Now that this year’s iPad has already been released, it’s time to play that familiar game we tech geeks play: what’s next for the iPhone? We’re probably around half a year away from knowing for sure, but there’s already a lot of stuff going around to keep us occupied.
Rumors about screen size has been going around since last year, and it still hasn’t changed so far. While some reports have mentioned a possible size upgrade to four (or more) inches to compete with the slew of large Android, iMore thinks that they’re still going to stick with the tried-and-tested (and still very popular, judging by the latest iPhone’s record-breaking figures) 3.5-inch screen size. Mostly because it works without having to use two thumbs.
Tips to iMore also talked about the possibility of using a smaller “micro dock” connector on the new phone to make room for other components. While this move is surely going to be unpopular for fans who invested a lot of money in expensive docking stations and accessories, it really doesn’t sound so far off. They’ve done it before when they introduced the microSIM on the iPhone 4 and we’ve dealt with it, after all. Still, trimming a regular SIM card to fit an iPhone wasn’t that big a deal.
4G LTE support is almost a certainty on the upcoming iPhone, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s already on the new iPad. Unfortunately, fitting a 4G LTE radio might force them to either find more space inside the shell (moving to the aforementioned micro dock connector), or, like the new iPad, cause them to use a thicker case. It shouldn’t be that big a problem if they use a larger screen though.
Apple is expected to stick to last year’s release schedule to give the 4S a one-year shelf life, so we expect this year’s model to be out around October.