iPhone 5 – What We Know So Far, A Roundup

Set amid the backdrop of rampant speculation regarding Apple’s products, like the iPhone 5, it should be no surprise that Apple was just named the most valuable brand in existence. Valued at $153 billion, Apple has struck a perfect balance, a profitable equipoise achieved by the company’s ability to create groundbreaking products while keeping the products’ pre-release details shuttered within the walls of the Cupertino campus. This formula provides the grist for the rumor mill; the need to get the news, the constant desire among consumers and media to know what Jobs and his minions are working on, has created a situation in which any tilt of the cards, the slightest leak of information, the tiniest hint at the inkling of a rumor becomes news, thrown up into the Internet to be winnowed and preyed upon by media, consumers and fanboys.

Currently in the storehouse of Apple’s rumor mill is the iPhone 5, and in the spirit (and fun) of disseminating rumors, here’s a rundown of what we have heard so far.

Shipping Date – Reuters reported on April 20 that the iPhone 5 would go into production in July/August and ship as early as September.

Appearance – Several reports have speculated that the look and feel of the iPhone 5 will be similar to the iPhone 4′s. Digital Daily, for example, reported that supply chain sources told analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that the iPhone 5′s design will feature only “slight modifications” from the iPhone 4. This rumor was corroborated here. On the other hand, Joshua Topolsky, said the next iteration would be completely redesigned; it would be thinner, shaped like a teardrop (similarly to the Macbook Air), feature a home button that allows for left-to-right, up-and-down gesturing, a screen that covers the nearly the entire front of the phone, among other different design elements.

Under the Hood – On April 21 Barron’s caught a slip made by Verizon CFO Fran Shammo in a conference call with analysts. In the call, Shammo said the next Verizon phone from Apple would be a “global device.”  That means it would likely feature Qualcomm’s dual GSM / CDMA Gobi chipset, which would let it run CDMA in the US and GSM networks worldwide. Qualcomm’s chips will let Verizon’s iPhone 5 run both voice and data at the same time. As far as the processing power, it is believed that Apple will be installing the A5 dual-core processor found in the iPad 2. {via Cell Phone Junkie }

Camera - Sony chief Sir Howard Stringer let it slip that the device may come with an 8 megapixel camera.

NFC “Waive and Pay” – Some say it will be included, some say it won’t. The most recent bit of reliable news comes from Forbes’s Elizabeth Woyke, who spoke with an entrepreneur “who was working on a top-secret NFC product.” According to him, Apple would be building NFC capabilities into its phone, and he said that manufacturers of NFC readers, with whom he’d been working, were scrambling to gear up for demand for their machines, demand that would hit toward the end of summer when the iPhone 5 is slated for release. On the other hand, The Independent reported the iPhone 5 would ship without NFC, because Apple was concerned with the lack of a clear standard across the industry.

And there you have it, folks. These are the most recent and credible rumors that we came across. There are, of course, more–the rumor mill can be a tedious and dubious (albeit fun) game to play. Do you have any predictions for Apple’s next generation iPhone?



One Response to iPhone 5 – What We Know So Far, A Roundup
  1. Mikie Simms
    May 31, 2011 | 2:33 am

    I’m lovin the new iPhone!