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What's Apple Really Doing to the iPhone 5?

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(R)EVOLUTION?
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We're purportedly three months away from a bright, shiny new iPhone model -- dubbed either the iPhone 5 or 4S, if early reports are accurate. And, like with any forthcoming product from Cupertino, the rumor mill has hit a fever pitch, churned by anonymous inside sources "familiar with the matter."

But who has it right? Or does anyone?

Yesterday, Boy Genius Report claimed that its contact assures that the iPhone 5 will feature a major overhaul and not the incremental update as previously thought. The biggest change would be a "radical new case design" -- which, for anyone who remembers Antennagate could mean a welcome change or another misstep. BGR also reports that Apple could forgo announcing the upcoming iPhone at its annual September event and rather do an unveiling in early or mid-August, with a product release at the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg counters with its own sources and reports that, no, the iPhone 5 won't have a new case, but will include a new 8-megapixel camera and an A5 processor. Bloomberg also denies the rumor that there will be an August unveiling and supports the September announcement. Aside from the iPhone rumors, the site tosses an exciting rumor about the iPad 3 -- namely a screen with "one-third higher" resolution, closer to that of the iPhone 4's Retina Display.

But in all honesty, if Apple has chosen to not include 4G or NFC in the next incarnation of the iPhone -- and will be facing increased competition in the smartphone landscape from Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBer-... well, not BlackBerry -- it's going to need a lot of bells and whistles to get folks as excited as they were for the iPhone 4.

However, judging from the announcements made at the past WWDC for the iOS 5 and iCloud, there should be plenty of new software features to make the iPhone 5 an attractive buy.

(See also: What Must Apple Employees Never, Ever Say? and Apple Picks the Worst Time to Go Subtle)

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