New iPhone 5 release unlikely to short-change you

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 17, 2011

The expectations you set for the new iPhone 5 release will go a long way to how you feel, and your disappointment or happiness will depend on how high you set the bar. Over the past week we’ve heard some rumors that the iPhone 5 could be pretty much like the 4th generation phone, which the importance of this depends on the similarities.

Apple iPhone 5 specs have got to include a better signal; this will mean a design change is in order. The recent cases described as iPhone 5th generation prototypes show a similar design to iPhone 4, but it’s our view that the internals will be very different.

Keeping the design the same is a good thing, changing the internals for better signal and more power is also a positive change. Some blogs are pushing the idea that the next-generation will be almost the same, which is a crazy idea.

You’re unlikely to get short-changed by Apple with iPhone 5; each release has included some fundamental changes, although we’re sure this idea will be met with rejection by some. While the design might stay the same, you can expect better battery life, an improved A5 chip, improved graphics, better audio and a scratch resistant screen. There will be a lot more than this, but the price will be a deciding factor when thinking about upgrading.

The real question is whether the iPhone 5 will suit you, which depends on what phone you’re upgrading from, do you still own the iPhone 3G/S? We don’t expect 4G; the network needs another year’s growth before Apple will be ready for it, especially when it comes to decent battery life. So if LTE is on your wishlist, iPhone 6 could be the one for you.

Do you expect Apple to deliver some major changes in iPhone 5? Or will it be a minor improvement on iPhone 4?

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