It’s the start of a brand new month and so far, September looks to be a great month for potential iPhone 5 buyers. Even though we’re just six days into the month, we’ve already seen a lot of new details come out about the iPhone 5. We’re learning more and more about when the new iPhone will be hitting stores, what features it’s going to have (and what it won’t have), as well as what it’s going to look like. So without further adieu, let’s jump into discussing the latest iPhone 5 news to break this week.
Yesterday many Apple insiders, media professionals and developers were sent mysterious invitations from Apple for an upcoming press event. The event is set to happen on September 12th. That date may sound familiar to you, as it’s the date we’ve been hearing about for a potential iPhone 5 announcement. While Apple’s invitation–as it always is–was quite vague, they do seem to be hinting at the iPhone 5 being announced at the event. Take a look at the image of the event invite below if you don’t believe us:
See that shadow below the 12? It sure looks a lot like a 5, doesn’t it? Many experts–and us included–think that this is Apple’s way of subtlety hinting at an iPhone 5 announcement at this event. We obviously won’t know for sure until the date is upon us, but the odds are good that Apple will show off the new iPhone next Wednesday(!). All signs point toward a September 21st release date.
Perhaps more exciting than this is the leak of more iPhone 5 images this week. This follows last week’s leak of the new iPhone’s inner components, which gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new device. These latest images come from iResQ and show us the difference between the iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5. And the differences are quite big, as the images below show.
From the images above, a couple things become strikingly apparent. The first is that the iPhone 5 in these pictures features a much smaller dock connector. This is consistent with what’s been reported for many months now–and it’s bad news for those who were hoping for the same old dock connector. No word on if or when Apple will release an accessory that makes it possible to use old accessories with the new connector.
Secondly, you can see that the new iPhone is bigger yet slimmer, and also equipped with a much bigger screen. We’re thinking the screen is about 4.3 inches given the comparison to the iPhone 5.
So what do you guys think of these new images? Are you as pumped for the new iPhone as we are?
We’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: new iPhone rumors are coming out daily. While we’re focused on bringing you all of these rumors plus full analysis on a daily basis, we understand that it may be a little tough to keep up with what’s going on in iPhone 5 world. As such, we’ve made the decision to make staying on top of the latest iPhone 5 news that much easier.
In this article you’ll find a summary of all of the latest iPhone rumors. We plan to update it frequently, as well as continue our daily news articles. Although this article is fairly long and detailed, you’ll find that reading it will keep you up to date on the absolute latest iPhone news.
iPhone 5 Release Date Information
Arguably this is the most asked question next to the specs of the device: just when will the iPhone 5 be coming out? And like most questions, the answer isn’t exactly set in stone at this point. We’ve been hearing differing opinions on the iPhone 5 release date for months now, as you’ll see in the next few paragraphs.
Way back in February 2012, we got our hands on reported World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012 leaked images. These images were discovered by a source and given to us. We’re not going to get into the features that these images revealed (more on that later), but the most important thing to mention about these images is that they show an apparent June 2012 release date for the iPhone 5, given Apple’s past preference to release the new iPhone shortly following WWDC.
Then a short time later, a Japanese blog reported that the new iPhone would be released in Fall 2012–likely September or October. They claimed that this was confirmed by a very reliable source. We’re still not entirely sure that this Japanese blog is credible; however, their opinion has been backed up by other sources.
In April/May 2012, we reported a lot on the potential iPhone 5 release date. Two analysts were quoted as saying that the next iPhone would come out in either September or October; two experts also mentioned a Fall release date.
However, there are still those who think a June 2012 release date as possible, based largely on what the WWDC 2012 logo may reveal as well as what some sources are reporting.
WWDC, however, came and went without a mention of the iPhone 5. Despite that, we did hear a lot about iOS 6, the likely operating system for the iPhone 5. It’s now looking like a September debut is most likely.
Our Verdict: The new iPhone release date will most likely be in September 2012.
iPhone 5 Features
This is yet another area in which we’ve heard a ton of rumors. We’ve heard a lot about the features that the next iPhone may–and may not–have. Although none of these features are 100% confirmed at this point (and let’s face it, they’re not going to be 100% confirmed until an official Apple spokesperson announces them or until the device is actually in our hands), most of them look likely to be included in the iPhone 5. Below you’ll find a round-up of all of the potential iPhone 5 features.
