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    What you need to learn about iPhone 5

    This year's WWDC involved software, not hardware, with Apple focussing on iOS and Mac OS

    A new report from China later stated that Q3 (which still includes July) is now the earliest we will have the iPhone 5, after the disaster in Japan pushed back supply of key components.

    On 20 April 2011, it emerged the iPhone 5 release date may be September 2011 rather than June/July. This date was cited by three sources who spoke to Reuters. As iOS 5 is set to be out in the Autumn, it is a safe bet the iPhone 5 will make its debut sometime then.

    On 17 May, we reported that Phones4U outed the iPhone 5 release date as 21 November 2011. We're not sure how Phones4U knows the discharge date at this time, though, so take this specific snippet of knowledge having a pinch of salt.

    The iPhone 5 will debut alongside iOS 5 in the Autumn

    iOS 5 will ship in the Autumn, says Apple. Could this coincide using the iPhone 5?

    iPhone 5 form factor

    The Wall Street Journal reported that: "Apple can also be developing a new iPhone model, said people briefed on the phone. One individual familiar said the fifth-generation iPhone would be a different form factor compared to those which are now available. it had been unclear how quickly that version would be open to Verizon or any other carriers."

    It has since been supported by reports from Engadget, which state the look will be a 'total rethink'.

    Obviously, since the iPhone 3G was followed by the 3GS it is possible the brand new iPhone won't be a total refresh and we'll see an iPhone 4S (or iPhone 4GS) before an iPhone 5.

    An iPhone 4S looked more likely on 16 May 2011 after analyst Peter Misek wrote: "According to our industry checks, the unit should be called iPhone 4S and can include minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, A5 dual-core processor, and HSPA+ support."

    However, earlier reports from China supported the larger-screened, metal chassis-sporting iPhone 5 rumours, therefore the redesign still seems firmly on the cards.

    On 22 March 2011, China Times also reported that the iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch display.

    A rumour we covered on 7 March 2011 suggests that the brand new iPhone is going to do away using the glass back and opt instead for a metal back which will act as an iphone 4g antenna.

    And an Apple patent that we reported on on 7 April 2011 suggests that we're able to see the bezel put to good use on the brand new iPhone. The patent describes how visual indicators and touch-sensitive buttons could be incorporated towards the area surrounding the iPhone screen.

    Rumours that we covered on 3 May 2011, claim that there may even be two versions of the new iPhone: a 'standard' iPhone 5 as well as an iPhone 5 'pro'. Apparently, Apple is buying in components of differing quality, and those parts wouldn't be necessary for a single phone.

    A less expensive, smaller iPhone 5 - an iPhone nano

    A prototype version of the smaller iPhone has been said to exist, created to defend against competition from cheap Android handsets.

    Rumours around an iPhone nano picked up again on 13 February once the Wall Street Journal claimed the so-called 'iPhone nano' exists and might be on sale later this year.

    Those iPhone nano rumours may hold little truth, though. Once we reported on 18 February, the brand new York Times cites an anonymous source who says there will be no smaller iPhone from Apple. "The size the unit would not vary," says the origin.

    A white iPhone 5

    The Economic Daily News is reporting that white iPhone 5 glass has been shipped, having a supplier called Wintek being the only touch panel vendor for that white iPhone.

    iPhone 5 will support 1080p HD

    It's fairly likely - given that the iPad 2 supports Full HD - that the new iPhone is going to do the same.

    iPhone 5 specs

    According to the Chinese Economic Daily News (via AppleInsider), except for Qualcomm chipsets - which may replace the present Infineon chipsets in the apple iphone 4 - Apple's sticking with the same suppliers for that 2011 iPhone 5G components.

    We'd expect the basics of the iPhone 5 specs to obtain a bump - more memory, faster processor, and more storage. The A5 dual-core ARM processor in the apple ipad 2 is very likely to be included.

    The specs? A brand new antenna, 1.2GHz processor (possibly dual-core) and a larger screen: 3.7" instead of 3.5". The iPhone 5 can also be produced from a new type of alloy, or possibly meat.

    iPhone 5 screen

    In other rumours which surfaced on 15 February 2011, Digitimes is reporting on information supposedly leaked from component companies that claim the iPhone 5 will feature a larger, 4-inch screen. Digitimes quotes the source as stating that Apple is expanding the screen size "to offer the tablet computer market because the vendor has only a 9.7-inch iPad on the market."

    On 23 May, we reported on rumours the iPhone 5 could have a curved glass screen. These rumours also originated from Digitimes, which asserted Apple has purchased between 200 and 300 special glass cutting machines because they're too costly for that manufacturers to purchase.

    The iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S go for a massive graphical boost because it moves to a dual-core GPU - this could herald true 1080p output from the new device, based on our report on 18 January.

    iPhone 5 digital wallet

    There's been some speculation that Apple might include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5G, turning it into a type of credit/debit card. However, as notes, "Apple has investigated NFC before" which means this is probably not imminent.

    However, using the tech being inside the Google Nexus S, time for NFC may finally be around.

    UPDATE: On 24 February 2011, we reported that an Apple patent has revealed an e-wallet icon around the iPhone homescreen. This adds credence towards the rumour that iPhone 5 will feature NFC.

    However, on 14 March 2011, reports within the Independent cited sources from 'several from the largest mobile operators within the UK', who asserted Apple told them to not expect NFC in the iPhone 5. So perhaps we'll have to watch for iPhone 6 for your.

    But who to think? On 22 March 2011 China Times reported the new iPhone includes an NFC chip.

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    LTE support

    A minumum of one analyst thinks the iPhone 5 will support LTE, super-fast special broadband, in the US. That would result in the iPhone 5G a 4G phone, which won't be confusing at all. LTE is unquestionably coming - AT&T plans to unveil its LTE service in 2011 - but an LTE iPhone continues to be rumoured for some time. USA Today floated the thought of an LTE iPhone on Verizon this past year.

    iPhone 5 camera

    Speaking in a live Wall Street Journal event, Sony's Sir Howard Stringer was referring to the business's camera image sensor facility in Sendai, a town which was recently ravaged by the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

    According to 9to5Mac, he said something along the lines of, "Our best sensor technology is made within the [tsunami] affected factories. Those go to Apple for their iPhones. or iPads. Isn't that something? They're buying good sensors from us."

    Other sources have also said that the brand new iPhone could have an 8MP camera.

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    iPhone 5 price

    If the iPhone 5 is an evolutionary step such as the move in the iPhone 3G towards the iPhone 3GS then we'd expect the cost to remain pretty much the same, although in the united kingdom higher VAT rates might mean a higher cost.

    Added by Sophie & Bailey on Sat, Jun 30th 2012