Social Saturday: iPhone 5 on the mind

I’ve learned many things in my time covering some of the news for Today’s iPhone. Always check sources, be timely, use correct grammar… you get the idea. However, one lesson stands out above the rest – as a rule, news stops on the weekend. And really, why shouldn’t it. I mean, we get a break on the weekends. It’s only fair.

Though, just because the rumor mill takes a breather every once in a while doesn’t mean that we can just shut down the site until some new iPhone 5 leak makes an appearance. So, out of my frustration about the lack of interesting topics on Saturdays, something pretty cool arose – Social Saturday. This weekly article will be a place where I can answer some questions asked by you guys on Facebook and Twitter.

With introductions out of the way, let’s get down to the questions. Not surprisingly, the topic almost every question refers to this week is the iPhone 5. iPhone 5 rumors have been in full force the past couple weeks and, understandably, they’ve left some people a bit confused. Many of the questions ask similar things, so I’ll do my best to address everything.

Twitter user @ChaseCobb1 (and a bunch of others) asks: “what is the likelihood [of] the iPhone 5/4s having 4G LTE?”

This is something that has been floating around for a while now. Obviously 4G markets are expanding quite frequently and more and more devices are hitting the market with 4G connectivity. It’s definitely the way of the future and I’m sure it will make it to an iPhone… eventually.

That being said, the technology is still relatively new. One look at past Apple devices tells us that the company doesn’t usually implement a feature like this until it’s been around for a while, has been perfected, has a large customer base and has evolved to the point where it will not compromise design or battery life. Unfortunately, I just don’t think 4G is there yet.

So, if I had to guess, I’d say that the next iPhone will not have 4G. Instead, I believe the feature is much more likely to appear in the sixth generation iPhone model. However, as the great Sir Bieber once said, “never say never.”

Facebook user Ahmad asks: “When do you think the iPhone 5 will come out? And also what about the price range?”

I believe we’ll see the iPhone 5 at Apple’s annual September music event, with a release date shortly thereafter. And as far as pricing, I think it will most likely stay the same. Apple’s kept the price point relatively consistent over the past few years and I don’t think that will change. $199 for the lower storage model, $299 for the higher storage model (with a 2-year contract).

Twitter user @KaySee1994 asks: “What do you think about that sprint rep saying sprint is planning to release the iPhone?”

I feel as though it’s a given that we’ll see a Sprint-branded iPhone sooner or later. Release date rumors are so insane that you can never really tell what to believe, but it’d be super cool if it was sooner rather than later.

Facebook user Lizardo asks: “Are you going to get the iphone 5?”

I say no now, but there’s a very good chance that when the device actually comes out I won’t be able to resist.

Alright well that’s it for this week. Thank you so much for the awesome questions! I wish I could answer more but this article is beginning to grow much too long. Definitely let me know how you guys like the first Social Saturday. If you want to submit a question to be answered next week, you can send me a tweet any time with the hashtag #SocialSaturday, or leave a comment on Facebook on Saturday.

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  • Duckit

    I hope it comes out in september.

  • Tim0619

    It isn’t going to be 4G???  I can’t believe any new phone isn’t a 4G compatiable phone.  I think the iPhone is playing catch up now instead of be a leader.  

    • http://twitter.com/jmar0015 Mike No Ike

      There is no point to add 4g when some areas lack this service. So apple is playing it safe. In addition, some have mentioned that 4g is a huge battery eater so with that said, give apple time to think how they can maximize battery life with 4g. 

      • Tim0619

        It’s (4G) available in most of the major metropolitan areas have 4G now and I personally would not buy a phone that isn’t 4G capable as there is a drastic difference between 2G, 3G and 4G.  I agree it is a drain on the battery but I turn 4G off unless I am browsing as it isn’t necessary for making calls.  

        • Tim0619

          I wonder if this new iPhone will have the ability to change the battery?  I think that is something Apple needs to change.

    • Anonymous

      Of course they are looking at ios 5 all it does is implement feature that have been in other os for years. They should have added 4g you can always turn it off if you aren’t in a 4g area.

  • http://twitter.com/jmar0015 Mike No Ike

    Killed the article with the bieber joke. But very interesting developments lately and the mock photos are on point to what may be the new iphone. I just can’t wait till its announced. It will be the talk of the month.

    • http://twitter.com/randomprice Sol Estravís

      Yeah totally, that Bieber joke was not funny at all.

  • Miniiemii

    I have a question for anyone willing to answer–is it a good idea to get the iPhone 5 or wait for the iPhone 6 come out since it would be much better than the previous?

    • Sp

      If you’re that patient, then wait for the iPhone 6.

      • Miniiemii

        Thanx!!

  • Macman16a

    4g would be nice. But i would prefer a better battery life over faster speeds.