Here Are All The Up-To-Date iPhone 5 rumours We Know About So Far

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It seems like the closer we get to the rumoured iPhone 5 launch, the more the date keeps getting pushed back.But that leaves us more time for juicy rumours!

Throughout last month we’ve learned even more about the most-anticipated phone of the year, including new details on voice control, camera features, and leaked cases from China.

We have everything you need to know about the iPhone 5 right here.

There will be a bigger, edge-to-edge screen (Likely)

Most major Android phones nowadays have 4-inch screens, and they sure are pretty. Many think the iPhone 5 will adopt the trend with a larger screen with a narrow bezel.

Support for 4G networks (Unlikely)

Apple is obsessed with battery life. It took a full year for the iPhone to get 3G. We expect the same for 4G. But who knows? It's possible that Apple is (probably) pushing the iPhone 5 launch to September in order to optimise the phone for 4G.

One phone for both Verizon and AT&T (A big maybe)

Some rumour mongers predict the iPhone 5 will be a 'global' device, meaning it can connect to CDMA and GSM networks. You'll also be able to use the same device with either Verizon or AT&T.

iOS 5 will get more features before the official launch (Likely)

iOS 5 is pretty great, but there are still a bunch of things missing: Third-party widgets, voice control, and 3G FaceTime, to name a few. There's a good chance Apple will add some of these before September.

No more Home Button (Unlikely)

It's possible Apple may take another design cue from Android phones and get rid of the physical Home Button on the front of the device. Instead everything will either be controlled by new touch gestures.

A large, touch-sensitive home button (Unlikely)

On the other hand, the folks at This Is My Next predict a new touch-sensitive home button that will be used to swipe between apps. That will make multitasking a lot easier.

A better camera that shoots full HD video (Likely)

Right now the iPhone's 5 MP camera does a great job at shooting HD video, but we'd love to see Apple take it a step further. Many Android phones already have a 8 MP camera that can shoot full 1080p HD video. The camera has been a standard feature on the iPhone since the beginning, so it's only natural for it to get a nice upgrade with the iPhone 5.

So far, rumours point to an 8 MP camera that can shoot 1080p HD video.

Dual LED Flash (Unlikely)

Here's another improvement to the iPhone 5's camera. rumours have been spreading that it will have a dual-LED flash for better lighting when shooting photos and video.

Same design as the iPhone 4 (Unlikely)

On the other hand, there could be a totally new design (Likely)

Other rumours point to a complete redesign for the iPhone 5 with a thinner body and larger screen. We know Apple likes to make its products thinner and lighter with each upgrade, so this is a distinct possibility. Recently, a bunch of iPhone 5 cases like the one pictured here have leaked, hinting at a redesign.

More storage with 32 GB and 64 GB models (Likely)

We really thought this was going to happen with the iPhone 4 launch. Instead, it looks like Apple was holding off for another year to finally offer a 64 GB version of the iPhone. If that's the case, the iPhone 5 will probably be offered in 32 GB and 64 GB flavours. But the 16 GB iPhone 4 could stick around at a discount.

NFC for mobile payments (Very unlikely)

This was one of the earliest rumours for the iPhone 5. Some think that Apple will include a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip in the phone. These chips can tie your phone to your credit card or bank account so you can pay for things at special check out pads in stores. Some think Apple will let you tie your NFC chip to your Apple ID so you can make purchases with the same credit card you use to buy iTunes music and apps.

Instead of NFC, Apple may choose Bluetooth 4.0 for mobile payments (Unlikely)

While it's very likely the iPhone 5 will include the latest version of Bluetooth technology, we don't think Apple will want to use it for mobile payments. But that hasn't kept some from saying it's a possibility.

A faster A5 processor, just like the iPad 2 (Almost a definite)

This is practically guaranteed to happen. Apple likes to keep its iDevice hardware in sync, so the iPhone 5 should pack the speedy A5 processor just like the iPad 2. That should make the iPhone 5 almost 2x faster than the iPhone 4 while still maintaining great battery life.

A new antenna that won't lose a signal when you grip it (Definitely)

There's no way Apple is going to make the same mistake twice. The iPhone 5 will either have an internal antenna or a redesigned external antenna that won't lose its signal when you grab it.

This rumour crops up with every iPhone refresh, so there's probably not much to it this time either. But there's still talk about a smaller iPhone 5 that will sell for a lower price. Some analysts think the 'Nano' iPhone is essential to compete with all those cheap Android phones out there. We doubt that's ever going to happen.

A 3D display for games and movies (Unlikely)

There's almost no chance Apple will adopt 3D any time soon. It's expensive, and kills battery life. But there's still speculation that Apple may allow 3D apps and movies to play on the iPhone 5.

No more glass on the back (Maybe, assuming the redesign rumours are true)

iPhone 4's glass backing was a nice touch, making the device feel super sturdy to hold. Now there are some design rumours floating around that Apple will ditch the glass for metal, just like the original iPhone had.

An even smaller SIM card than the current Micro SIM (Unlikely)

An exec from the European carrier Orange recently let it slip to Reuters that Apple would have a super-small SIM card that will allow for a thinner iPhone 5 design. But this contradicts rumours that the iPhone 5 will have the same body style as the iPhone 4.

Sprint and T-Mobile will get some iPhone love (Somewhat likely)

We've already seen some leaked test models of a T-Mobile iPhone, and some analysts think it's very possible the iPhone 5 will be available there and Sprint. We're sceptical.

Full voice control from Nuance (Very likely)

We know that Nuance, the company behind the excellent Dragon Dictation software. has partnered with Apple. There's a good chance the iPhone 5 will have full voice control, powered by Nuance. That means you'll be able to dictate e-mails and text messages, just like you can with many Android phones.

Ever since Apple acquired Siri, we've been wondering how that technology would be used in the iPhone. 9to5 Mac scored this leaked screenshot of a Siri-powered feature called 'Assistant' that would essentially perform just like Siri's excellent iPhone app.

Assistant will use location, contact info, previous searches and other data on your iPhone to help deliver what you need: Everything from booking movie tickets to finding out the latest news.

It's also possible that this feature will be an iPhone 5 exclusive, just like Voice Control was exclusive to the iPhone 3GS.

A new panoramic camera mode (Likely)

Apple is working on a new panoramic mode to its native camera app, according to some hidden code 9to5 Mac uncovered. Panoramic mode will let you stitch images together to create a full panoramic photo. There are several third party apps floating around the app store that already do this, but now it will be built right in.

Sorry, but you'll have to wait until September (Likely)

Apple didn't announce a new iPhone at WWDC this month, as it traditionally does. That's no surprise as most predict the iPhone 5 was pushed to September. It will almost definitely launch when iOS 5 does this September.

Now some people think we may have to wait until October (Maybe)

A recent report by All Things D points to an October launch for the iPhone 5. Still, the consensus seems to be a mid-September launch.

BONUS: Is this the iPhone 5? (Unlikely)

A tipster sent in this image to 9to5 Mac last week. Supposedly, it's an Apple employee on a commuter train using an iPhone 5 test unit.

It does not look too legit to us.

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