Apple’s New iPhone is Affordable, With some Surprising New Features

By DiMarkco Chandler:

Can you believe the crazy rumor that wants you to believe Apple would put an $800.00 price tag on the new iPhone?  It’s not worth your time to even entertain the thought. That is why I’m gonna move quickly here to reveal the more probable features that Apple might unveil to iPhone users this Fall.

If you’re trying to anticipate the cost of the new iPhone 5 which, by the way, will have a new name; you can figure it will cost you somewhere around $199 or $299. But let’s quickly evaluate Apple’s current naming strategy — think “new iPad,” new iMac,” “new Apple TV,” “new MacBook Pro,” and so on. Apple is quite proud of their track record of keeping things simple, so I would expect that we’re looking at a it being called “The New iPhone.”

We’ll sidestep the rest of the bogus rumors and get to the stuff that will likely describe this fall’s iPhone release. There are really only three or four news agencies that can actually be relied upon and they all concur (The Wall Street Journal, 9to5Mac, iLounge, etc.) that the next iPhone will have a 4- or 3.95-inch screen, as opposed to the 3.5-inch screen that has been a constant on all generations of the iPhone. I’ve included a possible photo in this article.

There’s also more info out there about the screen: It will apparently use the second generation of Corning’s tough Gorilla Glass, which is thinner but still just as durable. Also, The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple has engineered a liquid crystal display with the touch screen built right into it (called in-cell technology). Currently the touch screen is a layer on top of the LCD.

And of course most of you should already be aware that the dock connector — another iPhone constant — is expected to change, and in fact, it appears that you can bet on it. The dock connector or charging port on the phone that was rumored to be smaller than the one on the iPhone 4S will probably change from the 30-pin port to a 19-pin connector. Let’s face it, they needed the room.

It’s now a known fact that Apple recently changed the charging port on its new MacBook Pro with Retina Display and sells adaptors so you can use old charging cables with the laptop. Therefore, It’s likely that Apple will do the same for the next iPhone.

The next iPhone is sure to be faster. Some sources suggest that the phone will have an A5 processor, the same one that’s in the new iPad. A new chip will result in faster processing power and higher-end graphics. This really seems like a no-brainer, considering every iPhone has been faster than its predecessor.

Rumors of an LTE/4G iPhone have persisted for a long time, but it looks like this will finally be the year. Many believe it will use the next generation of Qualcomm chips; the head of Qualcomm told analysts in April that demand far exceeded what they expected for its upcoming chip.

There’s one outlier in terms of internal parts: NFC (near-field communication). NFC, which enables tap-to-share or tap-to-pay functionality, has been rumored to be included in the next iPhone by 9to5Mac and the China Times. The technology would assist with mobile payments, another area Apple has been rumored to be jumping into with its new Passbook app.

As for battery life, there aren’t any concrete rumors on the size of the battery. While all these new performance parts would use more juice, it’s not likely that Apple would release a phone with less battery life than the current iPhone 4S.

Software

Apple has confirmed a lot more about the software for the next iPhone than about the hardware. (Apple declined to comment on any of the future iPhone rumors.)

The next version of the iPhone will run iOS 6, which Apple demoed in June at its WWDC conference. The new iPhone and iPad operating system has a lot of new features, including Apple’s own maps app (no more Google Maps), Facebook integration, and a new Passbook app, which collects all your passes, tickets and coupons in one app.

Apple has said iOS 6 would be out in the fall.

Now let’s play with the release date for just a minute. Rumors point to the new iPhone and iOS 6 coming in what is technically the summer season. Reports from the New York Times, iMore, and AllThingD all point to Apple holding an event on Sept. 12 to launch the new iPhone. iMore goes a bit farther than the others and says it will be out in stores 12 days later, on Sept. 21.

Normally, I have been hooked on trying to figure out just what this new iPhone will look like. After, perusing through many of the images that claim to be examples of the new phone, I suspect that the next-generation iPhone will be pretty darn similar to the iPhone 4S, but with a slightly thinner and larger screen.

Some reports have suggested that the next iPhone may be made out of “Liquidmetal,” a strong, durable and versatile material. But Dr. Atakan Peker, the creator of the material says that this rumor likely won’t pan out. He explains that the material is most certainly good enough for the iPhone, but that the manufacturing techniques and infrastructure to implement it properly, and on a large scale, do not exist just yet.

I know that prototype versions of the next-generation iPhone rock 1GB of RAM (which would double what is believed to be the current device’s amount of RAM).

When it comes to cameras, TechRadar’s John McCann offers that Sony’s new back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensors would be perfect for the next-generation iPhone as they are ideal for super-duper-slim phones. (And slim it will be, if you believe the Wall Street Journal’s sources.)

Some sources claim that the device will be 4G LTE compatible — just like the new iPad, but this reality of this is still buried and surrounded by rumors. In other words, it’s not yet reliable information.

Oh and remember, for all of you that saw those websites talking about $800.00 for the new iPhone, believe me, Apple would never ever put a price tag that high on this highly anticipated release, especially since prices have been dropping on their 4S phone and androids.

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