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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. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      So many reports suggesting a 4" screen make me think more and more that it will NOT have a 4" screen. Keep your expectations low and you will set yourself up to be somewhat pleased when it is officially released/announced. Set them too high and you will be sorely disappointed and might go make a rationally smart decision....such as buying an Android phone.
      Never....will I have a droid! My brother has one and I'm not impressed at all, kind of feels like a toy....at least with the iPhone, if I'm attacked by an robber, I can hit him up side the head and cause some serious damage!! :0 Try that with the plastic droid!

      I WANT MY IPHONE 5....BRING IT BABY!!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      We don't need larger iPhones! I was messing with the new Android phones and they are just not practical... I mean if you want a tablet then get a tablet. I think the form of the iPhone 4 is perfect. Now if they can enlarge the screen without enlarging the phone then by all means... but a larger iPhone = fail

      tim

      Well said...I agree!
    1. foolish813's Avatar
      foolish813 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phillphill View Post
      They are going the wrong way... I want it to be the size of a credit card and fit in my wallet.. maybe on IPhone 25.
      iPhone 25 will be and Ear and eye implant. The retina display will be inserted into your retina. Wouldn't be shocked to hear about patents on that.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      I hope with the competition of Verizon, AT&T will give early upgrades. I remember specifically able to upgrade to the ip4 after just getting the 3GS 6 months before.
    1. Gho5t's Avatar
      Gho5t -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Really hope it has a larger screen and a slide out keyboard
      I hope for these features as well!

      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      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.
      I agree with this as well. The ui is flat out ugly compared to android. The icons are the first thing i change on my phone.
    1. eddiele76's Avatar
      eddiele76 -
      im kinda confused-

      correct me if im wrong but isnt that just a picture of the iphone 4 with the replacement aluminum backing that u can find at cnn.cn or ebay??

      Metal back cover housing For iPhone 4 G/4G Convex/Gray - eBay (item 110662198664 end time Mar-22-11 23:14:35 PDT)

      ??? or is that legitimately what the iphone5 is going to look like?

      felt like it was a little misleading. but like i said, correct me if im wrong.

      thanks!
    1. JacketPod's Avatar
      JacketPod -
      hahh!! will find a buyer for my iPhone 4 soon..
    1. carlito9505's Avatar
      carlito9505 -
      Man, can't wait for this, I hope sticking with my 3GS waiting for this was worth it...
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by MYPHONEI View Post
      That prototype looks thicker then the current Iphone 4
      YUCK!

      The stainless looks cool though
      That's not a prototype for the iPhone 5, man you are ****** (fill in the blank with whatever you want.) That's an iPhone 4 with a metal back.

      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      Lol @ the people who don't know what a fiscal year is!!

      no kidding
    1. eddietah's Avatar
      eddietah -
      Thanks for sharing
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sem656 View Post
      Lol wait til it comes out to see. But is production really gonna start in the third quarter so we won't see June-July release?
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      I know what a fiscal year is jackwagon! It's not usually reported that way in the news... The report usually adjusts it to match "civilisation" quarters.

      I would imagine that if CNN picked this story up, they would use our quarters, not Apple's. They don't rule the world yet.
      See the quote above. The first clue that they were talking fiscal year was when the writer stated 3rd quarter release, and qualified that with being the same time as past releases. Also this website is not CNN, but a website catering to the iPhone, and other Apple products. Jackwagon!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by ugshotgun View Post
      ...at least with the iPhone, if I'm attacked by an robber, I can hit him up side the head and cause some serious damage!! :0 Try that with the plastic droid!
      I can cause some serious damage with just my bare fist. And it wont cost me $600 from a smashed phone either.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by blwallace5 View Post
      See the quote above. The first clue that they were talking fiscal year was when the writer stated 3rd quarter release, and qualified that with being the same time as past releases. Also this website is not CNN, but a website catering to the iPhone, and other Apple products. Jackwagon!
      No, the "writer," quoted a poor translation of a legitimate article, from an actual news source, in China.

      Also, if we have to always talk about fiscal years... Foxcon's will be different from Apple's, and Sony, Microsoft, Bob's Construction...

      MY fiscal year starts June 22. When I talk "quarters" to people outside my business, I refer to the calendar that 99% of HUMANS use, OR I qualify it like this "First quarter Fiscal Year 2011."

      If the article had actually said (and it may have, but got lost in translation) ANYTHING about Apple's FY, maybe I could have gone in that direction.

      Once again, jackwagon, Apple is NOT the only thing everyone thinks about. When you ask a person on the street "What quarter is Christmas in?" they will say 4th, NOT 2nd.

      You might say second, but that's only because you have your head so far up Steve's ___ you can see through his eyes.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      ATT allows me to upgrade to a new iphone every year. Don't know how that works. I've had the 3g, upgraded to 3gs immediately and then upgraded to i4. Looks like i'll be doing the same with this iphone5. the i4 will be my new ipod touch.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Lol.. so much arguing about context.

      Here's a hint, if they use the term "quarter", and the implication seems odd to you, consider that it might be talking about a financial quarter. No need to get bitchy that the author didn't read your mind and report it in the exact context you expected.

      Apple has launched the iPhone in their Q4 since the first device. The OP said it was in line with previous years, for a summer 2011 launch. Asking for clarification is one thing, but complaining that this was somehow reported wrong is just silly.
    1. Lefty-44's Avatar
      Lefty-44 -
      I sold my iphone 3G for $225 to get the iphone 4 which cost me $199.. I plan to do the same when the iphone 5 comes out.
    1. djgunner's Avatar
      djgunner -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      Can't wait for the next idevice!!
      Iphone5, i5, jobby #5!!
      mambo #5... a little bit of [truncated]

    1. phillphill's Avatar
      phillphill -
      Quote Originally Posted by foolish813 View Post
      iPhone 25 will be and Ear and eye implant. The retina display will be inserted into your retina. Wouldn't be shocked to hear about patents on that.
      I like that idea! they could call it the Eyephone!
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by phillphill View Post
      I like that idea! they could call it the Eyephone!
      Simpson's Futurama did it! Season 6 - Episode 3:



    1. PhilLD's Avatar
      PhilLD -
      I love my IP4 and will wait another year at least to change it.. Had it since day one in paris and still in perfect shape.. No new model needed yet..
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Every year I've been able to upgrade at the upgrade price. $200 and I've been able to get the latest phone. Selling ur old phone puts money in ur pocket!
      I've been able to do the same. AT&T has my line set for renewal every May.

      I love it! Sell my unlocked iPhone and upgrade plus profit.