Rumors are raining these days about Apple's upcoming version of iPhone - the iPhone 5. With numerous chitchats emerging every other day, people are confused over what to believe and what they can ignore. But the latest revelations made by a Boy Genius Report as well as a Bloomberg report, citing secret sources known to Apple's plans, have perked up the rumor that the much-awaited iPhone 5 will land in September this year.
With a fresh release scheduled for as early as August or September, chances are there that Apple will woo its users with a device, which will be capable of stealing the show from its arch rivals. But what are the features that the users demand or wish to have in their future iPhone?
Here is our take on five key features that will help iPhone 5 break new ground.
Near Field Communications (NFC)
Only a few smartphones have the NFC technology now and is yet to get support from payment processors in enough places to become a mainstream trend. In May, Google launched 'Google Wallet', a mobile-payment service that utilizes near-field communication. If Apple accumulates NFC capabilities into iPhone 5, it will help Apple take on its competitors a bit harder.
There are a few devices available that connect to 4G networks, but it has not been adopted widely in the market. With 4G networks becoming ubiquitous across the U.S, iPhone 5 would be the ideal device for Apple to start supporting the ultra-high-speed technology.
GSM and CDMA support
Currently, we have two versions of iPhone 4 - one is for AT&T customers and another one for Verizon customers. If Apple wants a game changer, a device allowing users to opt for both Verizon and AT&T for a service contract would surely serve the need.
Rumors are rife that the next generation of iPhone will offer its users a full edge-to-edge display. If that becomes a reality, Apple will be likely to woo its fans. It need not necessarily be of more pixels, but just a bigger screen maximizing the usable space will do the magic.
Bigger, faster camera
If we go with photo-sharing site Flickr, the iPhone 4 is now the most popular camera with a 5 megapixel unit. What about a future iPhone, featuring an 8 megapixel camera, or even more, with faster overall response? It would surely capitalize on the smartphone's popularity as a point-and-shoot-device.