With each upcoming release, there is almost always a report that claims the new iPhone will be the thinnest, lightest smartphone available. Usually this turns out to be an exaggeration but many of the rumors and leaked photos are showing just that. The new iPhone is expected to feature a taller body, thanks mostly to a larger display. This new display is expected to be 4″ (as opposed to the current iPhone’s 3.5″ screen) and boast a higher resolution.
The Wall Street Journal is also thinking this new display will be much thinner, dramatically reducing the weight of the device. These new displays integrate touch sensors directly on the glass, eliminating the need for another separate layer. This should make the device more responsive and dramatically increase the quality of the display itself. While a .5″ increase in screen size might not see like a huge difference, it does open up the possibility of extra screen real estate to display more applications on each page.
2. Better Battery Life
One of the longest running rumors related to the new iPhone has to do with the inclusion of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Building on the buzz surrounding product launches like Google Wallet, many speculated that the next move for Apple would be to integrate a hardware-based solution to a digital wallet. While Passbook is a good first step to going paperless, the ability to use your iPhone as an actual mobile payment device could be a game changer. Millions of iPhone owners, and thousands of businesses, would likely capitalize on this feature when it becomes available.
According to The Washington Post, Apple is under pressure to catch up to the competition. Google Wallet and NFC devices are already available on the market, built-in to many of the new Android offerings. While disparity between leaked images have made it difficult to pinpoint exactly what components will make their way into the newest iPhone, many reports are now saying that there simply isn’t enough room for the technology.
4. New Connection, New Accessories
Another leaked image of the potential logic board of the iPhone 5 revealed a higher number of cellular antennas than previous models. Experts believe that this could signal Apple’s move into 4G LTE territory, a faster data network that many Android users are already using. While the iPhone 4 supports some 4G signal types, LTE is considered to be the new standard and is significantly faster than previous offerings. In a related move, many cell phone carriers have started using Micro-SIM cards to replace the larger existing SIM cards found in the current iPhone models.
Apple is already making preparations for next week’s special event. In the coming days, we expect even more rumors and leaked photos to surface that might give us more clues about its announcements. Even Apple’s building decorations are under scrutiny, rumored to indicate the new “stretched” iPhone. The event kicks off at 10:00 AM Pacific (12:00PM Central) on Wednesday, September 12th.
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John Burke: John is a technology and social media enthusiast (as well as a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy). Before joining the Sprout team, he wrote for TUAW, DownloadSquad and AppStorm. John has been working in social media strategy for a number of years and manages accounts for higher education, organizations and non-profits. A graduate of Syracuse University, John currently lives in New York City where he is pursuing a career in aviation. You can follow him on Twitter or add him on Google+.