A pair of images purportedly of Apple’s next-generation smartphone has appeared on the Web. These are in-line with previous reports that the iPhone 5 will have a larger display than any of its predecessors.
Although Apple itself has yet to say anything about its next handset, a slew of unofficial sources have given the world an advanced look at this device. Their reports are sometimes contradictory, but one area many of them agree on is that the iPhone 5 is going to have a bigger screen, but without this change increasing the overall size of the device.
A computer rendering supposedly of this design leaked out last month, but one of today’s images (shown at right) is the first to show this smartphone in someone’s hand. The second image (available here) gives a comparison of the screen sizes of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5.
These images show that room is found for the larger display by shrinking the size of the bezel on either side of it — which raises an important issue: it would be trivially easy to create fake images showing a larger display on an iPhone 4. Nevertheless, numerous sources have reported that Apple is going to marginally increase the size of the display in its smartphone, from 3.5-inch to perhaps 3.7-inches. This would help the device compete better against models running the Android OS, which have screens as large as 4.3-inches.
Apple is not expected to increase the resolution of its display, leaving it at 960 x 640 pixels. It still has a lead over Android-based smartphones in this area, as they only go up to 960 x 540 (qHD).
Other iPhone 5 Details
The unconfirmed reports detailing the iPhone 5 cover more areas than just this upcoming model’s screen size. They also indicate that Apple is not going to modify the design of this device much, leaving it looking substantially like its predecessor.
Most sources agree that this model is going to run iOS 5, which is expected to be available this summer. It will almost certainly be based on the Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core processor, as the company has allegedly begun giving some developers iPhone 4 models running this chip to allow them to test their apps.
Another feature allegedly included is an 8-megapixel camera, an upgrade from the current 5MP one. NFC (Near Field Communications) will also likely be included, and there has been some speculation that this device will be able to connect to 4G LTE networks.
The launch date for the iPhone 5 is proving to be something of a controversy. Despite Apple’s long-held practice of releasing the new version of its handset in early summer, this year’s model will reportedly debut several months later.
Apple executives have obliquely referred to a new entry-level model, but what its features will be is not yet known. This will likely hit store shelves well after the iPhone 5, in early 2012.