Every few weeks I talk to someone with a terrible old phone -- usually a broken BlackBerry or an iPhone with a shattered screen -- and the refrain is the same: "I'm waiting for the next iPhone."
So here's the question: when is this "next iPhone" coming and should you wait?
When talking about upcoming Apple products, it's always best to take rumors with a grain of salt. Nothing is certain (unless someone finds an iPhone lost in a bar) except that Apple usually announces a new phone at WWDC on June 11 in San Francisco and then releases it in late August.
I do not expect this year to be any different. However, there are a few things popping up that may make it a bit more interesting.
First, there's the above photo. Feast your eyes on the new iPhone!
So what you're looking at is the back of a rumored iPhone 5. One thing to note, besides the flashy two-tone casing, is that this new model will use a micro USB slot, a format adopted by nearly all major phone manufacturers (except Apple). So almost every iPhone dock in the world will be obsolete.
This means two things: you might as well upgrade this iteration because things are about to change in iPhone land and, more important, Apple is finally moving over to an industry standard.
Again, none of this may come to pass.
These images appear every year around this time and are usually blurry shots of iPhones taken either by "secret factory workers" or, more recently, iPhone repair places. Arguably the iPhone repair folks are in the iPhone rumor business in order to gain customers, but presumably they receive parts before everyone else.
But given the buzz swirling around this launch and the pictures I've seen, I'd say there's a 60 percent that these photos are real. As we approach the actual announcement, we'll definitely know more -- but this may be the time to hold off on upgrading your bulky old flip phone. The new iPhone could be just around the corner.
Do you believe the iPhone 5 is really coming soon? How do you feel about upgrading yet again?
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