The new iPhone is right around the corner now. Apple has officially confirmed its September 12 event
, so it's pretty much inevitable that by the end of the week, we'll know everything about the iPhone 5 and more. But one thing has been very different this year - the rumors we're hearing are quite consistent. This matters, because last year, for example, it was the usual amount of random rumors such as "bigger screen", "LTE", "widgets", a bunch of fake mock-ups...
Well, this year, we're pretty much seeing the same prototype leak over and over again, which kind of makes us think that Apple's usually leak-proof security may not be as tight these days. And in case this isn't just part of a secret plan for Apple — to continuously leak this prototype, so that everyone thinks that this will be the iPhone 5, and then surprisingly unveil a completely different device — we think this will be the first year ever when we have such accurate information prior to the iPhone launch.
With that said, let's go through the new features that are expected to be part of the new iPhone. Check them out by cycling through the gallery below!
1. New design
The iPhone 3GS brought no design changes, and the same goes for the iPhone 4S. That's why it's widely expected that with the iPhone 5, Apple is going to completely rework the appearance of its handset in order to make it fresh again. Most of the prototypes we see leak present us to a taller and thinner handset, with a back side made of aluminum and colored plastic/glass, which is of the same color as the front side. As always, some will like it, others won't, but what's important is that Apple will most probably introduce a uniquely-looking iPhone on September 12.
2. Bigger display
As always, the new iPhone is expected to feature a bigger screen... but this time is different! Indeed, the leaks and rumors that we have this year are somewhat more trustworthy. What's interesting is that the display is believed to get taller, meaning that the aspect ratio which has been the same since day one, will be changed. As a result, all current apps will not be able to fill the whole screen and developers will have to rework and update them in order to make use of the new larger and wider screen.
3. A6 processor
There's not so much info regarding the processor in the upcoming iPhone 5, but there's a leaked image which suggests that the silicon inside Apple's new phone will be called 'A6'. If you asked us a few weeks ago, we'd say that the iPhone 5 will probably feature the A5X processor found in the new iPad, but now we wouldn't be so sure. We don't think that it's very likely to see a quad-core CPU in the iPhone 5, but who knows, maybe this is what the A6 SoC is all about...
4. Smaller, 9-pin charging port
Ever since the original iPhone and the very first iPad, Apple has been using its proprietary 30-pin charging and data-connection port, and some have not hesitated to criticize the company about this. Well, it looks like Apple is finally going to remove this proprietary 30-pin port... and replace it with a proprietary 9-pin port! Whatever the reason, we hope that it's worth the inconvenience of being unable to use our standard microUSB cables.
Ah, LTE, the standard that vastly improved our usage of mobile devices, enabling us to load and download content on the internet with blazing-fast speeds... Although it was omitted by Apple last year, we are more than certain that this time Apple is going to feature LTE connectivity in the new iPhone, especially when three of the four major U.S. carriers now have 4G LTE networks and users are becoming increasingly aware of it.
There haven't been many reports claiming that the iPhone 5 will sport an NFC chip, but we don't need reports to know that more and more new handsets are being equipped with this technology. Unfortunately, there isn't really much use for it yet, and this could mean two things: either Apple will include NFC in the iPhone 5 and give a huge boost to mobile payments with established deals and a complete service, or Apple will simply leave it out once again, until it becomes a bit more popular.
7. Better front-facing camera
While the main camera of the iPhone 5 isn't expected to come with great improvements, the front-facing one is said to have gone through quite the upgrade. According to some unofficial sources, what was once (and still is) a simple VGA cam, will become a much more capable shooter, capable of producing 720p HD video calls through FaceTime and other services.
8. Nano-SIM card slot
Yep, yep, a new iPhone, a new SIM card standard! That's almost how it is in the mobile industry these days. The iPhone 5, for example, is expected to be the first device to make use of the Nano-SIM card standard. As you can guess, the Nano-SIM card is even smaller than the Micro-SIM cards that we have today in many high-end handsets, allowing engineers to take advantage of some extra space when designing new products.
9. Larger battery
Actually, the battery inside the new iPhone will probably be just a tad bigger than the one in the iPhone 4S. According to a rumor, it will have a capacity of 1,440mAh, which is just a marginal improvement over the 1,430mAh battery of the iPhone 4S. Still, you can rest assured that such a battery will be perfectly enough for the new iPhone to stay powered for at least a full day.
10. iOS 6
OK, that one's a no-brainer. Apple has already introduced the next-generation of its mobile OS, iOS 6, and we can be certain that it'll come pre-loaded on the new iPhone 5. Just as a quick reminder, iOS 6 will bring stuff such as a smarter Siri, Facebook integration, new Maps application with turn-by-turn guidance, FaceTime over 3G/4G and many more.