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iPhone 5 Design
The iPhone 5 Design–sometimes referred to as the form factor–has been a hot button topic for many months now. We’ve heard many, many rumors about just what the new iPhone may look like in terms of shape and feel.
Back in January 2012, we first heard that the next iPhone would be getting a slimmer profile and that it would be a “monster upgrade,” according to analyst Gene Munster. The slimmer profile was said to be thanks to improvements in the size of the hardware.
Next came the infamous WWDC 2012 iPhone 5 leaked images which showed an iPhone that appeared to have a curved back. The design, as pictured below, appears to be a return to Apple’s previously curved iPhones and a huge departure from the rectangular design of the iPhone 4 and 4S.
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In Late-April, we reported on the possibility of a Liquidmetal design. The design would mean that the iPhone 5 would sport a metal back, thus making it a little less fragile than the 4S’ glass back. While these rumors still aren’t confirmed, Apple does have a contract with Liquidmetal, so it’s looking likely that we’ll see a Liquidmetal iPhone in the near future.
Later on that same month, we were given information from a source that the next iPhone would have what is known as a Unibody design. The Unibody iPhone 5 would be one piece, which, again, would make the device a heckuva lot less fragile.
In May 2012, a report came out that the device would be coming with a flat back, which contradicts the WWDC images but does fall in line with a possible Liquidmetal or Unibody iPhone 5 design.
Our Verdict: The iPhone 5 is most likely to have a Liquidmetal design, given Apple’s existing agreement with Liquidmetal.
iPhone 5 4G LTE Possibility
With the iPad 3’s 4G LTE connectivity, it now looks more certain than ever before that the new iPhone will be the first 4G LTE iPhone. This isn’t too surprising as we’ve been hearing whispers of it dating back to December 2011. The rumors only intensified in February with those aforementioned leaked images showing a 4G LTE logo. Since then, the news about a 4G LTE iPhone has largely slowed down–save for the occasional analyst prediction or two–and that’s mostly because 4G LTE is a foregone conclusion at this point.
Our Verdict: If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that this will be the first 4G LTE iPhone. Bank on it.
iPhone 5 Display And Size
For years now, one thing about the iPhone has remained the same: its display size. We’ve been given the same 3.5″ inch display on every iPhone released to date. While many users are happy with this, many others have been calling for a bigger display. And there’s certainly been a lot of rumors about the iPhone 5 display size.
Those WWDC 2012 images showed what appears to be an iPhone with a 4″ inch or possibly larger display. Subsequent reports in March and April seemed to indicate the same thing, with some sources even going so far as saying that the iPhone 5 would have a massive 4.6″ inch Retina display.
Then came the rumors that the new iPhone would actually keep the same 3.5″ inch display. Those rumors have been few and far between as compared with the talk of a bigger display.
In April we were given information that the new iPhone would actually come in two varieties: one with a 3.5″ inch display and another with a 4″ inch or larger display, dubbed the iPhone XL. Around the same time, we were also told about a possible iPhone Nano. Both ideas seem unlikely at this point, though who knows with Apple.
As far as the actual display of the iPhone 5 goes, we’ve heard tons on the subject. We’ve heard about a possible Gorilla Glass display, potential 16 x 9 display aspect ratio, and perhaps even an Edge-to-Edge display design. Recently, we even heard that the new iPhone would have an unbreakable display.
Our Verdict: A 4″ inch iPhone is to be expected at this point; we feel that the display may either be Gorilla Glass or some sort of similar material.
iPhone 5 NFC Possibility
The idea of being able to use your smart phone has always been an intriguing idea–and it’s certainly been one that Apple has been thinking about implementing into the iPhone for quite some time.
The rumor of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology being implemented into the iPhone 5 started way back in February with a report. It was then given more credibility thanks to a patent filed by Apple. Yet another patent, this one released in April, also appeared to show NFC in action on the next iPhone.
