IPhone 5: Is it Worth the Wait?
Marisa Krystian | Jun 29, 2011 | 3min:59sec Apple’s tight-lipped approach towards iPhone 5 release has fueled a barrage of rumors related to the potential release date and specifications that will adorn the next rendition of iPhone 5.
As the noise surrounding the iPhone 5 release date gets louder and more confusing, its worth asking whether one should buy and Android superphone or wait for the eliusive iPhone 5.
Most of the rumored features that will find their way into the iPhone 5 are already available in a gamut of Android devices, starting with a curved glass display…
Since DigiTimes reported in May that Apple had placed an order for glass cutting machines which are capable of making curved glass covers, rumors of a curved glass display coming to iPhone 5 have been swirling. However, there are multiple existing Android phones to choose from with this design. The HTC Sensation, LG T-Mobile G2x, Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Prevail all sport curved glass displays.
It is also rumored that Apple will fix the iPhone 5 with an 8MP camera as reports have surfaced that Apple has placed an order for 90 percent of its 8MP camera sensors with OmniVision.
Meanwhile there are a large number of Android devices that already utilize an 8MP camera. A key addition to the group is the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide.
The HTC-manufactured phone features an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash. It is rumored that iPhone 5 will also feature a dual-LED. DigiTimes reported that Taiwan-based firms Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology could be potential suppliers of dual-LED flash for Apple.
It is rumored that Apple will grace its iPhone 5 with the dual-core 1GHz chipset which powers its iPad 2. Apple is pretty late in the dual-core chip race. Samsung’s Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation, myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Holiday and Samsung Infuse 4G sport 1.2GHz dual-core processors while other superphones like Motorola Photon, Atrix, Bionic, and HTC’s Thunderbolt are powered by the dual-core 1GHz chipsets.
It is also rumored that the iPhone 5 will feature a new SIM-less design with 2 to 3 internal antennas for CDMA and GSM compatibility which will make it a worldphone. However, Motorola is already there with its Motorola Photon which offers both global 4G connectivity and 3G support.
Reports of Apple being in negotiations with Nuance Technologies has resulted in rumors that iPhone 5 will feature voice recognition capability. Currently, Android phones like Nexus S and myTouch 4G Slide feature voice recognition capabilities. The recently announced myTouch 4G offers Genius Button which takes one shot voice commands, powered by Nuance.
Another rumor states that iPhone 5 will feature glasses-free 3D viewing capacity, courtesy a patent which was issued to Apple in 2010 under the title “Three-dimensional display system”, which makes glasses-free 3D viewing possible.
However, HTC is already in this domain with its Android device HTC EVO 3D which comes with a 5MP 3D camera. Its stereoscopic camera captures videos at 1080p (2D) and 720p (3D). LG also has a 3D offering in the LG Optimus 3D which doesn’t require glasses.
Other reports suggest that iPhone 5 will flaunt a larger 3.7-inch screen. Most of the current breed of Android phones likes Motorola Photon, Samsung Galaxy S 2 and HTC Sensation sport a 4.3-inch display.
All these rumors depict Android phone features as bunchmarks for hardware upgrades that we can expect to see in the new iPhone.
The only certainty with the iPhone 5 is that it will run on iOS 5 which is due to be released in the fall.
However, a recent report suggests that Google’s next version of Android, the Ice Cream Sandwich is slated for release during Thanksgiving, which will further intensify the competition between the two. Recently, Google Android chief Andy Rubin tweeted that over 500,000 Android devices are activated every day. Apple’s delay seems to be Android’s gain.