We’re all dying to know what we can expect from Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. For months we’ve been speculating on what it will look like, what kind of features it will boast, and when it will be available. However, a new report could tell you all almost everything you ever wanted to know about Apple’s new iPhone — including its new internals, and an iOS feature that will debut on the fifth-generation device.
9to5 Mac have published all of the information they have been given on Apple’s fifth-generation device, and though there are some missing pieces, there’s a lot of juicy information here. For example, they claim Apple’s new iPhone will be significantly different on the inside, with the company’s dual-core A5 processor, backed up by 1GB of RAM — that’s even more than the iPad 2.
Those two features alone will make for better gaming, faster performance, improved graphics, and even better web browsing — not to mention the “new background tasks that Apple will introduce in the new iPhone’s software will perform much better.”
Other improvements will include an 8-megapixel camera that boasts a backlit sensor for incredibly clear shots, even in low light conditions. And 9to5 says we can also expect to say that rumored panoramic camera feature built-in.
The device is said to boast a Qualcomm Gobi Baseband chip that will enable it to use both CDMA and GSM networks — negating the need for two separate iPhone models. It’s unclear, however, whether or not we will see that built-in SIM card or NFC capabilities.
Along with those component upgrades, one of the new iPhone’s biggest selling points, according to the report, with be a new ‘Assistant‘ feature that we’ve heard so much about in recent months:
Assistant is Apple’s Siri-inspired, system-wide voice navigation system. It so far appears that iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users will be left out in the fun, unfortunately, because the feature requires the A5 CPU and additional RAM.
From what we’ve heard, the Siri-based Assistant is described as the biggest game changer in this year’s iPhone. The system is the evolution of the Voice Control function that was introduced alongside the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and it is the fruit Apple’s purchase of Siri last year.
The report goes on to explain “everything you could possibly want to know” about the new Assistant feature, such as its “seemingly endless possibilities” that allow you to perform a whole host of popular tasks using nothing but your voice.
9to5 concludes its report with the following:
In any case, expect Assistant, 1GB of RAM, the dual-core A5 processor, Nuance speech-to-text, and an 8 megapixel camera to make an incredible iPhone upgrade on October 4th.
Although it is described as an “incredibly iPhone upgrade,” unfortunately there is no word on what the new device will look like, and whether it will indeed sport that all-new design that we’ve all been dreaming about.
Everything in the report sounds entirely plausible, and the fact that Assistant requires additional horsepower would explain why developers are yet to see the feature in existing betas of the iOS 5 software. The report also confirms Cult of Mac’s predictions for the new device, in which we said the A5 processor, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera are all likely upgrades.
However, I’m concerned that Assistant is described as one of the new iPhone’s “biggest selling points,” and this makes me wonder whether Apple will launch an iPhone 4 lookalike that attempts to succeed on its new internals and additional software.
If the new iPhone does look exactly like the iPhone 4, but comes with Assistant and the specifications listed above, will you be interested?
[via 9to5 Mac]