Our Verdict: We’d say an NFC iPhone 5 looks very, very likely at this point. Almost as likely as 4G LTE.
iPhone 5 Camera
Believe it or not, one iPhone 5 spec that we haven’t heard a lot of information about is the camera for the device. That’s somewhat surprising as with previous iPhones, this has been one of the biggest topics for rumors.
We have heard a few things about the new iPhone’s camera. It’s been rumored to have a 3D camera, which we personally don’t see happening. It’s also been said to possibly be getting a Sony CMOS image sensor, which would improve the camera’s ability to take photos in dark lighting.
And there have been, of course, the talk of the iPhone 5 coming with a higher megapixel camera. It’s possible that the camera may upgrade may be anywhere from 10MP-14MP.
In June we even heard that the iPhone 5 camera may come with changeable lenses; however, this is far from confirmed at this point.
Our Verdict: The iPhone 5 will have a higher megapixel camera that is capable of taking even better quality shots than the iPhone 4S. Removable lenses possible.
Waterproof iPhone 5?
Here’s a feature we’ve all been hoping for and still may potentially happen. Way back in early February we were told about a possible partnership formed between waterproofing technology experts Liquipel and Apple. It was said that a new waterproof iPhone 5 was set to be created through the partnership. We haven’t heard much since then, however.
Our Verdict: A waterproof new iPhone is still possible; however, we think it might just be delayed til the iPhone 6.
iPhone 5 Cost
There actually haven’t been many rumors on this subject; just speculation from many sources (including us). As far as we can tell, the iPhone 5’s cost will remain unchanged for the regular 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. However, we think Apple may consider a price hike depending on if the waterproofing technology actually makes it to the device and if multiple sizes of the iPhone 5 are released (with the smaller ones obviously being cheaper and the bigger display ones being more expensive).
Our Verdict: The cost of the new iPhone should be the same as it always is–$199 to $399 with contract and $549-$799 without contract.
Our Verdict: Summary of Expected iPhone 5 Features
Based on sources and our own in depth analysis, we anticipate that the new iPhone will have the following features:
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iPhone 5 Release Date: September 2012
iPhone 5 Design will feature a Liquidmetal flat back and smaller dock connector
The new iPhone will have 4G LTE connectivity and will be available on Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, with T-Mobile remaining a possible carrier
The next iPhone will feature a 4″ inch or bigger Gorilla glass display
iPhone 5 likely to come with NFC Technology built-in
The camera will likely be 10MP or higher with a possible CMOS sensor provided by Sony
The next iPhone may come with Liquipel waterproofing
The cost of the iPhone 5 will most likely be the same as earlier iPhones
So what do you think of the possible iPhone 5 features we’ve outlined here? Any not mentioned here that you’re hoping make it into the new iPhone? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.
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Despite the fact that the iPhone 5 is now likely less than a month away from release, we really haven’t been treated to a lot of juicy iPhone 5 news as of late. Sure, we’ve heard rumors of when the new iPhone will be available for preorder and we’ve seen some pictures of components, but honestly, August has been a pretty slow month for news. That’s why we’re pretty excited about today’s article, as we’ve finally been treated to additional photos of the iPhone 5 that have apparently leaked. And these photos give an excellent idea of just what the new iPhone is going to look like.
The photos come courtesy of Sino Consumer Electronics Trade. Although, obviously, we can’t say with 100% certainty that these are actual photos of the next iPhone, they do look a little too realistic to be fakes. As you can see from the first iPhone 5 photo below, the new iPhone looks to have a bigger display than the iPhone 4S (which is on the left). That’s what we’ve been hearing for months now, so that’s no real surprise. What is surprising, however, is that the FaceTime camera has been moved to the middle of the new iPhone.
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We can tell from the above photo that the new Apple device will have a 4 inch or possibly 4.3 inch display. From the photo below, we can see that the iPhone 5 will be slimmer than its older iPhone brothers. Additionally, you can see that the new, smaller dock connector is there. That’s just another sign that the iPhone 5 will be coming with the new dock connector we’ve been hearing about over the past few months.
