iPhone 5 rumors will be a snoozefest this year

March 27, 2012

Now that the new iPad is out, the tech world is beginning to anxiously report on details about Apple’s next iPhone (let’s just call it the iPhone 5 for now).

But while it’s sometimes fun to dive into rumors, I can’t help but notice that this time around, the iPhone 5 rumor-mill is particularly boring. And it’ll likely remain yawn-inducing until the next iPhone’s launch.

Why, you ask? Because we’ve already gone through this last year. In the run-up to the iPhone 4S’ release, there were multiple reports from trusted sites about a new iPhone with a slimmer design and a larger screen. We saw legitimate-looking iPhone 5 cases, and some fans even created a semi-realistic iPhone 5 mockup. And thanks to the new iPad, we can predict some of the features  — in particular, LTE 4G –  that the new iPhone will sport.

Aside from revealing a new naming scheme (and after the new iPad, we’re sort of expecting that as well), there seems to be little room left for iPhone 5 rumors to truly surprise us.

Take the latest rumor from iMore, for example. The site reports that the iPhone 5 will have a mini-dock connector that’ll allow more room for internal components  (it already reported this back in February), LTE 4G (no surprise here), and a release in October (again, what pretty much everyone is expecting). iMore’s big revealation: the iPhone 5 may have a screen that’s the same 3.5-inch size as its predecessors (I’m hoping this one isn’t true), but iMore also notes that the decision hasn’t been finalized yet.

Earlier last week, we saw a far sketchier rumor from Reuters (via a South Korean newspaper) that claimed the next iPhone would sport a 4.6-inch screen and be released in the second quarter (get real folks). While an extremely large iPhone screen seems interesting, everything else about that report rang false.

Those iPhone 5 rumors from last year didn’t just come out of thin air — they were likely just a year too early. Based on the past rumors, we expect a new iPhone with a radical redesign, a slightly larger screen, LTE (for sure), and a faster processor than the new iPad’s A5X (hopefully quad-core).

Like any iPhone owner, I’m excited to see what Apple comes up with next — but I’m far less amped for several months of rehashed rumors.

Copyright 2012, VentureBeat

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