Soon after the launch of the new iPad, the rumour mill has turned its attention back to the the next-generation iPhone. Speculations are rife that the new iPhone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 5, will come out in June. Let's see what all the rumours have to say:
1. The new iPhone is expected to hit the market in June this year, reported Mashable. Quoting a Foxconn recruiter, Mashable said, "people will see a new iPhone in June this year. In an interview with TV Tokyo's World Business Satellite, the recruiter said that the iPhone would be headed our way this summer, when a reporter asked the recruiter how many people the company was looking to hire. He answered: We are looking for 18,000 employees...for the fifth-generation phone." Further, the reporter clarified that the recruiter was talking about the iPhone 5, and in return the recruiter added that the next generation of the iPhone will come out in June.
Considering Apple's new strategy of not naming the product, it can not be said that whether it will be called the "iPhone 5" or the "new iPhone". It will, however, be the 6th iPhone from Apple. After the release of the iPhone, the company launched an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
2. Apple's new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch "retina" display, as reported by Reuters. The high-definition "retina" display contains several times as many pixels within the same area. However, its major display suppliers LG Display and Samsung Electronics Co declined to comment.
3. The new iPhone is reported to be 4G LTE compatible, It seems more likely now after Apple released an iPad with 4G support.
4. Reportedly, Apple is working on a smaller dock connector for charging and data transfers to help make extra room in its portable devices.
5. According to a report from Citigroup technology analyst Richard Gardner, Apple has no desire to sell cheaper smartphones. The company believes in producing great products, as it considers that customers are willing to pay more for them. So, The next-gen iPhone could be more expensive.
6. The iPhone5 could have a quad-core A6 processor, according to reports. But it does not seem plausible as Apple is not known for upgrading the technology so fast. Before the launch of the new iPad, people were expecting it to come equipped with A6 processor, but it did not happen and their hopes dashed when the company unveiled the A5X-powered iPad.
7. The upcoming iPhone is said to come packed with an updated version of Siri and a better battery than the existing one.
8. It is speculated that Apple might include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5, which allows for simplified transactions, data exchange and wireless connections between two devices in close proximity to each other.
9. If rumours are to be believed, the new iPhone will not be slimmer than the iPhone 4S.
10. Considering the fact that Apple is scaling up its production and its vendors are hiring more people, the initial launch of the iPhone 5 is expected to happen in more countries including India.