JP

See other Blog articles filed in ‘Editor's Blog’ written by JP
   
If you’re contemplating a smartphone upgrade in the next few weeks, it’s worth holding fire for a short while.

Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone Wednesday, on 12th September and if that turns out to be the case, the chances are it will go on sale a week or so later.

Image via www.macobserver.com

If you’re contemplating a smartphone upgrade in the next few weeks, it’s worth holding fire for a short while.

Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone Wednesday, on 12th September and if that turns out to be the case, the chances are it will go on sale a week or so later.

The new iPhone — or ‘iPhone 5’, as many are expecting it to be called — has been the subject of the usual rumour mill for many months, but Apple has really set tongues wagging with a launch event invitation it sent out last week.

This makes no mention of a new iPhone, and only contains the numbers “5” and “12”. The event is being held on 12th September, so the “5” must refer to the iPhone 5, right? Well, no one but Apple knows, but it’s a safe bet that it’s the case.

No one really knows anything about the new iPhone either, but a succession of supposedly leaked parts mean we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like.

The most obvious change is a slightly larger screen — 4.8” across the diagonal, compared to 3.5” on the current model.

Image via www.macobserver.com

This is expected to result in a slightly taller phone with a marginally higher screen resolution that gives a true 16:9 aspect ratio when held on its side — which has been a standard feature on Android smartphones for some time.

The other notable change is expected to be a new, much smaller, dock connector on the iPhone’s bottom edge.

Image via www.macobserver.com

The implications of this are yet to be clear, but if true, it will mean that the iPhone 5 won’t work with any existing car kits that provide power through the dock connector. The predicted larger size of the new iPhone might conflict with some existing in-car iPhone holders, too.

It’s all speculation at this stage, of course, but we’ll provide more information following Apple’s announcement next week.

Incidentally, anyone who’s thinking of trading in their current iPhone for a new one would do well to secure a price with one of the many gadget recycling sites now.

Gadget recycling sites usually fix their price for 14 days and their offer prices for old iPhones will drop once a new model is announced.

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Bürstner Lyseo t 744 review – 1 - The 2017 Bürstner Lyseo t 744 is 7.49m (24
The Practical Motorhome Moto-Trek X-Cite EB review – 1 - The slide-out takes the X-Cite EB's overall width to 2.7 metres and it is operated easily by just flicking the switch above the settee (© Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Chausson Welcome 611 Travel Line review – 1 - This Fiat Ducato-based four-berth packs a lot into its 6.96m length (© Lizzie Pope/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Shire Phoenix ML Black Edition review – 1 - This 3500kg MTPLM ’van lives up to its name, but Shire Conversions can do it in other colours (© Nick Harding/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Bailey Autograph 79-4 review – 1 - The 7.79m-long Autograph 79-4 is the only model in this line-up of Bailey motorhomes with an island-bed layout (© Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Elddis Accordo 120 review – 1 - The Peugeot Boxer-based Elddis Accordo 120 has an MTPLM of 3300kg (© Niall Hampton/Practical Motorhome)