We know absolutely nothing for certain about the iPhone 5, but various leaks from component manufacturers and the like have helped us build a fairly vivid picture of Apple’s next smartphone.
And we know when it’ll be released. Roughly.
As the iPhone 5 announcement draws ever closer, we’re fully expecting a 4in display, 8MP rear camera, and dual-core Apple A5 processor (same as the iPad 2). Physically, the iPhone 5 will be super-slim with a possible tear-drop design.
However, as 9to5mac reports, that tear-drop design is causing production delays on “at least one” assembly line. As a result, we could be looking at iPhone 5 supply shortages till 2012. Bah.
We’re also expecting a budget iPhone, similar in design to the iPhone 4 (this is where “iPhone 4S” comes in). While the iPhone 5 is busy scrapping with the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation XE and Samsung Nexus Prime, this affordable chap will take on Android’s mid-range offerings.
The latter might in fact be the more important of the two, as buying an iPhone will no longer require (a) being rich, or (b) living off bread and water for the duration of your sickeningly expensive contract.
As for that release date, it’s looking like October at some point, but Christ knows when. If someone had told me a couple of months ago we’d get to September 17 without knowing a bloody thing officially, I’d have told him to furg off. Crank it up a notch, Apple.