Apple fans have a reason to rejoice. The launch of the much awaited iPhone 5 is speculated to take place on October 4th, later this year, in line with last year’s schedule.
Expected to release earlier last year, Apple dashed the hopes of those awaiting the iPhone 5 by releasing the iPhone 4S instead. The new version of the iPhone is expected to support 4G, along with a wide range of new features such as a larger 4 inch plus screen, an improved version of Siri, sleeker by 2 mm and a better high definition quality 8 MP camera amongst others. It is also rumoured to be powered by a quad core processor, in order to compete with other smartphones and Android devices, and move to LTE (Long Term Evaluation) technology, to support more wireless carriers. It is also reported to run on iOS 6.
Although there has been no official statement from Apple, it has come to knowledge that the manufacturing of the phone is already in process, and will supposedly feature a curved screen, along with incorporating NFC into its software, which will enable mobile money transfer, simply by swiping the phone on the store’s NFC-equipped reader. According to analyst Mark Moskowitz, the iPhone 5 will reign supreme in 2013, and will provide stiff competition to other players in the same segment.
The launch will be no doubt, presided over by Tim Cook, the new CEO and chief of Apple. Expectations weigh heavy on his shoulders, especially after the death of Steve Jobs, and this will be a chance for him to prove his mettle.
Although product launches are generally announced a week before the actual event, we certainly have our fingers crossed that the October 4th pans out, in spite of the fact that plans could be changed anytime. The new device would be available for purchase within a few weeks after the launch.