Clarifying iPhone 5: 4S will be a 5th generation release

By Peter Chubb - May 31, 2011

With WWDC 2011 just six days away we thought we would offer our help by clarifying the iPhone 5 or 4S. Whatever Apple decides to call it, the new handset will still be a 5th generation release, as it will be the fifth smartphone from the company. We know that some of you may think that it will just be a fourth-generation, as there might only be a few upgrades – but just look at the 3GS.

Let us take a little trip down memory lane to explain why the next version of the iPhone will be a fifth-generation. The original iPhone was announced to the world in January 2007 and was released in June of that year. It was a 2G phone and was the first-generation. This handset was to change the cell phone market forever; Apple knew it, but most of us did not.

The second-generation iPhone was the 3G and was announced back in June 2008 during WWDC. Apple upgraded a number of features, such as GPS and 3G. However, most of the hardware stayed the same, which certainly upset those who were expecting more.

Next up was the iPhone 3GS and was the third-generation iPhone, which was announced in June 2009. This version did receive a few more upgrades, such as increased performance, greater screen resolution and an improved camera. However, Apple still did not go far enough, as users still complained that it lacked in certain areas.

The iPhone 4 is the fourth-generation iPhone and offered consumers some of the enhancements that they have been waiting for. The Retina screen was just the start; there were also improvements to the processor, RAM and also to the camera. However, it was not without it faults just hope the next version will be even better.

Now we come to the fifth-generation iPhone. It does not matter if Apple call it the iPhone 5 or 4S, it will still be a fifth-generation, as it will be the latest model this year. If Apple were to release two iPhones in one year, than they would be the same generation. Latest rumor suggest that it will be called the iPhone 4S, but it will still come with a few improvements. We have reason to believe that it will have an 8-megapixel camera, dual-core processor, sim-less and it could also support both GSM and CDMA, making it a world phone.

If Apple launches the 4S this year and the iPhone 5 next year, then the latter will be the sixth-generation.

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