iPhone 5 rumors clash: complete redesign coming in August meets iPhone 4 lookalike coming September

iPhone 5 rumors clash: complete redesign coming in August meets iPhone 4 lookalike coming September
In the land of Apple rumors, the next-gen iPhone has deserved an honorable place, and that's why we're not even surprised to see conflicting information coming from “two people familiar with the plans,” quoted by Bloomberg, and a “reliable source” sharing his insights with tech blog BGR

First was BGR's “reliable source,” who reiterated earlier talk about a complete redesign of the next-gen iPhone, but couldn't confirm whether that would materialize in a teardrop design suggested by another tech blog Thisismynext earlier. The source also mentioned that “it's quite possible” that Cupertino might break the news at an early event in the beginning or in the middle of August with availability in the last week of the same month.

Next however, Bloomberg published an article backed by information from “two people familiar with the plans,” who claimed quite the opposite: the next-gen iPhone will closely resemble the current iPhone 4, but come with a better A5 chip and an 8-megapixel camera. The usual June release was pushed so the phone's launch could coincide with Apple's release of iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile platform. The publication mentions that the next iPhone will only begin production in August, while the official introduction will be later in September.

Bloomberg's insiders also hinted that Cupertino is working on the next iPad which will feature a higher-resolution screen - “one-third higher than that of the iPad 2.” But it will also feature a more responsive touchscreen, according to the source.

But finally, it all comes down to the sources and – unsurprisingly – in both cases they chose to remain anonymous. The key to solving the mystery might lie in the fact that “Apple has indeed been giving some developers access to a device known as the iPhone 4S — an iPhone 4 with upgraded internals,” as BGR mentions. That could explain what Bloomberg's sources are talking about, or could it be that BGR was misguided? We could also guess that Apple will release two separate phones, but that's only a speculation in what has become a prediction game. Feel free to place your bet in the comments below!

sources: Bloomberg, BGR

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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21 Comments

1. SeniorEd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

Here is what is going on. The iphone 4S is a refresh of the current iphone 4 with the dual core A5 processor and better camera. This model is going to Sprint. The iphone 5 is a redesign with A5 processor, larger edge-to-edge style screen, and tear drop styling. This phone will go to ATT and Verizon.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. Here is my 'prediction': 1. iPhone 4S is the same form factor as 4 with upgraded chipset (CPU, RAM, GPU) from iPad 2. Improved antenna. Dual frequency (GSM & CDMA) radio. Edge-to-edge 3.7 inch retina screen. 3G data speeds. NFC function. Announced and available August/September, 2011. I am personally under-whelmed by the 3.7 inch screen, but that is the max that can be achieved in the current form factor. 2. iPhone 5 new form factor, and other yet-to-be rumored features/functions. 2012, probably September-ish. Does Sprint get to sell the new iPhones? They should.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no... it has been shown that a 4inch screen can be acheived with edge to edge glass... and i highly doubt apple wud make different models on different networks..

2. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I think the initial plan was to have an iPhone 4S look alike with updated hardware. (No NFC and LTE) However, the delay in the release date and with pressure from other manufacturers they might have to push the iPhone 5 earlier than expected to prevent being left behind all the top of the range Android handsets and remaining relevant. Nokia has shown us what they can do with NFC, Android has LTE and 3D capable handsets, so the pressure is definitely on Apple to produce something that can compete.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agreed, but....Apple can just upgrade the camera lenses and it will still be seen as relevant to those that buy it. Each version of the iPhone outsold the previous one. Even going from the orig iPhone to the 3G, which saw very lil improvement, upgrades.

7. Jagged Razor unregistered

Sounds like you don't know Apple... sure they could do that, and consumers would likely be happy... but then Apple couldn't have a big Keynote speech about it...

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

ok...new camera lenses, iOS 5 out the gate, NFC. Thinner phone, maybe? I'm also basing it off of the loyal following the iPhone has.I know it could and should be dual core since the iPad 2 is. I dont see it being LTE tho. LTE is too iffy right now.

8. LTE or Bust unregistered

If Apple does not bring out LTE ... game over in my books. There are too many "4G" phones out there now. For Apple not to go 4G would be a huge mistake. iOS will keep them going ... but lots of folks will jump on the Android LTE band wagon. My buddy just got a LTE Verizon phone ... 14Gb download via SpeedTest.net ... first try ... drool drool drool. I was going to switch my wife over from Sprint to Verizon once LTE got lit up in my area. That happened last week. I have a bit left on my contract with Sprint though. If Apple does not have an LTE based phone in a few months, I will have no hesitation.

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Dont take this the wrong way... Someone above said I dont know Apple. This post sounds like you dont know the Apple, iPhone faithful. If LTE is seen as a battery hog and isnt used by Apple on this phone, iPhone folks will say its not necessary anyway. Android folks are having those same debates now.

9. Allday28

Posts: 330; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

3D is not a deal breaker trust me. Everytime I tell people we are gonna be getting a 3D phone they look at me like im retarted..

3. android_hitman unregistered

i am sure that apple will mock once again the fans.. the new iphone will be identical in design with iphone4 but it will have better specs. this is apple strategy

5. andro unregistered

Apple pr techniques it seems in motion already early, getting the fanboys brainwashed early and excited by the 'new' iphone changing everything again again again including their nappies. Changes will be minimum and the ios changes are using android features. Fanboys rejoice though,the time to hand your money over to apple for a 'new' phone is almost here again again and changing everything again

10. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

iPhone is like a Honda Accord. Very reliable and a great resale value. What's great about iPhone is it keeps its value, so that when you go to get the next upgrade, you can sell your current iPhone for more than you paid for the new one on contract.

12. Hi unregistered

thought they are going with "sim-less" or the micro-card"?? if that's the case then it nearly impossible to resale (especially with sim-less design)

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow andro.. u have suprise me.. most of the andorid phones .. and i said most of them have minimal changes amongs them and people stil go crazy when the other comes out.. so as you can see before you go writting because you can.. take a look in the mirror.. android..upps andro... sorry dude for the sarcasm.. i am in the mode

15. Shafeer

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wait.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Since we're all in the mood to pull predictions out of our asses, here's mine. The next iPhone will be an amorphous entity, an energy being that bonds with its owner and becomes part of his or her body. This bonding process will unlock the human mind's potential, allowing us to become biological supercomputers and communications devices. This will usher in a new age of technological integration with human bodies. But autocorrect will still suck.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You forgot the part about how the iPhone's bonding process compels its owner to spend the owner's hard-earned $ at the App Store and iTunes, to the continued enrichment of Apple.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, that's the job of the iChip, which itself will change the way we think...literally. That's at next year's WWDC.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol!!

21. haha unregistered

hahaha

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