With the iPad 2 finally on shelves (well, in some places), the Apple-rumour spotlight has shifted its focus to the upcoming iPhone 5. Mostly. There are, of course, rumblings that we might see an iPad 2 HD later in the year, but that’s not particularly exciting. Meh.
Barring any major delayage, Apple is expected to reveal the new iPhone at WWDC (Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference) in June or July, as per tradition. Inevitably, there’ll be dozens of new rumours between now and then, so we’ll probably do a fresh round-up nearer the time. Yup.
In the meantime, here are the juiciest rumours to date.
White iPhone 5
A white iPhone 5 is pretty much a certainty. The iPad 2 is available in black and white, and Apple has finally confirmed that the long-awaited white iPhone 4 will see the light of day. It was originally scheduled for release last year, but some say the iPhone 4’s glass rear didn’t much like the white paint. Which brings us nicely to…
Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reckons the iPhone 5 will see a return to the glory days of the aluminium back. The iPhone 4’s glass backside has reportedly had problems with scratching and durability. There’s also speculation that the antenna will move to the rear of the iPhone, sitting behind the Apple logo. Obviously the last thing Apple wants is a repeat of Antennagate.
Dual-core A5 processor
Ok, this one has actually been confirmed. iOS developer Filippo Bigarella identified some code in 4.3 referring to a device named N94AP and a part named S5L8940. The former has already been confirmed as the iPhone 5, and the latter is the same dual-core A5 chip used by the iPad 2.
Chinese parts manufacturers are traditionally a healthy source for iPhone rumours, and they haven’t disappointed us of late. Last month, tw.apple.pro posted a picture of a leaked component, suggesting that it points to a sliding cover for the iPhone 5, which could house a keyboard.
If the iPhone 5 does have a keyboard, it’s highly unlikely that it’ll be a standard feature. It’s more likely to be a “Pro” variant for business types and email aficionados.
iPhone 5 nano
In February, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported rumours of an iPhone nano, however an unnamed source, speaking to the New York Times, blasted those claims out of the water.
The Times’ source explained: “a smaller device would not necessarily be much cheaper to manufacture,” and that “it would be more difficult to operate. Although the innards of the phone, including memory size or camera quality, could change to offer a less expensive model, the size of the device would not vary.”
Interesting. Though mysterious unnamed sources have been known to get it wrong in the past.
Big iPhone 5
The current iPhone 4 has a 3.5in screen, and there’s speculation from those cheeky Chinese chappies that the iPhone 5 might stretch to 4in. The iPhone’s screen size isn’t something I’ve heard too many complaints about, though most of the iPhone 5’s competitors have larger screens. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix, for example, all come in at 4in, while the Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3in touchscreen.
Less on-board storage
Apple’s MobileMe is expected to become a cloud-based service, acting as a digital locker for users’ music, photos and videos. If/when that comes to fruition, it’d reduce the need for on-board storage on the iPhone (or indeed any other Apple product), and thus drive down the cost.
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Well, it just goes to show how quickly things change in the world of iPhone 5 rumours; it has come to light this morning that the iPhone 5 won’t adopt NFC, the technology that allows contactless payments. Until today, it had seemed like a certainty.
Slim iPhone 5
Being skinny is all the rage these days. Indeed, the iPad 2, despite adding front and rear cameras, is thinner than the iPhone 4. We won’t be surprised if the iPhone 5 drops a few tenths of a millimetre.
Stay tuned to our news for all the latest iPhone 5 rumourage.