Apple’s next-gen iPhone: What to expect

“Investor sentiment is soaring for Apple, as well as its hit smartphone, with the tech giant selling over 37 million smartphones in its recent fiscal first quarter.,” Chris Ciaccia reports for TheStreet. “Channing Smith, portfolio manager at Capital Advisors Growth Fund believes Apple will continue to set the bar with a 4G-enabled iPhone, which he expects in the fall. ‘We expect it to have Near Field Communications (NFC), a larger screen, and a better camera – we expect it will be done without conceding battery life,’ he said, over the phone.”
“Intriguingly, Apple has been granted a patent for an iPhone made entirely of glass. This could be for the new iPhone, or a future version of the product,” Ciaccia reports. “It’s not clear, though, what Apple will even call its new iPhone. The gadget maker has typically numbered its latest offerings, although ditched this nomenclature for the new iPad.”

Ciaccia reports, “The Cupertino, Calif.-based firm has kept the iPhone’s design fairly stable, with a 3.5-inch screen size, tweaking it slightly, as it refines the four-year old product. There are rumors, however, that Apple may decide to radically alter the next version of the phone, increasing the screen size to 4.6-inches… The next iPhone may also be slightly thicker than its predecessors, as Apple tries to keep the battery life the same if it is going to run on high-speed networks… Apple blog 9to5Mac.com, for example, shows that the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system has code for a potential LTE-enabled iPhone… Besides LTE, the other major feature which may be in the new iPhone is Near-Field Communications (NFC)”

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