There is no shortage of speculation about the iPhone 5, particularly with regard to potential delays in its release. Do rumors of a delayed release suggest some radical changes to the iPhone 5? Let’s review the word on the street:
Right now if you want your iPhone running on 4G, your best bet is using something like the Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G hotspot to take advantage of Sprint’s WiMAX network. That’s probably the closest to a Sprint iPhone you’re going to get. That option aside, Apple remained oblivious to 4G in its release of the iPhone 4 and, more recently, the iPad 2. If the iPhone 5 is, in fact, delayed past the summer it seems much more likely that it will be 4G-capable via AT&T’s expanding LTE network.
New Look & Feel?
Take a peek at This Is My Next’s mock-up of what the iPhone 5 may look like. A few highlights from their unconfirmed specs: a thinner, more curved shape, a larger gesture-ready home button, a 3.7-inch screen and iWallet/NFC functionality.
T-Mobile iPhone 5? Or a Hybrid iPhone 5?
Given that AT&T has filed to acquire T-Mobile, it can safely be assumed that the iPhone will ultimately end up in the hands of T-Mobile customers (if they will still be called that). Until then, T-Mobile is functioning as an independent carrier and operates on different frequencies than AT&T. There are whispers about an iPhone prototype that functions on T-Mobile’s network. Might the iPhone 5 become available via T-Mobile?
With that comes the possibility that the iPhone 5 will be a single iPhone model that functions on both Verizon and AT&T’s networks, unlike the currently incompatible versions of the iPhone 4.