Apple is about to unveil the next iPhone. Press invitations to Wednesday's announcement have gone out, and soon all the rumors will be put to rest. The invitation itself seems to confirm once and for all at least one fact: the name of the phone. The number 12--for the Sept. 12 date of the announcement--casts a shadow in the shape of a five, and the invitation teases, "It's almost here". What else could "it" be but Apple's new flagship product, the iPhone 5?
Unlike in years past when we waited for a new iPhone, leaks this year have been both abundant and remarkably consistent. In past years, numerous "iPhones" surfaced on the Internet but few of the photos matched up. This year, all the leaked photos show the same design and components. Still, Apple has confirmed nothing. So for at least a few more days, all we can do is guess how everything will shake out. Here's what we predict.
4G LTE hasn't been discussed as much as other features, but it makes sense, given that the third-generation iPad has 4G capabilities. That, and the fact that Apple is facing increased competition from other handset manufacturers. It has to jump on LTE if it wants to keep up with rivals such as HTC and Samsung. Also, on Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that the new iPhone would support LTE, citing "people familiar with the matter."
Probability: I'd put my money on 4G. Apple's smart phone is overdue for the update.