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According to Sino, these photos indicate that the iPhone 5 will come with an “LCD touch screen digitizer,” “front panel frame,” and a “home button.” This refutes previous claims that the new iPhone won’t have a physical home button. Oddly enough, there’s no mention of the often rumored Liquidmetal or Unibody design. There’s also no indication, from the new pictures, that the iPhone 5 will have a Gorilla Glass display or anything similar to that. That’s not to say that it can’t happen, just that this “leak” doesn’t show that.
As the iPhone 5 release date draws nearer, we’re going to be hearing a lot more about the iPhone 5 than what we’ve been hearing as of late. We’ll inevitably hear more about the iPhone 5 features, such as, how big the display will be, how much RAM the device will come with and even how many megapixels the camera will come with. But perhaps most important of all of these is just when the new device will actually hit stores. Some new reports suggest that both the pre-order and actual release date may be a lot sooner than we all have been thinking.
According to reports from both news sites and Foxconn employees who have “leaked” information, the iPhone 5 is set to be announced shortly before September 12th, 2012. It is expected, say the sources, that the new iPhone will be available for pre-order on September 12th–which is a Wednesday. Given past iPhone launches, the device will likely ship about 7-9 days after this, which puts it on pace for a September 21st, 2012 release date–which is a Friday. That’s roughly in line with what we’ve previously reported here, but is a few weeks earlier than the iPhone 4S release date of October 14th, 2011.
So what carriers will the iPhone 5 be available on? It will definitely be available for pre-ordering through Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and of course the Apple store. It is expected to be available on other international carriers, and may eventually make its way to T-Mobile–though that’s not 100% confirmed at this point. It’s worth noting that the anticipation for the iPhone 5 is starting to negatively impact iPhone 4S sales, as many stores have cut the price of the device. We expect Apple and the others to knock the iPhone 4S price down to $99 once the iPhone 5 hits stores.
What can you expect from the iPhone 5? Well, for starters, it will feature the brand new iOS 6, so it will be the first iPhone to come with turn-by-turn navigation built in, Facebook integration and a whole lot more. Expect a bigger display, better camera, more durable and sleeker body, and perhaps even a waterproof casing. Read more about the likely features in our iPhone 5 news roundup. JPKU743H2XS3
After weeks of not hearing much in the way of news about the upcoming iPhone 5–aside from potential release dates, of course–it seems that the iPhone 5 rumor mill has been on fire as of late. Last week we heard about the iPhone 5 release date (September 23 for those keeping track at home) and even got a possible glimpse at the new iPhone, courtesy of a Chinese case designer. It looks like the rumor mill is continuing to fire on all cylinders heading into this week, as the next iPhone’s components have reportedly been leaked. And the pictures of said components provide us with a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 5 may look like.
Our latest iPhone 5 image leaks come from a Japanese smartphone repair company. This company, known as iLab Factory, has actually posted a big variety of photos of what it says are new iPhone parts and components. The company has presumably gotten its hands on these components so that they can prepare for the onslaught of iPhone 5 repair requests that is sure to follow the launch of Apple’s latest and greatest device.
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Although these two pictures don’t show a ton of the next iPhone, they do show enough to give us an idea of what components will make up the new device. It’s evident from the photos above that the next iPhone will be taller than the previous iPhones; however, by the same token, it will not be any wider. This seems to indicate that the iPhone 5 display will be somewhere closer to 4 inches, rather than the previously speculated 4.3-4.8 inches.
Another thing that we can see from the pictures is that the dock connector will in fact be smaller. This just falls in line with the previous reports of a 19 pin dock connector. In other words, at this point, we highly doubt that the next iPhone will have the same dock connector as all the other iPhones on the market.
You can also see from the pictures above that the SIM tray appears to be smaller. That also falls in line with the old reports of an even smaller SIM tray than the microSIM currently featured in the iPhone.
Lastly, you can see that the iPhone in these pictures appears to have a unibody, liquidmetal design. This is somewhat surprising as we’ve been hearing lately that the next Apple device won’t have Liquidmetal or a Unibody design. The iPhone pictured also has a bigger speaker grill and a headphone jack on the bottom, which is obviously different from the other iPhones.
