Monday, January 31, 2011

(Rumors) What's up iPhone 5...?

So it's that time of year again, where iPhone 5 rumors are spreading like wildfire...
There are so many rumors going around, some plausible and some just totally over-the-top... The following are four narrowed-down 'plausible rumors' put together by ismashphone regarding the hardware and physical design...

• Will use Qualcomm Chips:
This rumor has been circulating for a while, and it's definitely not going away. The word is that Apple is using Qualcomm chipsets. This is now likely because of the Verizon iPhone, which uses CDMA technology rather than GSM, as AT&T uses. Qualcomm manufactures chipsets that are GSM/CDMA, which would fit both networks. This sounds likely for Apple, who would rather minimize SKUs than split their product line into GSM and CDMA.
•Equipped with A5 Processor:
It's said that the iPhone 5 will run on Apple's A5 processor, which is said to be a Cortex A9-based multi-core chip. The iPhone 5 is also rumored to be loaded with a Qualcomm chip with a CDMA, GSM and UMTS baseband processor. This will no doubt make the device much faster and better at rendering video content. On a small screen like what we expect to see on the iPhone 5, high-def video content may not be a big deal. However, on the gaming end, that means rendering more polygons. If you think that iPhone games like Infinity Blade look great, wait until they start making use of multicore processors. 
• Slimmer and completely redesigned:
There is also speculation that the iPhone 5 is a fair amount thinner than current models. This is because of smaller conductive nodes for the touchscreen. This comes from a patent application that popped up recently for a method of creating a thinner capacitive touchscreen. It would be interesting to see where this goes if used.
• Like the iPad 2, may lose the Home Button:
While the iPad is definitely getting multitouch gestures, and so far most of them replace functions of the Home Button. However, we don't see anything of the sort coming to the iPhone...yet. Still, that's not to say we won't see those come to the iPhone. After all, iOS 4.3 is still in its first stages of beta, there is a long way for it to go before it comes anywhere near being a finished product. One of the rumors we've read mentions that Jobs didn't want any physical buttons on the iPhone from the start. This may finally be when we will see the functionality Jobs wanted when the iPhone was being conceptualized. 
Like all rumors, you gotta take these rumors like a grain of salt. By taking a look at Apple's yearly tradition, we should see the new iPhone 5 out this June/July... and the new iPad 2 arriving in April.
...what are your thoughts?

via ismashphone

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