There is nothing official yet, and most likely won’t be for at least another month or more. But basically you can bet your house that there will be a new iPhone ‘this year’, wether it be a iPhone5, iPhone 4GS or something else. But really it’s just a name? There is debate as to wether it will be a minor or major revision, most rumours are suggesting a minor update at this stage. But even Apple may not have made the decision yet. I’m sure they have a few different prototypes and options until the last minute and then see what is viable.
It’s time once again to check in on the next iPhone and the latest rumors about Apple’s immensely popular device. And, of course, the biggest question: When the heck will the next iPhone be released?
Most in the tech press believe the iPhone 5, or whatever it will be called, won’t hit shelves until October. More precisely, Oct. 7 is the latest date to hit the rumor mill, though other industry followers are expecting it the following week.
As previously reported, the next iPhone might actually be called the iPhone 4S, because the device is expected to be more of an update to the iPhone 4 than an entirely reworked model. That would fall in line with Apple’s previous naming regimen: The iPhone 3GS was a relatively minor update to the iPhone 3G, and the iPhone 4 was a major upgrade.
Yet new rumors are suggesting Apple will unveil two new phones: an iPhone 4s, at a lower price point, and a higher-end iPhone 5. The Cupertino-based company may start selling two new phones in response to greater competition from Google’s Android platform. (Google, by the way, on Monday announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility, which builds the popular Droid line.)
Another report suggests Apple is only starting to talk about a second “budget” iPhone. After all, Apple already sells older models, such as the iPhone 3GS, as cheaper alternatives to the newer iPhone 4. When the new iPhone comes out, the iPhone 4 will almost certainly drop in price.
But one of the most intriguing rumors is that Apple is indeed building a budget iPhone with less on-board storage, and that it would rely on the company’s new iCloud service. Users would be able to store less data – music, video, documents, email, etc. – on the phone itself, but would be able to take advantage of “cloud” storage in Apple’s own data centers through the Internet.
Nevertheless, the next iPhone is expected to be thinner than the iPhone 4, but with similar design characteristics. A widely circulated photo – which is just as likely to be fake as real – could give you an idea. As previously reported, Apple might also be doing away with the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and give it an aluminum backing, like the iPad. The next iPhone also is rumored to have a larger screen, with less dead space between the screen and the phone’s edges.
And then there’s service. One potential reason this year’s iPhone was pushed to autumn, instead of the typical summer release, could be that Apple is getting it ready for 4G wireless service. As AT&T and Verizon both expand their 4G technology, called “LTE,” competing Android phones are jumping into the high-speed mix. Apple likely needs the next iPhone to support 4G.