A later release date
Last year, iPhone 4 was officially launched at Apple’s annual WWDC. This year it seems that the next generation iPhone is scheduled for September.
Support for 4G
With a few 4G phones already available, there has been rumor that the iPhone 5 will have support for 4G.
Near-field Communication Technology (NFC)
Will iPhone 5 feature this e-wallet technology (tap-and-go mobile payments)? There are as many pro opinions as there are against. This is what New York Times wrote about this: “According to two people with knowledge of the inner workings of a coming iteration of the Apple iPhone — although not necessarily the next one — a chip made by Qualcomm for the phone’s processor will also include near-field communication technology.”
An improved antenna
With users complaining about losing signal when holding their iPhone 4 in a certain way, Apple may be planning to redesign the antenna on the upcoming phone.
A cheaper iPhone Nano
Some sources say that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone. According to New York Times magazine, though, Apple might release more affordable iPhones, but not smaller.
New shape, wider screen
Some are speculating that the 5th generation iPhone will have a 4 inch screen, in an effort to compete with the Google Android platform. An unnamed source declared that “the iPhone 5 will keep a relatively similar size and shape as the iPhone 4.”
After customers reported problems (like scratching, and cracking) with the iPhone 4’s glass back, many think that this time around Apple will use aluminum instead.
Rumor has it that iPhone 5 may offer more storage, at a lower price.
A faster processor
The new iPhone might be equipped with a dual core A5 chip. This chip was recently introduced for iPad 2, so it’s highly probable that iPhone 5 will have it also.
iPhone 5 might be equipped with multiple cameras in order to produce 3D pictures.