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With the launch of the Apple iPhone 5 just a few days away here is a round-up of the latest rumoured additions and expected improvements we may see on September 12th.  Although Apple are giving nothing away and their staff have been extra careful not to leave a handset in a bar this time.

Larger Screen – According to speculation online the iPhone 5 will feature a 4 inch Retina display as opposed to the previous 3.5 inch.  This larger screen will better accommodate gaming and video playback as it is expected to have a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Redesigned Case – It is expected to be a two-tone metal clad chassis available in both black and white options. Online rumours also say it will be 2-3mm thinner than the iPhone 4S, making it the thinnest smartphone available.

Faster Processor – Although all IOS apps are designed to work seamlessly on the Apple smartphone it is rumoured that the new iPhone will have a speedier processor, possibly the A5X chip or a new quad-core A6 processor.

Global LTE support – With Everything Everywhere rollout of 4G LTE services on 11 September, one day before Apple’s new iPhone unveiling, the online rumour that the iPhone will support LTE is hoped for by many users. It sounds like it might be too, as the Wall Street Journal reports that the iPhone 5 will support 4G networks in the US, Asia and most importantly Europe. If true, the iPhone 5 could reach the UK as the first 4G LTE smartphone.

NFC (Near Field Communications) – Rumours are varied some suggesting that Apple will add this technology to the iPhone 5 and others adamant that Apple are reluctant and it will not be available on the new iPhone – guess we’ll have to wait and see if Apple add it to support mobile payments.

Better Camera – Apple has improved the rear-facing camera on every new iPhone model so far so chances are it will improve again with the latest iPhone.  It has been suggested that the iPhone 5 will feature a f/2.2 lens and multi-focus technology, enabling users to focus on multiple things in a picture and users will be able to snap photos while capturing videos.

Nano SIM Support – This rumour is all but confirmed with several websites continually leaking images of the tiny redesigned SIM card.  Having a smaller SIM card will allow Apple to make the iPhone 5 skinnier and possibly leave more room for built-in storage or perhaps a larger battery.

Smaller Dock Connector – If the rumours are to be believed then Apple will be replacing its 30-pin charging cable with a smaller 8-pin connector. This means that users will no longer have a use for the bundle of Iphone cables collected over the years and might not be able to use their expensive docking station either. However, Apple is expected to sell a proprietary 30-pin adapter too, so perhaps it won’t be all bad news for iPhone 5 adopters.

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