How close to the current model will the iPhone 5 look?
There are a couple of rumors about the iPhone 5 going around. We’re trying to keep that stuff together so that you can read it all in one magnificent post. Let’s take a look at today’s two big rumors after the jump. As with all rumors, take these with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism.
1) Carriers Are Testing the iPhone 5?
The first rumor points to carrier testing for the iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S. It comes from the Guardian UK. It says that carriers are testing the new handset, but that few are allowed to see the device at this point. They are sealed in boxes. Only those allowed to see the device can take it out of the box, and that’s not many people. Beyond that, the new device is put in a separate shell that disguises the handset so that they cannot see exactly what it looks like. This was similar to the case that was around the infamous iPhone 4 lost at the bar last year. It was an iPhone 4 prototype encased in an iPhone 3GS shell. This, according to the Guardian report, is part of what led to Antennagate. The shells shielded the antenna and no one (that we know of) caught the problem.
2) iPhone 5 is Kicking Things Up a Few Notches
According to a research note by analyst Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee (via MacRumors), the iPhone 5 will be a bigger update than expected. Mentioned in the note, “in addition to a dual-core processor … it will sport a slightly larger display than the current 3.5-inch Retina display that is already industry leading.”
Also noted is that the form-factor and size will be similar to the iPhone 4, but that it will have a thinner bezel, adding “we believe this makes sense to improve the iPhone experience without making it too bulky as we have seen with models from competitors.”
That makes sense. The iPhone 4 is one of our favorites not only because of the operating system, but because of the size of the phone. We understand that there are phones capable of more, but the iPhone does strike a nice balance between power and size.
That’s really the relevant iPhone 5 / iPhone 4S news for now. It seems as if we can’t figure out what it will look like, and rumors keep throwing each other off. One rumor says one thing, then another comes in the next day saying the exact opposite. Oh, there’s that old iPhone rumor cycle.
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