Do you think the iPhone 5 was real?

Before I begin, I want to put on record that what I am about to write is pure speculation. I have not and did not receive any insider information from any source, whoever they may be, or speak to industry leaders. My opinions are formed through reading countless tech blogs and rumours generated since the topic of the next generation iPhone came up after the release of iPhone 4.
OK? Let’s begin.

For most who were waiting eagerly for Apple to wow them with a new and mind blowing iPhone 5, the announcement of the iPhone 4S must surely be a disappointment. Most were holding out for a redesigned iPhone 5; with a “teardrop” shaped iPhone that tech blogs had predicted and heard from various sources. As fall approached, there were murmurings of Apple releasing 2 iPhones; the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. Depending on which tech blogs you read, each will have their reasons and sources to confirm either a dual or single release. Then came 4 October and, now we know.

But do we really? Were the rumours about a shiny new iPhone 5 with a drastically redesigned iPhone chassis and back really just a rumour? Or was it a reality that failed to materialise in 2011 and was pushed back to 2012? I believe that the iPhone 5 really do exists. And here's why.

It’s no secret that Apple’s main philosophy of their products is design, design, design. Apple has been known not to dive headlong into any technology at the expense of aesthetics and design choices. When the original iPhone was released, 3G adoption was already well underway in the US, but the phone was only 2G capable. It wasn’t until the iPhone 3G a full year later that Apple added 3G capability, and increase little by little 3G mobile speeds in their later iterations.

And with each jump in numerical digits, Apple would want their iPhone to completely blow the competition away with both aesthetics and performance. The iPhone 4 was radically different from the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and the original iPhone before that. 

And the iPhone 5 should be no different. But the mobile technology needed to distinguish the iPhone 5 from the iPhone 4 has not matured enough for Apple to adopt them. If the next iteration of mobile technology is LTE, then Apple wants that to be in their radically designed iPhone 5. But here in 2011, LTE technology is in its infancy: LTE chipsets are bulky and sucks up battery life, and that will prevent Apple from designing a thin, slick and durable device that can hold at least 8 hours of talk time.

By that logic, perhaps there really was an iPhone 5 in the design stages in 2011, but Apple decided to delay it till 2012 because the technology just couldn’t keep up with Apple’s aspirations.

But Apple probably has nothing to worry about. It’s 18 months since the world learned the words, “Retina Display”, and no other mobile phone has managed to outdo it. Yet anyway. The iPhone 4 is still the best selling smartphone in Singapore, and with the release of iPhone 4S on 28 October on all 3 carriers, Apple will continue to dominate the smaretphone market here until they unleash the iPhone 5 upon the helpless population next year; which should return at the usual schedule in summer.

Does anyone agree? Pen your comments below.