As per the rumors, Apple will utilize the in-cell touch technology that will make the iPhone 5 thinner as compared to other smartphones since the iPhone 5 is in direct competition with Samsung Galaxy S3, which boasts a 4.8 inch super AMOLED display. iPhone 5 is expected to be just 7.6mm thick, a full millimeter less than the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is 8.6mm thick. It is also a pretty safe bet to assume that the iPhone 5 will come with at least a 4-inch display to stand equally with S3.
iPhone 5 needs an improvement on the camera front to be ahead in the race. The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on the iPhone 4S is every bit as good as the one in the Galaxy S3 so any improvement on that characteristic will surely put iPhone 5 ahead of Galaxy S3. However, if Apple does opt to stick with the same resolution, optics needs to be improved so as to offer a greater sharpness and clarity. S3 has great camera features such as zero shutter lag, and best shot selection. Hence, it is a must for the iPhone 5 to mimic such features, in the same way that Samsung has offered S-Voice, which imitates Siri. The front-facing VGA camera also needs improving to match the 1.9-megapixel in the Galaxy S3.
Under the Hood
Galaxy S3 leads the way when it comes to smartphone performance. Using Samsung's Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Galaxy S3 is one of the most powerful smartphones to date. iPhone 5 thus needs to be powered by an overclocked quad-core processor to take the battle to Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on the TouchWiz interface with Android 4.0 OS, which offers an excellent user experience. iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6, the latest mobile OS from Apple. It is expected that Apple will take the spoils in this area as, when it comes to user-friendliness, iOS takes the cake.
iPhone 5 is also expected to come with 4G LTE radios, and make good use of the 4G networks which are being rolled out by various network operators in the U.S.
It goes without saying that iPhone 5 will undoubtedly be the biggest smartphone release of the year (well, for Apple fans at least) but Apple has a lot of work cut out if it wants the sixth generation iPhone to beat Galaxy S3.