The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

It will come with iOS 6.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

Apple unveiled the next major version of its mobile operating system to developers at WWDC in June, and we’ve already had plenty of coverage leading up to its promised public release this fall. Apple typically waits to ship a major new iOS version with new hardware, and considering that the next iPhone is coming this fall, it’s a very safe bet that iOS 6 will come pre-installed.

iOS 6 features over 200 improvements, including a totally new Maps app, enhanced Siri features, Facebook integration, and more.

It’s going to have 4G LTE networking.

Like the third-gen iPad from earlier this year, the next iPhone is expected to support cellular bandwidth speeds that rival your home DSL connection. The thing about LTE is that it requires a lot of battery juice.

But how do you put LTE in a small smartphone without adding more battery and making it thicker? You make the screen bigger! A 4-inch display helps create room for more battery without making the phone fatter.

“Cellular bandwidth speeds that rival your home DSL connection”

Apple chose not to put LTE in the iPhone 4S last year, but now that the rest of the market has made it a standard, everything should be good to go this time around. Knowing Apple, the next iPhone will have the best battery life of any LTE device on the market.

The battery will be thinner and longer.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]To power LTE, it looks like the next iPhone will sport a 3.8V 5.4WHr battery with 1440 mAh capacity. Leaked parts have revealed a slight voltage bump from the iPhone 4S, and it appears that Apple has figured out how to make the new battery thinner by elongating it vertically.

Don’t expect a huge (if any) improvement in battery life, but at least the new iPhone should be able to handle LTE and a faster processor without taking a huge performance hit. Apple will probably still give a slightly lower battery life estimate for when LTE is enabled.

It’s going to be faster.

This is pretty much a given for any Apple iOS product release, but expect the next iPhone to have a faster processor. We expect either the A5X from the third-gen iPad or possibly a totally new A6 chip.

It might have NFC or some other kind of fancy mobile payment tech.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

Passbook will be a digital extension of your wallet in iOS 6.

This particular corner of the rumor mill has been a little unsure of itself in recent months. Certain rumors have said that the next iPhone will feature Near Field Communications (NFC) tech to process mobile payments, but in keep in mind that the same claims were made last year before the 4S. The mobile payment space is definitely an area of focus for Apple, but we honestly don’t know if some sort of dedicated mobile payment hardware will be in the iPhone this year.

“The mobile payment space is definitely an area of focus for Apple”

Apple introduced an app called Passbook in iOS 6 during the last WWDC. Merchants can partner to make their coupons and rewards cards digitally available in Passbook, like a virtual wallet. The only thing is that Passbook won’t do basic bank-to-merchant transactions like Square. For now, Passbook is Apple’s half-baked approach to mobile payments, but we expect it to evolve over time.

Say goodbye to the 30-pin dock connector.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

Smaller is better in this case, right?

You know all of those 30-pin sync cables, peripherals, and accessories you have laying around? They’re about to be outdated. The next iPhone is widely expected to feature a micro dock connector that will be home to as little as 8 pins. Expect it to look like a micro-USB port and allow the sync cable to connect at any orientation.

The good news? Apple will probably sell a 30-pin-to-new adapter. Yay.

It’s probably going to have a nano-SIM.

Carriers have reportedly been testing iPhones with smaller nano-SIMs in anticipation of this fall’s launch. A nano-SIM is 40% smaller than the micro-SIM, and measures 2.3mm wide by 8.8mm high.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

The nano-SIM is significantly smaller than the micro-SIM currently used.

Apple obviously wants the iPhone to be as thin as possible, and a smaller SIM card would certainly help make room internally. Considering that Apple designed the nano-SIM, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it implemented in the iPhone. Unfortunately, the nano-SIM poses some compatibility problems micro and regular SIMs do not.

T-Mobile still won’t be invited to the iPhone party.

It’s safe to say that we all feel bad for T-Mobile at this point. The struggling carrier is the only major player left without the iPhone, and unfortunately its network is still not up to par for providing 3G (much less LTE) speeds on the iPhone. Don’t expect T-Mobile to hop on the iPhone party wagon this time around.

The good news is that Apple has partnered with several regional and prepaid carriers in the United States, including Virgin, to make the iPhone available in more targeted markets. You still have plenty of options, including the big three: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

It will probably have an improved camera.

The iPhone 5: Everything We Think We Know [Rumor Roundup]

Nothing has really been said about the next iPhone’s camera, interestingly. With the exception of the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, each iPhone has had a better camera than its predecessor, so we expect Apple to bump the megapixels up a little this time around (probably 8 megapixels).

Park leaks show that the front-facing FaceTime camera will be repositioned over the earpiece, and there’s a chance that Apple will upgrade the quality there as well.

It’s still going to have a Home button.

The next iPhone will still have a Home button. Deal with it.

