Everyone thought that the iPhone 5 would be released last year. Instead, Apple gave the world the iPhone 4S, which is a great phone, but still leaves everyone wondering: will there be an iPhone 5 coming soon?
Well, there’s nothing substantive yet, but all signs are pointing to yes, the iPhone 5 is on its’ way in 2012.
Rumors have is that Apple will unveil their new iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. If you’re followed much of Apple’s history, then you know that Apple likes to announce, or release their iPhones in June: the original iPhone release, and the iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 announcements come to mind.
So, this June 2012 should possibly give the world news about the often talked about iPhone 5. The problem is, no one is really certain what the new model will hold. Apple typically holds this type of information close to the vest and the iPhone 5 specs are no exception.
There are a few speculations, the biggest one being near field communication, or NFC. It’s the technology currently available in most credit and debit cards that allow you you to wave the card above a reader, instead of swiping it. If that technology comes to smart phones, most people won’t be surprised. It’s been suggested for years that a smart phone will one day be able to replace your wallet, and this is a step in that direction. If Apple includes NFC in the iPhone 5, they’ll have a big leg up on the competition.
Another speculation is that Apple is going to up the display and make the phone thinner. Both are significant: rumors about the display says it might clock in at 4 inches, which is bigger than past iPhones. The iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S were big hits because of their shape, but I doubt Apple fans will mind the new purported look of the iPhone 5.
There is also speculation that this thin phone will also have an aluminum case. So perhaps a thinner, sleeker iPhone is on the way? With the popularity of the Motorola Droid Razr, it wouldn’t be a surprise for Apple to decide to also go thinner.
If Apple ends up releasing an iPhone 5 that is thinner, with a bigger display, faster and with an improved camera, then move over iPhone 4S because we will have a new record-breaking phone.