Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Apple iPhone 5 Details

Just some wild guesses

The announcement of the iPhone 5 may now be only days away, so it’s time for me to extend on what I wrote back on September 6 with some specifics. Here are my predictions on a few of the key aspects:

  1. Look, shape, size: Slightly thinner and lighter, but with an increased usable screen size. Home button slightly moved and reshaped to accommodate larger screen.
  2. Screen resolution: Unchanged "Retina" display
  3. Camera: 8 megapixel
  4. Carriers and Network Support: A new versatile chipset that allows a single iPhone device to operate on either GSM or CDMA networks. Availability on all of the big 4 US carriers: Sprint and T-Mobile in addition to today’s carriers, AT&T and Verizon.
  5. 3G only or 3G+4G: I’m betting 3G only. Wait until the 2012 iPhone for a 4G iPhone. That’ll allow time for greater deployment of 4G networks, and maturity of the new versatile chipset. It will also allow differing 4G offerings of the carriers to shake out.
  6. Storage Still 16 and 32 MB GB models.  No move to 64 MB GB at the top end. A move to 64 would have driven cost up a little too much, at a time when increased cost of versatile wireless chipset had to be accommodated.

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