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iPhone 5 Release

Post by ChristerJohn on Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:53 am



7 Rumored Features

1. Completely redesigned headphones
The flimsy
white earbuds that come bundled with every iPhone are often criticized
for their tinny sound and poor durability. But now, the Vietnamese
website [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] has published a video ([You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
of what it claims to be a brand new set of Apple headphones — allegedly
obtained from a Foxconn plant in the country. The headphones, which are
reportedly more comfortable than the current model, have the appearance
of a "[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],"
with a more-streamlined profile and white plastic surrounding the
speakers. While we can't vouch for the authenticity of the video, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.][You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], it's worth noting that this Vietnamese website has a proven track record of obtaining Apple prototypes pre-release.


2. A new metal body
Apple's next iPhone may be be "housed in Liquidmetal," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],
"the commercial name for an alloy of titanium, zirconium, nickel,
copper, and other metals." The "amorphous" alloy can be poured into a
molding like plastic to produce ultra-thin parts. When it hardens,
Liquidmetal retains "high strength, high resistance to wear against
scratching and denting, and [has] a good strength-to-weight ratio."
Cooled, it looks "smooth like liquid," and may bestow the next iPhone
"its special swagger." Eh, let's not get too excited, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
While Liquidmetal is "incredibly tough," it's not great for radio
frequencies. Remember Antennagate? Well, we might not have to worry, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. Some photos indicate an aluminum back like the kind used on MacBooks. This lightweight, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] appears to cover 80 percent of the handset's backside, making the shatter-prone iPhone "a little less breakable."


3. A larger screen
The next iPhone may feature a
much larger display — possibly 4.6 inches versus its current 3.5-inch
set-up — and Apple has already started placing orders to its suppliers, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
While that sounds nice, making "a 4.6-inch display would mean that the
size of the iPhone itself would be much larger than it currently is," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
And that doesn't seem realistic. More likely: Apple is working on a
4-inch display to "fit on to the iPhone at its current size." Keeping
the same iPhone size sounds more like an Apple move, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. "A device that stays the same size, but gets a slightly larger screen for one more row of apps"? Exciting stuff.


4. Less glass
The current iPhone's touchscreen
uses two separate layers to achieve its effect: A touch sensor layer and
an LCD display layer, which are stacked on top of each other. But Apple
is said to be introducing "in-cell touch panels on its next iPhone," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], which means the two space-hogging layers will be consolidated into one. (The Wall Street Journal [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] reports
of the skinnier glass.) Not only does integrating touch sensors into
the LCD make it thinner, but it also "improves the quality of displayed
images." Another plus: The iPhone will run with "vastly lower power
consumption," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. Fewer lights require less power, which could be a huge boon for the phone's battery life.


5. New connections
Leaked photos make it look like Apple is rearranging its plugs, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. The earphone jack is being [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
(an iPhone first), and the device will charge using a much smaller dock
connector. Yup, we've "independently verified" that Apple is switching
from a 30-pin port to a 19-pin port, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
Three different manufacturers say the port you use to plug your phone
into a computer or power outlet will be different than in years past.
"This is certainly not going to go over easy," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
Fans collecting third-party accessories for their iPhones and iPads
will have to pony up for brand new connections, like HDMI cables and
chargers. "Accessory hell, here we come," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].


6. 4G LTE... and a better battery
Apple already introduced "the high-speed network on its new iPad," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],
which was probably done as a "practice run" for the iPhone. But the
main problem with LTE is that it tends to "ravage battery life." If the
company wanted it on the iPhone 4S, it would have had to "increase the
phone's thickness" to accomodate a larger battery. Now that Apple
appears to be shaving off millimeters here and there, the next iPhone
could receive the bigger (and better) battery required to handle faster
networks.


7. iWallet
On March 6, Apple won a "major patent" for technology called the "iWallet," [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.],
which allows users "complete control over their subsidiary financial
accounts on their iPhones." The technology uses Near-Field Communication
to make credit card transactions by holding the device next to a
payment console, effectively turning the iPhone into a digital wallet.
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