The iPhone 5 will supposedly come with a thinner screen that would put its sleekness on par with the Samsung Galaxy S3. (Photo : HandyFlash)
Waiting around for the iPhone 5? Recent rumors say that Apple might officially announce the device on August 7, and will probably release the device as early as September. Some have even said that production has already started. I hate to burst the bubble on this one, but if the recent report from BGR is true, then the iPhone 5 is still going through phases in the development process that would hint at a later October release date.
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Two of the phases that Apple products have to go through are apparently the "engineering verification test" and the "design verification test." A source reportedly told BGR that the iPhone 5 is currently undergoing the EVT3 stage, and hasn't yet started on the DVT. This would mean production of the iPhone 5 is yet to begin.
For comparison, the Verizon iPhone 4 hit EVT3 in November, DVT2 in late December, and was released around February. This timeframe would put the iPhone 5 release date at somewhere around October.
The iPhone 5 should come with a larger 4 inch screen that is thinner than the current iPhone's.
Tech specs that have been speculated on and/or confirmed are a quad-core processor, 4G LTE support, a NFC chip for wireless data sharing, and a smaller dock that might render current iPhone accessories obsolete. The only thing for certain is that if the iPhone 5 releases in the fall like many industry insiders say, then it will sport Apple's upcoming iOS 6, which is also slated for a fall release.
A recent report showed how popular the iPhone brand is with its users, with some of them overvaluing their devices by more than a $100. This led Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster to claim that 80 million units have basically already been bought by consumers.
The iPhone 5 will be the biggest overhaul to the iPhone's design since 2010, and likely be the biggest consumer electronics device of 2012.