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Most Recent iPhone 5 Rumors

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You Apple fans must be getting excited - the iPhone 5 doesn't seem to be far from it's launch and a lot of the features seem to have been leaked or figured out by looking at Apple's ordering data from their suppliers.  I just bought a Galaxy Nexus so I have no personal interest in the upcoming new iteration of the iPhone but many of you do. eBay has noticed a big jump in people offering their iPhones for sale or trade so I imagine a lot of folks are itching to get the new phone.  I did a search on iPhone 5 rumors that were not more than 30 days old and came up with the following information.  Please feel free to comment with your own thoughts and rumors as well.

September 12th is a date that most sites agree will either be the announcement date for the new iPhone or for the iPad 7".

Another very interesting rumor that is really popping up on a bunch of sites is that production of the iPhone 5 has already started.  That would bode well for an October delivery date.

Feature: 4" screen.  CNet reports that Sharp is making these four inch screens for Apple.  I had also heard that the digitizer and LCD would be one unit instead of the usual digitizer sitting on top of the LDC.  That would be a big plus for the phone if that is true.  While the screen is likely going from 3.5" to 4", it is not as clear if the screen will also be wider though CNet has heard that it may be the case that it is, indeed, wider as well.  TechRadar reports that Sharp will start shipping 4" displays in early August.  Still a retina screen.

Feature: Thinner.  CNet also reports rumors of a thinner iPhone 5 and that would make it competitive with very thin phones such as the Galaxy S3.  An integrated digitizer (touch screen) and LCD would contribute towards making a thinner phone.

Feature: Smaller connector.  The iPhone 5 may utilize a new 19 pin or even 8 pin connector that will also be used in new iPads and Ipods as well.  The current connector has been around for a while.  The 19 pin connector seems to be getting more rumor time than the 8 pin.  Note smaller connector in photo.

Feature: Bigger battery.  Most sites seem to see this as a done deal.  It still won't be user replaceable.

Feature: NFC.  The Washington Post seems confident that the new Iphone with have a NFC chip.  A lot of newer smartphones such as those offered by Samsung, at the high end, have this capability.

Feature: Glass.  The new iPhone seems likely to be using the 2nd generation of Corning's Gorilla glass which is thinner yet stronger.  Several new phones are already using this glass.  The 2nd generation is 20% thinner at .8mm than the first generation at 1.0mm.

Feature: Guts.  Pretty high confidence in the following: Quad Core A6 processor, 1GB RAM, LTE, and nano SIM cards that are almost half the size of the micro SIM cards.

Feature: Liquid Metal.  Nothing new here in the rumor mill other than Apple has extended it's contract with LiquidMetal by two years. So, they are likely to use it for something.

What do you think??

erick99 posted Aug 05, 2012

nano sim card so those like me that have an old att plan cant use it and will have to upgrade to the new plan i guess i will have to get like an 8gb family share data or switch to sprint wich still has unlimited

rd995 (rep: 152k) posted Aug 05, 2012


I don't know if you can adapt it to the larger slots but I am guessing someone will come up with a way to do that.

erick99 (rep: 436k) posted Aug 05, 2012


What is an NFC chip? :X

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Aug 06, 2012


"that would make it competitive with very thin phones such as the Galaxy S3"

Nice. I don't think anyone can deny Apply is playing catch up at this point.

@Arsiel: NFC allows the phone to read and pass info from things/phones nearby, like the Galaxy S3 phones do in the Olympics commercials (Samsung has NFC in the Galaxy Nexus, S2,and S3). You can also get little stickers (with NFC chips in them) to put near your charging stand or on your desk at work to program your phone to change profiles, turn on wifi, etc when it gets near one.

maven3 (rep: 5.2k) posted Aug 06, 2012


@maven3 OH! I saw the commercial for the Galaxy S3 at the theatres a couple times where the guy just pressed two phones together and the picture was transferred. Thanks!

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Aug 06, 2012



encorez (rep: 10k) posted Aug 07, 2012


I can't wait.. I hope the camera is slamming !

gangstabarbie (rep: 21.1k) posted Aug 12, 2012


For the record you can simply transfer files on any smartphones without NFC with an app such as bump.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Aug 12, 2012