What to Expect From the iPhone 5By CIOinsight | Posted 05-17-2012
Apple's iPhone 5 is more than likely going to hit store shelves in the coming months. According to the latest rumors, the device will probably be available at some point this summer, since Apple's orders of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 units have started to dwindle. Assuming that s the case, Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month.
When that device is unveiled, customers can expect a number of nice features, according to the rumor mill. Everything from a bigger display to 4G connectivity is currently in the works, according to reports. Apple's iPhone 5 might just be the very best handset the company has launched to date. Whereas the iPhone 4S was a nominal upgrade over its predecessor, the iPhone 5 will likely be an entirely new generation of the popular handset.
Even so, questions remain about what new features will be added to the iPhone 5 and whether it will impress mobile phone users as much as the earlier models. In the end, it all comes down to features.
Read on to find out what features are most likely to make their way to Apple's iPhone 5:
1. A bigger display
According to the Wall Street Journal and numerous other reports, Apple is planning to bundle a 4-inch display with the iPhone 5. That would mean that the screen would dwarf the company's current 3.5-inch screen in the iPhone 4S and make it more competitive with rival handsets that try to win over buyers with 4.3-inch-and-larger screens.
2. Near-field communication
Out of all the features Apple is expected to bring to the iPhone 5, near-field communication is arguably the least appealing. The offering would allow users to make mobile payments from their smartphones and potentially extend the functionality of the iPhone beyond that. But considering NFC has yet to take off in the market, who knows if Apple can change things?
3. An improved Siri
Siri made its way to the iPhone 4S when that device launched back in October. But since then, the platform has been in beta form as Apple reportedly works on improving it. If and when the iPhone 5 is unveiled, expect a new and improved Siri to emerge.
4. iOS 6
Every time Apple launches a new iPhone, the company offers up a fresh version of its mobile software, iOS. This time around, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6, an operating system that is supposedly going to boast a host of improvements to enhance productivity and better manage files. It'll be a nice addition to the iPhone 5.
5. An eye on design
If nothing else, Apple will bring refreshed design to the iPhone 5. Over the last couple of years, the company has been offering up nominal upgrades, making many wonder if the iPhone 5 will be a major update over its predecessor. Based on the latest rumors, that appears to be the case. Expect a nice, new design in the iPhone 5.
Now that Apple has proven that it s willing to play nice with 4G LTE in the new iPad, it s not a stretch to believe that it'll offer the same ultra-high-speed connectivity in the iPhone 5. After all, 4G LTE is the future of mobile wireless. And Apple likes to be ahead of (or at least close to) the curve.
To read the original eWeek article, click here: iPhone 5 Design: 10 Features You Can Count On