The iPhone 5 is a smartphone that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the sixth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 4S and preceding the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Formally unveiled as part of a press event on September 12, 2012, it was released on September 21, 2012. It was the first iPhone to be completely developed under the guidance of Tim Cook.
The iPhone 5 featured major design changes in comparison to its predecessor. These included an aluminum-based body which was thinner and lighter than previous models, a taller screen with a nearly 16:9 aspect ratio, the Apple A6 system-on-chip, LTE support, and Lightning, a new compact dock connector which replaced the 30-pin design used by previous iPhone models. This was the second Apple phone to include its new Sony made 8MP Camera, first introduced on the iPhone 4S.
Apple began taking pre-orders on September 14, 2012, and over two million were received within 24 hours. Initial demand for the iPhone 5 exceeded the supply available at launch on September 21, 2012, and was described by Apple as "extraordinary", with pre-orders having sold twenty times faster than its predecessors. While reception to the iPhone 5 was generally positive, consumers and reviewers noted hardware issues, such as an unintended purple hue in photos taken, and the phone's coating being prone to chipping. Reception was also mixed over Apple's decision to switch to a different dock connector design, as the change affected iPhone 5's compatibility with accessories that were otherwise compatible with previous iterations of the line.
The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued by Apple on September 10, 2013 with the announcement of its successors, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5 had the shortest lifespan of any iPhone ever produced with only twelve months in production.
iPhone 5 - Key Features To Expect in the Next Generation iPhone
First off, we would like to tell you that you will pretty much find details about all the iPhone 5 rumors and news if you visited the blog link above. But, if you want a quick snapshot of the latest information on the next generation iPhone, read our little snippet below. We have tried to summarize the most important features that we think will show up in the next iPhone.
1. Larger screen size on the next iPhone?
There has been a public outcry for a larger screen size. Millions were actually disappointed that the iPhone 4S did not have a larger screen size. But, will Apple at least give us a 4 Inch screen size in the next iPhone. We think yes. But, we also think that there is a 40% chance that even the next iPhone will have a 3.5 inch screen size. Why??? Well, there are a few reasons behind that theory. For one, Steve Jobs was a fierce advocate of the 3.5 inch screen size as it was the best screen size to optimize battery life. There were also other issues such as retina display compatibility, iOS fragmentation etc. You can read about the possibilities related to the iPhone 5 screen size, by checking out this blog post.
2. LTE Support on the iPhone 5?
Some people might automatically assume that the next iPhone will have 4G LTE support. But again, there is a question mark here. There is about a 30%-50% chance that the next generation iPhone will not have LTE support. This again has to do with Apple policies about rolling out technology that is already standardized. Since LTE networks might be fully functional (at least in the U.S. and other western countries) only by the end of 2013, there is a chance that the next generation iPhone will only have HSPA+ network support that has much better domestic and international coverage. There is also a possibility that Apple might introduce a LTE iPhone and a another iPhone that will only work on HSPA+ networks. You can read more about whether or not LTE support is a possibility in the next iPhone, at this link here..
3. NFC Support in the next generation iPhone
This is a more likely possibility as Android have already released NFC enabled products in the form of Android Beam enabled devices. There were several rumors that Apple made several hurried acquisitions in the NFC field, suggesting that work is on at full steam to equip the next iPhone with NFC support. NFC support will allow next generation iPhone users to share information with other iPhone 5's, with just a touch. NFC will also allow the next iPhone to interact with other NFC enabled Apple devices like future Mac's, iPad's and iPod's. iPhone NFC technology will also allow the next generation iPhone to be used like an e-wallet, where consumers just wave their phones to pay for gas, groceries and other such items. Think of your cell phone becoming like a credit card. Read more about NFC technology in the next iPhone, at this link here.
4. iPhone 5 release date
Apple has always been mum about the release date of their products, announcing a product release with just 24 - 48 hours of notice. So, people are just speculating about the release date for the next iPhone. Could it be in the Summer of 2012 or the Fall of 2012? It could depend on a lot of things. It could depend on the pace at which the LTE network is rolled out and it could even depend on the sales of the iPhone 4S.
Since the 2 year iPhone 4 contracts will run out around June of 2012, we are guessing that the big release of the next iPhone will be timed to coincide with that date, allowing iPhone 4 users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 in a timely and convenient fashion. But, we could be wrong. Read more about the next generation iPhone's release date at this link here.
5. 3D Camera in the next iPhone?
This is another rumor that became quite popular after a Chinese blogger revealed photographs of an iPhone 5 case that showed a hardware setting that would accommodate a dual camera lens setting. A dual camera lens setting can only mean one thing and we are talking about a 3d camera on the iPhone here. Honestly, we could care less about a 3D camera in the iPhone as 3D capabilities will bore people out quite quickly. 3D images and video also have a tendency to cause mild to severe headaches, after prolonged use. We think that this rumor is a rather weak one. But, we could be wrong again. Read more about the rumors that are talking about the next iPhone's camera, at this link here.
6. iPhone 5 to be slimmer, without a home button, made in different colors, to feature its own iMaps and more!
The rumor mill on the next iPhone has been pretty busy. We tried to put together the 20 most plausible rumors in a single blog post. Read through the list of 20 most probable features that might be included in the next generation iPhone, at this link here.