Apple iPhone 5: A rumor roundup

Waiting for the release of the Apple iPhone 5? Well, who isn’t? Apple is a brand that has always succeeded in not only meeting, but exceeding the expectations of its customers and the same is expected with the iPhone 5.

If phones could attain celebrity status, the iPhone 5 would be the ultimate rockstar. In today’s time, everyone wants to be an iPhone groupie. And the mobile paparazzi become abuzz at the slightest indication about this yet unreleased phone. In fact, it has actually attained mythical status with so many legends and fables written around it.

Apple is currently riding the high wave. It has just upstaged Nokia to become the global leader in smartphones. The iPhone 4, despite having many flaws is set to become the world’s most popular smartphone. And everyone is looking forward to the iPhone 5 with dreamy eyes. So, anything and everything from Apple is eagerly anticipated.

Apple is notorious for keeping its products, technology and innovation a secret right up till the release date. The Apple iPhone 5 has been widely speculated to be this and that, but as yet, Apple has neither denied nor confirmed any of the rumors or speculations regarding the iPhone 5. It has left it to us to make educated guesses.

The rumor mill has been consistently churning new and attractive rumors about this phone. We give you a complete timeline of iPhone 5 rumors :

Jan 14, 2011

No physical buttons on the iPhone 5 – This was the first major rumor about the iPhone 5. It was said that Steve Jobs wanted to abolish the physical buttons on the iPhone 5. Instead of the home button, there would be a touch button that would take care of all your needs. It was also said that Apple was testing no-button iPhones.  This rumor had been welcomed by Apple users as the Home button had been giving problems for some time.

Feb 14, 2011(i)

It was rumored that the iPhone 5 would sport a bigger screen. Whether the 4″ inch screen would remain a dream or not, is not yet known

Feb 14, 2011(ii)

On the same day, a Taiwanese blog said that an iPhone with a slide-out keyboard was being considered as a prototype for iPhone 5. This would most probably remain a rumor as Mr. Jobs’ distaste for physical buttons is well-known.

Feb 15, 2011

The processor chosen for the iPhone 5 was rumored to be the A5 processor. This was proven to be wrong because Apple faced overheating troubles with the A5 processor in its iPad 2. The iPhone 5 is now set to have an A6 processor.

March 7, 2011

This time, rumors surfaced that the iPhone 5 would look just like the iPad 2. It  would ditch the glass back and external antenna and go for an Aluminum one. This one might turn out to be true as iPhone users have faced problems such as signal loss with the iPhone 5. Also, glass tends to make the phone heavy and scratches easily. So, this one might come true.

March 11, 2011

Some reports said that the Engineering drawings for the new iPhone had been leaked. According to the pictures, the iPhone 5 looked much alike the iPhone 4. The only change was that it had a bigger screen. This one is still on hold.
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March 22, 2011

The  New York Times confirmed that future iPhones would feature an NFC chip, discarding all previous rumors about the same. The Taiwanese manufacturer, Qualcomm has been given the contract of producing NFC chips for the iPhone 5.

April 7, 2011

The iPhone 5 was speculated to launch with Bezel displays. What this meant was that the coming phone would be more user friendly and have small Bezels at the end of the screen to help the user configure the phone to his/her requirements. Reportedly, Apple has already sought patents for the same.
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April 11, 2011

Till this time, the iPhone was expected to hit the market this fall. But according to some reports, Apple had delayed production for the iPhone 5 till October. This meant the phone would eventually debut in 2012. This seems totally fabricated as Apple wouldn’t like to disappoint its users by delaying the phone by so much.

April 19, 2011(i)

Reports surfaced that the iPhone 5 might support an 8 mega-pixel camera along with the A5 processor. Even the current  2 mega-pixel camera works as a charm so going along, an 8 mega-pixel camera seems a good idea.

April 19, 2011(ii)

According to the latest reports, the iPhone 5 production was to start in July, effectively eliminating a 2012 release.

May 18, 2011

More rumors surfaced that the iPhone would have 4S and not 4G.

May 19, 2011

Verizon announced that it would lend its 4G network (LTE) to the Apple iPhone 5.

May 23, 2011

The next iPhone was posed to have a curved glass screen. It was reported that Apple had purchased 200-300 glass cutting machines for its new iPhone.

June 21, 2011

After a gap of 1 month, the grapevine was abuzz with the talk of big changes in the iPhone design. The iPhone 5, according to this rumor will be sleeker, lighter and have a bigger home button.
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June 22, 2011

Apple’s iPhone 5 launch date was again speculated to be 7th September, same as Google’s Nexus, its core competitor.

June 27, 2011(i)

Speculations entailed that Apple would launch a cheaper version of the iPhone with the iPhone 5. The paparazzi even gave it a name – the ‘ iPhone Nano’.

June 27, 2011(ii)

On the same day, it was reported that Apple had deferred the iPhone production to August. What this meant was that the iPhone would no longer be releasing in Sept. ’11.

July 1, 2011

It was reported that the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 would simultaneously arrive in October.

July 6, 2011

It was reported that the iPhone 5 would sell 25 million pieces by the end of 2011.

July 26, 2011

AT&T and Apple were reported to be in preparation for the iPhone 5 launch

July 27, 2011

Allegedly, the iPhone 5 case is leaked. This showed major changes such as a thinner phone, a better camera and a bigger home button.
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July 28, 2011(i)

A white, plastic iPhone popped up on the net. It was not the iPhone 5 but the rumored iPhone 4S.

July 31, 2011

The iPhone 5 was spotted on a train. The images do not give out much, so speculations will still be speculations.

There is no smoke without a fire and Apple most probably is lighting its own fire. We know that Apple actually fortifies its information and it is next to impossible that any information is leaked without their consent. If spreading rumors is Apple’s PR strategy, it is a brilliant one.

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