iPhone 5 rumors: release date, components, design, specs and others

iPhone 5 release date could be in first quarter of 2012

Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, has speculated that Apple’s next-generation iPhone could come out in less than six months.

The iPhone 5 “is probably going to come out in the first quarter of 2012,” Madrigal wrote, predicting that the handset will be a trendsetter in the world of tech in 2012.

“I think the release of the iPhone 5 will be the pivot around which the rest of 2012 turns in tech,” he speculated, adding that the smartphone could set “a whole new standard for communications devices.”

Madrigal also predictd that the iPhone 5 “will be a huge deal,” and claimed that everyone will “casually mention it in dinner conversations” and “strangers will talk about it on the bus.”

iPhone 5 could feature quad-core A6 chip and “innovative display technology”

Charles Moore at The iPhone 5 News Blog speculated that the iPhone 5 might be powered by an A6 CPU.

Citing a post at DigiTimes, Moore wrote that the next iPad models will be the first to use Apple’s quad-core A6 processor. At present, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S feature the dual-core A5.

“And if the iPad 3 does indeed turn out to be powered by A6 silicon, it will be a strong indicator that the iPhone 5 will be likewise equipped,” Moore speculated.

Germany-based MacTimes claimed that the handset will sport an “innovative display technology … based on adjoining and round pixels,” which would result in “greater clarity and truer forms, especially in curves.”

iPhone 5 will be a “more radical update”

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu estimated that Apple’s next smartphone will represent a “more radical refresh” with features such as 4G LTE technology.

“From our checks with supply chain and industry sources and consistent with what we had said in early August, we are picking up that the new iPhone will be a more radical update with a sleeker, thinner form factor, and a slightly larger screen,” Wu wrote.

He added: “In addition, it will likely incorporate 4G LTE technology, which would provide a significant boost in wireless network performance. We believe this significant update keeps the iPhone fresh and competitive and helps maintain its leadership position.”

Wu also speculated on the possibility that Apple could actually get a step ahead of companies offering 4G Android technology due to the fact that the Cupertino company is among the latest to acquire 4G LTE.

iOS 5.1 beta hints at quad-core chips for iPhone 5, iPad 3

9to5Mac reported recently that the next generations of iPhone and iPad could be equipped with a quad-core processor instead of what can be found today in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Delving into the internal files of the latest beta version of iOS 5.1, the team found a reference to a Quad-Core processor in the software.

The report cited an “extremely reliable and knowledgeable people familiar with iOS’s inner workings,” explaining that references to quad-core iPhone and iPad chips were found in “a hidden panel that describes cores that are supported by iOS device hardware.”

iPhone 5 could feature liquipel technology

A small U.S. company has created a method of using a “nano” coating of the inside and outside of the iPhone that will protect it if you are clumsy by nature or your job requires you to be near water. This new tech is called Liquipel.

The company posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.

“Water will just run through the machine,” says Liquipel president Danny McPhail. “It actually beads right on top of the circuit board and rolls off.”

Gorilla Glass 2 will make smartphones lighter and stronger

In anticipation of the future iPhone 5, analysts have predicted a future partnership between Apple and Corning Inc., a company that has recently introduced the next generation of its famous glass known for its resistance, the Gorilla Glass 2.

“The thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity,” a press release from Corning stated.

The new Gorilla Glass is up to 20% thinner than the original but it still offers the same strength.

iPhone 5 eyed by T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile’s CEO Philipp Humm has acknowledged that the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) hurdle is an important reason for the carrier’s lack of the device.

In order to take advantage of T-Mobile, Apple would have to create custom hardware just for their network.

However, in an interview with CNET, Humm revealed that Apple’s next chipset will offer support for AWS and 4G LTE technology, which runs at least partly on AWS spectrum, is likely to be featured on the next-gen iPhone.

In order to raise money for such an investment, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray told Reuters that T-Mobile USA is taking into account selling its wireless broadcast towers.

iPad 3, iPhone 5 will offer 20 times more performance

Imagination Technologies unveiled PowerVR G6200 and G6400 graphic processors at CES 2012 on Tuesday.

The company, which builds the GPUs for Apple’s mobile products, also announced that the future A6 chipset, that is believed to be introduced in the iPhone 5, could have a GPU that is 20-times more powerful than the current A5 model.

PowerVR Series6 GPUs can offer computing performance “exceeding 100 gigaflops and reaching the teraflops range, enabling high-level graphics performance from mobile through to high-end compute and graphics solutions,” the company stated.

The Series6 GPUs are based on the PowerVR Rogue architecture which Imagination claimed that will provide “ultra-realistic gaming” and enable more complex applications.

iPhone 5 will be slimmer and will work on all networks

The iPhone 5 could come with a thinner body due to new touch panel technology and Apple might introduce the device in the quarter ending in June, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said.

Hubert also estimated that Apple’s next-generation iPhone could include a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that would allow it to operate on all 3G and LTE networks.

This prediction joined the recent announcement that Verizon requires that all future smartphones released on the carrier support 4G LTE technology.

The analyst also suggested that a new material may be used to build the casing for the iPhone 5.