We’ll be updating this rumor roundup with more juicy tidbits as they surface leading up to Apple’s media event in September. Bookmark this article and check back for updates in the weeks to come!

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  • Tallest_Skil

    It won’t be called the “iPhone 5.”

    Let’s get this straightened up off the bat: If you own the iPhone 4S, you already own the iPhone 5.

    I can’t frigging thank you guys enough for saying this. So I just have one question: WHY THE HECK DID YOU PUT IT IN THE TITLE?!

    Everything else you’re saying here is basically right on. A little early for a roundup, but when not much can change in the interim, good on it.

  • Trisjen Harris

    Nothing worth buying or to see if you already have a phone with all these features and more!!! Good way to play catch up Apple, finally

  • vanmacguy

    I hope that the back doesn’t look like the picture you have in this post. It’s ugly. With the glass strip on the top and bottom.

    Ick.

  • mr_bee

    Great article! Three small “niggles” though…

    – The last iPad isn’t “all batteries” because of the LTE, it’s “all batteries because of the screen.

    – Even though it’s taller, the internal volume of the upcoming iPhone is actually smaller than the current one so it won’t allow for any extra battery.

    – blogs could just as easily say “6th Gen iPhone” as “iPhone 5″ so there’s really no good excuse for using the term.

  • alexheath

    Great article! Three small “niggles” though…

    – The last iPad isn’t “all batteries” because of the LTE, it’s “all batteries because of the screen.

    – Even though it’s taller, the internal volume of the upcoming iPhone is actually smaller than the current one so it won’t allow for any extra battery.

    – blogs could just as easily say “6th Gen iPhone” as “iPhone 5″ so there’s really no good excuse for using the term.

    Good point about the iPad LTE battery thing. Had a brain fart there. I’ll tweak the article accordingly.

  • mrcutter

    Sorry…don’t like the taller screen. I wanted larger in both directions. Sigh…

  • Tallest_Skil

    Nothing worth buying or to see if you already have a phone with all these features and more!!! Good way to play catch up Apple, finally

    Oh, shut up, you worthless idiot. Accounts this stupid shouldn’t be suffered to exist.

  • alexheath
    Nothing worth buying or to see if you already have a phone with all these features and more!!! Good way to play catch up Apple, finally

    Oh, shut up, you worthless idiot. Accounts this stupid shouldn’t be suffered to exist.

    His opinions are allowed, but insults aren’t. Keep it civil.

  • TheMacGuy

    I like the new iPhone! The glass on the top and bottom I think makes it look slicker. Just a drop of color with the aluminum back. I hope the rumors are true about the screen and the width staying the same. I don’t want it wider just taller. My city got VZW’s LTE about a year ago and I want to be able to use it! My contract is supposed to expire until February 2013, but VZW messed up and it ends the beginning of October in time for the new iPhone!

    “Each iPhone has had a better camera than its predecessor, so we expect Apple to bump the megapixels up a little this time around.”

    Not true. iPhone 3G had the exact same camera as the original iPhone.

  • Oleguer Txdr

    Why are you so sure it’s still gonna have a physic home button?

  • destroysall

    Why rule out a possible T-Mobile version? They have been beefing up their network ever since the AT&T joint-failure. By the end of this year most, if not all, of their networks are supposed to be ready for the iPhone. Then next year they are anticipating their launch of LTE. I wouldn’t say T-Mobile should be left out or be considered late. Let’s not forget both Virgin Mobile and Cricket received both the iPhone 4 and 4S extremely late. If T-Mobile doesn’t get the iPhone now, I think they have a chance later on this year or early next year.

  • Tallest_Skil

    His opinions are allowed, but insults aren’t. Keep it civil.

    Apologies for the vitriol, but why do you guys suffer troll accounts to exist? They have their own website, hosted by YOU, even, to say whatever they want. We don’t want that nonsense here.

    Why are you so sure it’s still gonna have a physic home button?

    Because a software one has always been a terrible idea that had no thought put into it. Also, every picture we’ve ever seen of the device.

  • Martin Dobson

    Why are you so sure it’s still gonna have a physic home button?

    I like the home button because no matter who you show the phone to, be it a 2 year old or a 90 year old, when they get stuck somewhere that they didn’t want to be, they easily find out that preing the one button on the front gets them back to a familiar screen where they can start over. Try explaining a software home button to someone who has never touched a smartphone before.

  • Robert Pruitt

    The 4S did have 4G. I have one and it does.

  • Lars Pallesen

    There’s one thing about the rumored design of the new iPhone I’d love to get cleared up: The glossy parts at the top and the bottom of the back plate, what kind of material is it?

    I hear them alternately referred to as “the two-tone metal back”, “the plastic parts”, and now, in this comment section, as “the GLASS strip on the top and the bottom” ?

