The iPhone 5 – Really? Is that it?

Rumours are annoying at times. Before the Samsung Galaxy SIII launch, details and “blurrycam” photos were hitting websites all over the web and they were mostly wrong. Now it is the turn of Apple and the iPhone 5, and a recent set of rumoured images and video are getting a lot of attention.

Many are calling these shots to be the “most likely” representation as it matches many other leaks. These shots have been created after leaked parts were connected together. Many are convinced that this handset, which seems to have a larger screen, two-tone colours, a new connector and a base-mounted headset port, will indeed be the new iPhone 5.

Now, before I get to my point, I’d like to say that “innovation” seems to have become harder to find lately. During Mobile World Congress I mentioned how nearly every manufacturer had 8 megapixel cameras, DLNA, NFC and beautiful screens. Many companies were turning to software tweaks to differentiate their phones, and we saw how the Galaxy SIII used software as their strength during the unveiling. I’m assuming that Apple will do the same with their iPhone 5 because, unless they add 4G, I have to say.. “Is that it?”

At first glance it has the same look as the iPhone 4 but with a larger 4″ display (according to rumours). If people are “holding off” upgrading, will these images convince them to go for a Samsung Galaxy SIII or wait for the iPhone 5? If it were me,  I’d go for the SIII, but I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially from iPhone fans.

Perhaps there’s a bigger question. Has phone design stopped innovating now? Smartphone buyers are met with a wide range of devices which all look pretty similar. Black slate design, a screen consuming the front and a couple of buttons at the base.

Oh course, this could just be clickbait / mockup / rumours / rubbish. I hope it is, because if there isn’t a radical software enhancement this looks a little too similar to previous versions and too “safe”. Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps, like Porsche, the best design is better left alone.

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