As an iPhone repair company, we need to keep up to date with new Apple technology. As the release of the iPad 2 is done and out of the way, everyone's attention has turned to the possibility of a new iPhone 5 in September. This new device could be a major opportunity for Apple to put themselves above the competition such as Windows Phone 7 and Android with features such as video chat (FaceTime) over a cellular network, a dual core processor, 4G network capabilities or even the fabled flash capability. As well as new features, Apple would need to address some of the problems of the iPhone 4, to ensure they do not happen again. Loads of people complained that the location of the cellular network antenna meant that you couldn’t hold the phone normally when making a call. There was also the problem of the fragile glass back that broke whenever you dropped it and the poor quality of the cameras. Various rumours have suggested that a new iPhone design will place the antenna directly behind the Apple logo on the back of the phone. You may think that this seems strange as surely your hand will block the signal and worsen the problem; you would be correct in thinking that. However, last August Apple announced an exclusive partnership with Liquidmetal Technologies who were to develop a new alloy for the phone casing. The new metal does not block the phone signal and is 2.5 times stronger than a titanium alloy and 1.5 times harder than stainless steel. This means that the back casing of the phone is less likely to break or scratch and won’t affect the phone’s antenna. There is also the possibility of a new iOS 5. Rumours have suggested that the new iOS will be able to sync to iTunes and update without a wired connection, similar to Microsoft’s Zune. There is also the possibility for a larger screen, A5 dualcore processor and even HD cameras. From previous experience, we have learnt that the name of the new iPhone reflects its new technology. The iPhone 3G was such called because it supported AT&T's 3G technology, the iPhone 3GS reflects the device’s greater device "speed" (which is what the “S” stands for). The iPhone 4 was not called 4G because it did not have 4G capabilities. A few weeks ago Peter Misek, a research analyst of Jefferies & Co., said that Apple's supplier for the 4G LTE chipset, that was to be used in the iPhone 5, was not achieving the necessary yield needed to fulfil the estimated sales demand of the new iPhone. He said that the new device will probably be called the 4S and only include minor cosmetic changes and an improved camera and processor. So what does this mean for the iPhone 5? Well from what we’ve gathered, the iPhone 5 probably won’t be released until next year. Instead, Apple will probably release an iPhone 4S in September, as a chance to test out new features and technology before the larger release of the iPhone 5. This may be a let-down to all you hardcore Apple fans but who knows what the next few years will bring. We’ll just have to wait and see.