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What is more likely, however, is a smaller, more condensed 30-pin port for the iPhone, as Apple continues its quest to squeeze even more out of the device size specifications. Apple could replace the standard and existing 30-pin connector with one that allows data and charging at current data transfer rates but smaller in width, making way for more hardware goodness.
This would of course mean that Apple would have to ditch its current lineup for new customers and build a whole range of new accessories, docks and connectors, and it would leave third-party accessory makers out in the lurch for a while. But it would give Apple more space to wedge in a slightly larger battery -- say to provide an equal and matching battery life of the iPhone 4S but while enabling power-hungry 4G LTE networking to run?
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There is no doubt that the glass on the iPhone makes it strong and near scratch resistant. The problem many face is that when the iPhone is inevitably dropped at some point, the glass smashes and renders much of the device unusable. Stronger plastic would make the screen less scratch resistant, but more durable when dropped.
Having said that, the Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone and iPad is 80 percent the size it was, lighter, and thinner, but offers the same strength as before. If Apple's component chain can offer even stronger, non-laminated shatterproof glass to prevent sharp edges and injury, it would be a blessing to iPhone users worldwide.
It was expected that Apple would announce a cheaper iPad 2 when the iPad 3 was released. It was thought that it would also have slightly less flash memory storage to even out the $100 price drop. It didn't: Apple simply knocked down the price without making any adjustments.
One lead of business thinking was: "Why do we spend $499 on an iPad or an iPhone and only use a fraction of its memory?" Considering how expensive flash memory is, it would make sense to make a cheaper model with less memory for only business critical and basic productivity apps, and this could then go on to save us thousands across the organisation.
Apple could make a cheaper iPhone 5 model with just 8GB instead of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB, which could then pass the savings onto organisations. It's entirely possible, but as per the prediction rating, it's more likely to be a case for the iPhone 5's predecessor than the upcoming smartphone itself.
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