Despite rumours hitting a boiling point that Apple is planning on releasing a smaller, budget edition of the iPhone, fresh reports have hit the web that Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone will boast a larger 4-inch display, a dual core CPU and possibly even a slide-out physical keyboard.
The fact that Apple is working tirelessly (well, mostly the Chinese factory workers, but let’s not argue semantics here) in making a faster, snappier successor to the iPhone 4 has never really been in doubt. But today, thanks to the tech mob at DigiTimes, we have a bit more to go on than the blatantly obvious.
According to component suppliers close to the matter, “the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interesting in expanding the screen size to 4-inches to support the tablet PC market as the vendor only has a 9.7-inch iPad in the market".
There is also speculation that the iPhone 5 will pack a dual core dual core Cortex A9 based 1GHz processor to keep up with the spate of dual core smartphones being announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week.
Meanwhile, Apple Insider scooped another bit of info from Taiwanese blog tw.apple.pro, that Apple has made not one but three hardware prototypes of the next iPhone, one of which reportedly sports a “sliding cover” that conceals the keyboard.
Judging by their history of leaks, the site's story seems pretty credible. A keyboard-toting iPhone would certainly make it a more appealing device to BlackBerry-toting types and old-fashioned users who prefer the tactile feel of a button when typing long messages.
Stay tuned for more iPhone 5 news very soon.
DigiTimes, Apple Insider