iPhone 5 Release Date, Specs, News and Rumors

As July rolls in and summer heats up iPhone 5 rumors cool down a bit to make way for rumors of a smaller iPad Mini, but that doesn’t mean there are no new rumors to share.

iPhone 5 rumors range from obvious to out there, and there’s a possibility that everything we know about the iPhone 5 is wrong, but the following roundup will try to make sense of the new iPhone 5 rumors.

The next generation iPhone is Apple’s sixth iPhone, but it has earned the iPhone 5 name from press and analysts.

iPhone 5 Release Date

We already have a pretty good idea about what to expect on the iPhone 5 release date, and what not to expect this fall.

The latest rumors says that the iPhone 5 might launch as early as August or September, but we still feel that October 2012 is the most likely iPhone 5 release date.

Read: iPhone 5 Release Date – What to Expect

TechRadar reports that Apple is slowing iPhone 4S orders by as much as 25% this quarter to prepare for the iPhone 5 release date this fall.

Apple typically reduces the number of current generation iPhones to be sold as the release of a new iPhone launches. While we expect that Apple will still sell the iPhone 4S as a $99 option, the new iPhone will take over the primary manufacturing priority.

iPhone 5 Form Factor

According to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, the new iPhone 5 will put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame. The Galaxy S III packs in a large high-resolution display, curvaceous design and tempting looks, but the man who runs the plants which manufacture the iPhone believes the new iPhone has what it takes to beat Samsung’s best.

iPhone 5 design rumors
This lifelike iPhone 5 render shows what the iPhone 5 may look like.

The iPhone 5 will not likely feature a Liquidmetal case, but we may finally see the return of the metal back, adding to the overall durability of the iPhone and making it much easier to go without a case.

Apple may finally release a bigger iPhone, opting for a taller iPhone 5 with a larger display. The iPhone 5 may look like the image shown above or the video below.

At least one analyst with ties to the Apple Supply chain has called into question the authenticity of these leaks, suggesting that Apple may opt for a more radical change. The leaked iPhone 5 parts look much like the iPhone 4S with flat sides and uniform depth from top to bottom.

Recently an iPhone case manufacturer leaked iPhone 5 case dimensions, and the possible dimensions for the iPhone 5. Many sources sell this information to the big name iPhone case manufacturers, but as we saw with the iPhone 4S, these leaks are not always reliable.

iPhone 5 size leak
This leak shows the possible dimensions of the iPhone 5.

If the leaked iPhone 5 parts are true to the iPhone 5 design Apple will lave curved backs and large screens to the Android camp for another year.

iPhone 5 Screen

The largest iPhone 5 rumors is that there will be a larger 4-inch display. This larger display will offer a taller screen, but not a wider screen.

iPhone 5 display vs iPhone 4S display
Note the taller display on the iPhone 5 mock up on the left.

The new larger iPhone 5 display reportedly offers 176 additional pixels at the top of the display, something Apple’s own website may have tipped.

The larger display would offer more room to read and see information in portrait mode and a wide-screen aspect ratio similar to what’s found on HDTVs when the phone is turned on its side to watch TV or movies.

Very few new rumors have leaked about the size of the iPhone 5 display.

iPhone 5 Specs

Apple is never big on specs when it talks about the iPhone or iPad, and it looks like we may see a similar theme with the iPhone 5.

Leaks from 9to5Mac suggest that the iPhone 5 will have a slightly faster processor and a bump up to 1GB of RAM. The processor and RAM may seem small compared to Android smartphones packing quad-core processors and 2GB of RAM, but it’s all about the implementation.

As we saw with the new iPad 3rd generation, Apple may not deliver state of the art upgrades throughout the spec list, but the key upgrades allow for noticeable differences like improved graphics.

Read: 5 Reasons for a Smaller iPhone 5 Dock Connector

The iPhone 5 will almost certainly ship with 4G LTE compatibility based on comments from chip maker Qualcom, leaks and logic. While Apple is known for waiting to implement new technology, AT&T and Verizon are ready for a 4G LTE iPhone, and so are customers. Are batteries and our data plans ready for a 4G LTE iPhone 5?

iPhone 5 smaller dock
The iphone 5 may have a smaller dock connector like the one shown above.

Apple may also change to a smaller 19-pin dock for the iPhone 5. Techcrunch calls this change confirmed thanks to multiple sources in the Apple supply chain. The smaller dock connector  would use a magnet system to snap the cable into place, allow for a smaller iPhone and additional waterproofing.

iPhone 5 wireless charging
The iPhone 5 may charge without wires.

Other rumors suggest Apple will include inductive, or wireless charging as a standard feature of the iPhone 5. A new Apple patent shows a method of charging the iPhone with a dock that needs no wires to charge. Apple filed the patent in 2008, and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about this feature, so we’re not holding our breath for wireless charging as a standard iPhone 5 spec.

iPhone 5 Digital Wallet

The latest leaks indicate the iPhone 5 will ship with support for NFC, a piece of technology that would integrate with the new iOS 6 Passbook app.

iPhone 5 mobile wallet
The iPhone 5 may have digital wallet capabilities shown in this mock up.

According to information unearthed by 9to5Mac, at least one iPhone 5 prototype has the NFC chips needed to turn the new iPhone into a digital wallet. The code reveals that the NFC chip attaches right to the Power Management Unit, which links up to the Qualcomm chip we expect in the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Camera

The iPhone 4S already delivers one of the best smartphone cameras, and according to recent leaks the company could prepare to up the game with the iPhone 5.

We don’t expect anything in the PureView range, but the latest rumors suggest that Apple is planning an 8MP sensor for the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 camera
Apple routinely patents new ideas like this camera innovation for the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 4S also uses an 8MP sensor, but it is likely that the 8MP camera sensor is smaller, allowing for a thinner iPhone 5.

