Don't Give Up On The "Teardrop" iPhone 5 Just Yet

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Photo: MacRumors

We know a lot of you were disappointed by yesterday’s iPhone 4S announcement.In fact, more than 80% of you said you were disappointed with the iPhone 4S in our poll.

So, where did that “teardrop” iPhone 5 design come from? And why wasn’t it shown yesterday?

The consensus now seems to be that the iPhone 5 isn’t dead. It’s just delayed. Some analysts predict we could see it as early as Q2 2012.

Here’s what people are saying about the iPhone 5:

  • Apple decided to hold off on the iPhone 5 until LTE chips were small enough to fit into the slim design, CNET reports. (Some background: LTE provides data speeds that are much faster than the current iPhone’s 3G speeds. Verizon and AT&T already have LTE. Sprint will begin adopting it soon.)
  • DigiTimes reports that the iPhone 5 teardrop design could launch in 2012 or 2013.
  • MacRumors says the smaller LTE chips that fit in the iPhone 5 could be ready by the end of Q2 2012. 

If all those analysts are to be believed, the future of the iPhone 5 boils down to this: Apple is waiting for chipsets to catch up with its own design. The iPhone 5 is meant to blow you out of the water. In the meantime, you have the 4S with some amazing specs to hold you over.

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