Note: The device referred to in this article that was widely rumored and eventually released by Apple in October 2011 was actually the iPhone 4S.
It’s time for the iPhone 4 to step aside. Although the fourth generation Apple smartphone will likely remain on the shelves, it will be pushed to the back with the iPhone 5 on the way.
According to dailyfinance.com the iPhone 4 could drop its sale price to $49.99 once the iPhone 5 is released; and its release is coming sooner than later. A leaked Best Buy document revealed the plan to release the Sprint iPhone 5 this October. Sprint had previously not been able to carry the iPhone, but will apparently offer an unlimited data plan for the iPhone 5. This should help Sprint compete against fellow communication giants, Verizon and AT&T.
At this point the question is how the iPhone 5 will be different than the iPhone 4. Apple will do its best to keep the public in the dark until the phone is released, but thankfully our friends at nowhereelse.fr have compiled enough information to both confirm and deny rumors that have been floating around. Here’s a brief summary of the likely specification upgrades that Apple has in store for us.
|iPhone 4||iPhone 5|
|Max Model Size||32 GB||64 GB|
|Mobile Operating System||iOS 4||iOS5|
The iPhone 5 will most likely add more RAM as well as enhanced voice controls. On top of that, it looks like there will be an HDMI input and a cloud version of iTunes for all of you music lovers. We can also expect Apple to slightly alter the shape of the iPhone 5 (perhaps the reason why Samsung plans to sue them once the iPhone 5 is announced). A new shape means that the old cases will not fit and we will all be shelling out an additional $20-$40 to protect our phones.
With Apple expected to announce the iPhone 5 sometime in the next couple weeks, consumers are clearly excited. Josh Smith of Gottabemobile.com announced that Apple’s stock is now at an all time high, and since 2007 when the first iPhone was released, has increased from just over $50 billion to about $340 billion. All that’s left to do now is to wait and see what Apple has up their sleeve this time around.