Apple divulged on Tuesday that it would be announcing the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012. The company sent out a graphic that features the “12″ for the press conference date with a large “5″ shadow under the image. Revealing the name of a gadget before it arrives is a first for the world’s largest tech firm.
In 2011 Apple surprised everyone when it revealed the iPhone 4S after media outlets spent months calling the device the iPhone 5.
Apple pulled the same shenanigans in March of this year when the company revealed the ‘new iPad” in place of names that included iPad 3 and iPad HD (because of its Retina display).
With previous product releases Apple has received some backlash, for example when the iPhone 4S was released those in attendance seemed underwhelmed by the slight modifications made from the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S models, focusing almost solely on Siri voice-assisted technology. read more
During an Apple conference on October 4 the iPhone 5 is expected to be announced and with that announcement a new ‘Assistant’ feature is expected to arrive, a feature that would double the devices RAM to 1GB.
According to reports Assistant is the next evolution of the Apple’s voice control system.
Rumors say Assistant is a new way to interact with your iPhone based solely off voice commands, for example a user might say “make appointment at 9am with Dentist” at which point the iPhone 5 will create that appointment in the user’s calendar.
Another example from WebProNews uses location based reminders alongside assistant for example a user might say:
â€śRemind me to buy milk when I arrive at the market.â€ť
Once the iPhone 5 user arrives at a store that sells milk the reminder will be shown using location based services.
The Assistant feature is also expected to offer GPS directions based off voice commands, power your text messaging and read text messages back to users and even ask questions about what you want so it can provide proper assistance. For example you might say “Email John Doe” and the phone would ask you which one of their email addresses to use if multiple addresses are found. read more
Apple is expected to officially announce the iPhone 5 in September or October of this year and on the heels of that announcement we have compiled a list of possible iPhone 5 features as rumored from various online sources.Â While we still don’t know what the iPhone 5 price will be, these rumors give us a good idea of some major possibilities for the devices hardware and software future.
Apple is expected to go bezel-free with the release of the iPhone 5, returning to a design that’s closer to the iPhone 3G than the iPhone 4. According to some reports the curved back can help eliminate “Death Grip” while a tapered design is said to be in the work that would create a thinner bottom than top, allowing the phone to sit on an angle while placed on a flat surface.
Another rumor says the device will feature a metallic back instead of the devices signature black and white options we’ve seen in the past, however a curved glass design could also be used as Apple is rumored to have recently purchased 300 glass cutting machines. read more