Posted August 6, 2012 by Paul Banker in Products & Tech

iPhone 5 Release Imminent: Get Excited

Get Excited: iPhone 5 Release Imminent

Although Apple has yet to offer official release date for the iPhone 5, online speculation suggests Sept 12, 2012 will be the day.  That might be wishful thinking by Apple loyalists, but the latest news on the much anticipated release is that Apple partner Sharp has shipped the new displays.  Via Macrumors:

“Japan’s Sharp Corp. said it will start shipping screens destined for a new Apple iPhone that is widely expected to be released in October ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping season. ”Shipments will start in August,” Sharp’s new president, Takashi Okuda, said at a press briefing in Tokyo on Thursday after the company released its latest quarterly earnings.”

While Apple has kept quiet about the iPhone 5 release date and the new phone’s features, some of the top rumors circulating on the web focus on screen size, display resolution, and a significantly down-sized dock connector.

One persistent rumor alleges that consumers can expect the screen size on the iPhone 5 to be about 30% larger than on previous models.  Accompanying this rumor is the suggestion that the new phone will also be thinner.  The technology used by Sharp, called in-cell, is reportedly a half a millimeter thinner than the technology utilized in current iPhone models.  The Sharp technology also utilizes touch sensors, replacing the need for the inclusion of an LCD panel.

Elsewhere, anticipation focuses on the improved resolution of the iPhone 5.  The consensus seems to be that the phone will feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, which basically equates to HD quality resolution on the screen as well as in photos and video that the phone captures.

It also appears likely that the new phone will have a smaller dock connector.  This will make past connector cords pretty much useless, and the necessity of this feature seems to be a point of debate among enthusiasts.  The smaller dock will surely drive the need for users to buy new accessories, which seems to be the major point of contention.

While none of this is confirmed, the hype surrounding the new release has already spurned a surplus of earlier iPhone models on eBay.  ComputerWorld reports that this week’s speculation has “spurned a 70% increase in the number of owners trying to unload their current smartphones.”  Whatever the features actually are, one thing is certain: the new iPhone 5 will surely be one of the biggest tech releases of 2012.


Paul Banker

Paul Banker is a freelance writer living in the Baker District in Denver, CO. His enthusiasm for writing led to a degree in English from the University of Colorado, and an over-serious appreciation for the arts. His interests include dabbling in the latest electronic music technology, perusing Denver’s First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe Art District, and continually restoring his cherished Schwinn Le-Tour III.