Finally, some good news. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple will be beginning production of its next-generation iPhone during Q2 2013. WSJ also says that the production would lead to a possible release in the Summer timeframe (hint hint WWDC). Here’s the scoop:
Apple Inc. AAPL +0.21% plans to begin production of a refreshed iPhone similar in size and shape to its current one in the second quarter of the year, according to people familiar with the device’s production, teeing up a possible summer launch for the next version of its flagship device.
This report also falls in line with many other who also claiming the iPhone 5S will now be released in the summer, rather than the Fall. Many other have said the iPhone will contain many different colors, like we currently see on the fifth-generation iPod touch, but WSJ says “[Apple's] plans remain unclear“.
However, with every “S” update, we can expect that the device will retain its predecessors external design, with upgraded internals and likely an upgraded camera. The iPhone 5S will also likely carry an updated A7 processor, which would fall in Apple’s current processor pattern.
WSJ is also claiming that a cheaper iPhone is still definitely in the works, but details were definitely scarce. The report also states that it will be slated for a release in the second-half of the year, making a Summer release alongside the iPhone 5S unlikely. It’s likely that the cheaper iPhone will still contain a 4-inch display but not the same materials that the iPhone 5 is designed with.
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