So, readers, what do you think of the iPhone pictured here? Just right or needs improvement?
As of late, we’ve been given a lot of juicy news about the iPhone 5. We’ve heard about the new iPhone having the thinnest display ever, possibly having a highly powerful quad core processor, and even the possibility of the iPhone 5 coming with a Thunderbolt port. However, the question most potential iPhone 5 buyers ask us most often is when will the iPhone 5 be hitting stores? And as of late, we haven’t heard much about the iPhone 5 release date. Until today, that is. We now have a good idea of when the next iPhone will be hitting stores. And it’s a lot sooner than most expected.
According to several sources–including a French iPhone website–the iPhone 5 release date is [like-locker-pro id=”3c2d84f8a7fb13507″ theme=”facebook” scheme=”default” url=”http://iphone5latest.com/source-predicts-iphone-5-release-date” message=”Click Like to unlock the iPhone 5 release date!”]September 21, 2012. For those keeping track at home, that means the iPhone 5 is mere weeks away from hitting stores. According to the source, Apple plans on shipping the iPhone 5 to buyers and to stores on or slightly before this date, with the iPhone 5 announcement likely coming on September 14, 2012.[/like-locker-pro]
So just how credible is this source? Well, the French site that broke this news claims that their source for the iPhone 5 release date happens to be a very credible Chinese source. Could it possibly be a worker at Apple’s infamous Foxconn plant that has leaked the release date? It definitely could be, though it’s important to mention that release dates have been “leaked” in the past only to not come to fruition. However, there were some sources who correctly predicted the iPhone 4S’ release date months in advance–so it’s definitely quite possible that this source is correct about the release date, too.
For iPhone 4S owners, such a quick release date spells bad news for them if they were hoping to upgrade to the new and improved iPhone 5. With a release date that falls under one year since the release of the iPhone 4S, it’s unlikely that any carrier will give any 4S owner a early upgrade price of $200-$400. However, one thing that Apple products are known for is their high resale value, so many 4S owners may be able to sell their 4S and then practically pay for an iPhone 5 at retail price without it breaking the bank.
The French iPhone website didn’t just reveal the iPhone 5 release date–it also mentioned some of the likely iPhone 5 features. Things like 4G LTE connectivity, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and 4G LTE are all expected to be included in the next iPhone 5. We also expect the new device to get a bigger and more durable display, as well as a new design. In short, the iPhone 5 is going to be the biggest and best yet, in our opinion.
So what do you think of the iPhone 5 release date? Too soon or just right?
One of the longest rumored new features to grace the iPhone 5 is a revamped dock connector. We’ve heard differing opinions on what the dock connector will look like, with some comparing it to a microUSB dock (like that which is found on many Android phones) and others who think it might be similar to or the same as Apple’s Thunderbolt technology. At this point, we’re still not sure but we are pretty sure that the new iPhone 5 will have a different dock connector of some sort. And for potential iPhone 5 buyers, this is both good and bad.
Reason #1 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Good: Faster Charging
There’s nothing worse than preparing to head out only to discover that your iPhone battery is just about dead and will take quite a while to recharge. If Apple implements a new dock connector in the iPhone 5–presumably with faster charging capabilities–this will be a thing of the past. With the new technology, we could very well see an iPhone 5 that charges from complete depletion to 100% in an hour or less.
Reason #2 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Good: Faster Syncing
Similar to faster charging is the ability to sync items from the computer to your iPhone 5 faster than can be done with the current dock connector. Rather than the iPhone taking a half hour to sync a large amount of music or other media, the iPhone 5 with a faster dock connector may be able to sync the same amount of data in mere minutes.
Reason #1 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Bad: Potential Problems
Virtually every piece of brand new technology has a bug of sorts that usually gets corrected with an update to a later version. We’re anticipating that the iPhone 5 dock connector will have its fair share of problems when it first comes out and will be fixed with later versions of the iPhone. What will these problems be? It’s anyone’s guess, though it’s just one bad aspect of Apple making the change to a new dock connector.
