“With Apple gearing up for the grand release of its highly anticipated next generation iPhone, enormous hype surrounds the smartphone with rumors confounding customers about when the device will finally be launched and what the features will be on board,” Kukil Bora reports for The International Business Times.

“Some earlier reports said Apple would launch iPhone 5 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June this year,” Bora reports. “The reports suggested that the June launch of the next iPhone would bring an end to an eight-month-long life span of the current iPhone 4S. But recent rumors suggested that Apple might launch the device in the second half of 2012. The Cupertino tech giant might abandon mid-year launches and consider a 12-month iPhone upgrade cycle starting in the fall.”

Bora reports, “When it comes to the features of the phone, rumors are spreading like wildfire. The reports of Apple’s new patent filing have also added much to the rumor mill which keeps on growing continuously. Here’re some details about three Apple patent applications filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office which might turn up as key features in future iDevices like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.”

• 3D Cameras That Could Also Recognize Facial Expressions and Gesturing
• iCloud-based Universal Remote Functionalities to Control TVs
• Ultrasonic Bonding to Make Apple’s Next iPhone Stronger

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