The rumor round-up.
Earlier this month, I collected all the speculation on the iPhone 5. While we seemed to have a solid picture back then, a new batch of rumors has muddled things up. Here's what we know: if Apple's pattern holds, the iPhone 5 will pack a dual-core A5 processor. We can expect a Verizon and AT&T version to launch. June will be the release month.
Everything else we have is wild speculation. And here it is:
-NFC. Or Not. We've had duelling rumors on this one. The iPhone 5 may just show up with a new Qualcomm chip that includes NFC functionality. This would give the new iPhone one capability over the current iPad. But the "electronic credit card" function NFC seems focused towards is much more convenient on a handset.
Apple is believed to be instituting a major NFC push among American small businesses. If Apple is willing to subsidize NFC readers for small retailers, they definitely have their eyes set on the technology. Google's Nexus S beats them from being "first", but Apple still has the market power to actually push adoption on a major scale.
No T-Mobile Support. This one is pretty much a given, after the revelation that AT&T is purchasing their old rival. On the plus side? Those of you who are current T-Mo customers will have a shot at the iPhone 5. So, in a very stupid way, T-Mobile did get the iPhone.
-The Glass is here to stay. Ever since the iPhone 4 launched, folks have complained about the dual glass design. It has been the cause of most iPhone repairs, and many speculated that Apple would change the form factor up with the five. Early leaked cases from Alibaba, however, hint that the dual-glass design will be hanging around for another iteration.
-There will be a white iPhone 5 at launch. A marketer for Apple tweeted as much a few days ago. While that isn't much evidence, prior rumors support the white iPhone 5. The iPad 2 comes in both colors- but it also has a wildly different design. Apple's had trouble getting white models of the iPhone 4 to come out well.