The much-awaited next generation iPhone (dubbed iPhone 5) from Apple will debut on September 5, followed by a global release a month later, according to a senior Swisscom executive. Apple has done this in the past releasing products like the iPad in the US first and then releasing it in other countries around the world one month later, lets hope that the iPhone 5 actually goes on sale around the world at the same time. Swisscom is Apple’s partner in Switzerland, together with carriers Orange and Sunrise. Incidentally, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, in a conference call with analysts today (following the announcement of the latest quarterly results) also said that the new iPhone would be released sometime “in the Fall.”
September 5 happens to be on a Monday, and Apple has never released anything like a new iPhone on a Monday. Without any background information to where this information from Swisscom essentially came from, it’s hard to place trust in this rumor. Although it seems very far-fetched, all of the rumors floating around have pretty much agreed on a September timeframe for Apple’s next iPhone announcement. Even Apple itself stated that a “product transition” was scheduled to take place this Fall at its last earnings call. So we would say it’s a fine bet that Steve Jobs will take the stage in next two months. Other than that, everything is speculative.
PhoneArena reports the same thing, citing a trusted (anonymous) source that claims that the price of iPhone 4 will drop when the new iPhone hits the market. Bloomberg also reports that iPhone 5 could hit the Chinese market as early “as the third quarter of the year.” According to the report, China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom, and not China Mobile, will be selling the new iPhone. The latest rumors only strengthen the belief that iPhone 4, which has enjoyed an indomitable run since its release in JUne 2010, will soon be making way for its successor iPhone 5. And, it’s not surprising to hear the buzz around iPhone 5 get louder because it represents a massive leap in terms of software and hardware advancements compared to iPhone 4.
Expected iPhone 5 features are:
> A5 processor in the range of 1.2-1.5 GHz
> An improved antenna (no more Antennagate, yay!)
> More RAM, possibly 1GB
> Bigger-edge-to-edge 3.7- to 4-inch curved glass screen (iPhone 4 has 3.5-inch screen)
> 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
> Panoramic photo capture and 1080p Full HD video capture capabilities
> 3-4 internal antennas for both GSM and CDMA networks
> 4G connectivity
> iOS 5, which will be true multitask capable and come with loads of new features such as News Stand, Reminders, Delta Updates and iMessage
> Improved speech recognition features, and
> Wireless charging capability
> Improved battery life
> More powerful gaming capabilities supported by multi-core A5 processor and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Series6 mobile graphics processing architecture
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