iPhone 5 Design: 10 Features You Can Count On

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-05-16 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iPhone 5 is slated to hit store shelves later this year. And when it does, it should come with a variety of features that are likely to appeal to smartphone buyers who are ready to upgrade to a slick new model.

Apple€™s iPhone 5 is more than likely going to hit store shelves in the coming months. According to the latest rumors, the device will probably be available at some point this summer, since Apple€™s orders of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 units have started to dwindle. Assuming that€™s the case, Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month.

When that device is unveiled, customers can expect a number of nice features, according to the rumor mill. Everything from a bigger display to 4G connectivity is currently in the works, according to reports. Apple€™s iPhone 5 might just be the very best handset the company has launched to date. Whereas the iPhone 4S was a nominal upgrade over its predecessor, the iPhone 5 will likely be an entirely new generation of the popular handset.

Even so, questions remain about what new features will be added to the iPhone 5 and whether it will impress mobile phone users as much as the earlier models. In the end, it all comes down to features.

Read on to find out what features are most likely to make their way to Apple€™s iPhone 5:

1. A bigger display

According to the Wall Street Journal and numerous other reports, Apple is planning to bundle a 4-inch display with the iPhone 5. That would mean that the screen would dwarf the company€™s current 3.5-inch screen in the iPhone 4S and make it more competitive with rival handsets that try to win over buyers with 4.3-inch-and-larger screens.

2. Near-field communication

Out of all the features Apple is expected to bring to the iPhone 5, near-field communication is arguably the least appealing. The offering would allow users to make mobile payments from their smartphones and potentially extend the functionality of the iPhone beyond that. But considering NFC has yet to take off in the market, who knows if Apple can change things?

3. An improved Siri

Siri made its way to the iPhone 4S when that device launched back in October. But since then, the platform has been in beta form as Apple reportedly works on improving it. If and when the iPhone 5 is unveiled, expect a new and improved Siri to emerge.

4. iOS 6

Every time Apple launches a new iPhone, the company offers up a fresh version of its mobile software, iOS. This time around, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6, an operating system that is supposedly going to boast a host of improvements to enhance productivity and better manage files. It€™ll be a nice addition to the iPhone 5.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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