iPhone 5: what we think we know

iPhone 5: what we think we know
It seems like ever since Tim Cook took charge of Apple, security measures at the company have not been as tight as they used to be. Just look at how alleged iPhone 5 components, mockups, and dummy units are constantly being exposed online, not to mention the flurry of iPhone rumors that we have to deal with every day. 

Of course, that isn't necessarily a bad thing since we kind of get to know what the smartphone will have to offer before actually hitting the shelves. In fact, today we decided to sum up all the iPhone 5 rumors in one place, just to have an idea as to what the smartphone is shaping up to be. Care to join us for a ride through rumorland?

First, let's give it a name 

When it comes to naming the next iPhone iteration, there's three possibilities that come to mind: iPhone 5, iPhone 6, or simply The new iPhone. If the latest leaks are to be trusted, the latter option seems the most likely since that is what is written on the device's retail packaging. Besides, Apple switched to a simpler naming scheme with the new iPad, which we expected to be called the iPad 3, as you might recall, and this also leads us to believe that the iPhone is to follow suit. "But what about that huge number 5 in the Apple press event invitation?" you ask. Well, this may seem like solid evidence, but it does not necessarily indicate that iPhone 5 will be the handset's moniker. Another interpretation of this could be that a total of 5 new devices are to be announced on September 12: four new iPods and the new iPhone itself. The least likely name for the device seems to be iPhone 6. Sure, we are expecting the 6th generation of the iPhone to be unveiled, but from a marketing standpoint, skipping a number just doesn't seem right, unless Apple wants people to wonder what happened to the iPhone 5.


One thing that all rumor sources agree on is that the new iPhone will be physically bigger – as wide as the current model, yet taller in order to accommodate a new display with 16:9 aspect ratio. But at the same time, it is also expected for the smartphone to be very slim – well under 8 millimeters along its entire body, which could potentially put it in the same category with ultra-thin handsets like the Motorola DROID RAZR. Check out these photos in case you are wondering what the new iPhone might look when being held. It is also said that the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack will be moved to the smartphone's bottom side, but other than that, we expect the new iPhone to be pretty similar to its predecessor, with a lock button on top, and volume buttons and silent switch on the left side.


The bigger LCD screen we just mentioned is expected to be of 4 inches, with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels. That translates into a very high pixel density of 326ppi, just like on the iPhone 4S Retina Display. With an aspect ratio of 16:9, those movies and YouTube videos will occupy the entire screen without being cropped on the sides, video games will be even more enjoyable, while room for a fifth row of icons will be made in the user interface. The question remains whether with those extra 0.5 inches of display real estate, the smartphone will be as easy to use with a single hand as the current model. Some claim it will, some claim it won't, but it seems like that will be up to each individual user to decide.


Until recently, little was known as to what kind of processor we'll find under the hood of the new iPhone. However, spy shots that surfaced about a week ago seem to confirm that an Apple A6 chip, supposedly made by Samsung, will be providing the smartphone with processing power. Now, in case you're wondering why Apple won't equip its new iPhone with an A5X SoC after putting the first iPad's A4 inside the iPhone 4 and then iPad 2's A5 inside the iPhone 4S, that's because doing so doesn't make sense. What makes the A5X better than the A5 is the mighty GPU, but while the new iPad needs all that graphics performance for its high-res Retina Display, the new iPhone won't really require that much GPU power. Therefore, it seems logical Apple to develop a new processor with performance suitable for the new iPhone and power efficiency to ensure decent battery life.


Whether you like it or not, there is not going to be a huge leap in the camera department. It is rumored that an 8-megapixel camera will be situated on the new iPhone's back, and its performance should be similar to that of the iPhone 4S's 8MP shooter. That isn't too bad, of course, since the 4S can take some pretty decent photographs, as many of our smartphone camera comparisons have shown. The module itself will be smaller in order to fit inside the slim body of the new iPhone. However, rumor has it that the front-facing camera is due for an upgrade (finally!) and will now support HD video calls over FaceTime.


