Infographic: Features and Components of Apple's iPhone 5

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It's coming. Apple watchers and enthusiasts have been waiting more than a year for the next iteration of the company's line of smartphones since the iPhone 4 was released in early June of 2010. But the wait is almost over: All signs point to an October release date for the iPhone 5, which will be, with its rumored 8MP camera and dual-core processor, the best yet.

In case you've lost track of all the news and rumors about what components the phone will include and what its best features will be -- an auto-focus camera? built-in GPS? -- IntoMobile put together the infographic embedded below. IntoMobile avoided some of the more ridiculous rumors about the smartphone and everything presented here seems plausible if not guaranteed. What is interesting, though, is looking at the rapid evolution of the iPhone line since it first debuted on January 9, 2007.

Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:

  • It is assumed that the iPhone 5 will run on a 1GHz A5 dual-core processor. The processor in Apple's line of smartphones has been upgraded several times since the first iPhone debuted.
  • The iPhone 5 is rumored to have an 8MP auto-focus camera, which is a big improvement on previous cameras, which have been auto-focus since the iPhone 3GS, but never 8MP.
  • Like the iPhone 4, it is assumed that the next iteration of the iPhone line will have a front camera, built-in GPS, and display that measures 640x960 pixels. (The display on the first two iPhones -- the iPhone and the iPhone 3G -- was only 320x480 pixels.)
  • When the iPhone 5 is finally released in October, there will be more than 500,000 apps for it available in the Apple Store. That's more than double what was available at the time of the iPhone 4's launch (June 7, 2010), and more than ten times the number (50,000) available on June 8, 2009, when the iPhone 3GS hit shelves.

Check out more Infographics on the Technology Channel.

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