Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Apple’s New iPhone (Almost)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Apple’s New iPhone (Almost)

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?

  • Derek

    No, without a bigger screen I will be waiting till next year.

  • Onur

    all these information already written at a Turkish Apple blog ElmaDergisi dot com. so there isn’t any new stuff

  • Anon

    Might be time to switch to a Samsung Galaxy S2 if this is really all that’s going to be on offer.

  • John

    Yep, sounds like an incredible upgrade to me. No interest in a redesign.

  • Kempermelody

    Errr what about one more thing… Don’t be silly of course there’ll be a redesign

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  • techgeek01

    I will only be interested if it comes with a 4.5 inch HD display, LTE and NFC.

  • Anthony

    No redesign, no sale for me.

    And no i dont count making it in white as a re design!

  • Ed_Kel

    No reason to upgrade without re-design. I’ll wait for the iPhone 6, or whatever Apple releases as a “face-lifted” device.

  • Linopiv4

    Who cares for a redesign with those specs, of course a bigger display would be nice but i would definitely buy it since I’m using still my 3GS.

  • Apostoltim

    its been 3 months since i drowned my i4 cant wait any longer , ill buy what ever it would be!

  • Doug Bursnall

    Still using my 3G so I really have no choice but to upgrade. I still believe there will be more to it than the article stated, having stretched the release out already, it would be quite a letdown unless it was a total redesign and would indicate that Apple have lost the initiative.

  • avaloniphone

    I may be in the minority, but I love the design of the iPhone 4. I would be happy if they left it alone visually. I am impressed with the insides, though.

  • 123

    We haven’t heard much if it will have 1080 HD video. If it has this then I will definitely be buying, regardless if it looks like the iPhone 4.

  • Am3king

    I would like to see them change the aesthetics of the phone to keep it fresh and fun I love apple and the iPhone the one thing I don’t like about them is that theres nt much fun going into it and it would help a great deal if they change the looks…..

  • Botspamm

    Redesign will just be an addon for me. It’s the insides that cojnts.

  • MacHead

    With the details 9to5 is giving Id be very pleased with the new phone. Id really just like a modest redesign so people can tell that its the new phone without having to ask. Wouldnt need to be drastic but just a little something would be nice.

  • Jm1323

    So in other words, you never have been nor ever will be interested in the iPhone.

  • Thecyberphotog

    I would go for the upgrade.  I take many pictures with the iPhone and the better camera features would be a bonus.

  • Petejames

              Seems like we’re now getting info on this new assistant feature just at a time when the concensus of rumours are saying that the new iPhone carries exactly the same design as the previous iPhone 4 (not what we want).
    I could say it seems that this info has been deliberately leaked by apple to (in some way) distract those many of us who wish to see a new, fresh design, and is designed to appease us in some way, but am i that cynical?
             Either way, come on Apple we’re  your fans, stop treating us with such disrespect and return some of the loyalty we give to you !

  • John Branham

    I am still hoping they shock us with a 10 mp camera so that there is zero competition where cameras are concerned…

  • kriswm

    not so much. my main hold back from getting an iphone 4 though was it’s 32GB max capacity. i’m looking for them to double that.

    if it didn’t have that i might be interested in it if it looked different.

  • Waw63

    Well you can not judge a book solely by it’s cover. Goes for cell phones too

  • Don Pope

    Whatever it is, it will be better than my old 3GS.
    I hope it is available right after the announcement.

  • Jbperez

    I want a 4.5″ screen. At least, dammit.

  • Chris Killen

    I remember when I bought a 5mpx camera back in 2006 or 2007 for $300! And that was only a friggen camera!

  • Freddy

    You asked, “If the new iPhone does look exactly like the iPhone 4, but comes with Assistant and the specifications listed above, will you be interested “

    The answer is “Yes!”  If they provide a prepaid version, I’d order one immediately. 

  • Evan Benford

    OH NO ! your ignorance sir is about to awaken the cult of mac storm…where to start? More megapixels at this point has little to do with image quality in mobiles.

  • Evan Benford

    HAHA! damn sony cybershots

  • Digital Pants

    What about 4G/LTE capability?  Is that going to happen?  Pretty lame if it is still a 3G device.

  • Peter

    Apple doesn’t do that.  Sorry.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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