Apple's and Samsung's next moves are a guessing game full of speculation and rumor leading to some surmise features that are just plain crazy and others which seem more likely. In either case, consumers are clamoring for information on what they should expect from Apple and Samsung next-gen biggies would appear like, when they are finally unwrapped.
With that in mind, here is a quick cheat sheet taking a look at rumors swirling about the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 that deserve the most attention. Will they all come true? As with other products in the market by both these tech giants, it is impossible to know for sure. But one thing is certain, if iPhone 5 and S3 do come with these features, they will be highly desirable on the open market.
Rumor No. 1
iPhone 5 Might Come This Fall
There had been lot of speculations about the launch date of the sixth generation iPhone from Apple. Out of which, the latest speculation about the release of the supposed iPhone 5 has that Apple will unveil its fabled phone either in June or in October. Numerous reports in the past that mentioned that iPhone would be released sometime in June, especially the last day of Worldwide Developers Conference (June 15).
Consequently, a report by Macotakara, a Japanese website also suggested the same, when they said that a Foxconn recruiter revealed during a conversation on TV Tokyo's World Business Satellite (WBS) show that the company was hiring about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5 which would be sold in June.
However, a recent report contradicted the past report stating that another Foxconn employee showed up and said that the next iPhone would be unveiled in October. According to South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper reports, an employee at Foxconn's Taiyuan factory informed that they have got the order for the iPhone 5 and it would be released around October.
Further, the same report also mentioned that with the confirmation of the next iPhone order, Foxconn has started a massive recruitment drive, in an attempt to have enough workers on the deck to meet the Apple's release which is scheduled for October.
Apple unveiled the first generation iPhone in June 2007. Same was the case with its successor, iPhone 3G, a year later. Then again the company stuck to June with the release of iPhone 3GS in 2009 and the iPhone 4 in 2010. However, a year later, came the major exception, the iPhone 4S, hitting the stores in October, last year. However, there is still no clue as to when iPhone 5 would hit the market though following the iPhone 4S, the October launch sounds more logical than a June launch.
Samsung Galaxy S3 May 22 Launch Rumor Prevails
Well, there have been a lot of predictions about when the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be launched. While the company has not shared any official information about it and still continues to maintain its silence, the media is rampant regarding the release date of the eagerly awaited gadget, a sure hitter against iPhone 5.
While early predictions suggested that S3 would be released in the first half of 2012, many tech enthusiasts were hopeful that the phone will be released in April. However, this seems highly unlikely as there have been no leaked details or clues about Samsung events this month, which usually emerge close to the actual release date of the phone.
At the same time, the most recent release date rumors point to a May 22 launch in London. The rumors sprawled from what appeared to be an official Samsung press invitation that leaked last week. It included an image of sleek metal case and the release date of Galaxy next.
Coherently, May 22 seems like a realistic release date as Android's Ice Cream Sandwich would likely be rolled out on all Galaxy S2 devices by then. And also, a recent tweet by Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, Eldar Murtazin also hinted the same. As his tweet said, I'm going to be in London, May 2. And when asked by a media follower, that is it purposed to attain the Galaxy S3 announment event, the official just replied with a smiley without disagreeing with the question.
Rumor No. 2
iPhone 5 To Feature Wireless Headset With A Built-In MP3
A recent Apple patent filing outlines a plan for a wireless headset, complete with built-in mp3 player. Could this also become the proprietary headset for the iPhone 5?
A report by Computerworld highlighted about a recent patent filing by Apple for a wireless headset with integrated media player. The new headset is said to combine the iPod shuffle's music-playback feature with Bluetooth technology, and it could become a kind of proprietary headset for the next iPhone.
The report explained that the new device could be more than an iPod Shuffle as with an integrated headset there could be also an inclusion of a microphone, as well as the ability to listen to voice messages giving a hybrid outlook to the headset/media player. Computerworld blogger Jonny Evans wrote that this is particularly significant since there are about 316 million iOS devices in use worldwide.
The report also suggested that the headset could become an integral component of the iPhone 5 as the patent noted a function allowing users to record phone conversation when connected to a device, further it also indicated that the headset might be geared towards an iPhone connection.
Samsung Galaxy S3 To Have A Home Button And 5-Column Modified UI
According to a recent report, the Galaxy S3 is expected to feature a physical 'Home' button. Also, new reports have mentioned that the device will now go with a 5-column Note-like UI layout, compared to the other 4-column on Galaxy Nexus and other Android flagships.
An article by the Korean Digital Daily was cited which reported that Samsung has made last minute changes for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3, which would contribute to the modification of physical appearance with an addition of a Home Button.
Further, the report also mentioned that unlike other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones that feature a 4-colum user interface, the Galaxy S3 will run a 5-column UI, similar to that of the Galaxy Note.
