This year there are two handsets that can be easily categorized as ‘highly anticipated.’ The first one is the flagship Android smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S III, while the second is the sixth generation iPhone from Apple, which is presumably called the iPhone 5. Even though the latter of the two has not even been announced, a survey conducted by ChangeWave claims that the demand for the upcoming iPhone is strikingly higher in comparison to any other iPhone that was launched in the past.
The report states, “With 14% of consumers saying they’re Very Likely and 17% Somewhat Likely to buy the “iPhone 5” in the future, advance demand for the next generation iPhone is strikingly higher than for any previous iPhone model. For example: a similar question on future demand for the iPhone 4S, taken at the time of its October 2011 launch, showed 10% Very Likely and 11.5% Somewhat Likely to purchase the device. Moreover, the iPhone 4S is currently considered the most successful smart phone release in history.”
Is this the iPhone 5?
A report by iMore claims that this makes sense as Apple did not opt for a new design when they launched the iPhone 4S in October of last year. Instead, the brand stuck with the tried and tested design used with the iPhone 4 when they launched the 4S.
With the iPhone 5, Apple is expected to give the handset a complete overhaul as far as looks are concerned and will launch it with a larger screen. The screen expected to be fitted on the new iPhone is believed to be of the in-cell technology type where it will be a lot slimmer than the display used on current generation models. The size of the display is believed to be bumped up from 3.5-inches diagonally to 4-inches and will feature a resolution of 1136 x 640. This will mean that it will feature an aspect ratio of 16:9 as opposed to the 3:2 ratio found on current iPhones.
The iPhone 5 is also expected to feature a unibody design instead of the brushed metal sides sandwiched between the two sheets of gorilla glass. The rear of the next iPhone is expected to be made of metal as well as glass and this will give it an all-new look in comparison to any previous iPhone.
iPhone 5 spotted
The major rival of the upcoming Apple iPhone is the Samsung Galaxy S III and this handset was launched a in early June. Though it has been less than two months since the Galaxy S III made its debut, the handset has already gathered over 10 million sales globally. Samsung was expected to hit the 10 million mark by July and they did making the Galaxy S III Samsung's fastest selling smartphone.
As of now, since only one of the two handsets have been launched, we have to wait and see what Apple brings to the table when they launch the iPhone 5.