    So, which is it? Are the glossy parts made from metal, plastic or glass? Thanks.

  • Tallest_Skil

    The 4S did have 4G. I have one and it does.

    Nope. Don’t believe AT&T’s lies.

    The glossy parts at the top and the bottom of the back plate, what kind of material is it?

    Of course it’s glass. Plastic? Ugh.

  • Eliijah Moss

    Rumors is going on that if you bought a iPhone 4 back in 2011, I purchased mine in march, an early upgrade program is available. It’s only AT&T though. How? AT&T did the same thing with the iPhone4 and iPhone4S. Remember… It’s just a rumor, but it’s more likely to be true.

  • goose

    I seriously hope that the next Iphone will not look like this. This is not totally redesigned. Its just a longer 4s with better hardware under the hood. Its like buying a Ford Pinto with a 302 big block. Its like wearing the same clothes from 16 to 36, your taller but still wearing the same thing. It just doesn’t make sense. Still tiny, still old, and now still playing catch up. So much for apple leading the way in inovation. Im starting to wish I wasnt so vested in Apple to make a switch so much easier

  • Jefuqs Jones

    9-12 One More Thing: “The iPhone 5 Bridge connector” http://tinyurl.com/coq4qxl

  • Bruce Schrock

    .

    Of course it’s glass. Plastic? Ugh.

    Just keep in mind the iPad has plastic for its cellular antennas.

  • Bruce Schrock

    I’m still not so sure about the two toned back…. It screams of apple knock off if you ask me.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    . Just keep in mind the iPad has plastic for its cellular antennas.

    And keep in mind the iPhone 4 and 4S had glass for the case and METAL antennae as the rim. Which is exactly what this one does, too…

  • May Seventh

    In the 3rd picture, you can see his finger extend to behind the iTunes icon, lol

  • Jeremy D. Kantorowicz

    I’m sorry? You’re ripping on T-Mobile because? Yeah, my HSPA+ downloads at 20Mbps which is just so fucking slow… Get real. Sprint hasn’t rolled out it’s LTE to pretty much anywhere, and T-Mobile will be doing it in a year. You just needed some space to fill in your article, so somehow you just decided to fill it with a T-Mobile rip.

  • djrobsd

    I hope the new design isn’t what it actually looks like. If so, thank god I always put a case on my iphone. I am glad they are keeping the home button. Have you ever walked into a cell phone store to play with one of those Android type phones and scratched your head and gone “how do I turn this thing on??”. I love with the iPad and Iphone I know exactly what to do, just press that little home button and it lights up. Thank you for keeping the button Apple.

  • chipped

    “It’s going to have a fresh look” – Are you guys on crack?

  • Tallest_Skil

    Better drop your first point from this article, guys. Apple has gone against one of their founding principles.

  • nefan65

    If it won’t be called iPhone 5, then why does the shadow under the September 12 date cast a “5”? Me thinks you know as much as the other rumor sites; nothing.

  • prodge6671

    “With the exception of the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, each iPhone has had a better camera than its predecessor, so we expect Apple to bump the megapixels up a little this time around (probably 8 megapixels).” —- Doesn’t the iPhone 4S already have an 8 megapixel camera?????

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  • bfizzzle

    unibody? lmao..
    all the “leaked” parts appear to have a metal and glass back, with a glass front…

  • petel

    How is it putting a metal plate on the back a complete redesign of the 4s. Yea they stretched the screen swapped the headphone jack to bottom n smaller port but is that really a full body makeover? Idk it still looks pretty much the same to me n I’d take 4s design without that back plate over this look

  • RaptorOO7

    The “fresh look” isn’t so fresh, simply swapping out the glass back which has been proven to easily get damaged with metal doesn’t make this a fresh look. IF the rumored design (leaks faster than the Titanic) match up then its slightly taller and thinner not such a fresh look.

    As for the camera, I am betting 8MP still with better sensor for low light or something snazzy but I don’t see it going to 10 or 12MP that just eats up more internal storage and thats a waste given the app sizes will have to jump to support a larger screen.

    LTE is a given since Verizon has stated they will NOT launch any smartphones this year with 3G (iPhone 4S launched last year) AND if Apple fails to deliver on LTE this time well they will simply lose face.

    Battery life is a concern of mine, unless they have magical beans in there my iP4S battery life sucked compared to my iP4 battery life so they had better do something about it, LTE gobbles battery life so they had better include a toggle.

    NFC, won’t be in there, this is the USA and we are at least 10 years behind the rest of the world in adopting new technologies like mobile payments and everyone expects to get a piece of the action so they won’t play well together which means Apple will go its own route and use Passport to get stores and business types to use their system for a unified and simplified and rapid adoption.

