The iPhone 5s – Apple’s latest smartphone offering – is rumored to be released later this year. According to an Aug. 25 cnet.com article, the specs are pouring in. In traditional apple iPhone fashion, techy consumers have headway on the news, months before any formal release date is even announced.
Here’s the skinny on what’s thought to be the latest iPhone specs:
Name: So far, iPhone 5s seems to be the tag Apple will stick to. Apple could skip right over the “S” label and jump right into an iPhone 6 model, but the software developer will likely wait until 2014 to roll out a new numerical designation. A less-frills and more affordable iPhone 5c is thought to accompany the S.
Display: Bigger is better when it comes to smartphone diplsays, but in this case, the change seems to be in the pixel resolution. A “Super HD” screen display – giving the user a full-on 1080 high-def resolution – would more than double the current pixel count. Rumors point to a count of 1.5 million pixels and a .5 mm screen thickness. Ultra thin and ultra sharp.
Casing: Most photos leaked of the potential casing show little changes, other than some movement on the button locations to improve stability. Digital Times reported earlier this year that Apple may opt to save in production cost and adopt plastic for its iPhone 5s chassis, instead of the reinforced glass or unibody metal that is currently being used.
Camera: The newest camera is thought to have a larger flash and a 13 megapixel capacity. Flash options generally are no flash, a single LED flash, a dual-LED flash, and xenon flash. Xenon flashes are rarely found in phones. Confirmed with the iPhone 5s is a dual LED flash, which should result in a more natural, “even” illumination in low-light conditions.
NFC: Near-field communication, or NFC for short, establishes radio communication between two devices by either touching them together or bringing them into close proximity of one another. The coolest development in NFC would be a biometric fingerprint scanner, adding a layer of security to the 5s.
Battery: Not much news here. But a slightly bigger battery – 5.92Whr battery, up from the 5.45Whr option in the iPhone 5 – might offset the added features, like the dual flash, which eats into battery life big time.
Wireless charging: According to techradar.com, Apple filed a patent application last month for Wireless Power Utilization, a wireless charging system. Appears we can say goodbye to the clumsy wires at last.