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After The iPhone 4S, When Will Apple Release The iPhone 5?

Most people got it wrong; like the iPhone 3GS, Apple called the successor of the iPhone 4 the 4S rather than the iPhone 5; but surely the next iteration will be called the iPhone 5.

Another surprise that Apple had for us was the fact that it still kept the old iPhone 3GS in its portfolio, a smartphone that has seen much better days.

The 3GS is a thorn in Apple's side for a number of reasons; firstly it has a slow system on chip, one which is clocked at only 600MHz. Then there's the screen resolution which stands at 480x320 pixels, a quarter of the 960x640 pixel "Retina Display" screen on the iPhone 4.

Then there's the fact that the phone has only 256MB RAM, half that of the iPhone 4, which could make developers lives a bit more difficult given that the amount of usable RAM will always be less than that.

This means that developers will still have to cater for a growing user base of iPhone 3GS users that rely on older hardware, rather than looking forward to an Apple portfolio that only uses Retina Display screens.

When will the iPhone 5 be released then? We believe that the only reason why Apple is still selling the iPhone 3GS is because there are plenty stock around and it wants to get rid of them all.

Once these are gone, expect Apple to revert to a two SKU model as it did before and introduce the iPhone 5 as market conditions demand it (i.e. depending on how successfully rivals perform).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.