The much-anticipated iPhone 5 is expected to go into production in July and likely begin shipping in September, according to a brief Reuters report this evening.
Apple's next-generation smartphone will have a faster processor but otherwise have a similar appearance to the iPhone 4, according to the report from Hong Kong, which cited three unidentified people familiar with the matter.
The revelation appears to contradict a major supplier in Southeast Asia that said earlier this month iton components for the iPhone 5 until sometime in September--apparently upsetting Apple's traditional summer iPhone release schedule. Apple has also reportedly been taking its time finding components suppliers for the iPhone 5.
Signals that Apple might not release a new iPhone during its usual summer time frame cropped up last month, with a Japanese report claiming Apple was, possibly replacing the hardened glass with a metal backing. Additionally, Digitimes reported earlier this month that since the phone continues to sell, perhaps signaling that Apple was in no hurry to move production toward a new product.
In addition to the back of the phone, the device's screen has been of particular interest with reports thatfrom the longstanding 3.5 inches to a larger 4-inch "edge-to-edge" screen. Apple's new iPhone has also been rumored to include Apple's A5 processor and a much-improved 8-megapixel rear camera.
Apple sold a record number of iPhone 4s in analyst report from RBC Capital Markets released last week estimated Apple besting that by nearly a million in its most recent quarter.with 16.2 million units. An