone 5 could be larger than all its predecessors breaking the 3.5-inch screen size. According to iphonestuffs4u.com it will have a 4-inch display with a higher resolution than previous models. Across the web there are mentions of the screen being curved like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The idea of a 4-inch screen has also got the website MacRumors.com excited too. It is citing research done by Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, whose findings - to cut a long story short - also suggest a 4-inch iPhone 5 screen. MacRumors also went to the lengths to mock up an image of what the new 4-inch iPhone will look like.
Reuters however, have an article claiming that the iPhone 5 will have a 4.6-inch 'retina' display. The story goes on to name South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper as it source and state that the news came from "an unnamed industry source'. If the iPhone 5 does opt for a 4.6-inch screen it will match the Samsung Galaxy S2's 4.6-inch OLED display.
Airbag glass protection
Sounds ridiculous doesn't it? But it's not (ok it is). According to Patently Apple, the Calornian based technology company has applied for a patent to an airbag that instantly inflates when its accelerometer senses a dropping motion. It's not clear how many times the air bag can be deployed, but if it was completely reusable it was be a great addition to the Apple iPhone...they're expensive things to replace!
iPhone 5 will have a 3D camera.
This has to be one of the more far-fetched rumours we've heard on our travels, but Patently Apple - whose slogan is 'Celebrating Apple's Spirit of Invention...!!! - are convinced that Apple has "invented a killer 3D imaging camera' that will work for both photography and video.
In an attempt to explain exactly what Apple has planned, they've created a diagram [see below]. Patently Apple go in to a lot more detail than we want or can afford to here, so click here to see the full story.