iPhone 5 rumors and release date: analysts’ speculation so far

Here are some of the most popular predictions around Apple’s highly-anticipated next-generation iPhone.

The iPhone SJ concept

Antonio De Rosa, founder of ADR Studio, imagined a new concept of the gadget, which he called the iPhone SJ, in memory of Steve Jobs.

The handset appears in De Rosa’s vision with a slightly larger screen and the firm’s logo inlaid on top of the screen, and it integrates the A6 processor with a target of 10 million pixels for the camera.

The display is envisioned by De Rosa as edge-to-edge and it’s a “totally glass capacitive screen on a polycarbonate lightweight body.”

No home button for the future iPhone 5

An iPhone 5 concept-video by designer Kris Groen shows a device with a 4-inch display in which the home button has been replaced by two separate home bumpers on the side.

The idea behind the concept is that with the future iPhone the user can simply squeeze the size of the phone on the left or right side of the device to use the home button.

The squeezing comes naturally since the position of the side buttons is based on the way phones are held.

iPhone 5 could feature quad-core A6 chip

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 speculates.

iPhone 5 could be launched in first quarter of 2012

According to Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, the iPhone 5 “is probably going to come out in the first quarter of 2012,” Madrigal wrote.

In addition, the analyst predicted 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 predicted that the iPhone 5 “will be a huge deal,” and believed that everyone would “casually mention it in dinner conversations” and “strangers will talk about it on the bus.”

Slimmer iPhone 5 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.

In addition, Hubert believed 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.

iPhone 5 will be a “more radical update”

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu has speculated 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.

LTE could mean bigger battery for the iPhone 5

Carlo Raphael Diokno at popherald.com believes that the next-generation iDevices will have to integrate a heavier battery if they are to feature LTE technology.

Diokno wrote that Apple will need to insert a heavier battery if it plans on introducing Long-Term Evolution to its gadgets in 2012.

The analyst also concluded that if the Cupertino company decides to add either the 4G/3G toggle or 4G, there is a high possibility that the next-gen iPhone and iPad will be thicker due to antenna and the battery.

The iPhone 5 will sport 4-inch screen

According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Chris Caso, the iPhone 5 will enter production this year in June, ahead of its fall release, and it will come with a larger 4 inch screen.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise given that rumors of a larger screen for the next iPhone appeared late last year.

The analyst also predicts that the Cupertino tech giant will shift around 36 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012.

iPhone 5 bound for a “monster” launch and release date

In a note sent to investors, Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray talked about the success of the iPhone 4S and speculated that the future iPhone 5 will have a “monster” launch.

“If Apple sells 30 (million)-plus iPhones in Dec., with no new form factor, up from 17.1m in Sept., it would be evidence supporting our survey work indicating that 94% of iPhone users plan to upgrade to a new iPhone,” Munster wrote.

“This theme suggests iPhone 5, which we are expecting in Aug. with a new form factor, will be a monster upgrade.”

Consequently, Munster predicted that 94 percent of the current iPhone owners will upgrade to the iPhone 5.