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New and Improved iPhone 5 Features – Will it be enough?

If the iPhone 5 is not a totally new device with new and improved software and hardware, will it be the phone that single-handedly pulls the U.S. back from the clutches of a possible double-dip recession? I may be exaggerating, but you get my point…

It has been rumored that in a little over a week, the anxiously waited on iPhone 5 will be announced, and sometime after will finally be released to the masses. There has been wide speculation on whether this will be a slight performance upgrade, with little to no change in the overall look (iPhone 4S), or a brand-spanking new phone.

9 to 5 Mac claims to have some pretty solid facts, and some rumored specs of the new iPhone, but my question is if the iPhone 5 is not a totally new device with new and improved software and hardware, will it be the phone that single-handedly pulls the U.S. back from the clutches of a possible double-dip recession?

…I was exaggerating – No matter what the new iPhone is, the U.S. is doomed (being realistic), but you get my point. Will the new iPhone be all that even if it isn’t “new”.

Here’s what we [think we] know:

– Dual-Core Processor > iPhone 4’s single-core
– 1GB internal RAM > iPhone 4’s 512MHz
– 8mp Camera > iPhone 4’s 5mp
– Dual-Band radio for both GSM and CDMA > Seperate phones for AT&T & VZW basically
– Dragon Dictation-esque Voice to text and some new-fangled voice control system called “Assistant”
– Ships with iOS 5 +/- iPhone 4 owners who don’t upgrade can download…so this doesn’t really count

Here is what’s largely still on the table:

– Coming to Sprint (all but fact)
– NFC (lets your phone communicate with other devices by being in proximity of another NFC-enabled device (cash register)).
– Larger, edge-to-edge 4.0 inch screen > iPhone 4’s 3.7 inch screen
– Rounded, aluminum backing +/- iPhone 4’s reinforced glass backing

So, does Apple need to integrate all of the above to make this yet another monumental device that you will upgrade to, or is just some new guts in the same ol’ wrapping enough to keep you from standing in line for Apple’ next iPhone?

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