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Apple iPhone 5: Last minute rumour round-up

The wait is almost over folks; in a matter of mere hours we will get a look at Apple’s best (and possibly biggest) iPhone to date, the iPhone 5.

The press invites have been sent, the stage in San Francisco has been set and, of course, the Apple rumour mill is going into overdrive.

The rumours surrounding the next-gen iPhone have been coming thick and fast for months now, but as the launch draws closer gossip is reaching fever pitch. So what are the latest rumours ahead of tonight’s launch?

Apple iPhone 5 fingerprint scanner

One of the latest iPhone 5 rumours currently doing the rounds is that the device will feature a fingerprint scanner as an added security measure.

It may seem slightly far-fetched, but the fact that Apple is currently negotiating a takeover bid of AuthenTec – which makes the scanning technology – gives this rumour a little more weight.

The two companies have in fact been working together since last July, so we may see a fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5.

No NFC in Apple iPhone 5?

Leaked images claiming to show the iPhone 5’s display featured a mysterious square that many believed would house an NFC chip.

It was a reasonable assumption, especially given that many of Apple’s competitors are featuring NFC as standard in their handsets.

Yet several reports have claimed that the iPhone 5’s metal casing means that an NFC chip is highly unlikely, and the mystery square is simply the casing for the front-facing camera.

Apple iPhone 5 price

For many an overexcited Apple fanboy, the price of the iPhone 5 is almost irrelevant – they will be going out and buying one whatever the cost.

Yet for the rest of us, the rumoured cost of the next-gen iPhone could be enough to turn us off. Reports have suggested that the 16GB model will set you back £500, while a 64GB version will cost an eye-watering £700.

All that for an extra half-inch of screen and a slightly longer battery life? Let’s hope this is one rumour that does not come true.

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