If the released images are actual ones, the next-generation iPhone doesn’t really look that much different from its predecessor, the iPhone 4 S.
The iPhone 5, which is due to be released on Sept. 12, does appear elongated compared to the iPhone 4S, but aside from that, it looks very similar.
“We’re not sure this is the way Apple would go; there was a lot of anger over the iterative nature of the iPhone 4S vs. the iPhone 4, and this would be just another iterative change,” writes Examiner.
“Images showing comparisons of the thickness of the phones show that the iPhone 5 is only slightly – very slightly – thinner than the iPhone 4S. Of course, it is significantly slimmer than the older iPhone 3GS, as is the iPhone 4S.”
The upcoming Apple’s product is reported to feature an elongated 4-inch screen, with a new 16:9 aspect ratio that enables Apple to keep the device thinner, side-to-side.
It’s believed to support 4G LTE feature, a moved headset jack, a centered FaceTime camera, have a slightly larger battery and a faster processor.
However, it’s remains unclear whether it will support NFC or not.
Meanwhile, Apple has officially become the most valuable company in the world due to waves of rumors surrounding iPhone 5 release.
The market value of the company, which is its stock price multiplied by the number of outstanding shares, reached $622 billion last month, beating out Microsoft (MSFT), the previous record-holder, which peaked on Dec. 30, 1999.
“Everyone loves a winner; if you play the quick trade be careful,” said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices in emailed comments to Reuters. “If you are an investor, check the fundamentals and business plans, and avoid the hype in your decision.”
Scott Sutherland at Wedbush Morgan said that some investors sold Apple shares last summer, when iPhone sales slowed down as consumers started holding off for the new model. Those investors missed out on a 50 percent jump in the stock price.
“This time around, investors are a little bit smarter across the board … they don’t want to be caught not involved in the stock on this next iPhone launch,” Sutherland said.
Van Baker, vice president of Gartner Research, said: “All the products made under [Apple chief executive] Tim Cook’s tenure have been tweaks to existing products. One of the companies’ big successes, the iPod line, is in decline and they are going to have to replace that.”
Analysts also note that a “mini iPad,” could expand the number of people who can afford one of Apple’s tablets. The cheapest iPad cost $399, compared to $199 for the latest Google and Amazon tablets.
iMore compared the upcoming iPhone 5 announcement to the release procedure of its predecessor iPhone 4S last year, predicting that the Cupertino based tech giant seemed to be more aggressive this year.
Even as iPhone 4S was announced Oct. 4 last year, pre-orders were made available the next Friday, Oct. 7.
The iPhone 4S arrived in U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. Oct.14 and by the end of that month, the rollout extended to 22 more countries.