iPhone 5 release date: new features rumored to be introduced next year

Among the various commentators on the net these days, Beatweek Magazine believes that a new body style for the gadget is “almost a given.”

In a recent article tech writer Bill Palmer said:

“Counting the original iPhone 4, the Verizon iPhone 4, the white iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4S, Apple has now held four separate iPhone launches in sixteen months which all used the same outer shell.”

He continues: “Fair enough, since they’re all from the ‘4’ series. But that’ll end with the next iPhone (which will technically be the sixth generation iPhone but we suspect it’ll be called ‘iPhone 5’regardless). Whether Apple can go thinner with the next design may depend on how small it can shrink 4G LTE antennas and how much bigger of a battery it might have to cram in there to compensate for said antenna.”

According to The International Business Times, possible features may include a “SIM-less design with two to three internal antennae for CDMA and GSM compatibility, making it a World Phone,” a curved glass display, a slimmer body with an aluminum plate casing, an A5 chip with speed in the range of 1.2 or 1.5 GHz with 1GB RAM, wireless charging and LTE compatibility.

In addition, CNET reports that Apple is expected to unveil a 4G iPhone next year to respond to competitors in the LTE smartphone market.

However, the site also writes that in April, CEO Tim Cook said that the first-generation LTE chipsets “force a lot of design compromises” that the company is unwilling to make.