Rumors have been floating all around the web over the last couple of weeks about the iPhone 5, Apple’s next gen iPhone. Traditionally Apple announce their next gen iPhone at WWDC, however this year it looks like they wont be. Many reports have claimed that Apple wont be announcing the iPhone 5 until September of this year.
Today we’ve also got some fresh reports in from a fairly reliable source. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been more or less right in the past when it comes to iPhone and Apple rumors for future products. He’s generally very well informed with plenty of sources directly involved in the Apple supply line.
His latest report is generally concurrent with most of the rumors we’ve heard to date. First off is that the iPhone 5 will sport Apple’s new A5 dual core processor. That was pretty much a given and always on the cards. Kuo says that the iPhone 5 will not be a significant change from the iPhone 4. It will retain the same design, with a few spec bumps internally.
He also reports that a new 8 megapixel camera is set to replace the current 5 megapixel camera. This also goes along with rumors which recently appeared suggesting that Sony will be supplying the 8 megapixel cameras.
Kuo also echos the reports that the iPhone 5 won’t go into production until September 2011. However he still reckons that Apple will be announcing the iPhone 5 at this years WWDC, even though it’s a full 3 months before when it’s expected to be released. Many are skeptical about an announcement at this years WWDC as Apple seem to be focusing more on software rather than hardware.
The final tidbit from Kuo is that he reckons Apple will release the iPhone 5 in September, but they are also planning on releasing an iPhone 6 in the first half of 2012 as well. Given the later than normal iPhone 5 release date this would seem odd. The iPhone 5 would barely be on the shelves and the iPhone 6 would be out. What’s more everyone who signed up for new contracts would still have to wait at least another year before they could break them and upgrade.
He feels the iPhone 6 will be a significant redesign, and not just the spec bump that we’re expecting from the iPhone 5.
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