So we are now less than 4 weeks away from Apple unveiling the latest in the iPhone line-up, the iPhone 5 (or the new iPhone, the iPhone 6G – we’re not sure what it’s going to be called yet, but we’ll call it the iPhone 5 for the moment).
There is certainly a huge amount of hype surrounding the iPhone 5 and it’s release. The fact that it is rumoured to have a different design than its predecessor the iPhone 4S probably plays a part in the hype surrounding it, as Apple don’t change the design of their iPhone’s each time they release a new one, so it’s always a much welcomed change when they do.
The last iPhone to be released was the iPhone 4S, and that looked exactly the same as the iPhone before that, the iPhone 4. So this is the first iPhone in 3 years to come with a new look… We actually know a reasonable amount of information regarding the iPhone 5, its design and hardware improvements – thanks to spare parts and information being leaked out of certain factories and such in Asia. So in this post we’re going to take a look at a few of the things we are expecting to see on the iPhone 5 in September.
As I mentioned briefly earlier, this is the first iPhone in years to have a design change, so this has added much anticipation to the release of this device. Here is a nice rendering of the iPhone 5 design (based on what we know from leaked parts):
So what is changing with the design on the iPhone 5? Well, it’s taller, making enough space on the screen to fit another row of App icons. It’s also slimmer, around 30% slimmer in-fact. If you picture the silver frame that runs around the side of the iPhone 4S, this is about the same thickness as the iPhone 5 will be – so a huge reduction in size there. As you can probably see from the picture, the back-plate now has an awesome looking metallic cover. Hopefully it’s not as easy to scratch as some of the previous materials we have seen on iPods and iPhones. I think it looks really great.
Another thing you may notice from the picture is the size of the dock connector (it’s been dramatically reduced to make more internal space which can be used more efficiently). The headphone socket has also been relocated from the top of the device to the bottom of the device – finally!
As well as changes in design, we are of course going to be seeing hardware changes too, as we do with each and every updated iPhone device.
Apple have decided to bring an even smaller SIM card onto the market, the nano-SIM, and its been rumoured that the iPhone 5 is going to be the first phone that uses these nano-SIMs, they perform like the micro-SIMs but are a fraction smaller.
We also have LTE (4G) networking to look forward too on this device too. If you thought 3G speeds were quick, then wait until you get a taste of 4G – It’s more like a low speed broadband connection.
These extra hardware specs require more juice and battery power, so, naturally, we have a new and improved battery coming with the iPhone 5 too! What good would all of these extra features be if you didn’t have enough power to use them!?
Overall, we have quite a lot of changes coming with the new iPhone. More changes than we have seen to any iPhone device in the past 5 years really, especially if you look at iOS 6 and count that as part of the changes too. iOS 6 will be released alongside the iPhone 5 and has some truly amazing features and updates of it’s own.
In-particular, Maps – featuring live turn-by-turn GPS navigation that would rival even the best Tom Tom systems – absolutely free with your iPhone iOS J
I’m really looking forward to both the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. What are you looking forward to the most? What features would you like to see in the new iOS or new iPhone? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Author Bio: Nathan Rossiter provides an iPhone 5 Unlock service through his website and blog Unlock iPhone Worldwide. A true Apple iPhone enthusiast!