Apple has said the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, is coming this fall, but it has been mum about its next-generation iPhone.
Technology media have been whipped into a frenzy speculating about what new and exciting features the iPhone 5 will carry when it is rolled out in September or October.
Here are a handful of the most credible unconfirmed reports going gathered by OMGghana’s Tech Team.
Larger, Thinner Display
Images of an alleged iPhone 5 front panel recently appeared on the photo-sharing website Photobucket that show panels with a longer frame where the screen would be, suggesting the next iPhone’s display will be larger than it is now. The image shows the frame’s front-facing camera in the center of the device, just above the earpiece.
In a separate report this month, unnamed sources also told The Wall Street Journal that the iPhone 5 will use new technology that results in a display that is much thinner than the iPhone’s current screen. They said Sharp, Japan Display and LG are currently mass producing panels for the next iPhone using in-cell technology that integrates touch sensors into the LCD, making a separate layer for the touchscreen unnecessary. Removing it not only makes the screen thinner, but improves image quality, experts say.
Support for 4G
Most analysts believe that the new iPhone will house a Qualcomm chip that lets the phone connect with several flavors of 3G GSM and 4G LTE service.
While the iPhone 4S has been selling well until lately, it was a disappointment to see it released without a 4G radio inside. If the iPhone 4S can do well with consumers, the LTE-equipped iPhone 5 should sell even better.
With iOS 6 comes a new feature called Passbook, which initially will be used to store travel passes, coupons, and loyalty cards. But some tech watchers think the new feature indicates the next iPhone will include an exclusive payment program based on near-field communication (NFC) built into Passbook.