What We Know About the iPhone 5
While it has been previously reported that the new iPhone (or so called iPhone 5) will have a new, smaller dock connector and slim in design, Reuters is now confirming these rumors.
The iPhone 5 will come with a 19-pin connector in place of the 30-pin port on the current iPhone and iPad ”to make space for the earphone moving to the bottom,” two Reuters sources who are “familiar with the matter” said.
Apple has recently moved to a new dock connector on the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and sells an accessory so the new charging port is compatible with older chargers.
The move to use a new dock or charging port would save some space and may the phone will become thinner.
Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple will use in-cell technology which allows Apple to integrate touch sensor into the LCD and by eliminating one layer of the phone it will become thinner than the old one.
On the current iPhone, the touchscreen is a layer on top of the LCD. The new screen technology, which is said to be currently in use, would allow the phone to be thinner. Previous rumors also suggested that the phone would have a slightly larger 4-inch display (the current iPhone has a 3.5-inch screen) and use the second generation of Gorilla Glass, the durable glass that covers the current iPhone. That glass is also thinner, even though it provides the same level of protection.
Additionally, the next iPhone has been rumored to have LTE, NFC (Near Field communications) and a faster processor and graphics.
Apple is expected to release the next iPhone during the fall, with many reports pointing to October, close to a year after the iPhone 4S was released. The next version of the iPhone software, iOS 6, was previewed in June and is also due out around the same time.
Reuters has also reported that Apple’s third-quarter earnings, which fell short, as iPhone sales have slowed over the previous couple of months as buyers await the new phone. Apple has not issued any statement about the next version of its iPhone.
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