2A Slimmed-Down Profile
3Look Like the iPad
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote in a May research note that the firm believes the iPhone 5 “will have a completely redesigned body style, which may more closely resemble the metallic rear panel of the current iPad.” This could be a very good thing—while the glass housing on the iPhone 4S is arguably attractive, it’s heavy and more likely to crack. Korean publications have similarly reported that the next iPhone will feature a “liquid metal” design.
4An Improved, If Not Swappable, Camera
Last month AppleInsider dug up a patent Apple had filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Titled “Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options,” it showed a device with a sort of double backing, one of which could be removed, seemingly to grant a user better access to the camera lens. This could also help explain the change to a metal back cover, from the current glass.
5Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Connectivity
This one’s a no-brainer. Not only are there far too many LTE-enabled devices on the market for Apple to not get up to speed (as it were), but the carriers have been aggressively building out their networks. T-Mobile, which has yet to offer an iPhone due to incompatibilities between current iPhones and its network, has said that LTE will enable it to support more devices, “such as the iPhone.” You don’t have to tell us twice.
6October Sales Date
Analysts have for some time now pegged the likely sales date of the new iPhone for October. On July 16, the tech blog Know Your Mobile, citing a “reliable industry source,” said the iPhone will be introduced Aug. 7 and go on sale sometime in September or October, offering some hope of a shorter wait.
7A Quad-Core Processor
8Near-Field Communication (NFC)
Pundits expected NFC to be included in the iPhone 4S—which everyone, of course, referred to as the iPhone 5 at the time. It would be shocking were Apple to forgo it again, especially since both Samsung and Sony have introduced programmable NFC tags that significantly expand the usefulness of the technology beyond mobile payments.
10Steve Jobs Blessing
This is no small thing. When Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died in October 2011, there was a twitter of fear that Apple’s magic would disappear with him. In May, citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported that Jobs, before his death, had work closely with the Apple team to develop the upcoming iPhone.