Now that Apple has released their latest tablet attention has turned towards the iPhone 5 release, and what is sure to be a major update rather than a minor one seen with 4S. The date for launch this year is likely to tell us a lot about Apple’s plans in the future, especially considering we once knew a new iPhone would come at WWDC each year around June, and now it could be towards the end of 2012 to keep the life cycle between generations at around one year.
If you’re an iPhone 4S owner – your idea of the perfect 6th generation release date would be different to those who skipped the 4S, which means there are those that want a launch at WWDC 2012, and there are others that state “no sooner than October this year“. Personally I’ve upgraded the iPhone every year for 5 generations, and the last two models have had faults from release – battery and signal – but we still plan to buy the so-called iPhone 5 as long as it’s a major upgrade.
What does the iPhone 5 need to offer to be classed as a major upgrade? New iPhone display rumors point towards an OLED, which matches up with Apple’s focus on making the screen a top priority on iPhones and iPads. It’s well known that an OLED display can help battery life and give a much brighter screen, and requires less space considering how thin they are, but concerns are raised when looking to see if Samsung could handle the demand Apple would want for their millions of iPad and iPhone owners. You can read more about Samsung’s plans for its new display business here, and if you want to learn the differences between LCD and OLED you can do so on Samsung’s blog here.
We’re likely to see the iPhone 5 display changed in other ways as well, which includes making it bigger in a way that only increases the form factor slightly. Not all iPhone owners want a bigger phone and some of these people point to no Android phone being able to sell anywhere near as many iPhones, which kills the idea of wanting to compete with bigger screened Android phones. The balance of a bigger iPhone display and a device not much bigger than the 4S model can be attained, and this would be done with using edge-to-edge display technology mixed with a few other improvements,
Apple is known for listening to its users and also for not designing iOS devices around competitors, especially because Apple like to take technology and package it in their own unique way, which is one of the reasons the brand is so successful. With this in mind – as an iPhone owner – I also hope the bigger display comes with a slightly bigger form factor, although we’d love to know if you’re happy for the current iPhone design to change?
We can also expect to see LTE on the new iPhone; especially considering the new iPad 3 has this feature. More megapixels and raw processing power are also expected with a better GPU for gaming, and that will also help the bigger display provide a better mobile gaming experience.
When do you want the next iPhone to release and do you have “dealbreaker” features that need to be included? You might also want to read about iPhone display priority over a quad-core chip, and watch out for those dodgy iPhone 5 tester videos on YouTube.