Rumors about the next version of Apple’s iPhone have been swirling around the web for months, and a few of them have supposedly been confirmed by some iPhone 5 pictures that found their way online recently.
The iPhone 5 photos, published by GottaBeMobile.com, allegedly came from a factory in China and show an engineering sample of Apple’s new smartphone. If the images are to be believed, the new phone will be similar in look and design to the iPhone 4 and 4S, but with a larger display.
Every iPhone model so far has had a 3.5-inch screen. However, many popular smartphones from other manufacturers now have significantly larger screens, such as the 4.8-inch display on Samsung’s new Galaxy S III. And the leaked photos, if accurate, confirm earlier rumors that the iPhone 5 will have a 4-inch screen.
The sample shows a phone with the same width as the 4S, but it’s taller and has a smaller bezel to accommodate the larger display. The photos don’t offer a good look at how thick the phone might be.
Rumored iPhone 5 features
The public has been eagerly anticipating the release of the next iPhone for months now, especially since last year’s new product launch failed to deliver a significant upgrade over the iPhone 4.
One side effect of that anticipation has been a very active rumor mill. Here are some of the key iPhone 5 features observers have been predicting:
- An improved, possibly HD, front-facing camera
- 4G LTE data connectivity
- A quad-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM
- A Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, and
- A new proprietary 19-pin dock connector, replacing the 30-pin port used since the early iPods.
When will the iPhone 5 be released? Some analysts are predicting an October launch, which is also when Apple may release iOS 6, the updated version of its mobile operating system. However, new reports allegedly from a “reliable industry source” are saying Apple is preparing for an iPhone 5 release date of August 7.
We’ll keep you posted.