Every day new iPhone 5 release date, spec and design rumors leak from sources deep in the Apple supply chain and analysts with murky connections.
The iPhone 5 release date is still months away, but thanks to all of these leaks many of us think we know what the iPhone 5 will look like and when it will launch.
Despite all the sources, and all the “confirmed” rumors, our current vision of the iPhone 5 could be completely wrong.
Apple is notoriously good at keeping secrets. Despite losing the iPhone 4 in a bar, Apple can keep a product under wraps until launch. While the company doesn’t outline the security rules in place, for obvious reasons, they likely mirror those taken by Samsung to keep the Galaxy S III a secret.
This includes dummy designs which may never touch the hands of consumers, locked doors, compartmentalized teams and security that approaches Secret Service levels. When Apple does allow the new iPhone to leave the building, the company puts the new iPhone in a dummy case that disguises the looks of the new iPhone.
Past iPhone Rumors and Misses
Before Gizmodo found the iPhone 4 in a bar, there were rumors of a removable battery, a touch sensitive casing and even rumors of a stylus for the iPhone 4.
Fast forward to Fall 2011, and most of the press expected to see a thinner teardrop shaped iPhone 5 with 4G LTE release, but Apple surprised us all with the iPhone 4S. Not only was the new design a no-show, but the iPhone 5 name never made it to market either.
iPhone 5 Design
The leaked iPhone 5 design shown in the video below could give a glimpse at the new iPhone, but it could be based off parts fabricated by Apple or a prankster to throw journalists and the public off the trail of the real iPhone.
Samsung made three fully functional prototypes of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and Apple no doubt is working on multiple looks for the iPhone 5 and future iPhones, any of which could be the next iPhone.
Early iPhone 5 rumors said that the new iPhone would feature a Liquidmetal back and design, but it sounds like Liquidmetal isn’t ready for prime time just yet.
Additional iPhone 5 design rumors and analyst opinions say that the iPhone 5 will be 7.99mm thin, but we can’t have it all. The slimmest phone with all day battery life is the Droid RAZR MAXX.
If Apple does deliver a bigger screen and 4G LTE, it will be a challenge to also make the iPhone thinner without dramatically compromising battery life.
Speaking of the rumored bigger screen for the iPhone 5, we might not see that either. Apple prioritizes battery life on mobile devices, and could opt to keep the display of the next iPhone at 3.5 inches.
While TechCrunch has confirmed that the iPhone 5 will feature a smaller iPhone dock connector, and there are many reasons a smaller 19-pin dock connector makes sense, Apple may stick with the same 30-pin dock connector as the current iPad and iPhone 4S.
Apple could surprise us all once more, keeping the iPhone 5 design the same as the iPhone 4S. Apple is slow to change form factors, just look at the New iPad. The iPhone 4S continually tops the smartphone sales at all three major carriers. Why mess with success?
iPhone 5 with 4G LTE
Granted, this would not be a popular decision, but Apple has delayed adopting technologies until the device is ready. It’s possible that the battery draw of 4G LTE will prove too much for Apple to give it the go ahead.
Sprint is not ready for a 4G LTE iPhone 5, which is why there is no Sprint version of the iPad 3rd generation. Most of the world also doesn’t have 4G LTE as we know it.
Of course Apple could always launch a 4G LTE version of the iPhone on a specific carrier or carriers, instead of launching it on every carrier. The New iPad with 4G LTE shown in the video below is available on AT&T and Verizon, but not Sprint.
iPhone 5 Release Date
Current iPhone 5 release date rumors peg the launch anywhere between August and October. While October is a very good bet for Apple, the company could launch the iPhone 5 at any time.
With current iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners already off contract, Apple could push the iPhone 5 release date until later in 2012 to ensure proper supply for a global launch.
iPhone 5 Price
Apple might choose to shake up the price of the iPhone 5, charging a premium for the new features like they are doing with the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
4G LTE smartphones initially commanded a premium, and Apple could use this to bump the starting price of the iPhone 5 up to $249 or $299.
While prices for entry-level 4G LTE smartphones like the LG Lucid and older models are below $100, high-end devices like the Droid RAZR MAXX start at $299 from Verizon.
The Galaxy S III could keep Apple in check thanks to a launch on all major U.S. carriers at $199.
iPhone 5 Name
The next iPhone is Apple’s sixth iPhone and while many of us are calling this new iPhone the iPhone 5, Apple may choose to go with a simpler name for the next generation iPhone.
Apple could go with a simple, new iPhone or if the iPhone has 4G LTE Apple could rename it to the iPhone 4G or iPhone 4G LTE.
It’s entirely possible that this video shows how every iPhone 5 rumor starts.