Rumor No. 3
iPhone to Debut With 1GB RAM, A5X Variant
Regarding the latest news on the processor of the next gen iPhone 5, a recent report by 9to5mac stated, that Apple has internally seeded a prototype next-generation iPhone with the iPhone 4 design. The actual next-generation iPhone is specifically said not to include the iPhone 4/4S design, but Apple is testing these new devices in older casings to throw off leaks.
The purpose of the prototype iPhone was reported to be able to test a variation of the A5X's S5L8945X chip in an iPhone. Like the A5X-powered iPad, these new iPhone prototypes are packing 1GB of RAM. This prototype is labeled N96 internally, but if the same codename will carry on the actual phone is still unconfirmed
Earlier reports suggested that the sixth generation iPhone would feature an A6 processor. It was expected to be a superfast 1.2 to 1.5 GHz processor with 1GB or more of RAM to offer amazing processing capabilities to the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Undergoing Carrier Testing
Lately, a report by the Korean business and tech blog ETNews claimed that Samsung has sent the prototypes two months ago to carriers to provide products for network interworking.
The Korean giant has been secretly inspired by its rival Apple as the website stated that Samsung supplied each carrier with a single rectangular box, with all the S3 software and electronics inside, and accessible for testing. So that the carriers had no way to see the exterior design and provide any image leaks to the media world.
ET News reported, citing anonymous sources in the industry: ... mobile manufacturers usually provide mobile phones for network interworking tests two months before launching them. But we predict that we will be able to run the test for Galaxy S3 right before the release. We are preparing to perform the test as fast as possible because the time is short.
Rumor No. 4
iPhone 5 to boast a 4-inch Screen
According to a recent report by analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, the next iPhone will have a larger, 4-inch display and a brand new design.
This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device, White wrote to his clients.
Contrary to this, earlier reports had mentioned that the iPhone 5 would come with a large 4.6-inch or a 3.5-inch screen. Some other sources also said that the device would sport Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display with 1280 x 720 resolutions (367ppi).
Galaxy S3 Will Sport a Revolutionary HD Screen
Earlier, BGR reported that Galaxy S3 would sport 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels. Recent rumors have mentioned that Samsung Galaxy S3 would come with a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD panel and Non-PenTile Display. Furthermore, according to Softpedia, OLED Association released an article on Samsung Mobile Display and suggested that Samsung Galaxy S3 would be released in May around the same time frame as Apple's iPhone 5 and would feature 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD Plus with the 319 ppi. Also rumors are rife that the S3 would sport a strong Gorilla Glass feature.
According to industry reports, the resolution and a higher pixel density of the S3 will also leave behind the great Retina display of the iPhone 4S (326 pixels per inch). Further, the smartphone has been confirmed not to feature any 3D technology.
Rumor No. 5
iPhone 5 to feature Universal Remote Control
According to a report in the recent past from Patently Apple, it was hinted that the company is looking to offer the universal remote control feature to iPhones and possibly iPads.
The team from Patently Apple described how the new patent once integrated in the next generation iPads and iPhones would work by using the iCloud technology and also implied that Apple is working secretly to offer their iOS fans with the technology integrated in the next iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy S3 To Get Wireless Charging
Earlier, a report by Korean news website DDaily said that S3 was to get Samsung's very own wireless charging system. The feature would run through magnetic induction variety, allowing users to charge their device within a 1 to 2 meter radius from the charging station.
Other Features of Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3
As far as the other likely features are concerned, the Apple's upcoming iPhone model would include:
- iPhone 5 is expected to have 8 megapixel (or even higher) camera with the ability to take pictures in the panorama mode, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
- Speculations are widespread that an update to iOS 6.0 is possible by the time of the iPhone 5 release later this year.
- Rumor has it that iPhone 5 will have better battery life than the Li-Po 1420 mAh battery in iPhone 4S that gives up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM).
- On top of a new battery and a possible Retina display screen rumors, the iPhone 5 will feature the latest and greatest version of Wi-Fi technology - 4G LTE.
- According to a recent report prevailing, the NFC technology on the iPhone 5 is becoming a huge possibility. A report was cited on Patently Apple regarding an Apple patent application about iWallet and NFC informing that Apple has got a patent for iWallet to payments via NFC and there were also diagrams passed from Apple to the Patent & Trademark Office in the US, showing an iPhone which may possibly be the iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 likely rumor features:
- S3 is expected to be powered by Samsung's 1.5 GHz Exynos quad-core chip accompanied by 2GB RAM.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update with Samsung's latest version of TouchWiz software atop the user interface. Or Vanilla ICS upgrade is also expected.
- The camera upgrade is expected to be a big one with 12 megapixels with a 1080p video at 60 frames per second and video chatting with a front-facing 2 megapixel camera.
- It would also come backed with 4G LTE connectivity and the latest, Near Field Communication (NFC) feature.
- It would feature a 16 GB of internal memory and with an expandable memory option up to 32 GB.
- It would measure 131 x 64 x 8 mm and weigh around 125grams.