The next generation iPhone, the iPhone 5 is expected to be the most significant upgrade of the iPhone since the jump from the iPhone 3Gs to the iPhone 4.
The release seems to be in order to combat the competition that includes most noticeable Samsung. Furthermore, there are rumours that the iPhone 5 will not be released alone and will be launched alongside either the Mini iPad or Apple’s iTV. The Mini iPad would obviously be a direct competitor of Google’s Nexus 7.
In a similar situation last year there was much upheaveal about the iPhone 4S. However, the iPhone 5 has caused a much greater stir. There are already talks of networks shipping in nano-sims that will feature in the iPhone 5.
Oh, let’s not also forget the new 19-pin connector that will be featured on the latest iPhone handest ensuring most of your previous iPhone accessories will be incompatible with the latest iPhone. The new phone will also include 4G mobile broadband, however, this will only be compatible in the US. Where as 4G networks in Europe, which use different frequencies to those in America, will be incompatible.
A number of mobile phone companies are anticipating a September 2012 launch for the latest iPhone. The rumours are high, and possibly likely, that the iPhone 5 will be released on 21st September 2012. This would in turn imply a release date of 11th September.
However, sources suggest that Apple would want to avoid offically unveiling the iPhone 5 on the 9/11 anniversary out of respect. As a result take any launch and release date with a pinch of salt. However, do use it as an estimate for it is rather likely that September or October could see the release of the next generation iPhone.
The release of the latest iPhone is not all good news. O2, who recently suffered a massive network loss, wer originally exclusively signed up to the iPhone in the UK. However, it seems likely that Apple will release the iPhone through every carrier.