iPhone 5: The Complete Rumor Roundup

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  1. TheMightyS

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    There's been so much rumor-hawking and speculation the past few weeks that whether you're ready or not, we're squarely in the middle of iPhone season. So here's a quick rundown of everything we think we know about Apple's next iPhone.

    We think we have a pretty good idea of what the new iPhone will look like; we've been seeing leaked parts for months now, and recently that has moved up to fully assembled phones, and possibly a whole phone smuggled out of a plant.
    The phone will reportedly be a unibody design, with a two-tone back, and come in both black and white. And it turns out, all of the leaked internals fit perfectly into the leaked outer casing.
    Want proof beyond the leaked parts, though? How about Apple ramping up its long-term component contracts at a massive level. That is almost certain to mean new, different-looking products. It could be the iPad Mini, but the step up is large enough for it to be behind two new products.
    Additionally, iOS 6 scales to the exact resolution that the rumored 4-inch screen would have—and only to that resolution. There would be little reason for Apple to add support for 640x1136 screens if it had no plans on making them a reality.


    First and most obviously, the display is probably going to be four inches, and 16:9. We've heard this again and again, and iMore's report today suggests that's the configuration that Apple's locked into.
    On a technical level, though, the iPhone is probably going to use Sharp's IGZO display technology. IGZO screens are thinner, because they use smaller transistors, allowing more light to pass through. That means they use fewer LEDs, and therefore take up less space and consume less power.
    iOS 6

    We all know that the next iPhone will come with iOS 6. And we've learned a good deal about Apple's next mobile OS, too, since it was announced at WWDC in June. It will feature Apple's own mapping system, as well as some pretty cool new features like Passbook.
    Traditionally, we get an early look at the new iOS during WWDC, and then get the full dose of it when the new iPhone comes out. This year, if reports are to be believed, we'll also be getting an iPad Mini at the same time, so there could be some differences across devices. But we'll absolutely have the final versions of all the new features.

    All signs point to the new iPhone having a smaller dock connector. Like the move to MagSafe 2 adapters, the reported new 19-pin dock connector is a necessity. And it has been for two years, at least, when the iPod Touch reached critical thinness mass.
    And if you're really that upset about all of your peripherals, dollars to dock connectors says there will be some kind of converter—like with the MagSafe. It might even be compatible with micro USB (though almost definitely not, in all likelihood).
    There's also word coming from iLounge today that the new dock connector will be an insanely small 8 pins, but that seems unlikely because each pin has a separate function, and 8 would limit the functionality of the connector.
    Beyond the dock connector, there's also a hopeful little rumor out there that the notoriously terrible Apple earbuds might get an upgrade. If only!

    It would be hugely surprising if the new iPhone doesn't have 4G LTE. Not only because of the necessity of keeping up with Android and even Windows Phone, but because Apple has been reportedly installing LTE equipment in its stores since last year.
    Battery life is also a factor. The IGZO screen's low power consumption, as well as the extra space in the body afforded by the longer, thinner screen, would allow for the iPhone to have a big, long-lasting battery. That's important.
    Until now, one of the main reasons Apple hasn't pulled the trigger on LTE is that the hyperspeed connections would have drained the iPhone's battery too quickly. Apple has always prized battery life in its devices, and there was no was it was going to ship an LTE iPhone that couldn't last a whole day on one charge.
    Although if the leaked battery that turned up a while back is any indicator, the battery isn't all that much bigger.

    There had been some rumors about the new iPhone having NFC, but at this point, they seem like a total long shot. Passbook in iOS 6 seems like a natural fit for NFC. But after a false alarm that the leaked internals showed an NFC chip, it turned out that's highly unlikely.
    Thing is, no one's really drooling over NFC right now. Not like they are for LTE speeds. Apple probably has the muscle to push its own NFC venture through the carriers, unlike Google Wallet. But while it makes perfect sense to pair a mobile payment system like Passbook with NFC, if demand isn't there, there's not much reason to stick its nose in the fire. Even Apple's WWDC announcement of Passbook made it seem like we'd be without NFC for a while. So don't count on it making an appearance this year.

    Word is, Apple is ditching the Audience tech that powers the current version of Siri. But we don't have any information about what this means for the Siri feature. Given how strong the push was, though, it's a good bet that Apple's found something it thinks is better, and is going with that.
    Release Date

    The official announcement will be on the 12th. There is also a report from iMore that the iPhone will be announced alongside a new iPad Mini on September 12th, and released on the 21st. The announcement will be about a month earlier than the presumed October announcement and release, which would have been a year after the 4S. But it also makes sense, since the iPhone 4S has lost a lot of momentum the past few months, since everyone's already talking about its successor.

    Looks like it actually is called the iPhone 5. The shadow under the official announcement image from Apple shows a large 5. So there that is, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    Of course, none of this matters if you can't actually get your hands on one to buy. Word is, Sharp, one of the main display manufacturers for Apple products, is having a hard time meeting demands, possibly shutting down manufacturing entirely. That would seriously hamper the number of phones available, and possibly make them a hard ticket to come by.
    Also, it seems that T-Mobile probably won't get the iPhone. Again. Ha ha T-Mobile.
    Cost-wise, the iPhone 5 is reportedly the same price as the 4S. That means it should start at $200 and scale up by $100 for every storage increment.

    Of course, this could all be totally wrong. As we saw from the cache of iPhone prototypes last week, Apple works on multiple designs at once. So while it seems unlikely, the final released design could be totally different from what we've been seeing for the past several months. But it's way more likely that this is the iPhone that's going to land in our laps in about seven weeks.

