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5 Rumored Improvements and Features for the Upcoming NEW Apple iPhone 5

Updated on February 1, 2011

Apple has announced that it will be releasing the next generation of its popular iPhone this summer. The iPhone 5, which will be coming out in roughly June of 2011, will have several improved features (e.g., antenna) that the iPhone 4 either lacked or was deficient in. There will also be several completely new features, such as a mobile wallet. Regarding the iPhone 5, here is a list of several of its upcoming, though still rumored, "new and improved" features:

Mobile Wallet: Several mobile phone companies in Japan and Asia already offer a wireless payment system wherein a person simply passes his or her mobile phone along an electronic strip and payment is automatically deducted from his or her bank account. Apple plans to offer this technology via the iPhone 5 mobile wallet. Using near field communication, or NFC, the iPhone 5 will act as a kind of virtual credit card because high speed data transfer will be enabled. No additional phone attachment will be required. It is still uncertain how Apple plans to encrypt sensitive credit card information, and whether it will offer any guarantee against wireless phone hackers. The NFC technology will be built into internal hardware provided by NXP Semiconductor

8 MP Digital Camera: Apple already offered an advanced 5 MP, LED flash, 5X digital zoom camera from OmniVision with its iPhone 4. The upcoming iPhone 5 will maintain the OmniVision line and introduce an 8 MP digital camera. This camera is likely to be an OV8820 and contain a CMOS-based sensor as well as an image stabilizer. Such enhancements will be of great benefit to camera users who wish to take action shots or who are on-the-go and need stop-action photography. Other nice camera features will include backside illumination, a 1.4 micron pixel size, and full horizontal screen field.

Overhauled Antenna: Users of the iPhone 4 complained that the device lost reception when held in the "death-grip" mode; in essence, if a user held onto the phone by its peripheral steel antenna band, the phone quickly lost bars. The iPhone 5 is supposed to have a resolution to this issue: either the iPhone 5 will contain a metal alloy antenna band that does not react to human touch, or the actual antenna will be relocated towards the back of the device, behind the Apple logo.

A QualComm Communications Chip: The majority of wireless mobile phones work with two forms of communications technology: GSM or CDMA. The Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM, is an international network of communications technologies. Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, is a proprietary network technology offered through QualComm. Apple has been rumored to use QualComm technology in its mobile phones, suggesting that the iPhone 5 will be on the CDMA network. Interestingly, QualComm also produces chips qualified for the GSM and the CDMA networks. The likely bet is that Apple's iPhone 5 will capitalize on both communications networks. After all, more networks equals more coverage.

An A5 Multicore Processor: Apple's iPhone 5 should have carry an A5 multicore processor which will be four times as powerful as the iPhone 4 A4 processor. This improved processor should also permit improved graphics (especially for gaming), HD support, and more detailed iPhone applications.

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