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Everything we know about the iPhone 5 launch date, specifications, features UPDATED

Ashleigh Allsopp | Aug. 10, 2012
Rumours are hotting up as we near the launch of Apple’s upcoming iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5, so we’ve rounded up all of the latest in one place to keep you up to date with what’s expected when the popular smartphone launches.

According to analyst research, Apple expects to sell more than 263 million iPhone 5 units.

What will the iPhone 5 look like?

The consensus is that Apple's next iPhone will have a larger display, possibly achieved by making the device taller and allowing space for 24 apps on the home screen.

At the end of July, a fully assembled iPhone was constructed from components leaked from the Chinese suppliers, and photographs of the device were published online.

The photos match previous leaks and rumours showing an iPhone with a taller body, larger display, smaller dock connector, and a two-tone metal back.

Apple was granted a patent for a smaller dock connector in July. It is expected that Apple will reduce the size from the current 30-pin design to a 19-pin or possibly even 8-pin design. However, it has also emerged that a high school student started one of the smaller dock connector rumours as part of a school project.

The iPhone 5 could also be 1.4mm thinner than the iPhone 4S, according to an analyst. This could be achieved through the use of in-cell technology in the touchscreen, combined with a thinner battery.

In early August, a detailed hands-on video of the iPhone 5 front panel hit the web.

What other features will the iPhone 5 have?

Data from alleged iPhone 5 prototypes has led to the speculation that Apple will implement Near Field Communication (NFC) in the device. An Apple patent also suggests that a NFC chip will be introduced in the iPhone 5, enabling users to quickly send iTunes gifts to one another.

NFC could be used in conjunction with Apple's new Passbook app, which will arrive with iOS 6 this autumn.

Another patent indicates that Apple could use an NFC chip in future iPhones to control digital devices around the home, including other Apple products, games consoles, digital cameras, or even sprinkler systems and thermostats.

It is expected that the iPhone 5 will launch with iOS 6, Apple's next mobile operating system. iOS 6 will introduce a raft of new features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including Apple-designed 3D maps, Siri improvements, 3G FaceTime and Shared Photo Stream.

When Apple launched iOS 6 beta 4 to developers on 6 August, it emerged that the company is dropping Google's YouTube app from the operating system. This, and the omission of Google's Maps app, indicates a very public break-up between Apple and Google.

The new iPad has 4G LTE technology, leading to the conclusion that the feature will be introduced to the iPhone too, though the improved internet access is largely redundant in the UK at present.

 

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