One of the most hotly debated issues in the mobile phone world at present is the release date for the next version of Apple’s popular iPhone line. According to industry insiders, consumers should probably not expect an iPhone 5 launch before the early summer; an earlier release might not give the iPhone 4S enough of a window to generate maximum sales for the company. Some analysts are even banking on a launch as late as September or October 2012.
Quad-Core on the horizon?
Regardless of when the iPhone 5 hits the stores, however, speculation is already rampant about the range of features the new model is likely to offer. According to reports emanating from Germany, the iPhone 5 may pack a significant CPU punch by incorporating the use of a quad-core processor. This would mean the iPhone 5 leapfrogs the competition, as it would have a more advanced processing core than any other smartphone currently on the market; better even than is included in the typical tablet. In fact quad-core processors are currently only installed in high-powered systems, such as gaming laptops.
A larger screen – but not too large
iPhone users often lament the screen real estate on their mobile phones. With the iPhone 5, it seems that Apple may have taken customer views to heart. Insiders are predicting that the iPhone 5 will have a display area big enough to rival the screen real estate on competing Android phones from manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. Yet Apple, always conscious of the overall ergonomics and usability of its devices, will strive to keep the iPhone 5 small enough to fit into the palm of the hand. The result is likely to be a product with a larger screen, but which retains similar overall dimensions to the iPhones on the market today.
Long Term Evolution, commonly referred to as LTE, is one of several technologies, known collectively as 4G. However, LTE is the fastest of them, providing the kind of rapid data access that is more and more in demand by today’s consumers. With LTE networks being rolled out in both Europe and the United States, industry analysts feel confident in predicting that the iPhone 5 will feature LTE technology. Already, some of the technical bugs have been overcome, with micro-sized SIM cards becoming available and these thinner cards are already in use in some sleek smartphones. It seems certain that Apple would not let LTE pass it by and that it will be incorporated in the next generation of iPhones.
An iPhone for everyone
Apple has long been a leader in innovation and customers who wish to stay on the cutting edge are sure to line up around the block to buy the iPhone 5 the second it is released. With a powerful processor and thousands of apps making it a ‘must-have’ in nearly every walk of life, the next iPhone will be a pocket computer able to do more and faster than any of its predecessors.