iPhone 5 going into full production in September, next model to launch in first half of 2012?
It seems that just about everyone is putting their two cents in on what the iPhone 5 will look like and when it'll launch, and today we've got a report from Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who, to be fair, has nailed a few of Apple-related predictions in the past. Kuo is claiming that, according to his supply chain sources, the next-gen iPhone will retain largely the same design as the iPhone 4 but will feature some updated internals, including the same A5 processor that powers the iPad 2, an 8-megapixel camera, improved antenna design, and a Qualcomm CDMA/GSM baseband. Despite the increase in specs, Kuo believes that the "main selling point" of the new iPhone will be iOS 5. Additionally, Kuo claims that the iPhone 5 will go into full production in September, although he still believes that Apple will be unveiling the device at WWDC in June despite reports to the contrary.
Kuo doesn't stop with the iPhone 5, though, as he's also managed to slip a few claims on the sixth-gen iPhone in his report. The analyst reports that he's heard that Apple plans to launch the next next iPhone in the first half of 2012 and that, unlike the iPhone 5, the sixth model will feature a redesigned body and improved specs.
Most of Kuo's claims on the iPhone 5 are ones that we've heard up until now, but the fact that he's echoed those rumors does help to give us a better idea of what Apple may be planning to reveal later this year. As for the sixth-gen iPhone claims, well, they had to start eventually, right? If Apple does indeed give the iPhone 5 a design similar to the one on the iPhone 4, it'd make sense for them to rework the look and feel of the following revision. A launch in the first half of 2012 seems a bit soon considering that the fifth iPhone may not launch until late this year, but I suppose for now we'll just have to wait and see how things pan out. In the mean time, don't be afraid to share your own thoughts on Apple's plans for the fifth, sixth, and heck, even the seventh iPhone down below.