iPhone 5 is imminent. That much is undeniable. There are tons of rumors flying about that suggest Apple will be dropping an all-new iPhone device than a merely beefed up iPhone 4GS.
And the rumors are truly exciting: a 4-inch+ screen, an edge-to-edge display, 8MP camera, carbon fiber casing, the A5 chip that powers the iPad 2, the faster GPU, no buttons/touch buttons, gesture based controls, and then the brand new iOS 5.
That’s all fine and dandy, but out of all the rumors, the most worrisome is the purported launch window. A majority of the so called “sources close to the matter” have repeatedly confirmed that the next iPhone will be put into production in August and will be made available only in September or early October. And that’s the problem.
Not one of the rumored designs,thankfully.
If the iPhone 5 releases in September in the USA, it most likely will be available only in December in the UAE, or next year (oh the horror!). And that puts me in a personal dilemma. I had bought my iPhone 4 from Etisalat in October last year, and as per the plan, my contract is due for renewal in the coming October.
If iPhone 5 turns out to be as impressive as the rumors suggest, and if Steve Jobs’ sales pitch convinces me that the iPhone 5 is the second coming for smartphones, I will have to be 3G-less for at least 3-4 months before I can renew my Etisalat iPhone package! Because if I continue with my iPhone 4 plan beyond October, I will be charged a good fat AED 100 for cancellation, and considering the iPhone 5 will cost me my entire paycheck, every hit will be hard.
You know how empty you feel when you accidentally forget your phone at home? As if a part of you is left behind, making you feel uneasy, unsure and insecure? That’s how I feel when I don’t have 3G on my mobile. I don’t know what to with the phone then. I don’t know what to do anymore.
And I am sure I am not alone in this. Considering the iPhone 4 was sold out even before Etisalat could put up advertisements for it, there are lots and lots of people that now share my dilemma.
And so, I sincerely request Apple to release the iPhone 5 in July. Only then do we stand a chance to get the phone before our contract runs out. Our AED 100 rest in your hands, Steve.