Manufacturers are tipped to begin production of the iPhone 5 in July to begin shipping in September, with Apple’s new smartphone featuring a faster processor and a design not dissimilar to the iPhone 4.
Three people ‘familiar with the matter’ recently told Reuters that suppliers such as camera module maker Largan Precision Co Ltd, touchscreen panel maker Wintek Corp and case maker Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, where the iPhones will also be assembled.
This latest rumour is largely consistent with earlier reports of delays to Apple’s traditional iPhone release schedule, which because of component hold-ups following the quake in Japan, had been moved from June to September.
Along with a faster, dual-core A5 processor, earlier rumours have suggested the next-generation iPhone will include a larger screen that stretches to the edge of the device, a metal – perhaps carbon-fibre – back, an improved antenna (without the design faults associated with the iPhone 4), an 8-megapixel camera designed by Sony, wave-and-pay technology and a slew of cloud-based functions based on a revamped iTunes and MobileMe service.
Apple has not yet commented on the reports.