iPhone 5, hardware not looking very impressive so far….

Leaks are appearing on almost a daily basis now building up a good bit of steam for an announcement of a new iPhone device later in the year, the betting amongst you are probably pegging a September or October announcement.

From the noise of leaks what are probably and what is a best guess?

Based on cases (both build parts and covers) the unit is taller.  Leaks are pointing at a 4″ device which boosts what is probably the iPhone’s weakest area, the screen acreage.

Battery images have leaked recently showing a 1440mAh battery in a slim form factor as you would expect. More at Pocket-Lint.

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Credit to nowhereelse.fr

New port, yes you will have to stick some converters into your existing docks as the connector has gone from the huge 30 pin dust collector to a smaller connector, though still not micro-USB that would just be common sense …though admittedly would destroy a nice accessories business so that’s business I guess.

Its thin, I don’t mean world record thin, but thin enough that it will probably be pushed as a big buying point.  Not very existing in this day but something to add to the spec sheet.

They moved the audio jack port, why is still under discussion but its gone to the bottom now so well.  Nothing to get too excited about.

So what does this all mean, well if someone put them specs down in front of you as a S3 or One X owner you would think it was some also ran but as its the iPhone I am sure there will be great fanfare and excitement and some sad people with no friends will queue in the street.  In the end though this looks like a catch-up list.  4″ screens are almost a de facto standard now though the iPhone will have its Retina tech in their to make it more sparkly its certainly no 4.8 incher like the S3 or even near its older brother the S2 at 4.3″.

The battery seems lacking for an LTE device, its only a small step above its older brethren and not even in the same world as equivalent LTE devices running Android.  Either this battery is for a non-LTE device or Apple has something special on the software front to stop the battery drain.

The casing is not really anything of a design leap.  You still have your rounded corners, your home button and the odd looking volume buttons that seem a little retro in my eyes.  The port change is more cosmetic as the 30 pin port was a monster and as I have said before it is a lint magnet!  The new port looks better but at the price of upsetting existing dock users.

Overall nothing revolutionary, some tweaks to modernise it a little, and I do mean a little.  The screen is a mere 1 up on the old 3.5″ and the battery seems under-powered without knowing anything about the software.  The dimensions and casing are all OK but again nothing really ground breaking.

If this was a school report I think we would be seeing a ‘must try harder’ particularly as costs are being bandied about of a £600 handset!  OUCH!  Still people who can afford to buy Apple have plenty of money.

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