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    October 4, 2011

    The iPhone 5 – What to Expect (Updated)

    Apple iPhone users know that traditionally July is the month to expect the latest iPhone to be announced. We South Africans then typically get it a few months later. So it is pretty sad that so far this year there was no iPhone announced at WWDC, which has always been the case. But luckily in a few hours (19:00 SA time), we will know what Apple has been working on.

    There is of course a few things that also needs to be in place before iPhone. First of which is iCloud – Apple’s great new syncing service which will keep all your iOS and Mac devices in sync. Announced in September, the service is a tremendous undertaking by Apple, who has always charged for its cloud based storage. This time round they are rolling it out to everyone, and the the service will be integrated right into the iOS operating system. Users have been testing the iOS5 beta for a while now, and the iCloud services are slowly being enabled. There has not been a lot a of iOS5 Beta updates recently, so expect the software to roll out as Golden Master within the next few days.

    What is perhaps more interesting is rumours of Apple releasing a cheaper version of the iPhone. If this is true, huge sales can be expected. For the last two releases of iPhone, Apple kept the older model on the market with a slightly decreased storage capacity at a slightly lower cost. Typically the cost difference was negligible, so most users just opted for the latest model. But in recent times other smartphone manufacturers have started bringing out cheaper and cheaper phones, which was still fairly capable, particularly in the Android camp. Now this might indeed just be the iPhone 4 that is kept on the market.

    Sure, people can argue that Apple has always been more expensive than their competitors, but in the mobile market this strategy might not work for them. And the low price of the iPad compared to other tablets already show that Apple can make a high quality product at a lower price. (See our review of the iPad 2 here) So the time might be ripe for Apple to start shipping lower end versions of the iPhone…

    This image was taken a while back of a strange looking iPhone - could this be the iPhone 5 or it's new little brother?

    So what new can we expect from the iPhone 5? Rumours are pretty scarce right now, but most seem to point towards a larger screen. The current 3.5 inch “Retina” display of the iPhone is incredibly detailed, but it is quite a bit smaller compared to other new phones on the market (just one look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 screen in person to see how great a large screen on a phone can look). A larger screen which still fits in the same size iPhone body will mean that the bezel around the screen would need to be much smaller.

    Another point where the iPhone can be improved on is the use of glass on the rear of the phone. Yes, it really looks great, and feels great in your hand. But it is also fragile, so we will have to see if Apple will change its choice of material. Case designers are speculating a return to a curved edges around the rear panel, which means that the phone will feel smaller in hand.

    The new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4s) will almost certainly ship with the dual core Apple A5 processor, and potentially more memory. Other potential features to look out for is adoption of the NFC standard, implementation of “personal assistant” functionality (from Apple’s acquisition of Siri), and improved camera…

    So, what features are you hoping for in the next iPhone? 

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    • Jannie

      iPhone 5 you mean…

    • Justin

      Interesting article, I for one can’t wait for the iPhone 5. That said, I hope the bandwidthblog’s articles don’t spend too much time on relatively uninformative Apple hype/speculation like so many media sites have. If I want to read about this sort of stuff, there are 5, 10, (100?) other sites where I can go. 

      • Thanks for the feedback Justin. Appreciated.

        • no worries, local is lekker! 🙂 It’s just awesome to have a well written local blog about tech and startup stuff in SA. Keep it up! 🙂

    • Yay, there is a new Iphone, but with the same old iOS, booo!. The phone can be great, but the OS is not.

    • Gareth

      It will be launched with ios5… May be a lot different

    • Morne

      It is rumoured that the new iOS 5 will incorporate facial recognition software, I wonder what the app developers will do with that!

      • There was a few Apple patents a while back to identify the user better. Might be used to unlock the phone / security aspects.

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    • Psy85

      @ Justin..

      WTF man?! Why are you coming to read it here in the 1st place then?! Furthermore , if you actually re-read the article from a different POV, you will come to understand and realize that it directly addresses more of the technology features and network infrastructure design topologies encouraged and undertaken by Apple.

      The significance of this undertaking, coupled with the power that this technology bring, is faaaaaaaar greater than any of us can even begin to fathom at this stage. A Cloud based, technology driven lifestyle, filled with multiple cloud based
      social interactions on an constant basis, SHALL become yet another seamless process that we as
      humans desire to execute and integrate into our daily routines…

      “They” already knew in 1999, and planted that “we are consumers” seed in the movie Fight Club.

      “When deep space exploration ramps up, it’ll be the corporations that
      name everything. The IBM stellar sphere, the Microsoft galaxy. Planet

    • @Justin Um it is called BWTH BLOG for a reason. It covers topics like this because they have the audience that appreciates it boetie! Their blog is based around techy shit and gadgets if you look in the header… Bit of a pointless comment if you ask me!