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Apple iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S: What are update rumors?

iphone5080911_optBY BOB HOLT

With the expected unveiling of the iPad 3 next week, the status of the iPhone 5 has been pushed to the back burner for a time. But latest reports say the smartphone’s release will follow the patterns of its previous iPhones' launch cycles.

T3 reports that Japanese Apple blog Macotakara said, "According to a reliable Asian source, the next iPhone will be released in September or October.”

The launch of the iPhone 4S in October 2011 was the first time Apple varied from releasing its devices in the summer, and users waited 15 months for a new phone instead of the company’s standard 12.

As far as its specs, the iPhone 4S contains a dual-core A5 chip, but reports are saying the next generation model will have an A6, a quad-core processor. And according to, the new phone is expected to offer Near Field Communication technology, whose most useful function lets users pay for items and services just by tapping the phone on a phone reader.

The new phone is also said to feature a 4-inch display, up from the current 3.5 inch retina. The Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation XE both have displays of more than 4 inches.

According to Northern Voices Online, a Morgan Stanley report indicated that the iPhone 5 will be slimmer. Also, the device will most likely be 4G LTE compatible.

And the International Business Times reports that Apple plans to replace the traditional dock connector with a smaller micro dock. The regular dock connector handles transferring of movies, music, backups and other media. The change to the smaller dock is expected to make room for extra components.

According to, reports say the name of the new device may not even be iPhone 5, based on the previous version’s name change from iPhone 4 to 4S. The site said a name change would indicate major changes coming for the device.

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