Apple, as they got us used to ever since 2007, releases one iPhone generation each year, and each generation gets multiple versions. They are being differentiated by their storage capacity ( 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB ) and, starting with iPhone 4, by the color scheme ( White / Black ).
In 2012 we are going to get the sixth iPhone generation from Apple. The last two models, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, have a almost identical design, so a third generation to come with the same design is less likely.
The latest “leaks” from Foxconn, where the iPhone and iPad is built, refer to a iPhone with a screen of 4 inch and with a design that breaks the classic Apple patterns.
Regarding the size of the display, we bet that this aspect will be confirmed. Anyway, the size doesn’t exactly matter. Apple has to keep up with Android smartphones and to release a new iPhone with the same 3,5 inch display size is pure suicide.
The design of the sixth iPhone generation will probably not shock people, as the design will be similar to what we already know. Apple will surely release a iPhone with a thin body, who’s front side will be dominated by a display that will try to “swallow” more from the edges.
The presence of the physical button under the display is uncertain. A change might transform this surface into a touch area for a full touch control.
And also about the touch control, we have to say that Apple is working on patenting a biometric system that recognizes fingerprint. Such a implementation would only allow the owner to unlock the phone, by fingerprint recognition.
One last aspect about the design is battery. Many iPhone users would want not to send their smartphone to the shop for replacing the battery if it malfunctions but surely Apple will continue just like they did so far and they are not going to five us access under the hood.
However, Apple might offer an alternative and allow us to charge the battery thorough a wireless connection, by electromagnetic induction.
The current iPhone 4S smartphone got noticed from the beginning because of it’s top hardware platform and graphic processing ability, so the sixth generation iPhone is obligated to come out with a configuration to match or exceed rival smartphones.
Considering that top manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and LG already tease us with quad core mobile phones, we expect the iPhone to offer the same thing.
But the Apple strategy is not about quantity so we should not dream about a quad core processor faster than 1,4 GHZ and we are also not going to dream about a impressive RAM memory ( most likely 1 GB of RAM on the next iPhone ). However we expect a optimum configuration that will defy competition.
Regarding multimedia we might witness a revolutionary implementation: A Lytro sensor with “Advanced Light Field” technology. This allows us to focus on any part of the photo after the photo has been taken and, most importantly, without compromising the quality.
This recent rumor is not very credible mostly because this technology is not very mature. But we should be optimistic as we might get a surprise.
Regarding connectivity, we expect the sixth iPhone generation to have 4G / LTE support for high speed networks. The NFC technology is also possible so we might be able to make mobile payments with our iPhone smartphones.
Regarding storage capacity, it will continue to remain fix. Apple’s chances of introducing a microSD slot are practically slim.
Without a doubt, with the release of the new iPhone we are also going to witness the release of a new iOS ( iOS 6 ), accompanied by great apps like Siri. For example, the FaceTime app works only through Wi-Fi. The possibility of making video calls through 3G/HSDPA/LTe would surely be appreciated by users.
We know, many people complain about the low autonomy of the current iPhone 4S and this is generally valid for all top smartphones. Is Apple going to change something ? Less likely, considering that this is not one of the priorities of a power user. According to polls, users focus on performances and features. Autonomy remains second.
Almost all sources talk about the iPhone 5. This is the same thing that happened before the iPhone 4S, but eventually things were difference. But, until new evidence, we are going to assume that the next iPhone will be named iPhone 5.
The previous iPhone generations were released on:
- iPhone – June 2007
- iPhone 3G – July 2008
- iPhone 3GS – June 2009
- iPhone 4 – June 2010
- iPhone 4S – October 2011
Under these conditions, a release date estimate for the new iPhone is hard to anticipate. But Foxconn sources talk about a release in the summer of this year.
Until now, we have three top smartphones that plan to rival with the new iPhone: Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC Edge and LG X3. If we were to consider popularity, the only true rival might be the Samsung Galaxy S III.But there might be some possible surprises.
People expect a lot from the new iPhone generation but this doesn’t mean that their wishes will come true. We are very curious to see how many from the rumored features will be implemented on the new iPhone.
Until now people talked and speculated about:
- 4 inch screen and a new design
- biometric scanner for fingerprint recognition
- wireless charging through electromagnetic induction
- battery access
- camera with new technology
- impressive processing power
- 4G / LTE and NFC technology
- improved software
- improved autonomy