We are probably a few months away from the next iPhone release - and watching hordes of people beaten hollow by the doors of Apple stores. In light of today's news that the next iPhone will have a thinner screen, here's a summary of what we know about the latest model.
Release date: Analysts expect the phone on the market in autumn. The first four iPhones all came in the summer either in June or July. But last year the iPhone 4S launched on 14 October. There are many rumors about the release date - a blog called Know Your Mobile, for example, says it "can only reveal" the date will be August 7. As anyone who follows Apple does know, most rumors tend to be false. In any case, all major airlines are expected to begin selling the iPhone at launch.
Name: Apple deceived everyone last year when it named its newest model, the 4S instead of 5. It surprised the blogosphere again this year by phoning the latest tablet the "new iPhone" instead of the iPad 3, which indicates that he is doing away with numbering conventions. So do not be surprised if this is just the "new iPhone."
Screen: The Wall Street Journal reports today that the iPhone will have a thinner screen using in-cell technology, screen makers Sharp, Japan Display and LG Display. The screen is thinner, as it does without a touch screen layer which is about half a millimeter thick. This improves the quality of the images. The screen is also larger, at least 4 inches 3.5 inches diagonally opposite all iPhones.
Features: The phone will feature the new operating system, IOS 6, which Apple says is supplied with 200 new features, including enhancements to "voice assistant Siri, a new 3-D maps service with turn-by-turn navigation, integration with Facebook, a "Do Not Disturb" feature to prevent unwanted messages in the night, and a new app called passbook organizes loyalty cards, tickets and boarding passes to the right card to display when needed.