Rumors have increasingly pointed to a September 12 unveiling of Apple's yearly iPhone hardware update for 2012. Last year's iPhone 4S was a largely internal hardware update, with little visible change in the external design. This year, however, Apple is believed to be gearing up for an external restyling in addition to some rather significant (by Apple's standards, at least) hardware changes.
We decided to run down the various rumors to put together a picture of what we might expect to—and maybe what we dream might—come next month.
Support for the 4G LTE wireless standard seems like a given. The iPad already incorporates support for LTE—though it's only supported in the US and Canada for the time being. In the past, Apple has cited design compromises as the reason that the iPhone hasn't supported LTE; indeed, chips to support it have been too large and consumed too much power to integrate into the iPhone. To wit, the third-generation iPad had to actually be made thicker than the iPad 2 in order to increase battery capacity to account for LTE (in addition to its Retina display).