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What I Am Expecting for the iPhone 5

New iOS device later this year

I thought I would get the iThain's iPhone Crystal Ball out again, polish it up and gaze a few months ahead towards the end of 2011.

First of all I have to say that I do not think we will see the device until the latter half of this year, maybe just before the end of the year holidays would not be a total surprise. I believe the reason for this will not because of component supply issues, but due to the fact that it has only been on release within Verizon for a few months.

This would be a break from the norm, of the usual yearly cycles of updates for the iPhone, but this will not effect the hype and demand! Now I have said that, I am also thinking that the iPhone 5 will be such a great leap forward that the delay will be Apple's way to make sure enough there is enough supply to satisfy the demand when it hits the streets.

I do expect that we will get some hints during WWDC, though Apple have said outright that this year's WWDC will not be a platform for any hardware launches.

OK, my iPhone Crystal ball has now booted up, so here are the things I would like to see happen for the iPhone 5…

  • A uni-body very similar to the iPad2, in fact I'm hoping it will look very much like the iPad2
  • Faster Processor, the same A5 that is in the iPad2
  • More internal Memory
  • More Storage, maybe removing the 16GB entry level and increasing the upper option to 128GB
  • Near Field Communications - NFC Ready
  • A change to the communications chipset, allowing the iPhone 5 to be both GSM & CDMA and 4G Ready
  • Improvements to the camera
  • Battery life to increase
  • Lighter in weight

What I can be sure of is the the rumor-mill is only starting to spin now, and will increase exponentially over the next few months.

More Stories By Ian Thain

As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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