iPhone 5 rumors this week: curved glass screen, liquid metal technology, Nano-SIM and others

iPhone 5 prototype existed, but was nixed in favor of the iPhone 4S

The rumor that got the iPhone world fussing was the one regarding Apple’s most highly anticipated device: the iPhone 5.

According to a source cited by Business Insider claims that the smartphone did exist in a prototype form and that he actually spent about two weeks with it.

The insider said Steve Jobs bottled the handset just months before Apple was going to announce it because he was unhappy with the fact that the device had a 4-inch screen, larger than prior iPhones, which he thought would “fragment” the company’s iPhone line.

iPhone 5 rumored features

The source cited by Business Insider also claims that the future Apple device will have a 4 inch screen, an aluminum case in different colors, a 10-megapixel camera, a touch-sensitive home button as opposed to a physical press button and a much slimmer design.

In addition, reports say that the iPhone 5 won’t hit the market until 2012 when the 4G LTE networking will be available.

But here’s why the world didn’t get to see the iPhone 5 last month: reports say Apple’s designers intended on adorning the device with a curved display after tech sites reported last May that Apple had purchased 200-300 glass-cutting machines specializing in curved screens, fueling speculation that the Cupertino company plans on implementing a curved glass screen into the iPhone 5.

The source also talked about the “liquid metal” technology that Apple plans to use in order to make colored iPhones. Liquid Metal is like paint made out of aluminum, full saturated with color, highly resistant to scratching.

In addition, the prototype featured the new Siri voice-operated app – as it is on the iPhone 4S – then called Assistant.

iPad Mini, 4-inch iPhone 5 and nano-SIM coming next year

According to the The Korea Times, LG and Apple are rumored to be negotiating a $1.1 billion deal with a view to equipping the smartphone with a 4-inch screen instead of the previous 3.5 inches, and the iPad with a 7.35 inches display in addition to the existing 10-inch format.

In addition, a new generation of SIM cards is said to power the future iPhone 5: the nano-SIM. The nano-SIM card offers a size of 12 x 9 x 0.66 mm, compared to the micro-SIM that measures 15 x 12 x 0.76 mm.

This rumor confirms previous speculation saying that Apple was readying a refreshed iPhone 5 with a significant change in industrial design and specifications.

Steve Jobs dreamed of his own wireless carrier

John Stanton, a venture capitalist and wireless industry veteran, has revealed that the Apple co-founder often spoke to him of his dream to see Apple have its own mobile network. He wanted to somehow create a carrier that used a Wi-Fi network for its users.

“He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using WiFi spectrum,” Stanton reportedly said. “That was part of his vision.”

Jobs would have used WiFi because frequency bands used by it are not subject to licensing: Apple could, in this way, create a mobile network and override traditional operators.