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  • Next-Gen iPhone Rumored to be Ready for Production

    The folks over at 9to5Mac are reporting that they have received word from a “reliable” source at Foxconn that Apple is gearing up to begin production of the iPhone 5. It is being suggested that the company could be pushing for a mid-year launch more in line with pre-iPhone 4S debuts.

    The source said various sample devices are also floating around (which vary slightly from one another) so it is impossible to tell which one will be the final. Some things in common with all of them, however are:

    - 4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them)
    - No teardrop-shaped devices as were rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness. Also longer/wider.
    - None of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor
    - None of the devices are final versions
    It was reported that the start of the production seems to be coming several months ahead of last year’s schedule, indicating that Apple could be targeting a launch that is much sooner than last year’s October debut of the iPhone 4S. Consequently, Apple could be returning to its traditional iPhone launch pattern of an introduction at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is typically held in June with the availability being said to come to the first batch of countries just a few weeks later. This would ultimately shorten the life span of the iPhone 4S, which I don't think many consumers would be happy with and therefore I feel that a summer launch isn't likely to happen.

    The details of this report seem similar to those that were rumored before the release of the iPhone 4S with the supposed 4-inch next generation iPhone 5 coming out without a teardrop shape being targeted for a summer launch.

    Speculation on Apple’s next generation iPhone launch timing has currently been split with some observers suggesting that the iPhone 4S was just an anomaly for Apple and that it will be returning to the usual mid-year timeframe, while others suggest that the cycle is permanently going to be moved back to that started with the iPhone 4S. Daring Fireball’s John Gruber specifically refutes the claim that the iPhone 5 production is starting up. He also doubts the claim that the device is likely to be longer and wider than the current form factor, although he doesn’t appear to have any insider information on the aspect.

    When do you think the next iPhone will be released? Do you think the claims are true? Share any thoughts and opinions below!

    Source: 9to5Mac, Daring Fireball
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Next-Gen iPhone Rumored to be Ready for Production started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      This just in the next iPhone can read your thoughts and drive your car for you. More details to follow.
    1. Crazyj29's Avatar
      Crazyj29 -
      I haven't got the 4s yet. I have been holding out for the next iPhone. Whatever it will be called.
    1. killakill's Avatar
      killakill -
      I think it will be the earlier release time as opposed to the 4S relase date. I believe Apple thought they would be ready for a completely new design with the 4S, but ran into some troubles and were forced to make the "same" phone like they did with the 3G and that is why it was a later date with the 4S so they could come out with one that year.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      It's fun to read these comments and get new views, but with the huge JailBreak community and the amazing A5 Dual Core processor, I don't think a lot of people will be upgrading to the 5 if they release it so soon after they just got their 4s. The only way a lot of people would even consider upgrading would be if the rumored A6 Quad Core processor was released with it as well as 4G capabilities. But again it is a matter of preference and money. I will most certainly not be upgrading for a LONG while if they do get a 4-inch screen. I bought the 4s to get rid of my 4.3 inch, huge screen Droid X. Just my opinions and thoughts.
    1. Banks4004's Avatar
      Banks4004 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Borsato92 View Post
      Damn it... I was going to get a 4S next week... Now I guess I will have to wait for the next-gen iPad and the next-gen iPhone...
      you might want to hold out for even the next one. I hear its gonna have 8g and a cup holder...
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Banks4004 View Post
      you might want to hold out for even the next one. I hear its gonna have 8g and a cup holder...
      ...and wipe your ***, brush your teeth, **** your wife, walk your dog, personal aircraft transformation capability optional with an extra $100,000 fee
    1. thumper_net's Avatar
      thumper_net -
      I had an iphone 4 32gb model , it was ok but became full of videos , so i bought a 64gb iphone 4s ( which has 2gb free now ) but i have to say the screen was better on my old iphone , much cooler screen tones against the yellowish warm tone on the 4s , plus the battery sucks , i do hope the next iphone copies something from samsung , this has a screen tone option , as for a larger iphone screen steve jobs was against it Saying the current size is perfect , just hope jony ive stays at apple without him the iphone would look as bad as a nokia phone ,i never get a new iphone with a contract as i prefer to buy it loose and its simlockfree as well , if you add up the 2 year contract and the extra you need to pay , in the end your worse off , next apple for me is the ipad 3 as my ipad 1 has crashing problems due to low memory , then maybe the iphone 4gs as its bound to have a 4 in its name for the 4g network as the iphone 4s is the 5th iphone
    1. baskie's Avatar
      baskie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      This just in the next iPhone can read your thoughts and drive your car for you. More details to follow.
      But I'm an Apple clone, I don't have thoughts. Will mine do anything else instead?

      Quote Originally Posted by thumper_net View Post
      I had an iphone 4 32gb model , it was ok but became full of videos , so i bought a 64gb iphone 4s
      I know what you mean, I keep having to buy new cars as they keep running out of fuel.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      4" screen will never happen. It's not ergonomic to allow your thumb to reach the entire screen.
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      :begin $0.02:
      I don't see why Apple couldn't release another phone earlier than Oct. but I think perhaps Aug. instead of June (like the 3GS); 10 months is easier to swallow than 8 and has been done before.

      4" screen? Why the hell not? Current iPhone screen size is too small for me (trying to type this post on iP4 I've had to edit three times already due to typing mistakes on this 'tiny' screen's keyboard) so I wouldn't be sad if they decided to go a little bigger.

      LTE anyone? Every Droid that is sh1tted out of those mfgrs' assembly lines touts it (despite the carriers' coverage areas) so I imagine Apple won't wait too much longer before joining the fray.