What to Expect From iPhone 5 – The Ultimate iPhone 5 Preview

The iPhone 5 is unveiling on September 12. Apple is hosting a special event Wednesday in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. But what to expect from Apple. Here are some answers to that.

Setting expectations is a good policy for managing eventual outcomes. If expectations have been properly managed, there are no surprises. However in case of Apple, its fans set expectations, not Apple.

iPhone 5 Display

Yes, it’ll be bigger. No, it won’t be all that much bigger. The size of the iPhone 5 display has been speculated to be about four inches for the last six months. Its size is increased by extending the height of the display by 176 pixels, giving it an (approximate) 16:9 aspect ratio. This is the reason iPhone 5 looks oblong in the speculated images. It’ll still be a Retina Display, but it won’t match industry norms with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

iphone 5 design
iphone 5 design

iPhone 5 Design

If you’re expecting a brand new design for the iPhone 5, you’re going to be disappointed because the iPhone 5 design is going to look a lot like the iPhone 4/4S, only a little bit taller. We need only look at any other Apple design for evidence. Once Apple sets a design,it will stick to its design for a pretty long while. For example, Look at the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro. These products’ overall look has not changed in years, same thing is likely to happen in case of iPhone 5.

iphone 5 display

iPhone 5 Features & Specs

As with every previous generation iPhones, the iPhone 5 will include minor spec jumps across the board. The processor will either have a version of A5 chip that is present in the new iPad or the A6 chip, which has been under development. The camera will be improved, but the megapixel count will be the same. The iPhone 4S’s 8-megapixel camera is still one of the best in the market so Apple won’t need to mess with it, other than to add better low-light support. Storage options are likely to be 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB. Don’t expect a 128 GB iPhone 5.

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iphone-5 specs

iPhone 5 LTE 4G

LTE 4Gis the must feature of smartphone. The iPhone 5 will support AT&T and Verizon Wireless’ LTE 4G networks for sure, and probably Sprint’s as well. The iPhone 5 will also support LTE in some European and some Asian countries, though which countries is not yet certain.

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iphone-5

iPhone 5 iOS 6

Apple has already provided a good overview of what iOS 6 can do. iOS 6 adds PassBook, better settings menu organization, EyesFree, improved Siri powers/capabilities, better email, better Safari, and FaceTime over cellular, but there will be a few surprises. Apple is much better at hiding details of its software than details of its hardware. iOS 6 will be the one aspect of the presentation that may include a few surprises.

iPhone-5-mockup
iPhone-5-mockup

iPhone 5 Nano SIM

The nano SIM will make its first appearance in the iPhone 5. The nano SIM is smaller than the micro SIM that’s used in the iPhone 4/4S, iPad, and other smartphones. It will still require the use of a paperclip to retrieve the SIM card tray. You won’t be able to easily swap SIM cards from your iPhone 4/4S or other device to the new iPhone.

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nano-sim-iphone-5

iPhone 5 NFC

The PassBook application built into iOS 6 seems tailor-made for such a hardware feature, but Apple has been slow to adopt cutting-edge tech. NFC, especially for mobile payments, hasn’t reached the critical mass needed to really take off. The iPhone 5 could change that, but Apple could just as easily wait until the iPhone 6 to add NFC.

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5 The Great Expectations

Whatever Apple reveals on Wednesday 12 September 2012, you can be sure that it won’t live up to the expectations set by the hopeful people.

An article inspired from technology news website informationweek.