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Apple iPhone 5 to cost just $800?

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BANGALORE, INDIA: Will the much anticipated Apple's iPhone 5 cost $800 (In US market) and come with a small 3.5-inch display? So say the latest rumors surrounding the new Apple iPhone.

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Well iPhone users can be struck with the smaller display say latest reports that goes on to say that the new iPhone will come with a 640x1136 pixels display on the small screen.

Adding weight to these rumors is the popular Apple blog 9to5Mac finding that iOS 6 is completely scalable to the 640x1136p resolution.



Another strong rumors about the new iPhone is about its price. Twitter is abuzz with rumors that the new iPhone will cost $800. Twitter has at-least two trending topics about the iPhone 5.

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They included "#800dollarsforaniPhone" and "iPhone 5 $800".

IB Times recently pointed article on GamenGuide, which said that a Chinese auction site had listed a phone identified as a new iPhone for about $800 to $1,050.

As per latest reports, an unlocked iPhone 4S (64 GB) is up for grabs for on Apple store for £699, or $1,087. So $800 is a quite a significant price as most phones are sold as part of a contract deal with your network carrier, which is why the price is usually so much lower.

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New features expected on iPhone 5:

3D maps

Apple's new Maps feature is arguably one of the most anticipated to come to iOS 6. However, its 3D integration won't work on an iPhone 4.

Apple has said that 3D in Maps will only work on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and new iPad, ostensibly because those products feature more firepower than the iPhone 4.

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Updated Siri

The new iPhone 5 would run on the new iOS 6 announced recently and the new OS includes an updated version of Siri. In addition, iOS 6 comes with more personalization options, allowing users to turn on a do-not-disturb mode as well as respond to phone calls with a set message and set VIP status for individuals whose e-mails come through as alerts.

4G/LTE

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Apple iPad 3 was the first to bring 4G to an Apple device and now iPhone 5 is expected to follow. And with many 4G handsets already announced, it can't be long before the iPhone supports 4G technologies - even if we won't even have a UK spectrum auction until late this year or maybe early next year.

However, there is some confusion about the 4G enabled iPhone 5 following the fuss over the new iPad in the UK. Apple has a different version for such countries.

Near Field communication (NFC)

Speculations are rife that Apple might include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5, turning it into a kind of credit/debit card.

With the tech being inside the Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as a host of other top smartphones, the time for NFC may finally be here.

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