The iPhone 5 release date rumors are piling up, now that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was officially unveiled and the tech press has dubbed the South Korean flagship as the real iPhone killer.
Everyone expects the iPhone 5 to revolutionize the smartphone world, after the previous Apple release, the iPhone 4S, was seen as a disappointing product. Even though the iPhone 4S received loads of negative reviews, the Cupertino-based somehow managed to persuade the customers that their smartphone is the best around and shipped millions of devices, making Apple the second biggest smartphone vendor in the world.
Besides the dual-core A5 SoC, iPhone 4S’ most interesting feature was Siri, but now that Samsung introduced a response to Apple’s virtual assistant, the Cupertino-based company is bound to come up with something to turn the public’s attention away from the Galaxy S3.
Some said that the iPhone 5 will sport a quad-core processor, but if you asked me I would call it a phantasmagoria. Apple sees no reason in fitting a quad-core chipset inside their next-generation iPhone. First up, it would be more expensive than a dual-core processor, which would lower their profits. Second, unlike its Android rival, the iOS comes with less more features, so it doesn’t need higher processing power, and a dual-core CPU would do its job perfectly. Least, but not last, the American company is sure that millions of Apple fanboys would line-up in front of their stores to get their hands on the iPhone 5, no matter what.
Another argument that backs-up the theory saying that the iPhone 5 will have a dual-core SoC is the pattern of the previous Apple releases. The giant phone maker made a habit out of fitting the iPad processors inside their unreleased iPhones. As you probably know (or not) the iPhone 4 came with the single-core A4 chipset of the first iPad, then the iPhone 4S was introduced along with the dual-core A5 SoC, a unit that debuted on the iPad 2. It is of common sense to consider that the iPhone 5 will hide the new iPad’s A5X chipset inside its unibody case.
Talking about the A5X SoC, we all know that it is a LTE-friendly processing unit and Apple would want their next iPhone to support 4G networks. Even though the 4G LTE networks are not so widespread outside of US, the North American market is very important for the Cupertino-based giant, so they will have to please the fans who got mad about the 4G lately, or else they might risk losing their customers that will switch to the Android smartphones with LTE capabilities.
We’ve all seen how the smartphones’ displays have grown over the last few years and now devices like Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and Galaxy Nexus. all with 4.5+ inch displays, are highly appreciated by the tech publications and smartphone enthusiasts. Therefore, Apple is forced to increase the size of iPhone 5 display and reports say that the new iOS smartphone will have a 4-inch screen.
All the Apple iPhones launched so far had 3.5-inch displays, but as the rumor mill reports Steve Jobs himself worked at the design of the iPhone 5 and the mastermind behind Apple’s success wished for a more powerful device with a bigger display.
Next comes the amount of RAM. So far, most the high-end smartphones came with 1 GB of RAM. Not the Apple’s terminals, as both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S only had 512 MB of RAM. On certain markets Samsung Galaxy S3 will come with 2 GB of RAM, thus Apple has to do something to keep up with the competition, so it is very likely to see at least 1 GB of RAM fitted inside the new iPhone 5.
Last week, at WWDC 2012, we’ve been able to get a quick peek at the new iOS 6, which haven’t brought what the public expected. Most of the iOS users wished for a new user interface, widgets and toggles in the Notification Center. The amazing iOS UI that impressed us when Steve Jobs presented it in 2007, now looks old, boring and it really needs a refresh. But Apple thinks that Facebook integration, a new Maps application and a Remind Me Later feature will do. Will the iOS 6 make Apple lose customers? Yes, but too few to really matter for the company.
After iOS 6 was introduced at WWDC 2012, the mobile operating system was made available for download for everyone that has a payed Apple developer account. After it will pass through several testing stages the final version of the OS will be released. The iPhone 5 release date is linked with the iOS 6 Gold Master release, because Apple’s behavior has thought us that each new final iOS version debuts synchronized with a new iPhone.
Reports have shown that iOS 6 GM will be released in September, therefore the iPhone 5 will be launched once the new Apple mobile OS makes an official debut. The speculations saying that the iPhone 5 release date was scheduled for the fall are supported by Apple’s iPhone launch pattern. The first four iPhone models were introduced during summer at Apple WWDC events. But since last year the company started to center the WWDC on the presentation of new iOS and Mac OS X releases. So, the iPhone 4S came in the fall, and so will the iPhone 5 and since the iOS 6 GM is reportedly hitting the market in September, the new iPhone will be announced along with it.
What do we know so far about the iPhone 5? Almost nothing, except for some leaked cases that revealed a two-tone unibody design and that it will come pre-loaded with iOS 6. Will it be bigger? Of course it will. Will it have a quad-core chipset? Certainly not. In the gallery below you can admire some rendered pictures of an iPhone 5 created in accordance with the latest rumors about the smartphone’s design.
Summing up, we might see the iPhone 5 in September, with a 4-inch display, 1 GB of RAM, dual-core chipset, 4G capabilities and iOS 6. Will it be better then the Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of technical specifications? Probably not. Will Apple still sell millions of iPhone 5 units no matter what features it will have? Definitely, yes.