In the week ahead the WWDC, the iPhone 5 has still managed to stay in the spotlight despite reports claiming that the device isn’t likely to be released at the Apple event.
Here is a recap of this week’s iPhone 5 rumors.
KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo said that the next iPhone will feature an HD resolution front-facing camera that will sport an 8 MP sensor with a larger aperture of f/2.2.
The analyst also estimated that the iPhone 5 will be just 7.9 mm thick and that the screen size will measure 4.08 inches, on a resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9.
David Pogue of the New York Times believes that the next iPhone will sport a larger screen and a modified design, a move planed by Apple with a view to implementing a higher capacity battery.
The analyst also speculated that if Apple plans to implement 4G compatibility, that would mean the handset needs a higher capacity battery which would in turn be bigger.
This would lead to a 4-inch increase in the screen size of the next iPhone.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the use of the next iPhone wouldn’t become uncomfortable even if its height increases by 26%.
The analyst speculates that users could still manage a 10 mm higher iPhone very easily with one hand.
The single-handed use of the iPhone is seen by Kuo as “very serious,” a feature Apple plans to maintain in the next device.
A video from wireless parts company ETrade Supply via CydiaBlog presents the aluminum backplate that is rumored to be implemented in the next iPhone.
The housing is divided into three parts, featuring a smaller port connector, a 3.5 mm audio connector at the bottom and GSM / Wi-Fi antenna attached to it.
The clip shows that Apple implemented a new SIM slot in the device, leading to speculation about the implementation of the Nano SIM in the device.
Several high resolution 3D concepts of the iPhone 5 were created by Bryce Haymond of Blackpool Creative.
The mockups were based on recent rumors about alleged iPhone 5 leaked parts.
According to Orange, Apple’s concern is that the technology may not meet expectations.
“There is a question about Apple [adopting NFC for the iPhone 5],” said Jean-Paul Cottet, executive VP of group marketing and innovation, at Orange, as cited by CNET UK. “I think, seen from Apple['s perspective], the market is not yet enough mature.”
However, NFC must first be adopted by the shops and retail stores where such transactions are possible.
In France, NFC-enabled SIMs were provided to customers by Orange last year with a view to start building an NFC market.
In an article this week, Therese Poletti at MarketWatch wrote that the WWDC will be a software-focused conference, with the iOS 6 and an upgrade of the OS X software expected to be released.
“Frankly I would be very surprised if they do announce the iPhone 5,” Sterne Agee Shaw Wu said, adding that the device is more likely to appear in the fall. “We think WWDC will be more about software.”
Poletti also noted that Apple has a tradition of not commenting on unannounced products.
According to Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Misek, US networks will prefer to sibsidize “high-end” smartphones such as the LTE 4G iPhone 5, which would surpass Android sales.
The analyst believes that with the subsidization of LTE smartphones, “iPhone prices to the consumer could be lower than prices for mid-range Android devices and other handsets.”
“The iPhone 5 will be LTE-enabled and that the subsidy reallocation will likely help rather than hurt Apple,” he said.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that AT&T will focus on tying iPhone 5 customers into longer contracts than previously but that won’t have a visible effect on iPhone 5 sales.