UPDATE: On Oct. 4, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 4S. What happened to the iPhone 5 is a mystery, but at this point that much-rumored device is still somewhere on the horizon. In the mean time, the iPhone 4S is hitting store shelves on October 14. An overview of this smartphone is available here:
Buried in the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is an icon which apparently shows what the iPhone 5 is going to look like. There’s not a lot of detail, but it nevertheless helps confirm some earlier rumors about this upcoming model.
iOS 5 is expected to debut next month, along with Apple’s next-generation smartphone and tablet, and developers already have access to beta versions. The Photo Stream app that’s part of this has note that users can “Take a picture with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch” along with an icon of a device — a device that does not match the design of any current Apple product. Many believe this is actually the iPhone 5.
If so, this icon shows that this upcoming handset will have less space above and below the display than any of its predecessors. There have been many unconfirmed reports that indicate that Apple will increase the size of the screen in the next iPhone, without increasing its overall size, and the icon could help confirm these.
In addition, the Home button appears wider. This is in-line with a previous report that this is being transformed from a simple button into a gesture area.
Other iPhone 5 Details
With the release of Apple’s next-generation smartphone coming next month — according to rumor anyway — many of the specifications have leaked out. Of course, any of these could turn out to be incorrect.
The iPhone 5 will almost certainly be built around a dual-core 1GHz Apple A5 processor, the same one used in the iPad 2. This should give the device better performance.
It will reportedly include an 8 megapixel camera, up from 5 MP. Apple has nevertheless found a way to make the device thinner than its predecessor.
The next-generation iPhone is supposedly headed for not just AT&T and Verizon, but also Sprint and T-Mobile. This will mean millions more Americans will have an opportunity to get one.