Apple's iPhone 5 will ship in September, according to unnamed sources talking to Reuters. Apple usually launches the new iPhone in the summer.
will ship the iPhone 5 in September, according to anonymous sources speaking to
Reuters April 20.
means production on the next-generation smartphone will ramp up sometime in
either July or August, the sources apparently
components supplied by Foxconn (casing), Wintek Corp (touch-screen), and Largan
Precision Co Ltd (camera module).
that information about the camera module proves correct, it would refute
earlier rumors that Sony is providing an 8-megapixel camera for inclusion in
the next iPhone, which started after Sony CEO Howard Stringer made a leading
comment during an April 1 talk with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg
at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
should I make Apple the best camera?" Stringer asked, after apparently
suggesting that one of Sony's factories built sensors for Apple's iPhone and iPad
. Online sources immediately picked
up on the quote and ran with it, in a burst of scuttlebutt that dovetailed
neatly with TheStreet's April 2010
had traded OmniVision as its camera vendor for Sony.
addition to higher-resolution cameras, current rumors suggest that the iPhone 5
could include Apple's A5 proprietary processor-hardware upgraded to enable 3G FaceTime video
(near-field communication) technology, which could allow the smartphone to act
as an electronic wallet. Those boosted features would put Apple in a better
competitive position against the increasingly high-powered Google Android
smartphones flooding the market.
Apple traditionally launches each new iPhone in the summer, speculation abounds
that the company intends to push the iPhone 5's release date into later 2011.
Sources have also suggested to the blog TechCrunch that the release of iOS 5,
the next iteration of Apple's mobile software, could also be delayed until
new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new
services launch from Apple that take advantage of this," read TechCrunch's March 26 report
. "But much of the cloud stuff will
be talked about first at WWDC, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, which
will take place in June."
report hints that the iPhone 5 will hit the streets much earlier than some
other reports, including one from Avian
suggested production on the iPhone wouldn't even begin until September.
is also prepping the white iPhone 4 for release within the next couple weeks,
with Apple marketing executive Philip Schiller tweeting in March that the
device will be available "this spring." Unnamed sources have told Reuters and
Bloomberg that the white iPhone 4 will be sold through AT&T and Verizon,
both of which sell the "original" black iPhone 4.
Apple has never officially announced a reason for the white iPhone 4's delay,
there have been rumors of persistent manufacturing issues. In October 2010, a
"source with connections at Apple" told the blog Cult of Mac that ambient light
leaked into the white iPhone 4's case, affecting its ability to take "accurate
pictures." More recently, an April 14 Bloomberg report suggested that the
iPhone's white paint "peeled under heat."