Various Carriers Prepare for iPhone 5 Launch, iOS 5 GM Coming September End, and iPhone 5 will be Just Like iPhone 4 (What…)

Submitted by lalit on September 12, 2011 - 12:18pm.

Many carriers have started preparing in anticipation of iPhone 5 launch in October. Vodafone mentioned iPhone 5 in compatible phones list of Vodafone Sure Signal, a signal booster for their network. In the compatible phones list Vodafone revealed that iPhone 5 will come in both white and black models at launch with 16GB and 32GB storage.

On this side of the pond, Sprint has sent out a “Black out” internal memo to its employees. The memo says “Due to the possibility of a major phone launch in October we are blacking out September 30th through October 15th.” It is a clear indication that Sprint is preparing for iPhone 5 launch, as there are no other major phones coming out till November. It is rumored that Sprint will offer unlimited data plan with iPhone 5, making it the only iPhone 5 carrier with unlimited data in US.

Adding more weight to the October iPhone 5 launch is a research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that the new iPhone and iPod touch went into mass production in late August, and assemblers are currently scheduled to receive the golden master of iOS 5 in the week of September 30, according to AppleInsider.

Golden Master is the final revision of the new software before it is released. It was rumored previously that even though assemblers have started production of iPhone 5 they are not packaging the units after manufacturing is complete, in wait for final iOS 5 software. This news about iOS 5 GM would indicate that Apple would ship iPhone 5 in second or third week of October. As it would take assemblers about 10-12 days to update all manufactured units and ship them to Apple.

Now the most depressing news about iPhone 5, Ming-Chi Kuo also claims that iPhone 5 won’t be much different from current iPhone 4 it will feature same glass front and back with little change to the design and just 512MB of RAM. However, he adds that the antenna design will be changed and the iPhone 5 will have improved antenna design addressing the antennagate problem. Kuo says that the iPhone 5 will use an 8-megapixel camera made by Sony and Omnivision and the size of the camera module is the main reason behind no change in design of the iPhone.

If the iPhone 5 has the same design as iPhone 4, it will be the biggest disappointment of 2011. However, analysts are notorious for their wrong Apple predications. One of the reasons why we think Kuo is wrong is that the 8-megpaixel Sony module, which Apple is rumored to be using in iPhone 5 is actually thinner than the current 5-megapixel camera module in iPhone 4. So we seriously doubt size of the camera module will be a problem.

The only thing we know for sure about next generation iPhone 5 is that it will have dual core processor (maybe A5 or something newer), better graphics and 8-megapixel camera, rest all is guestimation. If iPhone 5 is same as iPhone 4 design-wise, what was Apple doing for 16 months?