A concept design of the iPhone 5. (Photo : Youngblah)
With all the rumors swirling around the internet about the iPhone 5, it gets hard to keep track of what's been discredited, and what's worth looking at. Here's a look at the most popular rumors about the iPhone 5: I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not they could be real.
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First and foremost on everyone's mind is: "When's this thing coming out?" Going on current information out there, it will most likely come out sometime after September 21 and before November.
Website iMore reported that Apple plans on revealing a line of products including the next-gen iPhone, an iPad Mini, a new iPod Touch, and a new iPod Nano at an event on September 12. They even went on to say that the iPhone 5 should be out nine days later, on September 21.
Other websites seem to think that an October release date is more likely. Either way, it's definitely coming soon, since display manufacturers said they start shipping screens to Apple in August and Apple suppliers in China are ramping up hiring to probably meet the high initial demand.
A rumor made its way around Twitter that the phone will cost $800, but will most likely be much lower. If it's anything like the iPhone 4S, it should start at $200 with a standard two-year contract, and increase in price with more memory.
Android users seem to be getting all the eye candy. With the Samsung Galaxy S3's screen at a whopping 4.8 inches compared to the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S display, it's about time that Apple gave its smartphone buyers a better viewing experience.
The screen has been pegged at being around four inches, with website 9to5Mac confirming that an early build of iOS 6 can scale up to fit the 4-inch screen. If the 640X1136 resolution is right, then iPhone users might finally be able to experience 16:9 videos in their native form.
The iPhone 5 is expected to be taller than the current iPhone 4S, but not wider. A Taiwanese paper, Apple Daily, published what it believes to be the specs: 58.47 millimeters wide by 123.83 millimeters long by 7.6 millimeters thick - a full 1.7 millimeters thinner than the iPhone 4S. This would also make it thinner than both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the slim HTC One S.
Smaller Dock Connector:
Apple wants to do away with the 30-pin dock connector that is currently in all iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Instead, the iPhone 5 will certainly come with a smaller dock, although what size is anyone's guess. Some say 19 pins and others as low as eight. However, while digging around in iOS 6,9to5Mac found a hardware feature named "9pin." Could this mean the new smaller dock will be nine pins?
Like many others, you might be worried that the smaller dock means that your iPod stereo, cables, and other accessories will now be useless. This might happen, but an accidental image posted in the Apple store reveals that Apple might sell a dock connector converter, allowing you to plug in your "insert number here" - pin dock connector into a 30-pin device.
How many of these do you believe will actually debut with the iPhone 5? Leave your responses in the comments below.