    Source : Gizmodo
  2. TheMightyS

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    The display will play a central role in the marketing, appearance, and performance of the iPhone 5, which will be announced on Wednesday September 12. The iPhone 4 display is no longer state-of-the-art. While I don't have any inside information about the iPhone 5 display, below are a series of Sherlock Holmes deductions based on existing information and trends from the iPhone 4 and the latest competing smartphone displays. The iPhone 5 will need to meet most of these goals in order to retain its number 1 ranking. These same display goals apply to any smartphone that wants to be a 1st tier smartphone.
    Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies has made it his mission to suss out the best smartphone, tablet, HDTV, and multimedia displays from the worst with his Display Technology Shoot-Out series. Now, he cooks up a few predictions for what the iPhone 5 display might be like.
    Screen Shape

    The aspect ratio (screen width divided by its height) for the iPhone 4 is 3:2. For the iPhone 5 the rumor mill has settled on 16:9, the same as HDTVs and most video content. This looks like an excellent bet, so we'll work with that...
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: 16:9 Aspect Ratio.
    Screen Resolution

    The current iPhone 4 screen resolution is 960x640 pixels. In order to maintain compatibility with existing Apps the iPhone 5 can't stray too far from this. Since the aspect ratio is increasing from 3:2 to 16:9 the best guess is that the iPhone 5 will keep the same 640 pixels and just increase the 960 pixel value based on the new aspect ratio. In that case the screen resolution will be 1136x640 pixels. That's 176 more vertical pixels, so existing apps expecting 960x640 will simply be letterboxed with 88 pixel black borders on the top and bottom. But since we are already letterboxing, why not raise the 640 pixel base up to 720 pixels and add 40 pixel black borders there as well? Even better... 720 pixels is true HD high definition - that is not only a major marketing advantage but there is much less processor overhead (and battery power) from rescaling content from 1080p to 720p than to 640p (rescaling by 3/2=1.50 rather than by 1.69). While the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus have 1280x720 pixels they are PenTile displays so they aren't as sharp as true RGB 1280x720 displays.
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: 1136x640 pixels - but 1280x720 pixels (true HD) would be much better.
    PPI Pixels Per Inch

    The higher the pixels per inch PPI the sharper the image on the screen, but what really matters is the sharpness perceived by your eye and that depends on the viewing distance from the screen (and also how good your vision is compared to 20/20 Vision). So PPI cannot be used by itself, but must be used together with the viewing distance in order to draw any conclusions about visual sharpness, and whether or not it qualifies as a Retina Display. Apple's Retina Display criterion is based on 20/20 vision. The iPhone 4 has 326 PPI and it appears perfectly sharp for 20/20 vision down to a viewing distance of 10.5 inches. The new iPad 3 has a lower 264 PPI, but it is still a Retina Display because it appears perfectly sharp for 20/20 vision down to a viewing distance of 13.0 inches, which is less than its typical viewing distance. To be a Retina Display down to a viewing distance of 12.0 inches the display needs 286 PPI or more.
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: 326 PPI, but it can go down to 286 PPI and still be a Smartphone Retina Display.
    Screen Size

    The Screen Size will depend on the screen resolution and pixels per inch. If the iPhone 5 keeps the same 326 PPI as the iPhone 4 and has 1136x640 pixel resolution, then the screen size will be 3.96 inches, an 18.5 percent increase in the area of the screen (the diagonal size increases by 13 percent). But with Steve Jobs' 300 PPI value, the screen would be 4.35 inches. Using 286 PPI, the screen would be 4.56 inches and remain a Retina Display down to 12.0 inches viewing distance. Finally, with a resolution of 1280x720 and 326 PPI the screen would be 4.5 inches. So there is lots of room for a smartphone Retina Display up to 4.5 inches.
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: 4.0 inches, but could go as large as 4.5 inches and still be a Retina Display.
    Screen Reflectance

    Most smartphones are used in reasonably bright ambient lighting. Reflections from the screen not only decreases picture quality but it makes the screen harder to read and causes eye strain. We measured the iPhone 4 reflectance at 7.0 percent, but many mobile displays now have reflectance values much lower than that. The current record holder is the Nokia Lumia 900, with a screen reflectance of 4.4 percent - so the iPhone 4 reflects 59 percent more light than the Lumia 900. The iPhone 5 needs to do a lot better...
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: Reflectance under 5 percent.
    Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light

    The screen reflectance together with the screen brightness determine how easy it is to see the screen under high ambient lighting. We have defined a DisplayMate contrast rating for high ambient light (CRHAL) that is an excellent visual indicator of how screens look under high ambient light. This article has screen shots of 9 displays from 0 lux up to 40,000 lux ambient lighting - watch how they each degrade as the ambient lighting increases. The iPhone 4 has a CRHAL of 77. The current record holder is the Nokia Lumia 900 with a CRHAL of 90.
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: Contrast rating for high ambient light over 90.
    Color Gamut

    The Color Gamut is the range of colors that a display can produce. If you want to see accurate colors in photos, videos, and all standard consumer content the display needs to match the standard color gamut that was used to produce the content, which is called sRGB / Rec.709. Most mobile LCD displays produce around 60 percent of the standard color gamut in order to maximize screen brightness and battery running time. The iPhone 4 has a color gamut of 64 percent of the standard, which produces somewhat subdued colors. The new iPad 3 has a virtually perfect 99 percent of the standard, so we expect the iPhone 5 to follow suite. This figure shows the color gamuts for the iPhone 4, iPad 2, new iPad 3, and sRGB / Rec.709 standard. A widely held and exploited misconception is that the bigger the color gamut the better - but it isn't... A display with a larger than 100 percent color gamut cannot show colors that are not in the original content - it just exaggerates and distorts the colors.
    1st Tier Smartphone Goal and iPhone 5 Best Guess: 100 percent of the sRGB / Rec.709 color gamut standard - not larger!

    This article has been republished from DisplayMate.com.

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