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iPhone 5 design rumors: slimmer, lighter frame, waterproof tech, Home button and others

by Nicole
February 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

InRumor offers you a recap of the iPhone 5 rumors that have circulated this year, as far as design specs are concerned.

iPhone 5 feature “innovative display technology,” analyst says

In early January, 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 could be the first to use Apple’s quad-core A6 processor. At present, iPad 2 and iPhone 4S feature the dual-core A5.

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, based in Santa Ana, California posted a video on YouTube that shows an iPhone 4 playing a video while submerged in water.

iPhone 5 could be lighter and stronger thanks to Gorilla Glass 2

In anticipation of the future iPhone 5, analysts predicted a future partnership between Apple and Corning, with the presentation of Gorilla Glass 2 at the CES.

“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.

Home button could disappear from the future iPhone

In mid-january, tech sites went abuzz after an iPhone 5 concept-video by designer Kris Groen was posted on the web. The clip showed a device with a 4-inch display in which the home button has been replaced by two separate home bumpers on the side.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. By squeezing the buttons there a number of functions that the smartphone can perform, with no need to touch the screen.

HzO could make iPhone 5 waterproof

The technology developed by HZO is able to make watertight any electronic component by applying a protective film at the nanometer scale on them during the assembly of a device

“HzO uses a unique coating processes to shield almost anything from water and corrosion damage,” the company said.

“Unlike other water damage solutions, with HzO technology a device is not sealed, water is able to enter. Instead, the electronic components inside the device are coated to provide protection, leaving the device unencumbered and always guarded against unexpected accidents.”

LTE could mean bigger battery for iPhone 5, analyst says

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

Diokno assumed 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.

iPhone 5 will feature 4-inch screen, according to analyst

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

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

Sony’s 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor could help make iPhone 5 thinner

Sony’s “next-generation” back-illuminated CMOS image sensor layers the pixel section the formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips that have the circuit section for signal processing.

Two new eight and 13-megapixel sensors equipped with a “unique RGBW Coding” function that allow a higher image and noise quality have been released by Sony. In addition, they feature HDR (high dynamic range) imaging skills, which ensure more dramatic lighting in videos.

This new design seems perfect for thin devices that need to work properly both in and outdoors, and the iPhone is a perfect example in this sense.

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