As is usually the case with most popular Apple products, rumors are plentiful when it comes to the iPhone 5. Release dates are always a favorite topic of discussion, and some have hinted that the iPhone 5 will not hit shelves until the middle of next year. Others, meanwhile, suggest that the iPhone 5 will be released with the iPhone 4S this September.
Besides release dates, the iPhone 5's upcoming features have sparked many debates among tech fans as well. Instead of focusing on what the next iPhone has in store Apple loyalists, here are some features we know it will not have, thanks to statements from Apple representatives and research firms.
According to reports from BusinessInsider and The Independent, the iPhone 5 will lack NFC-based mobile payment, due to a lack of industry standards surrounding the technology. Some believed the iPhone 5 would support the technology once the similar Google Wallet feature was released for Nexus S 4G phones, but that theory was debunked.
Another item you can cross off the iPhone 5's list of features is built-in Flash support. Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the omission of Flash support in April of last year. Jobs favors the HTML5 platform, and also described Flash as problematic when it comes to security and reliability. He said: "Flash was created during the PC era -- for PCs and mice. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open Web standards -- all areas where Flash falls short."
Do not expect internal memory higher than 16GB or 32GB with the iPhone 5. Apple introduced its cloud-based locker system iCloud at WWDC, giving iPhone users the ability to store apps, documents, music, and more without gobbling up internal memory. Limiting the iPhone 5's storage will also help limit the phone's costs. As an example, the 32GB iPhone 4 costs $100 more than the 16GB version.
What about display size? Will Apple equip the iPhone 5 with a display larger than 3.5 inches? It's not likely, especially if you consider the company's patterns when it comes to its other devices. The iPhone 4 maintained a 3.5-inch display, but Apple improved its resolution. The iPad 2 stayed true to the 9.7-inch display of its predecessor as well, despite the release of larger tablets by other manufacturers. Lastly, do not get your hopes up for the release of a 4G LTE iPhone 5. Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., noted that Qualcomm's LTE chipset was not reaching Apple's necessary yields for the iPhone 5.
Now that you know what not to expect from the iPhone 5, here are some features to possibly look forward to: support for 1080p video playback, voice recognition, an edge-to-edge display, GSM and CDMA compatibility with multiple internal antennas, an 8-megapixel camera, A5 processor, and more.