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iPhone 5: Latest features and a Chinese ‘copy’ revealed just weeks ahead of debut

A launch date for the iPhone 5 is expected to be announced on September 12th, with Apple’s recent victory in the patent trial against Samsung set to ensure the smartphone explodes onto the market with significant fanfare.

The latest set of specifications that are set to be included on the iPhone 5 include AirPlay Direct, an improvement to AirPlay, which will allow iOS devices to stream audio directly using Bluetooth, dispensing with the need for a Wi-Fi network.

Even before it has made its official launch, manufacturers in China have jumped on the back of the iPhone 5’s expected success by brazenly launching the Goophone i5.

With its single button, lock-screen and rounded corners, the phone will definitely be familiar to smartphone users. However, unlike the iPhone the device runs on the Android as opposed to the iOS operating system.

The phone boasts a 5MP camera and has a rumoured resolution of 940 x 640. If this is compared to what we have already heard about the iPhone5, it pales in comparison to the 12MP which is allegedly offered by the iPhone 5 and Apple’s high-definition Retina displays.

iPhone 5: How can it make its mark in China?

The iPhone is said to rank 7th in China, compared to a ranking of 1st and 2nd in other parts of the world. According to some, the iPhone 5 will need to feature a ” TD-SCDMA chipset” in order to grab a larger slice of the Chinese market.

“Among all the international smartphone brands competing in China, Apple are the only one not offering a product that complies with [China Mobile's] air standard,”

Said Kevin Wang, the IHS report’s author, in a press release. “For Apple, this is a huge disadvantage,” he added.

iPhone 5: What we already know

The smartphone is set to feature a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch screen and support for LTE/4G on the 1,800 MHz frequency, as well as a smaller 19-pin connector port.

With FBR Capital analyst Craig Berger forecasting that the device could sell 250 million units over the course of its lifespan, the device’s course is already set for success.

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