This one is a no-brainer. Nobody expects Apple to release the new iPhone without LTE support, especially when the new iPad has LTE, and even cheap Android mid-rangers can run on 4G airwaves. LTE connectivity on the iPhone, however, might be available only in the U.S., and only through select carriers, just like the case is with the new iPad. What's far less likely to make an appearance on the new iPhone is NFC (near field communication) technology, which is used for contact-less payments and exchange of data between devices. The thing is that NFC is not that widely adopted in many markets yet, which would seriously limit the things that users will be able to do with it. But then again, who knows, Apple might put an NFC chip inside its smartphone after all and enable its use when the ecosystem is ready. Besides, doing so would be a huge incentive for retailers to adopt NFC payments throughout their outlets.


There is little doubt that the new iPhone will be released with iOS 6 pre-installed. In other words, expect around 200 new features to be available with the new iPhone, including Apple's new 3D maps with turn-by-turn navigation, deep Facebook integration, FaceTime over Cellular, and many more. What you should not expect seeing, however, is a YouTube application as it has been removed, meaning that users will need to watch lolcat videos via Safari or a YouTube app that Google is expected to release for iOS. For a full list of what new goodies the platform contains, check out our full iOS 6 coverage

Nano SIM card

Apple was first to introduce the Micro SIM card with the iPhone 4, and it seems like history is bound to repeat itself with the new iPhone's arrival. Given the number of leaked photos we've had so far, the smartphone is expected to use Nano SIM cards, which are even smaller and therefore leave more precious room inside the device for additional circuitry. So yeah, folks that are upgrading will have to get a Nano SIM card from their carrier and won't be able to pop in their old one, which is a slight, but manageable inconvenience.


We expect seeing a new, smaller dock connector on the new iPhone, not the well-known, but kind of old 30 pin one. Therefore, included will be a new cable that owners will use to hook up their smartphone to a computer, or to simply charge its battery. A smaller dock connector will also free up some valuable space inside of the device, so that additional components can be installed, just like what the introduction of Nano SIM cards will do. Another accessory that might be altered is the wired headset. Photos that were leaked a few days ago suggest that the earphones have been redesigned, but whether that rumor holds water or not will become known in about a week.

Battery life

Since the new iPhone will be bigger, one might think that a beefier non-removable battery will be installed. However, the only leak of what is said to be the new iPhone's battery shows a 1,440mAh cell. In comparison, the iPhone 4S has a 1,430mAh battery, which indicates that the new smartphone model will last about as much as its predecessor on a single charge, if not even less due to possible increase in consumption by the bigger screen and LTE radio. Of course, Apple might have balanced things out by applying some advanced power management techniques, but we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for a bigger battery up to the smartphone's announcement.

Launch date and pricing

Rumor has it that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on September 21, and something tells us that pre-orders will go live soon after the smartphone is announced officially. As is tradition, iFans will stand in queue in front of Apple stores nationwide hours, if not even days, prior to the device's arrival. Nothing is certain as far as pricing is concerned, yet judging by what previous models have been priced at, a base model with 16 gigs of storage will probably cost $199 with a 2-year contract. Doubling its storage will probably cost you an extra $100, and a 64GB model will most likely be priced at a cold $399 on contract. 

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Meh. Tonight's nokia and motorola''s night. iPhone news could wait. Besides it would be announced next week, so this article should have been released tomorrow or any date. not tonight. :3

11. ab2412

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

This article is here just because of iPHONEarena..

12. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Very true, IphoneArena has to make 5 post about Iphone, same crap in everyone to hype people up to buy it. I doubt IphoneArena is even popular enough to be getting paid by Apple so why do they do it? Because its funny.

33. djoscar4u

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

Why do they do it! Because iPhone subjects creates a lot of traffics from cheap older folks that don't want to spend the extra cash to have the best phone out there. iPhone rules!

39. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's funny considering I paid my GSIII off contract. Please do me a favor and Google the price for the phone, then come back and tell me if I don't want to spend extra cash on what is said and is backed by reviews, as the best phone in the world.

61. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Those reviews and your opinion are all subjective. You acting like those reviews make your opinion true is truly laughable.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"what we think we know" If we know iPhone 4S then we already know iPhone 5. :D Ok, ok, just joking, but knowing Apple it is still plausible. :P

2. karoafriyie

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 19, 2012


4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Goophone also maybe?!

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Waiting to get a loss in court again? It'll be tossed out of court before it reaches the judges.

40. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You'll be tossed from PA (again) if your hobby of trolling doesn't stop. One would think that someone would learn the first three times.

48. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I think in this case, you guys are the trollers.

42. Droiddoes unregistered

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3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

PA's estimations in the new iPhone here are as probably accurate as you can get. 'New' iPhone will have similar battery levels,same software as the iPhone 4 and 4$ just a different charger port and slightly stretch screen (albeit into a TV remote shape). Every year ifans expect so much out of apple they really shouldn't expect anything outside the small changes mentioned above.

45. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

no i think YOU expect much out of it... the thing is people continue to buy the phone every year even the older iphone models are still selling... has nothing to do with sheep or being brainwashed... they just choose to go with apple... hahaha yall should learn to just accept that people are ok with things that you are not ok with...

50. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Let me address all your points. The iPhone's current battery is not bad, its better than a lot of Android devices out there. Yes it will have the same software as the iPhone 4 and 4S, something you android folk can't really talk about since its split between jellybean, ice cream sandwich, and gingerbread right now. Yes it will have different charger port and smaller micro SIM, allowing the device to be 22% thinner. A 4inch retina display, LTE, NFC, possibly/hopefully a new design, updated cameras, faster processor. If all these rumors are true, then this is a great update, plus they might add a few surprises. And I chose which OS I like the best and then look at the device(s). If I'm not pleased with what's announced tomorrow, I'm sticking with my current iPhone. Still not switching to Android.

51. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

dont you get bored trying to put a positive spin on a old design and features that other phone have had for ahwile and no i aint an android fan or apppe hater i just dont see the appeal anymore. apple needs to focus on there products rather then well the stupid court room battles. id enjoy seeing them show something completely new and differant on the 12th but i doubt it will happen. apple have basically now gotta play catch up to android hell even to symbian in some area's. you apple devotee's have such small hopes if you just want a bigger version of the phone you already got with a couple tweaks to bring it upto speed with the competition. p.s no one cares if your not gonna switch to android im sure they'll survive without you

58. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

don't you guys get tired of saying the same things over and over and over again. Apple may be playing "catch-up" in some areas, but Android is playing catch up in other areas as well i.e. project butter, google play store app quality, voice control, etc. LTE, NFC, better cameras, bigger retina display, faster processor, etc. Seems more like a couple of "tweaks" If you want to see new features that the competition doesn't have, you're an idiot if you think they'll be leaked out. Wait until tomorrow. These are all just features that we expect. And to be honest, the android competition hasn't really set the bar high in terms of innovative features. "no one cares if your not gonna switch to android" - then why do you guys keep coming back, lol. If you guys aren't trying to recruit then what're you doing?

59. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

E.N recruit for what? you call me an idiot when everything your just said is biased pro apple drivel. i dont see anything wrong with what i said. the things you say android are playing catchup in arent as important as what apple needs to include to catch up. it seems that nowadays a phone is judged not on its spec's and function but how many apps it has available to it. ohh and iphone and better camera's ...really? the iphone camera is average at best nothing remarkable to shout about. if you looked at the iphone as a phone forget all apples clever marketing you'd see its a mid range device. ''android competition hasnt set the bar high in terms of innovation features'' ohh but i suppose apple has. the latest android phones have much function and features putting them ahead. galaxy s3, note 2 are just 2 of samsungs offerings that are excellent pieces of tech anyway like i said i hope apple does do something new but it looks unlikely and no one can say if these leaks are proved to be true that the 'new Iphone' is innovative or a contender against the android flagships and wp8 devices which are shaping up well

62. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I never said Apple was innovative, we have to wait until tomorrow to find that out. But what I was saying is that I haven't seen many innovative things coming from Android devices. The only thing so far that I think is really cool, are some of the features of the S pen on the Note II. As for the Galaxy SIII, its a great device but there's nothing innovative about it. S Voice? S Beam? Direct Call? Buddy Share? Even pop up play is a gimmick. All I hear about is how innovative the SIII is, but If you take the SIII for what it is, its just the latest Android device, with a bigger screen and up to date specs. There's nothing super special about it, yet it sold 20 million in less than 100 days. There are great pieces of tech out there, but the bar hasn't really been set high.

63. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

we dont have to wait till tomorrow ( well today) because history has shown apple has lost sight on whats important. will the 'new iphone' be a complete shock and groundbreaking i highly doubt that but would like to be proven wrong. as for android you just sound like you hate it. all the things you call gimmicks on android are what people class as revolutionary on the iphone so guessing the iphone is the biggest gimmick around. there nothing special about any phone then with your logic, unless a phone comes out that can hover you wont think its special. up to date specs, bigger screen , great OS all makes the s3 a killer smartphone. it has set the bar high and other phone companys like LG, Motorola,HTC and Nokia are continuing to raise that bar. if the rumors are true and the new iphone is just a stretched 4s will you be saying its nothing special to?

60. beefsupreme

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

"LTE, NFC, better cameras, bigger retina display, faster processor, etc. Seems more like a couple of "tweaks"" If they're just tweaks then why is it so groundbreaking when Apple eventually does it?

5. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

I have a Galaxy Nexus with sprint now and have been a fan of android for the past 3 or 4 years... prior i had the OG iphone iphone 3g and 3gs and with being disappointed with the same phone year after year i jump ship to Android. Now that i've had the android experience that I have enjoyed with the custom roms and mods, the openness of Android, the freedom to choice with different UI's either via mod or just a different manufacturer. I have learned one thing. The world isn't ready for Android by that i mean companies like Verizon and Sprint who hasn't released JB yet on the nexus. Companies like Samsung who just released the ever popular Galaxy SIII on ICS or HTC with their One series.. What im getting at is the one thing that Apple has over everyone is Updates. That's the one thing that you can count on with Apple is timely updates on there devices all being available on the same day and at the same time... That and a quality product. With that being said I think i may have to say good bye to Android and welcome back the iPhone into my life... *Waiting for the thumbs down*

8. parth027

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

U can always root your phone and be updated to the latest version of android.... And the amount variety i get in android devices like htc, samsung, sony etc. U can never expect that from iphone, u get the same design for 2 years (4 nd 4s) with a small display... I would probably stick to android

13. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

I understand that trust me I do I also appreciate the fact Android allows us to do that.. But WHY should we? I mean Why should I have to end the warranty on our phones to get the latest update when it should be provided when its released? Why should we have to wait 3-9 months for a carrier to release it once the manufacturer releases it? Variety is good i guess but its expensive as well for example If i bought the SG3 in June or July the Note II may out do it when its released so my phone is old after 2-3 months and I know thats technology for you but thats no excuse if I signed a 2 year agreement. and who's to say Samsung won't release the SG4 in Dec or January? I mean it just my opinion Im just tired of chasing the next best Android.

14. bucky

Posts: 3775; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

that right there is the main reason I switched. It gets tiring and eventually you just want a sturdy and easy to use device that will hold it's value and receive excellent support.

30. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Right on. I got so sick of being afraid to answer my DX2 because half the time the phone app would crash. Or playing podcasts in the car and having the phone lock up with a high pitched squeal at 100 db. Ever try doing a battery pull on a DX2 on the highway. After 2 years I just gave up on the junk Android put out.

15. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

FAIL. Stick to your outdated Iphone. With their updates you get fixed bugs. No changes in nothing. IF thats what your use to them stay with them. And your argument was completly wrong. The note 2 and GS3 aren't in the same category. Enjoy your streched Iphone 5. Enjoy paying for apps, and enjoy the same old stuff :)

16. tlsmithsr

Posts: 81; Member since: Sep 28, 2010

FranksGT currently I have the Galaxy nexus not the iphone... but for argument sake please tell us what Android phone you have.

19. parth027

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I own a note and it would take ages for iphone to reach the mighty 5.3"

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