Reason #2 Why The New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Is Bad: Incompatibility
Apple has been using the same dock connector and cables for the iPhone ever since the original iPhone release back in 2007. If and when Apple changes this (and as we’ve said, we expect it to change with the iPhone 5), the cables and accessories that you own for the iPhone will not be compatible for the iPhone 5. For those of us with iPhone radios, docks and chargers, this is a big deal as it means you’ll have to re-buy each if you buy the iPhone 5.
So what do you think readers? Is the new dock connector a good or bad thing?
No matter what sort of juicy information comes out on the Internet every week or day about the iPhone 5, most customers just want to know one thing: when the iPhone 5 will actually be coming out. Of course, this question is usually one of the toughest to answer because Apple likes to be secretive about the iPhone release date each year. So when someone as big as, say, Verizon potentially leaks the iPhone 5 release date? Well, it’s kind of a big deal. And yet it’s what happened this week.
Verizon held a quarterly conference call today and discussed the company’s earnings for this past quarter–as well as their expected earnings for future quarters. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was asked by an analyst about why some customers were “holding back” on upgrading to new phones, as recent data seems to indicate. Shammo responded that “there is always that rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out in the fourth quarter. And so people may be waiting.”
Shammo obviously doesn’t mention the iPhone 5 directly in this quote, but it still seems like a pretty obvious reference to the new Apple device. After all, Samsung’s already made their big splash on Verizon with the Galaxy S III and it’s not expected that they–or Motorola–will be debuting any other big smartphones this year. That just leaves Apple as the only major cell phone manufacturer that has yet to release a new device this year (beyond the new iPad, of course).
With that having been said, when exactly can we expect the iPhone 5? That’s the question that most are asking in light of Shammo’s comment as well as speculation about the release date from other analysts. Shammo’s comment implies a fourth quarter release date, which would put the iPhone 5 release date somewhere between the months of September-December. Of these months, we’d say that November and December are not likely. Apple has never released an iPhone during these months and for good reason: it’s harder to get the attention of consumers during the holiday season, as they’re all focused on shopping for Christmas and other holiday gifts.
That just leaves September and October as potential iPhone 5 release dates. As we mention in our big iPhone 5 news roundup, we think September is the most likely release month for the new iPhone. And we still feel that way in light of Shammo’s comment. By releasing the new iPhone in September, Apple is able to take advantage of the back to school rush while still getting a bit of a sales boost from the holiday season. It’s a win-win.
What do you think? Do you think Apple will release the iPhone 5 in September?
We are only a few months–at most–away from the launch of the iPhone 5. In recent weeks, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about what the new device will and will not have. The iPhone 5, as we’ve heard, is set to have a bigger display, quad core processor, iOS 6 and a better camera, among other things. Beyond the features, one thing every potential buyer should consider is the carrier they choose. You see, when it comes to the iPhone 5, not all carriers are created equal. We’ll examine the benefits and disadvantages of the big three carriers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
With how many text messages are sent every day, it can be easy to forget that the iPhone 5 will be a phone that is talked on. For those of you who happen to still talk on your phones frequently, the number of minutes you get on your iPhone 5 plan will be pretty important. AT&T and Sprint both offer 450 minute per month plans for the iPhone 5, with AT&T’s costing $39.99 per month and Sprint’s costing $79.99 per month (which also includes unlimited data and messaging). Verizon now offers a Share Everything plan which benefits multiple line accounts, but not single users who will now have to pay $100 per month for a 2GB plan with unlimited minutes and text messages.
Verdict: If cost is a concern, go with AT&T or Sprint; if minutes are a concern, go with Verizon’s unlimited minutes plan for only $100 per month.
Getting back to our last point about text messaging, chances are, you’re gonna send a lot of them with the iPhone 5. Therefore, your options are to either pay up front for a specific amount of text messages per month, or pay the carriers ridiculous per message rate. Unless you’re only texting 3-4 messages per month, the up front payment is probably your best bet. Sprint offers texting as part of their unlimited everything plan for $79.99 per month, while AT&T charges $20 per month for unlimited texting. Verizon’s iPhone 5 will fall under the Share Everything plan, so text messaging is included in the $100 per month plan.
Verdict: It seems like Sprint or Verizon is the best bet here.
