Hold on tight, folks. The new iPhone is right around the corner. That’s right! If you purchased an phone recently, take it back. The iPhone 5 (the New iPhone?) will be announced September 12 and will most likely be released to the rabid masses September 21.
Let’s make sure everyone is on the same page: This iPhone will be different…but not radically. Those of you hoping for a significantly different looking iPhone, you may be disappointed. It’s important to note that Apple does not design products to be fashionable alone. Much of the aesthetic is dictated by the technological design. Apple took a big leap with the design of the iPhone 4 when it incorporated the bulk of the antenna framework into the body of the iPhone. It was a significant leap in terms of technology and design. Until a better technology comes along, don’t expect something astonishingly different.
That’s not to say it will be without change. Apple has decided to increase the size of the screen by essentially making it 1 row of icons taller. They have also repositioned and slimmed down other elements so that the overall size of the phone is fairly similarly to the current generation. With the added height, Apple appears to be able to slim down the device by as much as 32%.
Thinner. Taller. And stronger. From its first generation iPad to the most recent Retina display MacBook Pro, Apple has transitioned it products to unibody construction. This process calls for crafting the casings for a product out of a solid piece of aluminum. It’s how Apple has made the impossibly thing MacBook Air so incredibly light AND remarkably solid and sturdy. This newest iteration of the iPhone will be no different. The distinctive metal band around the iPhone will now be integrated into the back of the iPhone. By doing this, Apple has eliminated the shatter prone and thick glass plate as well as providing a sturdy surface to which attach internal components. Both will allow for a much thinner and more rugged phone.
Thinner. Taller. Stronger. And faster. Rumors point to the inclusion of LTE, the (real) 4th generation of mobile connectivity. Many phones have included LTE for the last year. However, most have sacrificed battery life to make this work. Count on Apple to have solved this problem. You won’t see a battery improvement but it’s not likely to get any worse.
And faster means better performance, too. Apple consistently squeezes amazing power and efficiency out of its custom chips. It’s what has helped the iPhone and iPod catapult to the top of the mobile gaming market. It’s also what helps give iPhone a perceived smoothness and stability. The newest iPhone may see anything from a slight processor bump to something on the cutting edge of mobile processing. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Then there’s the addition of iOS 6. On the surface, Apple’s newest operating system hasn’t changed that much. But under the hood is a whole other story. The most noticeable and welcomed change is in Maps. Apple has ditched Google and created its own mapping technology. These maps promise to be faster, smoother, and generally more useable. They will also include turn by turn navigation and 3D mapping (depending on where you live).
iOS 6 also enhances the power of Siri. We’ve discussed why you should be using Siri (and why you should be patient). But now Siri will be able to look up sport scores, find movies, book tables at restaurants, open apps on your phone, send Facebook status updates, tweet, and more.
And don’t rule out a revolutionary new mobile payments system (or at least the beginning of one.
Then there’s always the surprise. With almost every iPhone release, Apple has saved one or two features to be demoed during the announcement. Last year it was Siri. This year? Who knows. Rest assured we’ll have every detail right here next Wednesday.