iPhone 5 release date & features rumor roundup

Time for the latest iPhone 5 release date and features rumors. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be readying a phone with a bigger screen, unibody case, more RAM, better camera, 4G LTE, NFC, iOS 6... Oh, and ponies. Lots of ponies. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers yell SUATMM!

[Update: More commentary, analysis, and snark from our bloggy friends]

By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: all you do is press one butten the entier time!..

    Mark Gurman has learned new details about the iPhone 5:

Much like they did last year, Apple has internally seeded a prototype...in older casings to throw off leaks. The purpose of the prototype...is to test a variation of the “A5X” chip.

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Like the [new] iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM. [It's] labeled N96 internally.   
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    Brian White is just back from quizzing Apple's Asian suppliers:

The buzz around the new iPhone 5 is growing...speculation around the timing of the launch has begun. ...[T]his will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen...a Unibody case...[and] the addition of 4G. We believe the iPhone 5 ramp...could be extraordinary, dwarfing previous launches.

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Our sense is that some suppliers will begin production...during the month of June. ... In our view, a August/September launch may make...sense.   
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But June? August? September? Which is it? Jonny Evans knows:

October is...broadly in line with what I've been expecting. ... It just makes more sense to introduce the new product just in advance of [the holidays]...pre-season pent-up demand...part of Apple's secret recipe.

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What else might we expect? ... [I]nternationalized version of Siri...4G networks outside of North America...Apple Maps...payments support via NFC...coupled with numerous improvements within iOS 6.   
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Brian Ashcraft crafts this triangulation:

South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper...asked the head of human resources at Foxconn's Taiyuan factory...[who] told the paper, "We just got the order...[the release] will be around October."

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[There are] many Foxconn hiring notices throughout Taiyuan...The paper followed up with Foxconn's head of publicity... [but] was told the PR head was "on vacation" and unavailable for comment.   
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And John McCann opines on optics:

Sony has developed...image sensors [that] are smaller in size [for] thinner handsets [with] higher quality images. ... The new cameras have been optimised for bright and low light conditions...to deliver improved snaps.

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The iPhone 4S currently uses a Sony 8MP camera, so we could well see this new tech in the iPhone 5. ... This may put a nail in the coffin of rumours which suggest [it] will sport a slightly thicker chassis.   
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Meanwhile, some are saying the screen ratio will change. A.T. Faust III has one word for that:

Nonsense.

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The potential for fragmentation is overwhelming. ... Apple could simply increase the...size without changing its aspect ratio. Which is, you know, exactly what [it's] likely to do.

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I’ve got no time for a display as tall and unwieldy as [that]. ... I don’t want to use both hands to open apps...search through contacts...check email and call my friends.   
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Update: This, from Kevin Purdy's mouth: [You're fired -Ed.]

[T]esters at Apple are being given iPhones...with an upgraded “A5X” chipset [and] doubled ram capacity. ... Adding 4G service is almost assumed at this point.

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I should really create an automatic text script that adds this...“It’s entirely possible that they’re testing (X)...but Apple makes many tests and prototypes.” ... That said, there does seem to be consensus around a new form factor.

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[S]ure, get amped about [it for] the other six months of the year, now that the iPad is long since past.
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    And Finally...
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