Apple will unveil a new iPhone on Tuesday; that much is a certainty. What remains unclear, even at this late stage, is whether Tim Cook will announce an iPhone 5, an iPhone 4S — or both.
We believe the new iPhone will contain the super-fast Apple A5 chip, 1 GB of RAM, an advanced voice recognition layer called Assistant, and a powerful 8 MP camera with a revamped Camera application. One of our sources says the new app will even include photo filters, a la Instagram, but we haven’t been able to confirm.
There are three major questions that nobody outside Apple seems to know the answer to:
If Apple only launches one phone, then the question hinges on whether Apple has redesigned the hardware. If the casing is new, expect Apple to call it the iPhone 5. But if Apple sticks with the iPhone 4′s rectangular design, then it’s likely the company will market the device as the iPhone 4S, just as it did with the iPhone 3GS.
There are a lot of differences between the iPhone 3GS launch and Tuesday’s iPhone launch, of course. The biggest is that it’s been 16 months since the last iPhone event, and that has ramped up the expectations to an all-time high. This will also be Tim Cook’s first event as Apple CEO, and his performance will be closely watched. Meanwhile, Android has become a much stronger mobile platform than it was two years ago.
Apple’s track record with the iPhone is spectacular, and we doubt an iPhone 4S would throw the company off track. Newer models always beat their predecessors in sales, thanks to a combination of design, software and marketing. And if the iPhone does come to Sprint, as we expect, it will be on all three major carriers.
An iPhone 4S might disappoint Apple fans for a short while — but they will stand in line for weeks in front of the Apple store, as they invariably do. Apple will continue to sell iPhones like hotcakes, regardless of the name its carries.
Bonus: What the New iPhone May Look Like
Polish students designed this beauty, going with the curved back look. Found on VeteranGeek.
iPhone News Blog
This early mockup extrapolates from the current iPhone 4 design. It's a clean design -- one we'd be happy to slip into a pocket. Found on the German iPhone News Blog.
Called the "Size Zero iPhone 5," Antonello Falcon's flight of fancy has a 4.6-inch screen, curved glass edges, a thin 8.4mm cross-section and a soft-touch Home button. Perhaps this is more akin to an iPhone 6. Found on VeteranGeek.
This is My Next
This mockup from ThisIsMyNext has been floating around for a while, but it latched on early to the teardrop-shaped cross-section and larger screen.