Apple iPhone 5 Rumors: October Launch, Tweaked CPU and Other Features

Will this year face the release of Apple iPhone 5? Here’s some news on iPhone 5 release date, and on why it would not be out before late 2012.

Jinyoung Choi's concept design for the Apple iPhone 5, called the 'iPhone PRO,' features a 1.2-megapixel 3D camera, a DSLR len mount, a removable hard disk, and a built-in projector. Face down, you can see the slightly curved back and the speakers at the bottom of the device. Photo: Jinyoung Choi

On April 3, Japanese Apple-watcher website Macotakara reported that during a conversation on TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” (WBS) show, a Foxconn recruiter revealed that the company was hiring about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5, which is due to be released in June.

However, you’d better don’t take into consideration this news as there’s another Foxconn employee who has a completely different story to tell.

South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper asked the head of human resources at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory about the iPhone 5 release date. “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October,” reported Kokatu.

As Redmond Pie noted, the report in Maeil Business Newspaper also claimed that the order for the next iPhone “has led Foxconn to begin a massive recruitment drive to ensure that enough hands are on deck in order to meet Apple’s release schedule” in October.

Unfortunately, there is no official word on when the upcoming iteration of the Apple iPhone is finally arriving, but chances of a fall launch look stronger than that of a summer launch, writes The International Business Times.

Another report claim that the next-generation iPhone, presumably called the iPhone 5, will feature a 4-inch screen. The news was released on Monday via a research note from Brian White, an analyst for Wall Street firm Topeka Capital Markets.

“In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a 4-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case,” White wrote. “This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device.”

The next iPhone is reported to include a number of the company’s recently bought patents. One of them is “iWallet” technology, which is a system that gives users complete control over their subsidiary financial accounts on their iPhones, and also leverages Near-Field Communication technology to complete credit card transactions directly on the phone as well.

The iWallet has plenty of features, such as giving users the opportunity to see their entire credit card profiles, view statements and messages from their banks, and even set parental controls for their children, should they also want to use their iPhones as digital wallets.

The iPhone 5 might also be the first phone to feature a new piece of software for multi-player gaming. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently published a patent application from Apple that describes a system for multi-player gaming. The system allows groups of people to play the same game together and even see it from different perspectives according to the devices’ physical relation to one another.

According to Apple Insider, one more feature to be reportedly included in the new device is a Qualcomm MDM9615 chip for the LTE support in the smartphone. That chip would be a change from the new iPad, which features Qualcomm’s “MDM9600” modem. But that hardware only offers data connections over 4G LTE, not voice.

“Apple has internally seeded a prototype next-generation iPhone with the iPhone 4 design,” 9to5mac reported on Monday. “The actual next-generation iPhone is specifically said to not include the iPhone 4/4S design, but Apple is testing these new devices in older casings to throw off leaks,” said the report.

According to it, the iPhone prototypes had “a variation of the A5X’s S5L8945X architecture” and like the new iPad, they were also “packing 1GB of RAM.”

“This prototype is labeled N96 internally, but we’re not sure if this internal codename will carry over to the actual next-generation iPhone. Again, this iPhone that we are describing is an internal-only unit built for testing the performance of a new chip in an iPhone, not an actual phone that Apple will produce,” the report added.

However, Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog thinks that the variant in question is “probably not an ‘A5X’ per-se, but an entirely new processor dedicated to the device’s smaller form factor, and less visually intensive needs.

Earlier reports suggested that the next-generation iPhone would feature an A6 processor. It was expected to be a superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.

As far as the ever-increasing rumor mill is concerned, other features that are likely to be added to the iPhone 5 include an 8 megapixel (or higher) camera with the ability to take pictures in the panorama mode, a 2 megapixel (or even higher) front-facing camera for video chatting, iOS 6, 4G LTE technology, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and much improved battery life.

As mentioned by White in his note, Apple’s new iPhone launch in the latter half of this year is expected to be “extraordinary”. With a new look and updated features, White sees the next iPhone launch “dwarfing previous launches” and taking Apple stock closer to Topeka’s $1,001 price target.

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