The iOS and iPhone 5 rumours have been coming in at a whirlwind clip lately, and it can be a Sisyphean task trying to keep up with it all. So here’s a quick roundup of everything that might have slipped under your radar.
First, the juicy stuff: it looks like Apple is in the final testing phase of the next iPhone, and we have slightly harder confirmation that it will launch in September. The same report notes that, at least at first, Verizon won’t jump on the Facetime-on-3G train, which AT&T seems ready to embrace. They do note that 3G isn’t the same as 4G, which could mean nothing – or a whole lot.
iPhone 5 Hardware Rumours
Some other clues can be gleaned from the new software. A panoramic camera mode sort of implies a panoramic camera, for one. And 1080p app exports suggests the same of a 1080p camera. And of course ThisIsMyNext mocked up their own weirdly tapered renders for the new handset based on multiple sources of information.
A bit more about cameras: there’s a bit of confusion about what’s going on with the iPhone 5’s. After competing rumours sprang up earlier in the year, it now looks like Omnivision and Sony will both supply Apple with 8MP cameras. And whoever is providing the cameras, we’ve seen some case mockups that suggest the flash will be offset, and the screen will be edge-to-edge – and possibly curved.
iOS 5 Blips
There are some deeper features floating out too, like Airport and Time Capsule functionality in the new software, helping users make their iOS device their only internet-connected device. While voice integration wasn’t ready to be shown at WWDC, Nuance text-to-speech turned up in iOS 5 all the same. [9to5mac, AppleInsider, MacRumors, ThisIsMyNext]