Apple’s newest flagship device, the iPhone 5, is due to be released tomorrow. Not surprisingly, the Internet is going crazy in anticipation of the new smartphone. So is it going to be called iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S?
There’s a good chance it will be called iPhone 5 as TechRadar points out that Apple has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the URL for iphone5.com, which is currently held by a group that’s using it as a message board for discussions about the new iPhone.
So what have the rumour mills been saying about features for the new iPhone?
It’s likely to sport a bigger 4-inch screen compared to the current 3.5 inch one. It’s should also be thinner than the iPhone 4S. It will have a new 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom.” A Quad-core processor, the A-6, Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities and 4G are some other rumoured features.
And while these things sound cool by themselves, here’s a look at some other features that we wish the iPhone 5 has.
3D: We know it sounds a little implausible, but hey what doesn’t look better in 3D — remember Avataar. If Apple does get that experience onto mobile, that should make video calls a whole lot cooler. On the downside, mobile ads might get really creepy.
Design and Colours: Is Apple finally going to ditch the prized ‘iPhone’ design aka the rectangle with rounded corners. Unlikely since they fought Samsung for stealing this patented design. But hey, isn’t Apple all about innovation as they claim? Will the next iPhone be radically different in terms of design? Let’s hope the iPhone5 is revolutionary and not just evolutionary.
Also will the iPhone 5 be made of Liquidmetal? According to BusinessInsider, Apple has the license to use it is in their products. The report also says, Liquidmetal which is the trade name for a new class of metallic alloys. The alloys have a unique atomic structure, more like glass, and are commonly known as “bulk metallic glasses” or “bulk amorphous alloys.”
To check out how an iPhone with Liquidmetal will look like click here.
Also we’d love the iPhone to come in many different colours — not just black and white. If they can do that with the iPods then why not with the iPhone 5. It sure would add a dash of colour to our lives and the Nokia Lumia 920 has so many colours and they do look good.
Camera: The current iPhone 4S has an eight mega-pixel camera. So is Apple going to give the iPhone 5 a 12 mega-pixel camera? We could see the iPhone 5 come with a higher camera. But will the picture quality change radically? Nokia has made stunning pictures the USP of Nokia Lumia 920. Can iPhone 5 promise the same?
In June, AppleInsider had reported that Apple had filed patents for swappable camera lens in a mobile device with the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.
According to the report, which had detailed pictures of Apple’s proposed invention, the application, entitled “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options,” includes illustrations of an iPhone-like device with the camera located in the same top-left-corner location.
Swappable camera lens or not, the camera is very important to iPhone user. Don’t believe us? Check out this parody commercial for the iPhone 5.
Battery: Most smartphones come with pretty bad battery life. The current iPhone has an 8 hour talk-time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM). With Internet use, the battery lasts only 6 hours on 3G and up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi. We would love the new iPhone to have a battery life of say 12 hours on 4G? Remember the old features phones had enough battery life to go without charging for days. Time to perhaps ring in the old.
Either which way, the launch will be fun. So go on, feel free send us what your dream feature for the iPhone 5 is…