    T-Mobile, well they should have purchased better spectrum or paid Billions like Sprint did but they don’t have the cash and the AT&T merger screwed them but good in terms of making any negotiations, thank you so very much Ralphy.

    Home button, it would be nice if Apple would get out of the 80’s and ditch the button all together, it is a point of failure and contention for users especially since you have to use it even more now to get Siri going. Why can’t Siri be an app icon instead so you can push it that way.

  • Tallest_Skil

    NFC, won’t be in there, this is the USA and we are at least 10 years behind the rest of the world

    Did’ja ever stop and think that maybe Apple might be creating the version that sparks the revolution? Like their use of USB, dropping of floppies, and the dozens of other revolutions they’ve started?

    Home button, it would be nice if Apple would get out of the 80’s and ditch the button all together

    Insane. You need a hardware out.

  • ??????? ???????

    hope this design is a fake

  • Tallest_Skil

    hope this design is a fake

    Except it isn’t. You should probably get over that.

  • easydone101

    Where is the countdown timer?

  • Tallest_Skil

    Where is the countdown timer?

    Make one in Dashboard. Countdown from now to 10AM PST, September 12.

  • Bob Smogango

    How come people were talking about the Fingerprint ID technology back when Apple bought the company, but no one is talking about it for this release?

  • Tallest_Skil

    How come people were talking about the Fingerprint ID technology back when Apple bought the company, but no one is talking about it for this release?

    Because it isn’t happening with this release? Because the whole thing is a gimmick?

  • Zod Buster

    it’s over.. bean counters and lawyers run the company now.. same as Dell, Hp,, etc..
    magical events are gone…
    It was a blast while it lasted…
    hope I’m wrong tho

  • Tallest_Skil

    it’s over.. bean counters and lawyers run the company now.. same as Dell, Hp,, etc..
    magical events are gone…
    hope I’m wrong tho

    You’re completely wrong and lying through your teeth. Come off it.

  • robraden

    “If you own the iPhone 4S, you already own the iPhone 5″

    I get what you’re trying to say there, but it’s wrong. Each new iPhone hasn’t marked a generation of iPhone tech. So even though the iPhone 4s is the fifth iPhone Apple has released, it in no way is 5th generation technology, nor is it an iPhone 5. To suggest otherwise is the silliest fanboyism ever.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Each new iPhone hasn’t marked a generation of iPhone tech.

    Except the 4th released iPhone, the 4th generation of iPhone by definition, was the iPhone 4. So yes, it is.

    To suggest otherwise is the silliest fanboyism ever.

    To say the phrase “5th generation technology” without that meaning anything whatsoever is the silliest trolling ever.

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  • churchyfur

    “2.3mm wide by 8.8mm high”? Um, I think you have those numbers reversed …

  • Zach Oxley

    I don’t think that it will be named “iPhone 5.” My guess is that Apple regularly checks the tech sites to see what everyone is guessing about the next iPhone… With that being said, I believe the “5” shadow is simply a reference to the next iPhone since that’s what all of the Internet is calling said product. I expect to see “the new iPhone” come on stage tomorrow.

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what all the hubbub is about. Yes, I just used the word “hubbub.” Oh, and I’m definitely not bringing soup to work tomorrow for lunch because I’m sure I’ll spew it all over my computer screen. The end.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I don’t think that it will be named “iPhone 5.” My guess is that Apple regularly checks the tech sites to see what everyone is guessing about the next iPhone… With that being said, I believe the “5” shadow is simply a reference to the next iPhone since that’s what all of the Internet is calling said product. I expect to see “the new iPhone” come on stage tomorrow.

    I do so hope you’re right.

  • QuirkMuseum

    Great, now if Apple would only start paying taxes on all their profits.
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/jan-june12/techtaxes_04-30.html

  • QuirkMuseum

    I wonder when Apple is gonna start paying taxes on all their profits?
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/business/jan-june12/techtaxes_04-30.html

  • Tallest_Skil

    I wonder when Apple is gonna start paying taxes on all their profits?

    I wonder when you trolls will shut up and start telling the truth.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I wonder when Apple is gonna start paying taxes on all their profits?

    I wonder when you trolls will shut up and start telling the truth.

  • Koban4max
    His opinions are allowed, but insults aren’t. Keep it civil.

    Apologies for the vitriol, but why do you guys suffer troll accounts to exist? They have their own website, hosted by YOU, even, to say whatever they want. We don’t want that nonsense here.

    Why are you so sure it’s still gonna have a physic home button?

    Because a software one has always been a terrible idea that had no thought put into it. Also, every picture we’ve ever seen of the device.

    You mean YOU don’t want that nonsense here.

  • Tallest_Skil

    You mean YOU don’t want that nonsense here.

    The name of the website implies that it’s not wanted here at all. Come off it.

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