Apple is obviously trying something different with the new phone. Google has been known to come out with their new Nexus phone offering in Q4, so Apple would obviously like to counter that with the iPhone 5. Releasing the phone closer to the holiday season doesn’t hurt either, I’m sure.
The new phone will include a faster A5 processor (same as iPad 2), and a better camera that features an 8-megapixel sensor:
“The device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel model in the iPhone 4, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad that has a higher resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4, one of the people said.”
The new phone will also ship with iOS 5 out of the box, which coincides with the timeline laid out at WWDC this month for the major software upgrade, which aims to catch Apple’s dated operating system up to Google’s Android. The new version of iOS, codenamed “Telluride,” features a wide range of needed features, including the already announced revamped notifications system and iMessage.
The external design of the iPhone 5 is also going to be similar to the external design of the iPhone 4, Bloomberg sources said.
In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple is also working to finish a cheaper version of the iPhone, which is aiming to attract customers in developing countries, Bloomberg sources said. Sources also say that the phone will see use of chips and displays similar to that of the iPhone 4.Apple is also hard at work on finalizing an iPad 3, just months after bringing the iPad 2 to market. According to sources, the screen resolution of the new iPad is going to be a third larger than existing models. The iPad 2 has the same resolution as the first generation iPad.
Bloomberg sources also pointed out that as iOS gets upgraded, and the software becomes more taxing on the hardware, Apple will stop guaranteeing that Apps will work on older devices such as the iPhone 3G and 3GS. This is to be expected though as software becomes more demanding than the hardware allows.