Apple iPhone 5 Expected Features

  • Bigger screen, taller phone
  • LTE, HSPA+ equpped
  • Pricing and availability to be announced on Sept.

    • Bigger screen, taller phone
    • LTE, HSPA+ equpped
    • Pricing and availability to be announced on Sept. 12
    With Apple’s imminent announcement date of its next generation smartphone now known, tech watchers and consumers globally are waiting with abated breath what Apple will unleash on September 12 in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center.
     
    Here is a run-down of features that may or may not make it to the new Apple’s iPhone 5.
     
    Bigger screen, taller phone, new design
     
    The screen size of the iPhone 5 is expected to increase from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to come with new resolution at around 640 by 1136 pixels and a possibly new fifth icon row on the home screen of the new device. With these changes, it is possible to see the new iPhone getting a slight design makeover, including a taller iPhone. 
     
    The in-cell touch screen will likely bring a thinner iPhone 5 body than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. The rear of the iPhone 5 is also seen consisting of two parts with majority of it made of aluminium aimed at accentuating the look of the device.  

    Smaller SIM cards

    Apple will reportedly shrink even further the size of the microsim card it currently uses for the iPhone 4, the Daily Mail reported.  The new SIM – the plastic card inserted within all cellular phones to allow the device to connect with a network – will sport a new design and will be called Nano SIM.

    New dock connector

    The new iPhone 5 will also come with a new mini dock connector sporting a nine-inch size, which will either have a size that is similar with the Micro USB plug or would even be thinner and longer. Then from the original 30 standard pins that each Apple USB connector features, there are reports pointing to a new component that will have only 9 pins. This means users will have to purchase some new accessories because of the new design of the pin connector.

    Users will see immediately the difference between the old and the new connector just by looking at the design and arrangement of the pins. The former design has the pins enclosed in a metal casing whereas the new, tinier component will let users to clearly see the pins that are featured in the dock connector.

    More power internally, higher res camera

    To unleash more power in terms of performance and speed, the new iPhone is seen improving many of the punch that the current iPhone 4s lack of. An A6 processor could find its way in the iPhone 5 to provide better graphics card and optimized performance.

    There will also be an improvement in the integrated camera of the iPhone 5, with reports indicating the smartphone will be sporting a 12-megapixel built-in camera with a Sony sensor.    As for the front-facing camera, there has been little reports if an upgrade is lined up for this feature of the iPhone 5.

    Broader use of 4G LTE, HSPA+

    Apple will likely bring 4G LTE to the new iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal. This now brings to two the number of Apple devices equipped with the faster cellular connectivity component aside from the new iPad with retina display. 

    With 4G now added to the new Apple device, users will get to enjoy faster and optimized wireless Internet speed – now regarded the fastest in the world – when browsing their favourite sites or even streaming videos when using the new iPhone. LGE-equipped variant of the iPhone 5 will likely be offered in selected territories for the meantime and that includes U.S., Europe and Asia. 

    It is also hoped that Apple will be making good with its promise to tweak the problems that users suffered in their use of the new iPad with LTE technology when using certain carriers in some locations. Users in the U.S. were only able to connect to LTE when using Verizon while those in Canada had to subscribe to either Bell Canada or Rogers.

    The bigger implication attached to adopting LTE to the new iPhone is its being closely compared to archrival Samsung whose flagship Samsung Galaxy S III already have the LTE feature capability since launching the device in May.

    Apple is also seen likely supporting Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) depending on the version. Like LTE, HSPA+ has already been integrated in some rival smartphones.

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