Rumours have been flying around for the past while on when Apple’s next iPhone will be released. A few weeks ago, it was August, but now the Internet is saying it could come even sooner.
As Electronista reports, the rumour suggests Apple will unveil the iPhone 5S at a media event on June 20, and it could go on sale as early as July. The rumour, which actually comes from Japanese fanzine Mac Fan, also suggests Apple may unveil a new update to iOS at the same event, which might show off an entire overhaul of the OS’s design. However, that part of the rumour is deemed a “prediction” and not information from an inside source.
Electronista says the June launch date has gained credibility as then the phone could could to go head-to-head with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is expected to come to North American carriers in May. A June 20 event would also be close to the anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch, which was unveiled on June 29, 2007.
Though Eric Slivka of MacRumors, finds a June 20 unveiling highly unlikely. He says while Apple hasn’t officially announced a date for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, the schedule for Moscone Center (where the event is held) would suggest it would be held during the week of June 10-14. So Slivka suggests it seems unlikely they would hold a separate media event a week later. He suggests the iPhone 5s would likely either be announced during the conference’s Monday keynote address or several weeks later.
“Potentially, the smartphone could contain up to two AMOLED screens. Standing for Active Matrix OLED — these types of screen pair a traditional TFT display with an OLED display. Due to their active matrix, AMOLED screens have faster pixel switching, which means that response types are higher than OLED displays. The use of AMOLED and a conical shape for the flexible panel could offer users ‘an illusion of depth perception [...] mimicking a 3D experience.’”
Filed Sept. 26, 2011, the patent application states this design “allows functionality to extend to more than one surface of the device” – in other words the edges and back of the phone.
Osborne posits: “Apple may be considering the use of curved screens and a flexible display which not only is touch-responsive, but makes use of the surface on both sides of a future iPhone.”
Future, indeed. The design also removes buttons altogether and includes facial recognition technology that could be used to determine the angle at which the user is holding the smartphone and adjust the image accordingly.
This, obviously, won’t be part of the iPhone 5S, or probably even an iPhone 6, but it may appear in an iPhone down the road.
Personally, though, I’m more interested in when the competition steals this technology to see if they do something more exciting with it.