Sources for Reuters have reaffirmed the claims that Apple will begin production of the iPhone 5 in July for a September release. The sources also state that the device will look “largely similar” to the current design, but will have a much faster processor. Apple is expected to use the same dual-core A5 processor found in the iPad 2. Earlier rumors suggested that the next iPhone would have an aluminum backing, but that no longer seems to be the case.
Apple traditionally releases the iPhone in June or July, and new iPods during the September event. There’s no word on the reason for the delay, but tight supplies and manufacturing issues could be the source. A white iPhone 4 is still expected within the next few weeks.
(Reuters) – Apple Inc suppliers will begin production of its next-generation iPhone in July this year, with the finished product likely to begin shipping in September, three people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.