It hasn’t been too long since the iPhone 4S was released, but rumors regarding the next device are already rife. Adding to them is iMore, which reports that: Apple’s next-generation iPhone is likely to arrive in October, sporting a 3.5-inch screen and high speed 4G LTE connectivity as well.
The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch screen too, so it would make sense for the next device to be similar, although it isn’t ‘set in stone’. Developers who currently write software for the current display won’t have to face complications that way. Previous rumors have suggested that the next device in line could come with a 4.6-inch Retina Display.
The other likely feature of the phone will be 4G LTE radio. No surprises there, since Apple unveiled its first 4G LTE wireless device earlier this month: the new iPad.
Among other rumors are talks of the replacement of the 30-pin dock connector currently found in the iDevice line-up. A smaller port will supposedly debut on the new iPhone, the purpose of which will be to save space.
Investment firm Barclays has recently fuelled rumors regarding the sixth-generation iPhone from Apple. A note from Barclays exposed that Apple is currently appraising components for the next handset. The report also pointed towards Apple making use of Qualcomm’s “MDM9615″ LTE chip. This chip supports both voice and data connections over high speed 4G networks. Barclays has also previously claimed that the next iPhone will be unveiled in October of this year, like the iPhone 4S. Previous iPhones saw June/July releases.
Unlike the new iPad, which is only compatible with Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., the new iPhone is anticipated to be compatible with a variety of 4G LTE networks.
Of course, such predictions are not for certain. Retina Display was expected with near-certainty prior to the release of the iPad 2 but it never came about. The iPhone 4S was expected to be called the iPhone 5, the new iPad iPad 3. The Cupertino company isn’t too predictable, and only the launch of the device itself will confirm anything. However, the 4G LTE compatibility is true in all likelihood. Not only because the new iPad has it, and so do several smartphones, but because someone tipped iDB that strings found within iOS 5.1 indicate that it might be so.
These strings have not been seen on previous iOS versions. It can also be seen that Apple might finally allow FaceTime over cellular connection. There are still a few months to go before the iPhone will be here though, so we’ll have to wait for fall 2012 to see.