Apple rumored to have started iPhone 5 production, still on track for fall release

Apple rumored to have started iPhone 5 production, still on track for fall release

iMore heard back in March that the iPhone 5 was on track for an October, 2012 release and would include LTE networking and a new micro-Dock connector. We later heard there were several prototypes in play, at least one of which had a 3.5-inch screen like previous models, and one which had a 4-inch 16:9 screen. Due to Apple's logistical agility, they had until July to decide which version to go with. Now, according to Macotakara -- which has provided reliable information in the past -- Apple has made their decision.

My reliable Chinese sources told that, new iPhone has started manufacture phase

It sounds like the 4-inch, 16:9 iPhone is the one going ahead to manufacturing, and in a design similar to what iLounge predicted back in May.

There's still a lot of time between now and October, and Apple has been able to make changes to previous generation devices in a matter of week. Producing millions of devices to meet the kind of demand a new iPhone generates is non-trivial, however, and given the amount of parts and case leaks seen to date, things might just be locked and loaded now for the fall.

The new iPhone will launch with iOS 6 and likely reveal new features to go alongside the new hardware. Based on past history, it's possible to make some guesses about what those might be, but we won't know for sure until Apple announces the 2012 iPhone event and Tim Cook, Scott Forstall, and Phil Schiller hit the stage.

Source: Macotakara

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Rene Ritchie

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Apple rumored to have started iPhone 5 production, still on track for fall release


I actually have no reason to doubt that they've decided on something and have started production. It would just really suck if they decided to change something a week before announcement and have produced millions of them already.

Honestly I would be disappointed if the phone comes out as 3.5" or the 4" 16:9 version we have seen. I really don't use my phone in landscape so it's going to seem rather odd if they go with 16:9. I think it's a good move to add LTE and NFC but those things are what the other guys are already doing. I would like to see something new and exciting from Apple, not a reinvention of the wheel.

I think if they just make the phone longer and not add some width it will make the phone look very out of shape. It needs to add both length and width for the sake of overall looks.

I would be really upset if they did decide to go with the 16:9 ratio, it almost feels like they're cheating by just making the screen longer! Also- if the leaked pictures and body moulds are correct, then the iPhone will have had, basically, the same design for 3 generations, which is disappointing. I'm starting to lose my faith in Apple's dealing with the iPhone! This may mean a move to a sleek HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3! Only time will tell.

I think iPhone 5 could be really on track! Look at the statistics here: The demand for iPhone accessories are on a rising trend during June.

Businesses and companies may have first hand news on the release date for iPhone 5, and they will be stocking up accessories in advance, which may explain why accessories for iPhone had a spike during June?