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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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iPhone 5 - Speculation, rumours and anticipation

So, I have an iPhone 3Gs. I skipped the iPhone 4 (Not completely by choice thanks to Rogers).

I'm due for an upgrade this summer and I'm very much anticipating pulling the trigger when the iPhone 5 is released, which so far Apple has been surprisingly consistent in releasing an update around June / July.

Maybe you are hoping too... so here is the thread to keep tabs on what the latest rumors and anticipated details are.
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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It's funny how all these rumours and leaks always seems to be some chinese leak, but lots of Mac sites have picked up on this one, which apparently have had reputable leaks in the past. They are reporting that iPhone 5 will lose the glass back that the iPhone 4 has in favour of an aluminum back.



I'm indifferent either way.

I would love the iPhone 5 to have the dual A5 processors, which is really likely.

Another thing I'l like to see, is for the front facing camera to be HD as well. Would be great for mobile video podcasts, and you the podcaster could monitor the screen to see what's in the shot.
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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Interesting leak! I'd be surprised though if they redesign already. Especially considering the aluminum interferes with the antenna. Look at the iPad, they have that black notch at the top for a reason (the 3G antenna).

For the iPhone 5, I expect a speed boost like the iPad 2, but who knows. They'll probably just release a tech refresh with the White iPhone shipping from day one and call it a day.
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Not a rumour, just a wish item. Would be great to have a processor fast enough to record video from both cameras at the same time. Record commentary and action at the same time for editing into a cohesive video clip later.
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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Yeah I think aluminum is the way they will go because you can't have white in the back with the led flash as the picture turns out all white as Steve Woz posted about his white iphone.

Edit: Speculation has the antenna will be the Apple logo.

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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #6
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I'm really not overly excited about the iPhone 5. I really can't even fathom what Apple could add to it to make it even mildly appealing. The guy I bought my 3GS from admits now that it was a mistake to upgrade to the iPhone 4, and actually preferred the old 3Gs. Of course the iPhone 5 will have an upgraded processor, but beyond that they will really have to break some new ground to really turn heads. Aluminum case? Maybe, but the original iPhone had an aluminum caseback and they really didn't wear too well. Although the back glass may be more susceptible to breakage, it is easily replaceable and seems to resist signs of wear pretty well.

My guess is that this upgrade will be similar to the 3G-3Gs upgrade. Same case, faster processor and possibly 4G support.
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I'll be fairly surprised to see true 4g (as in lte) just yet... But I wouldn't be surprised if it supports faster hspa+ that telus and bell have recently started marketing as 4g... I Also expect a spec bump to the new a5 processor... As for the actually redesign I could see that going either way... If it weren't for the antenna problems I don't think they would bother with a full redesign just yet but if you've already got to put in significant engineering to fix the antenna on the current design why not update it to a new one...
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I'm really not overly excited about the iPhone 5. I really can't even fathom what Apple could add to it to make it even mildly appealing. The guy I bought my 3GS from admits now that it was a mistake to upgrade to the iPhone 4, and actually preferred the old 3Gs. Of course the iPhone 5 will have an upgraded processor, but beyond that they will really have to break some new ground to really turn heads. Aluminum case? Maybe, but the original iPhone had an aluminum caseback and they really didn't wear too well. Although the back glass may be more susceptible to breakage, it is easily replaceable and seems to resist signs of wear pretty well.

My guess is that this upgrade will be similar to the 3G-3Gs upgrade. Same case, faster processor and possibly 4G support.
It's not that there are any amazing, wizz-bang features to be added. Apple has a lead with the iPhone brand but it is being whittled away by Android and it's flock of manufacturers. Apple doesn't have just one "google phone" to compete with. There are several companies competing to have the best hardware spec (even though there is only one underlying os). With new Android hardware being shoved in consumers faces every week, Apple has to keep it's hardware at least minimally current or risk irrelevance.
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Old Mar 7th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #10
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I will jump on board and entertain this conversation.

Following the recent launch of the iPad 2 with Dual Core A5 chip, I would say that it's a given the next generation of iPhone will be sporting the same Chip, battery life would be my first concern.

There is a good chance the front camera will also be HD..

There isn't much more Apple could add in hardware to the next generation of iPhone.

I will admit that I really love the overall engeneering and style of the iPhone 4, I had hoped the new iPad 2 would sport a similar style.



The rounded edge of the iPhone 3 and 3Gs didn't do it for me, that being said, Apple should be loosing the back glass and opt for an allumuniiuum back on the next generation, similar to what CNN website offers.



As for the wish list, there is a lot of room Software wise.
My iPhone 4 is no Jailbreak installed but some times it's tempting. how about making all future ISO carrier unlock, then look at what is being offered in the various JailBreaks and copy some of those options if they can't invent them, I'm talking about some of the goodies, not the software off iTunes.
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