Expect to see proprietary Apple maps and no built-in Youtube app when the next iPhone launches.
Those are just a couple of the details coming from the latest batch of rumors about the iPhone 5.
Apple’s license with Youtube to include a pre-installed app on its smartphone has expired, and Google is working behind-the-scenes on a more optimized iPhone experience, so there will of course be a better-than-ever Youtube presence on the iPhone 5 but it won’t be included out of the box.
And this shouldn’t come as any surprise, but Apple is also expected to make its proprietary maps application prominently on display in the new iPhone.
Among the other solid, tangible details about the new iPhone that have leaked through the rumor mill is it will have technology that would allow the company to integrate both the touch sensor and the actual LCD panel in one component.
As the iPhone construction stands now, these two parts of the phone are separate pieces, meaning the touch sensor is an individual component that sits on top of the display itself.
If it could combine those into one piece of technology, it would be able to shave off a significant chunk of the device’s size. Keep in mind we’re already talking about a very thin phone, so a “significant chunk” could just be a couple tenths of a millimeter.
In addition to making a sleeker phone, though, this would also help Apple with production. It could potentially cut back the lead time to make an iPhone from around two weeks to just 3 – 5 days.
It is also believed that the new iPhone will have the largest display of any iPhone.
We’ll know all the details soon, as Apple is believed to be working on an event just a week or so from now when it will unveil the device.