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  • iPhone 5 Enters Trial Production, Full Production Beginning Quarter 3


    A Chinese publication, China Times is reporting this morning that they have production details regarding Apple's fifth generation iPhone. According to the chinese translation, the new handset is in a "trial production" and will go into full production very soon, in the third quarter of this year. For anyone who's followed Apple's release schedules for the previous four generations of the iPhone, this should not come as any surprise.

    Further details in the article confirm other rumors we've heard about for the iPhone 5. China Times again states that we'll see a larger screen, supposedly to combat the onslaught of Android devices with larger screen sizes. Other rumors restated in the article include the inclusion of NFC technology, which the rumor mill has flip-flopped on, as well as an antenna redesign that would supposedly alleviate the well-documented issues with antenna design of the iPhone 4. There's also a mention of the A5 processor, which would be surprising not to see in the iPhone 5.

    Finally, the report discusses a new scratch-resistant metal chassis, again no major surprises. If this report is any indication, the new iPhone will feature much of the established rumors. It is expected that Apple will release the iPhone 5, barring production delays, in early summer 2011.

    Source:
    China Times (Google Translate)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 5 Enters Trial Production, Full Production Beginning Quarter 3 started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      i think im going to give this gen a skip and go for the 6th gen instead... i cant afford this and the 3DS on friday
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      scratch-resistant? Ya ok, apple ALWAYS claims there iPhone is scratch-resistant or crack-resistant. NOT! All talk and hype as usual!
    1. Aumz's Avatar
      Aumz -
      Also on simplicity with unlimited data so that will never be changed...just have to purchase the phone outright
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Third quarter production = 4th or 1st quarter release.

      I hope they meant Q2!

      Or, they may actually be referring to the VeriPhone.
      I think Apple is on a different time line like many other large companies. So the Q's don't match the regular Q's.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      scratch-resistant? Ya ok, apple ALWAYS claims there iPhone is scratch-resistant or crack-resistant. NOT! All talk and hype as usual!
      And you're still going to get it anyway. .

      "Resistant" is a broad term meant to cover their ***. It could mean crack resistant from a height of 10 feet, or it could also mean from a height of 3 inches.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      When has ANY idevice featured, "most of the established rumors?" Also, If they're planning production in Q3 that means release won't be till Q1 2012. That's unlike Apple. I believe the iPhone 4 was being produced right about this time last year.
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt Savoca View Post


      A Chinese publication, China Times is reporting this morning that they have production details regarding Apple's fifth generation iPhone. According to the chinese translation, the new handset is in a "trial production" and will go into full production very soon, ............
      Source:
      China Times (Google Translate)
      That prototype looks thicker then the current Iphone 4
      YUCK!

      The stainless looks cool though
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      4G compatible? The only reason I feel I have to ask is because when apple released the original iPhone they didn't make it 3G compatible. And 3G was already readily available. Seems like common sense but every now and then you need to wonder if they have it! Not to say I'm hating on apple...I'm a huge apple fan!!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Man, I don't know if I'll be able to afford it.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Third quarter production = 4th or 1st quarter release.

      I hope they meant Q2!
      Apple's Q4 is July - Sept, Q1 is Oct-Dec. That's why we heard them report their Q1 results in January. Jan-Mar is Q2 and Apr-June is Q3.
    1. R1futly's Avatar
      R1futly -
      I personally hope they don't go too big if they make a bigger screen. The Evo is like walking around with a Nintendo DS in your pocket. Maybe that screen is big and pretty but when it comes to actually being on a "phone" it's a little impractical in my opinion.
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Really hope it has a larger screen and a slide out keyboard
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoldycheeze88 View Post
      I wonder if there will be a white metal back.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      Apple will say there is a white one, we just won't see it outside of promo pictures.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mookest View Post
      I've been waiting for the 5. I hope they have the metal back. Or at least white. I need at least 64 if not more. I hope a trial run version isn't photo shy. I'd like to see it in the nude.
      There will not be any pictures before release, if there is apple will prosecute the living day lights out of who takes them.
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by r11r View Post
      Definitely in the same boat as you. Stuck with the 3GS since October of 2009 and it was really hard NOT to go with iPhone 4 when it came out. But good things come to those who wait
      I said the same thing when the 3GS came out and held out for the iPhone 4 since I had the iPhone 3G at the time. I will hold out for the iPhone 6.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      how about some major UI updates... iOS is now looking dated in comparison to Android UI. Simplicity is great... but it's time for a good refresh.
    1. dadubarut's Avatar
      dadubarut -
      First one to find it in a bar in San Francisco, please contact Gizmodo
    1. An App For That's Avatar
      An App For That -
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Unless we see a major revamp in iOS, I personally don't see myself feeling the need to upgrade this go around. Everything is buttery smooth as is and I literally can't imagine a discernable improvement in load times. If they do wow me with iOS5 having features that one would "need" an iPhone 5 to exploits its full potential. I might consider it.

      There is of course, the fact that I can sell the iPhone 4 unlocked a month before the 5 launches buy the 5, and make a small profit that has me considering upgrading too. Being that TMO is getting absorbed by ATT, I fear this will be the last revision that I will get to enjoy this with.

      Quote Originally Posted by rpgpromaster View Post
      i think im going to give this gen a skip and go for the 6th gen instead... i cant afford this and the 3DS on friday
      Have you given the 3DS a shot? I was pumped for it until I tried it. Most disappointing product from Nintendo since the virtual boy (though I don't expect it to do badly).

      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      When has ANY idevice featured, "most of the established rumors?" Also, If they're planning production in Q3 that means release won't be till Q1 2012. That's unlike Apple. I believe the iPhone 4 was being produced right about this time last year.
      Actually the iPhone 4 was pretty spot on with rumors even before the test unit was lost/leaked or whatever you want to call it. The only thing that didn't happen was the bump in onboard storage capacity.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I need to upgrade... using the 3Gs here waited and waited for the iPhone 4 in white... and you know the rest!