It’s coming up to that time again, when the blogosphere is filled with rumours and wild speculation. Rumours about the iPhone 5 are already flying around on the web, and it can sometimes be hard to separate fact from fiction. What’s more, there’s so much hearsay regarding various thrilling new features of the handset that it’s difficult not to feel a little overwhelmed by it all.
Well, take a deep breath, have a cup of tea and a sit-down. We’ve compiled a list of the most notable features of the iPhone 5 and condensed them into a bite-sized read. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should be enough to appease those Apple cravings for at least a little while. Of course, it’s still mostly speculation – but don’t let that spoil your fun.
The iPhone 4S, being just half a step-up from the iPhone 4, wasn’t completely remodelled liked previous handsets. Apple will be looking to address that with the iPhone 5, which promises an exciting new design. It looks as if the iPhone 5 is going to be slimmer than previous models for one thing. We also hope that Apple are going to swallow some of their pride and finally bump the screen size to something akin to that of HTC and Samsung’s phones – though it’s possible they’ll hold back, afraid that the iPhone will intrude on iPad territory.
Some of the more interesting developments regarding the iPhone 5 pertain to the phone’s improved connectivity. This is still highly speculative, but Apple will want to keep themselves firmly at the forefront of technology – which surely means that we won’t have to wait until 2013 for an iPhone with 4G, surely? A lot of 4G handsets have already been announced in the US, so it’s hardly jumping the gun to think that the iPhone 5 might feature it. 4G coverage in the UK still isn’t great, but US coverage is getting better, so it’s a fair punt to think that Apple might go for it.
The last thing to get your knickers in a twist over is a little more on the speculative side, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting. There are rumours of Near Field Communication (NFC) chips being embedded into the iPhone 5, turning it into a portable payment machine. Similar to the Oyster card you’d use with London transport, an iPhone with NFC would be able to make payments in a single swipe. Given that NFC technology is supposed to be taking off in the UK just in time for the Summer 2012 Olympics, it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch of the imagination for Apple to jump on the bandwagon in the same year.
If this isn’t enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what is. There are bound to be more rumours and revelations as the release date nears, and no doubt some of them will prove to be huge surprises to us all. For now though, the iPhone 5 is shaping up to be an exciting piece of kit that’s certain to surprise us all on arrival.