iPhone 5 “Weeks Away”- Larger Screen, 8MP Camera, NFC & More

The iPhone 5 is “just weeks away” according to sources inside Apple, are you still waiting patiently? It was been widely concluded that an October launch is on the cards, a boss from UK network Orange leaking the release date on the 15th. The phones features still remain a mystery with many expecting it to be an upgraded iPhone 4; however there is reason to believe the iPhone 5 will have a completely new design when looking at the accessory cases.

A short while back, divine intervention ensured that another iPhone prototype was lost in a bar and stolen. It happened to be a working iPhone 5 model with Apple eventually succeeding in retrieving it, apparently afterwards saying nobody could tell the difference between the missing handset and an iPhone 4. This is what caused people to believe the design was the same, but with different guts and software. It now looks like the iPhone 5 will have a different shape with a larger screen, coming in both black and white.

According to Slashgear the handset should be broader and flatter, allowing for a larger display. Accessory company Case-Mate in what appears to be a PR stunt has posted images of iPhone 5 cases showing off new designs, it could have been a leak but they are gone now. The site left a teasing message simply saying: “We’ll have your cases when you have your new iPhone”. There has also been rumors of a new kind of home button.

Other specifications that are highly likely to come with the iPhone 5 are firstly a much better camera. The iPhone 4 brought us a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording but many of Apple’s rivals like HTC and Samsung have upgraded theirs. In order to keep competitive, the iPhone 5 will most likely sport an 8 megapixel camera to go with its larger screen. Near Field Communication (NFC) is another feature fans expect to see, allowing the smartphone to be used as a means of payment.

Demand for the iPhone 5 is as high as ever and one of the most significant and desired features is a Dual Core processor. Mac Rumors reports that Apple currently use a single-core A4 processor in the iPhone 4, but will upgrade the iPhone 5 with their new A5 processor used in the iPad 2. It is still not clear if we will see 4G LTE support in the US but given what happened with the Samsung Galaxy S II, it is not to be ruled out. So with less than a month to go, tell us what else you would like to see from Apple’s handset and if you will be buying one.