iPhone 5 release date and features rumor

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The year's twilight days bring rumors of the iPhone 5 release date and its features. Looks like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is sticking to its new Fall schedule, and the upcoming shiny will finally ditch the current, stupid antenna design. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dissect the details.

Your humble blogwatcher (@richi ) curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Stupid coding tricks...

    Jonathan S. Geller "confidently" reports a whisper "from a close source":

[We've] learned a number of details surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone. ... [We] can now confidently say that Apple’s next iPhone will launch in the fall.


We have also learned that Apple is planning to use a rubber or plastic material...that will be built into the new iPhone case...used as a bezel surrounding the front edge of the phone. ... It will also cover a redesigned antenna system that surrounds the device, allowing Apple to build the rear case out of aluminum.


Earlier reports suggested that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature...a larger display around 4 inches.   

   Jonny Evans adds:

The Apple...road map seems a little more clear. ... iPhone 5...will be made available in fall 2012...will boast an aluminum back and a rubberized bezel, so will be slightly more robust...will also boast a slightly bigger screen and faster processor.


Foxconn...la[id] down $1.1 billion on new manufacturing plant.   

  Eric Slivka considers the rumored release timing:

[It's] following the trend set by the iPhone 4S of...being released later in the year as opposed to the mid-year timeframe used previously.


[Geller] has a mixed track record when it comes to hardware rumors, coming relatively close on Apple's late 2011 iPhone lineup while missing with a claim of a redesigned WiMAX iPhone 5 exclusive to Sprint.   

And Joan Lee considers that 4" screen possibility:

[If] true then the iPhone 5 is the “worst” nightmare of app developers because they will need to adjust the software...to avoid the pixel-y display.   

But Michael Santo has heard it all before:

[S]peaking to an internal contact at the company prior to the release of the iPhone 4S, the company had been working...on trying to release an iPhone 5 this year, but just couldn't pull it off. ... We'd hardly think they would discard all that work.


It sounds significantly different to the iPhone 5 that Apple...failed to launch this year. Still, there's no doubt: Apple isn't going to go...without a complete redesign [in 2012].


A later release also makes sense. ... Second generation LTE chipsets are expected in Q2 of 2012...waiting until the fall would give Apple time to incorporate those..   

  Meanwhile, Lewis Curdie looks ahead:

That’d make iOS 6 the star of WWDC, I guess.

  Only another...nine months of iPhone 5 rumours to go then. Excellent.   

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