Here's Absolutely Everything You Must Know About The iPhone 5

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Now that it’s all but confirmed Apple will announce the next iPhone on September 12, reports on the new device are flooding the tech world.So what do we know? We gathered everything you need to know about the so-called iPhone 5 right here.

Release date: September 21 (Likely)

According to iMore, Apple will announce the iPhone 5 on September 12 and start selling the device on September 21. Since iMore's report, multiple other reports have surfaced confirming the September 12 announcement.

Apple may add a chip so you can make payments with your iPhone (Maybe)

Apple is reportedly considering adding a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip to the next iPhone, according to 9to5 Mac. The chip would make it possible to make payments with your phone, just like you can on Android devices that use Google Wallet.

NFC would also make it possible for you to share music, video, contacts, photos, etc. with other iPhones just by tapping them together.

rumours of an NFC iPhone have been popping up for years now, so we're not entirely sold on this one.

It will connect to super fast 4G LTE networks (Almost definitely)

We've heard over and over again that Apple's next iPhone will connect to LTE networks on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. LTE is the technology that lets you get download speeds nearly as fast as your cable or DSL modem at home.

It will be thinner than the iPhone 4S (Likely)

Based on all the recent leaks we've seen, it appears the iPhone 5 will be significantly thinner than the iPhone 4/4S. Impressive.

It'll have a larger 4-inch screen, but the body will remain the same size (Likely)

There have been a recent string of reports claiming Apple is planning to make the next iPhone with a 4-inch screen. First, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple ordered larger screens for the device. Then 9to5Mac said Apple was testing an iPhone that has a taller, 4-inch screen.

The taller screen will be big enough to add another row of app icons to your home screen. It'll also help the iPhone keep up with those big-screen Android phones people love.

That larger screen will be made by Sharp (Definitely)

Sharp confirmed that it has a contract with Apple to make displays for the iPhone 5. It'll start shipping displays to Apple in August.

Will T-Mobile finally get the iPhone? (Nope)

T-Mobile can't have the iPhone right now because its network isn't compatible with the device. While you can use an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile, you won't be able to get 3G data speeds.

But T-Mobile is taking matters into its own hands, altering its network so unlocked iPhones can access 3G speeds. That's good news if you want to buy the next iPhone unlocked at full price and run it on T-Mobile.

However, since the next iPhone is supposed to be compatible with advanced LTE networks, you'll still be out of luck if you want to remain a T-Mobile customer. T-Mobile's network won't have LTE until 2013, which means it'll likely miss the next iPhone launch this fall. If T-Mobile has any hope of getting the next iPhone, it probably won't happen until next year at the very earliest.

It will have the same processor as the new iPad (Likely)

Apple's trend for iOS devices seems to be to introduce the fastest hardware and processor in the iPad, then adopt it in the iPhone later in the year. We saw it with the iPad 2/iPhone 4S, and we'll likely see it again with the next iPhone.

Reports say Apple is already testing the new iPhone's guts. It has the same A5X processor found in the new iPad. It's also said to have 1 GB of RAM. Those specs mean you'll get some incredible performance out of the next iPhone.

On the other hand, it may have a faster processor than the iPad (Doubtful)

A recent DigiTimes report says that the next iPhone may have a new processor called the A6, which would be faster than the one in the iPad. However, this doesn't seem quite as likely as Apple tends to introduce its new processors in the iPad first.

A better way to find apps (Likely)

Apple recently acquired Chomp, a company that made it easy to find new apps for your iPhone or iPad. Based on the beta version of iOS 6, the next version of the iPhone's operating system due this fall, we already know the App Store is going to get a fresh new look. Hopefully that includes a better way to easily discover new apps.

iTunes will be completely redesigned (Likely)

In addition to an App Store refresh, Bloomberg reports Apple is working on a major redesign for iTunes. The refresh will make it easier to sync your music, movies, and TV shows with iTunes with the help of iCloud.

The new iTunes will also make it easier to share songs with friends, similar to the way you share stuff on Spotify.

It's also possible Apple is working with Twitter to integrate the social network with iTunes.

The dock connector will be smaller (Likely)

Since the iPhone is expected to have a thinner design, Apple may shrink the size of its standard 30-pin dock connector in the new phone too.

Multiple reports have backed this up, so we're guessing it's true. A smaller dock connector will mean you'll need an adaptor to use the new iPhone with older iPhone accessories.

We imagine Apple will eventually add the smaller dock connector to all iOS devices.

A new, more responsive touchscreen (Probably)

If the next iPhone is going to be thinner, Apple will have to alter its touchscreen technology to fit. According to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek, Apple will use a new screen in the next iPhone that is much more responsive.

WSJ also reported that the new iPhone's screen will have the touch panel built into the LCD, which will help keep the device thinner. Unfortunately, that'll also make the new iPhone tougher to repair if you crack your screen.

Will there be a super cheap iPhone Nano? (Doubtful)

It's the rumour that just won't die.

Every year we hear that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone. And every year the rumour is completely wrong.

However, it's much more likely that Apple will stick with tradition and offer the iPhone 4 and 4S at a discount after the next iPhone launches.

It's also possible the 3GS will stick around in some countries as a pay-as-you-go phone.

Since the iPhone 5 is said to be a lot thinner than the current model, it may need a special smaller SIM card. BGR claims the iPhone 5 will use a tiny 'nano' SIM card.

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