iPhone 5 hardware rethink: Questions need answering

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With the iPhone coming a little late this year we have to wonder if Apple will now need a hardware rethink? We say this because the rumored specs would have been acceptable in the early part of this year, but not as we progress towards the end. Questions need to be answered as to what hardware Apple will go with, but our bet is that they will stick what we already assume.

We have no clue as to storage, or RAM, but we do know that there will be a dual-core processor, most likely 1GHz. You can see where we are going with this one, as some handsets that are about to hit the market around the same time as the iPhone 5 (September) will be dual-core but pushing speeds of 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz.

So far we know of just two handsets that will have CPUs that fast, and that is the Google Nexus 4G aka Prime; as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II+. We cannot be certain of a release date for these, but most rumors suggest that it will be in the Fall sometime. This could be a serious issue for Apple, as the iPhone 4 is now out of date, and so could the fifth-generation model when that gets released.

The new Google phone will also come with NFC support, something that Apple might not include in their iPhone 5. Another area where the iPhone could lag behind other smartphones in 2011 is the lack of 3D. Now we know that this technology is still new in phones, but it will catch on at a fast rate. We just hope that Apple are not puting all their effort into next years handset, as this could finally be the year that the iPhone loses its stranglehold hold on the market.

Having said that, Apple is reported to be upgrading the camera to 8-megapixel. However, this is only taking it to the same level as handsets from 2009/2010. Let’s not confuse things though, as the lens technology that Apple uses in the iPhone 4 is said to be far more superior to other handset with an equivalent megapixel rating.

If Apple wants any hope of their iPhone staying relevant then they need to make a few design changes. The first is to offer a larger screen, along with a minor design tweak. Then they need a dual-core processor that can run faster than 1GHz. Now lets talk storage, all the talk about increasing it from 32GB to 64GB seems a little stupid; What Apple needs to do is finally support external storage instead. The other upgrade that is a must is an increase in RAM, 1GB is the minimum, as upcoming gaming apps will demand more.

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