According to yet more “sources in the know” the iPhone 5 launch is just a few weeks away. At least, that’s what the New York Times is claiming. Apple may be delaying its usual September music event, replacing it with one at the beginning of October.
“We’re just weeks away from the announcement of the new Apple iPhone 5, according to an Apple employee who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak publicly for the company.”
So far we know, or can at least assume, a good deal about the next generation device. From Case-Mate’s leaks yesterday we can bet confidently on a wider, thinner handset with an aluminum back. We’re almost certain it will have the same A5 processor as the iPad 2, which it will need to power the 4″ Retina display dominating the front face.
9to5Mac, in addition to the NYT post, is reporting that production of the new device has hit a few problems and could be slightly delayed. This delay is also likely to cause stock shortages all the way through to the beginning of next year. Saying that, it’s hardly surprising. Especially when you consider how long it took Apple to get the iPad 2 shipping times down from 4 weeks to 24 hours. It may be bad news, but the site does throw in a little tasty rumor to whet your appetite:
“The iPhone 5 itself is a sight to behold, we’ve been told. It is impossibly light, yet much firmer than Samsung Galaxy phones which are backed in plastic. The camera rivals point and shoot cameras and will be a major marketing point for this device.”
The Apple dedicated blog also claims with some certainty that there will be two different iPhone models launched side-by-side. The cheaper option is purportedly the same form factor as the iPhone 4, and could be priced to compete with lower end Android devices. (It may even be available on a pre-paid plan.)
Bear in mind that these are rumors, however reputable the sources may be, they may not be 100% accurate. The only thing I’m betting on is the leaked cases from Case-Mate. All the rest, we’ll just have to wait on.