It is not long now until Apple will unveil tothe world the next big thing in the world of smartphones, the iPhone 5, withthe phone expected to go on sale in October in most markets. Apple has beenkeeping pretty tight lipped about what the phone will be like and, despite aprototype allegedly being misplaced in a San Francisco tequila bar, not a greatdeal of reliable leaks have surfaced on the blogosphere, leading fans to relyon speculation and contradictory claims.
One of the rumours that is gaining the mostsupport is that the iPhone 5 will be bigger in some way or another. This willeither be through a larger body or, more likely through a larger screen but asimilar chassis size to the iPhone 4. With the increasing popularity of 4 inchplus Android phones like the Galaxy S2 it would make sense that Apple would tryto extend the display somewhat. Larger screens make for better entertainment devices,although Apple is not a company that likes to be seen following the lead ofothers.
In contrast to this rumour there has been muchtalk of a smaller iPhone making an appearance. This is supposedly the iPhone4S, which will be smaller in size and more modest in features and will be aimedat the more affordable section of the smartphone market which Apple hastypically ignored. There have been reports of smaller components being orderedby Apple from suppliers in Asia giving some credibility to this rumour,although it seems much more likely that this is for a more modest version ofthe iPhone 4 and not an entirely new model.
iOS 5 may give some indication as to what willbe on offer with the next iPhone, and the latest Apple operating system was unveileda couple of months ago. This comes with new usability improvements like theAndroid inspired notification tray, but also comes with support for iCloud andAndroid style homescreen widgets. While on the surface the changes made to iOS5 seem minor they may in fact drastically alter the experience that the iPhonehas to offer.
Many Applefanatics love having white versions of their iDevices and the iPhone is noexception. However, it took Apple nearly a year to release a white version ofthe iPhone 4 and so this will most likely not be on offer straight away for theiPhone 5. Like earlier releases the iPhone 5 will probably just be on offer ina choice of black only, although some reports are suggesting that the iPhone 5will feature an aluminium battery casing. If this is the case then the phonemay very well have a metallic appearance instead. If so then there may never bea white iPhone 5. Either way, you will have a long wait of uncertainty ahead,while you could just pick up some <a href="http://www.best-mobile-contracts.co.uk/phones/Apple-iPhone-4-White-16GB.aspx">iPhone4 White deals</a> instead, as these are expected to drop dramatically inprice when the new iPhone goes on sale.
Apple is expected to make an announcement aboutthe iPhone 5 in the coming weeks when we will finally get to see what the phonehas to offer. That is unless the missing prototype should somehow make anappearance online beforehand of course.
An article by Simon Drew
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