The year has just begun, yet speculation is rife about the possible features of the iPhone 5.
From nano-coating to quad-core processors and release date, 2012 is already bound to be a year of exceptional breakthroughs.
Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, speculated in early January 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 predicted that the iPhone 5 “will be a huge deal,” and believed that everyone will “casually mention it in dinner conversations” and “strangers will talk about it on the bus.”
The 9to5Mac team found a reference to a Quad-Core processor in the software of the iOS 5.1 beta.
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.”
The number 0 indicates the presence of a core (the A4 chip), then the number 1 that of two cores (the A5 chip in the second image), and 3 points point to the possibility of using four cores.
The fact that this future processor is quad-core is still speculation but the site suggested that the elements present in iOS 5.1 beta attest to the management of such a gadget.
An iPhone 5 concept-video by designer Kris Groen showing a device with a 4-inch display in which the home button has been replaced by two separate home bumpers on the side appeared on the net in mid-January.
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.
By squeezing the buttons there a number of functions that the smartphone can perform, with no need to touch the screen.
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.
“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.”
A patent application by Apple for “[a] three-dimentional (“3D”) display environment for mobile device,” titled “Sensor Based Display Environment”, reveals that the California tech giant wnts to use the accelerometer and proximity sensors installed in the iDevices for a 3D interface on the iPhone.
The interface would offer an overview of a 3D display environment that would provide data from the gyroscope to detect hand-movements in front of the screen.
This technology would allow the user to interact with the device by using simple movements while picturing the display as an “imaginary camera viewfinder.”