The amount of hype that was heaped onto the iPhone 5 – assuming that it would be a World Phone, which would include NFC capabilities created a growing desire for the release of the next generation phone in June of this year. The idea of it coming soon was replaced with the next iPhone coming in September, but the rumors included that it would be finally 4G. With NFC and 4G, it has created a demand that seems to have built enough pressure that now it is crushing the expectations of many. Analysts are now throwing out their findings that instead of something revolutionary in the next generation phone, what Apple customers will get would only be an upgraded iPhone 4, namely, the iPhone 4S.
The experts have deduced a couple of problems that might be behind the set back of Apple’s technology. Apparently the company had really been planning for an LTE-capable iPhone, however, they were also creating a back-up plan of going with a non-LTE version. Since the roll out of LTE by wireless carriers in the US is underway, it has still not reached a point that it covers a majority of the US. That point may not be realized by the end of the year, but surely by the first half of 2012.
One glaring possibility for considering other options is the lack of the Qualcomm chip, a key component, which currently isn’t being produced in enough quantities that the company needs. Another would be the poor battery performance which plagues the 4G Android devices. This information may have been the basis for the conclusion that the iPhone 5 which everyone is waiting for would be released in 2012. This may be too late for Apple and Android devices would definitely fill the void for LTE devices.
For the iPhone 4S, it is expected to run on the A5 chip that was used in the iPad 2 to give it a boost with some dual-core processing power. The company is also expected to upgrade the cameras on the phone to have more quality in its video resolution and to take better stills, as well as to have HSPA+ support. Aside from that, the phone will receive a few cosmetic touches here and there, but nothing else that would be considered as breaking new ground. One of the rumored changes is making the screen larger without changing the size of the overall phone.
Previously used as the platform to launch the iPhone, Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 will now focus purely on software, pushing back the date of the new iPhone release to somewhere between September and October. Developers must have enough time to make changes to apps to support the next version of the iPhone before it arrives.
The Verizon iPhone 4 has been found to be able to tap into the radio frequencies of all top four US carriers, something that appears to not be merely a coincidence, so when the launch of the iPhone 4S arrives, not only AT&T and Verizon will be carrying the product, but it is rumored that Sprint and T-Mobile may also be selling the iPhone.