After Apple iPhone 5 rumours that are very likely to become true when the handset is launched next year, here's a list of those that will definitely not happen complete with related reasons why.
No, the iPhone 5 won't come with a different shape. Apple radically changed the form of the smartphone for the first time in three years and is very likely to stick to the current version for a number of reasons; firstly, it would be costly for its subcontractors to retool manufacturing plants, secondly, changing the form factor may confuse users and thirdly, the current shape is very distinctive from the rest of the competition. In a nutshell; why change a winning competition?
No, the iPhone 5 won't come with a bigger screen. Many - including myself - have urged Apple to get a bigger screen but instead, Apple went for a much higher resolution. Going big has its pros but also a number of cons; bigger screens suck in more power, they take more space, they cost more and do not necessarily display more information. A change in screen size, as it stands right now, would also imply a change in the casing which we have already ruled out altogether. Ultimately, if you want a bigger screen, you'd better get an iPad.
No earlier release date for the iPhone 5. A quick look at the release dates of the last four iPhone will convince sceptics that Apple WILL NOT release the iPhone 5 earlier than its usual end of June, beginning July window. Diverging from this is highly unlikely since it would be interpreted as a sign of weakness or worse, desperation. Apple did release the 16GB iPhone 1st generation in February 2008 but it was a minor one; we suspect that there could well be a rev2 version of the iPhone 4 in January (announcement at CES?) with better antenna design and with CDMA but nothing more.
Apple won't drop price of iPhone 5. Apple seldom competes on price and is very unlikely to do so especially as it is widely viewed the market leader. Furthermore, Apple tends to prefer going for total revenue rather than sheer markeshare.
The iPhone 5 won't come with a dual core processor. Bumping performance on a mobile platform is a rather delicate operation that is not as straight-forward as on a desktop computer. Adding more cores and bumping clock speeds have a direct effect on heat generated and on battery life. Apple hasn't revealed the clock speed of the iPhone 4 but it is likely that it is well under the 1GHz that's reached by most of its (Android) competitors. Indeed, it did underclock the 3GS and is likely to be extremely conservative when it comes to tinkering with speed.