The iPhone 5 release date draws closer as we start up the dog days of Summer, and the time since Apple’s WWDC in San Francisco have brought about new iPhone 5 release rumors as well as hardcore confirmed items about the release. We have a new dock connector, cryptic words from Foxconn, removable iPhone lenses, iOS6 release predictions and actual specs with concept renderings and images. Make your bold predictions about the iPhone 5 release date in the comments below and check out the news.
iPhone 5 Release Date
The iPhone 5 rumors of a new dock connector of the past weeks gained traction, as TechCrunch confirmed the new iPhone 5 will come with a 19-pin dock instead of 30-pin dock, saying "TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem." MacRumors backed this up while providing a spec rendering from Mobile Fun that they say came from a case manufacturer.
They stated three big things that are likely to happen: 1) the iPhone 5 specs will be bigger: 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin with a screen of 4 inches. 2) The headphone jack is at the bottom of the phone (which was mentioned 2 weeks ago) 3) The new dock will be smaller. The third item of course backs up the idea of a new iPhone 5 connector. Richi Jennings from Computerworld has also listed a number of people who've worked through the new connector idea, and the iPhone 5 video below shows the new rear plate. The specs show that it’s longer and slimmer, so the 4 inch screen theory gains credibility; also the sim card looks different. The headphone jack being moved to the bottom of the iPhone 5 is a smart idea.
A recently filed patent is shedding light on whether the iPhone 5 release will include removable lenses for the camera. The patent date is from ten days ago, titled "Back Panel for a Portable Electronic Device with Different Camera Lens Options" (exciting name, no?) and goes into detail about an optical component that will be removable and "alters optical characteristics of the digital imaging subsystem." More geekspeak for sure, but we can all see the vibe here ... it's an attachable device that looks like a lens with filters and zoom, that draws power from the iPhone to help take photos. Check out the iPhone 5 concept rendering below and its patent here.
Terry Gou from the manufacturer Foxconn threw down with some interesting words this week when he all but declared the the iPhone 5 release date will all but outdo the initial iPhone launch, saying the new iPhone 5 release will "put Samsung's Galaxy III to shame." The story dates back to a Focus Taiwan article which also said that he has an axe to grind in the matter: "Gou said he has made it a lifetime goal to defeat Samsung -- 'a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors.'" Check out more on the background of that whole ordeal at Focus Taiwan.