Data & Network
These two are arguably the biggest determiners in what carrier you will want to pick up the iPhone 5 on. And these are the areas also where the carriers currently differ the most. AT&T offers 3GB of data per month for $30, so with a $39.99 450 minute plan and unlimited texting, AT&T’s iPhone 5 will cost you about $89.99 per month for service, not including taxes and other fees. As mentioned, Sprint offers the unlimited everything plan for $79.99 per month, which means text, data and minutes are all unlimited. Verizon’s Share Everything 2GB per month plan will cost iPhone 5 consumers $100 per month before tax, but also includes unlimited texting and minutes. Additional gigabytes of data are billed at $10 per month.
As far as data speed and coverage is concerned, Verizon currently has the leg up. Their ultra fast 4G LTE network is quickly expanding past the major US cities to other cities. It won’t be all that long before their entire 3G network is upgraded to 4G LTE. Their network generally also is found in more areas than AT&T and Sprint. AT&T’s 4G LTE will be slightly faster than Verizon’s, but it is taking longer to get implemented across the US. Many iPhone 5 AT&T owners may also find themselves having to use AT&T’s old Edge network when they visit more rural areas; Verizon iPhone 5 owners will likely be able to use either 3G or 4G LTE no matter where they go. Sprint iPhone 5 owners may find that data is much too slow, as has been the common complaint from Sprint iPhone 4S owners.
Verdict: Go with Verizon here if you’re looking for the biggest and best iPhone 5 network
So there you have it. Unless you’re on a big budget crunch, Verizon is still probably going to be your best bet for the iPhone 5. They have the most expansive network and will likely roll out 4G LTE in many more markets before the iPhone 5’s launch in the fall.
Here’s something we’ve been hearing about for months now, though not so much lately due to the near constant talk of the iPhone 5 display size: a faster processor is likely for the device. Up to now, we’ve mostly heard talk about the iPhone 5 coming with an A5x processor, much like its big brother the new iPad. However, the newest rumor is that the iPhone 5 will actually be coming with an even more impressive quad core processor.
iPhone 5 Macroscalar A6 Processor Mentioned In February
You might recall back in February we discussed the possibility of the iPhone 5 coming with a macroscalar A6 processor. At the time, this processor–which was revealed by a patent actually filed by Apple–was rumored to include the ability to process tasks concurrently. That, of course, would mean that apps would launch and run faster on the iPhone 5. While this latest rumor does not specifically mention a macroscalar processor, it does mention the A6 processor–which leads us to believe that a macroscalar processor is still possible for the A6.
This latest rumor comes from Digitimes, who are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. In this case, we’re more inclined to believe they’re right as the iPhone 5 is very likely to get the coveted A6 processor. Based on Digitimes sources (those in the industry, reportedly), the iPhone 5 will be “based on Qualcomm’s quad core chips.”
Further, Digitimes said that Apple is “also expected to release its next-generation iPhone built on Samsung’s Exynos 4 quad-core processor in the second half of 2012, heating up competition in the segment.” The Exynos 4 processor is prominently featured in the latest (and very popular) Samsung Galaxy S III, so it seems pretty clear to us that Apple is looking to best their Korean counterparts. Using the very same processor that the Galaxy S III uses is a good way of doing that.
Exynos 4 Would Be Called A6 Processor, iPhone 5 More Battery Efficient
So what’s the benefit of using a processor like Exynos 4 quad core to power the next iPhone 5? Well, for starters, the battery on the device would be significantly more efficient. The Exynos 4 uses 20% less power than its earlier counterparts. It’s also very fast with a reported 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor.
Processor speed and efficiency plays a big role in how well a device like the iPhone 5 functions. Take, for instance, the earlier Android smartphones that featured slower, older processors. These devices suffered due to the sluggishness of the processor. However, the Galaxy S III, with its powerful and efficient processor, handles apps and games with ease. The iPhone 5 would do the same if given the Exynos 4 quad core processor. And for Apple–who are trying hard to keep Samsung below them in the battle for smartphone supremacy–having a better processor in the new iPhone would be huge.
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Is a quad core processor powerful enough for the iPhone 5?