Although not brand new, Apple's New iPad, armed with a full HD display with 3.1 million pixels, a four times faster processor and 4G LTE capability, has enough spark in to offer its rivals a killer blow.
While many Apple observers find all these improvements really smart and on-target, some other people see them as predictors of what the next generation iPhone aka iPhone 5 will offer.
Kirk Yang, an analyst at Barclays Capital in Hong Kong, talked to Bloomberg about the launch of Apple's new iPad and the outlook for a new version of the iPhone. According to him, the next iPhone would be more interesting and the release is going to be huge.
One of main reasons that Yang possibly based his prediction on could be the set of key features that the Cupertino-based tech giant included in the new iPad. That said here's a list of most likely features for the next generation iPhone that the new iPad release hints at.
Much Higher Display
Considering that the New iPad has Retina Display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, expectations are high that iPhone 5 will also feature much improved display. If the current rumors are to be believed, the next generation iPhone will have 3.7 to 4-inch Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display. Some reports made it even more specific by saying that a high resolution (1280x720) HD screen with a pixel density of 367ppi is also on the cards.
The next iPhone with a bigger screen and more pixel density in a Retina Display will allow users to watch videos and view images in a much higher resolution.
Faster Processor: Will it be A6 Finally?
Denying all the rumors of an A6 processor, the New iPad featured an A5X dual-core CPU with quad-core GPU. Therefore, Apple is highly expected to go quad-core with its next iPhone.
According to rumors, iPhone 5 will have a super-fast (1.2 to 1.5 GHz) A6 quad-core processor with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
Support for 4G LTE
Though there was no clear reason for the delayed release of iPhone 4S, yet many analysts believe that it was Apple's failed attempt to implement Long-Term Evolution (LTE) into the phone that hold back the much-awaited launch.
Since the New iPad got 4G LTE support, there is even higher chance that LTE will be incorporated in Apple's next iPhone also.
The next generation iPhone 5 also rumored to pack the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
In January, a 9to5Mac report talked about a conversation between one of their reporters and a well-connected developer at the recent Macworld convention. The developer claimed to be building an application that includes the ability to process mobile transactions using the NFC technology.
Rumors about Apple planning to introduce NFC in its future products have been around for quite some time now. The New York Times reported even before the launch of iPhone 4S that a forthcoming iPhone would feature NFC. Since it did not turn out to be iPhone 4S, it could well be the one on the cards.
According to Smart Money, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers will inevitably feature NFC technology in their devices.
The third generation iPad sports a 5 megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with support for 1080p video recording. Given the enhanced camera on the new iPad, iPhone 5 is also highly expected to feature a much improved camera compared to the one present in iPhone 4S. Some speak about 8 megapixel or even 10 megapixel camera and the possibility to take pictures in panorama mode. Another rumor indicated that iPhone 5 will even have a 3D camera.
Apple released iOS 5.1, an incremental update to iOS 5 Wednesday. According to it, the current iPhone 4S and the new iPad will run the latest iOS update.
Since every new Apple device comes with an upgraded version of the company's mobile operating system, speculations are rife that an update to iOS 6.0 is possible by the time of the iPhone 5 release later this year.
Better Battery life
According to Apple, despite all that extra vigor including the supercharged new processor, enhanced display and 4G LTE, the new iPad still gets an amazing 10 hours of battery life.
Considering this, Apple is also likely to improve the battery in its upcoming iPhone model as well. It's expected that the iPhone 5 will have a better battery life than the Li-Po 1420 mAh battery in the iPhone 4S that gives up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM).
If the latest rumors are to be believed, Apple may abandon mid-year launches and to consider a 12-month iPhone upgrade cycle starting in the fall. According to Asian reliable source, next iPhone will be released in September or October, and this cycle seems to be kept for years, a recent report in Japanese blog Macotakara said.
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