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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/24/2011

iPhone 5: Top 5 rumors roundup

By Hayley Tsukayama

iPhone hype never really dies down, and now that the Verizon iPhone has been announced and advertised, Apple fans are making their guesses about the iPhone 5.

Here are the top five rumors about the fifth-generation iPhone, from the most solid to most speculative, though it's best to take all of them with a grain or two of salt:

5. It will launch this summer: This is the probably the rumor that's closest to true. Apple keeps a pretty regular launch schedule, and time is quickly running out on the rumors that the phone will be out this month. Most news outlets are saying the announcement will come in July.

4. It will be LTE: Will the fifth-generation iPhone be the iPhone 5...or the iPhone 4G? There are plenty of rumors that the next iPhone will run on Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks, giving it 4G speeds. With other smartphones hitting the 4G market hard, Apple would be at a serious disadvantage if it didn't make the jump to the faster networks.

3. It will be multi-core: PC Mag and others have reported that the iPhone 5 and iPad 2 will be powered by Apple's multi-core A5 chip that could give the new models four times the power of previous models.

2. It will be your wallet: Apple has reportedly been working on near-field communication technology that will allow users to pay for things with their phones by waving or tapping it in front of receivers. This kind of technology is already in widespread use with credit cards, and a June 2009 patent from Apple ComputerWorld found showed that the company has at least been thinking about putting an NFC antenna in a touch screen.

1. It will be cheaper than you think: The strength of the yen has reportedly sent Apple to Taiwan and China for more of its component needs then ever as it prepares to churn out the new handset. GizmoCrunch reported Taiwanese manufacturer Epistar reached an agreement with Toyoda Gosei, to gain access to the Japanese company's patents. All this behind the scenes action could translate to lower -- or at least not much higher -- prices for the new iPhone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 24, 2011; 11:18 AM ET
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Comments

A Verizon iphone 5 would piss off millions of people if it is released so quickly after the the Verizon iPhone 4 release. Rob, do YOU think that would happen?

Of course Apple/Verizon may be prepared to do compensate people with a $100 credit or something else just as they did when they dropped the iphone price when it debuted.

Posted by: ChinoDaLegend | January 24, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

you don't give any merit to the rumor that it will be dual GSM/CDMA?

Posted by: satyric | January 24, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

No. 4 in your list is exactly what Apple did when it released the iPhone in 2007. All the other device makers were releasing 3G phones and Apple held off for one year to try and help with the battery issues. With a new radio (LTE) it is still not known what the battery levels will be like on the 1st gen devices.

Plus, to ensure that the VZW subscribers upgrade the following year (2012) and to stay within their upgrade cycles for all carriers, adding LTE in 2012 would be the best scenario for Apple in the eyes of the end users and their stockholders.

Just like with the iPad, they could have added a camera, but what would be the selling point for this years version if they had released it last year?

Posted by: subscribe2 | January 24, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Good roundup Rob! I come here for all my technology news. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: jiji1 | January 24, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree with subscribe2 and LTE. Although looking at Tim Cook's comments at the Verizon event, LTE Is still in it's infancy. 

And from what I've heard about the Evo and company, it is a major drain on battery life. And Apple is really concerned with battery life.  There is a 20-30% increase with every iPhone. 

The only way I could see Apple implementing 4G is with solar cell CIGS embedded in the glass back and front. And that technology could be this year but is also in the early stages. 

As for NFC from Apple, they've been working on it since the release of the original iPhone. Considering how long Apple has waited while working on technologies, copy and paste, multitasking, FaceTime. It's very real that NFC will be released this year. 

Posted by: Foollullaby | January 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I really want to buy one iphone 5 and an aneesoft video covnerter. But Apple's new product alway make us waiting for a long time.

Posted by: xiaoa | January 24, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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