Apple received a patent for an iPhone that supports switching between multiple lenses, though this would be a big surprise for the next generation iPhone.

iPhone 5 Price

Apple will likely keep the base price of the iPhone 5 at $199 on a two-year contract and $649 without a contract. Unless Apple announces a larger capacity iPhone 5 with 128GB of storage the most expensive iPhone 5 will likely run $399 on contract.

Stay tuned for new iPhone 5 news and rumors.

53 Comments

  1. Thanh

    07/05/2012 at 9:00 am

    I love my iPhone 4 and already have plan to order I phone. Must wait…

    Reply

    • Val

      07/05/2012 at 10:35 am

      I’ve a 3 year-old 3GS, and the wait is killing me!!!

      Reply

  2. catharine

    07/05/2012 at 9:09 am

    I’m just waiting for the new Iphone5 to come out. Will be in the front of the line to get my first one. Sad, since I have been a long time Apple user.

    Reply

  3. Daniel

    07/05/2012 at 10:55 am

    3d capabilities would be nice.

    Reply

  4. may not be happy

    07/05/2012 at 10:56 am

    If the charger is diffrent than every other ipod/ipad/iphone then I will hold off. My entire work/home/car is set up with the current charger plug. I will not be happy if Apple changes the charger. At least there wil be a huge sale on all the IHome items :)

    Reply

  5. rahith

    07/05/2012 at 12:19 pm

    i am very expect iphone 5 release.pls launge earlier.

    Reply

    • Neil

      07/06/2012 at 4:57 am

      What???

      Reply

      • Andrew Peacock

        07/17/2012 at 6:41 am

        eggs

        Reply

      • Andrew Peacock

        07/17/2012 at 6:41 am

        eggs

        Reply

  6. Raghav

    07/06/2012 at 4:03 am

    Waiting for it desperately!! come fast!

    Reply

    • Techno Addict

      07/30/2012 at 7:21 pm

      I also hope too! I hope before September though. My 2-year contract is in August!

      Reply

      • Alexander

        08/02/2012 at 11:32 am

        mine is too :(

        Reply

  7. Raghav

    07/06/2012 at 4:11 am

    MY B’day is on 31st july!! PLs get Launched in the 1st week of august!

    Reply

  8. Edwin

    07/06/2012 at 8:13 pm

    Shud I buy a 4s now or wait 2 months for the 5s? Is it worth it?

    Reply

    • mama

      07/06/2012 at 10:19 pm

      U should be patience and buy iPhone5 u dumb motherfucker

      Reply

  9. saggy

    07/07/2012 at 1:14 am

    i m waiting for d apples upcoming stunning model

    Reply

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  11. judith shakir

    07/09/2012 at 4:17 am

    how many times could i hit the iphone 5 with a hammer? as it only took me 7 forcible hits to ruin my current iphone 4s

    Reply

    • Techno Addict

      07/30/2012 at 7:19 pm

      Wow. Sooooo mateur… Why would you break your phone anyways???

      Reply

  12. Furitsusan

    07/09/2012 at 9:04 pm

    I am blackberry user and it is the good time to change. I couldn’t wait anymore

    Reply

  13. sonia

    07/10/2012 at 8:44 am

    I really still waiting for d apples upcoming stunning model which i really love so much from this big company !

    Reply

  14. Dickhole

    07/14/2012 at 2:11 pm

    I see Apple users use perfect grammar.

    Reply

    • Anon

      07/23/2012 at 1:38 am

      I see you have a distinguished Nick. Quite appropriate too; judging the calibre of a person by the brand they use.

      Reply

  15. Peace

    07/17/2012 at 6:11 am

    Sounds like the above person responding has lots of anger issues. I m sorry your parents talked to you that way. I sure hope you don t talk to your kids like that and maybe you do not have kids, that would be a blessing. Sending prayer your way. Peace

    Reply

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    07/18/2012 at 12:19 am

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  17. Sharon

    07/22/2012 at 4:54 pm

    Well i just recieved the iphone 4s for christmas and about two days ago I completly shattered the front glass
    because i gave to my friend to call his girlfriend… he thought that it would be a good idea to chuck it back to me
    … his throw epically failed which caused my iphone to take the consquences causing it to go face first into the sidewalk
    I was wondering if I should just wait for the iphone 5 to come out or replace my current my iphone… Thank you for your time!

    Reply

    • jbird

      07/31/2012 at 6:59 am

      Just replace the screen…It costs 30 bucks on amazon and you could probably find a friend who’d replace it for you. Alternately you could take it into Apple and they’ll charge you $100 or so. Don’t bother with paying so much for a new one.

      Reply

  18. Todd

    07/22/2012 at 9:21 pm

    Search locally. Many places can replace the screen for under $100. I have replaced mine 3 times (3GS) waitin for the 5…

    Reply

  19. yuvarajuvundeli

    07/24/2012 at 1:04 am

    i want to buy iphone 5. because apple is best company through out world

    Reply

  20. Shaun

    07/27/2012 at 10:09 am

    Hahahaha spare me the sarcasm!!!

    Reply

  21. Amarion

    07/29/2012 at 12:47 am

    Shud I buy a 4s now or wait 2 months for the 5s? Is it worth it?

    Reply

  22. pratham

    08/19/2012 at 12:02 am

    on my birthday i can take any thing i want i can take iphone 4s but in google images i saw it very big but in real i see it smalll so i have taken samsung galaxy tab 620 and on 9 april its mother board is gone till now my samsung galaxy tab 620 is not good and my birthday was on 29 march 2012 so now i will take iphone 5s . i love it ……….

    Reply

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