But what certainly beat all other rumors regarding the iPhone 5 were the articles detailing on the leaked parts that offer a realistic image of what Apple’s next flagship device could look like.
Lately it seems designers are putting their imagination to work.
Italian Luca Di Cara has come up with a concept of the iPhone 5 based on leaked parts that have been published on the net lately.
According to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, the next-generation iPhone is likely to be launched in September or October.
The analyst estimated that the handset will have the latest 4G/LTE technology and also reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of Apple and a $700 price target.
A series of leaks for parts of the next iPhone have surfaced on the net this week.
9to5Mac published images of what is claimed to be the rear panel and sides of the iPhone 5.
The case looks thinner and features a lower USB port, as well as speakers at the bottom.
Engadget also posted pics of a part that look similar to those from 9to5Mac, showing a case of 3 pieces, one from an alloy and probably two from glass.
The new images revealed a much smaller dock connector and a headphone jack on the bottom of the device.
In addition, the design schematic for the iPhone 5 was provided by Japanese site Macotakara, apparently confirming that the smartphone will carry a taller screen with a display measuring 4 inches diagonally.
The site also made a comparison between the supposed front panel of the iPhone 5 and that of the iPhone 4S.
The comparison revealed that there could be an increase in height of only a few millimeters, with the width of the device remaining the same.
9to5mac later cited sources inside Apple claiming that these leaked parts are in fact prototypes that are internally being tested by Apple.
The same site came up with an analysis of the latest leaked parts for the iPhone 5, creating an image of what the smartphone would look like.
The supply of low-temperature poly-silicon touchscreens is expected to run low for non-Apple vendors, as the iPhone 5 could consume as much as 70 % of capacity.
DigiTimes wrote that Apple plans to maintain its screen resolution of 326 pixels-per-inch and will consequently use LTPS technology.
LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp will produce the in-cell touch panels. The three companies have a quarterly production of 95 million LTPS panels, with the capacity of producing as many as 72 million panels.
In this case, the iPhone 5 could take up as much as 70% of the total output of LTPS panels in 2012 and 2013, which puts non-Apple vendors in a difficult situation regarding components.
Based on rumors that the next iPhone will feature a 4-inch screen, Erica Ogg at GigaOm cited several developers who believe that it won’t be complicated for Apple to design applications for a new iPhone screen.
Also, Lenny Rachitsky, CEO of social discovery app Localmind, said he doesn’t think Apple will “pull an Android and fragment the device market unnecessarily.”
Sam Shank, the CEO of Hotel Tonight, doesn’t believe Apple would change the aspect ratio or pixel density of the display but that the device would only become a bit wider and not much taller.
9to5Mac reported this week that the next iPhone will use a new version of the A5 chip, that it will have an ARM S5L8950X processor and an SGX543RC graphics chip.
The device is also expected to offer 1 GB RAM and run the iOS 6.
In addition, Cupertino is rumored to drop the Google Maps application and slightly modify the app’s interface for improving the user experience.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has selected Cupertino’s form factor for the new 4FF SIM Card.
The nano-SIM standard will replace the MicroSIM card, which was introduced in 2010 in the iPhone 4.
The new design, which is almost a third smaller than the MicroSIM, could allow developers to build smaller smartphones.
9to5mac wrote about the details of a prototype of the next iPhone that is currently being tested by Apple.
The device features a Broadcom BCM4334 chip that could add power savings to the battery, as well as dual-band Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct technology.
The purpose of the new Broadcom chip is to meet the needs of minimal power consumption and compact size for mobile devices, while offering Wi-Fi connectivity at the same time.
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White speculates that the next iPhone will be released alongside the iPad Mini in September.
The analyst also estimates that the iPhone 5 could have a unibody casing made of aluminum, but adds that such a change is not very likely.