1White or Black—You Decide
Although companies like Nokia have been delivering multiple color options in their smartphone line, Apple has so far balked at the idea. Instead, the iPhone maker has only offered a white or black iPhone. When the iPhone 5 launches, expect Apple to do the same and only offer a white or black version.
2A Bigger Display
Apple’s 3.5-inch iPhone display is quickly becoming a liability as competitors offer everything from 4.3- to 4.65-inch displays. When the iPhone 5 launches, there’s no doubt that it’ll come with a larger screen. How much larger? Well, that’s up to Apple. But don’t expect anything smaller than a 4-inch screen.
When Apple launched the new iPad, the company finally bundled 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service with the device. Now, with the iPhone 5 slated to launch in the coming months, there’s no reason for Apple not to offer the same connectivity option in its new handset. Looking ahead, 4G LTE is the future.
4Apple iOS 6
5An Improved Siri
Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri made an appearance for the first time in the company’s iPhone 4S. In the iPhone 5, the platform, which is currently in beta, will likely come with a host of new features and improvements that should dramatically improve the Siri experience. An improved Siri will make its presence felt in the iPhone 5.
6The A5X Processor
7A New Design
8Better Battery Life
9Full Carrier Agnosticism
One of the nicest things about Apple’s iPhone is that it’s no longer tied to a single carrier. Customers who want the iPhone 4S, for example, can get it from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and a host of regional carriers. When the iPhone 5 launches, expect Apple to make the device available to all of those carriers, as well. Apple realizes that in order to be successful, carrier agnosticism is an absolute necessity.
10A Not-So-Touch-Only Device
An increasing number of devices are launching nowadays without any physical button on the face. The idea is to make the product as forward-thinking as possible. But as Apple has proven time and again, ditching physical buttons for the sake of doing it doesn’t necessarily create a better device. Expect the iPhone 5 to come with the same, old Home button you’ve come to know and, in some cases, love.