One of the many mockup images of the iPhone 5 on the internet. (Photo : uber-posts.blogspot.com)
More news confirms the imminent arrival of the Apple iPhone 5. A Taiwanese website, DigiTimes, has reported that production for the iPhone 5 has begun. This would put the iPhone 5 on track for the previously reported October launch date.
A supplier of Apple, Pegatron, has reportedly started making the hotly anticipated smartphone. DigiTimes also said that sources have indicated that a smaller iPad is also being rolled out.
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The Taiwanese tech site Digitimes has been known to break a number of Apple stories thanks to what they call, sources in the industry.
Pegatron is a consumer electronics manufacturer that is part of Apple's supply chain just like Foxconn Technology. Earlier reports show that Foxconn is hiring a large number of temporary summer workers. The surge in hiring is interpreted as the company gearing up to mass manufacturing devices, most likely the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
The iPhone 5 is shaping up to be the most important consumer device of 2012. A survey by 451 research revealed a high level of demand for the iPhone 5. An analyst from Piper Jaffrey declared that 80 million iPhone 5 sales were already "in the bag."
All this for a smartphone that hasn't even been publicly acknowledged by Apple.
Rumors, pictures, and leaked details by industry insiders show that the iPhone 5 will be a the biggest redesign since the iPhone 4. It should come with a larger 4-inch screen, 4G LTE support, NFC and wireless data sharing capabilities, and a smaller dock that would make current iPhone accessories unusable. It will also almost certainly come with the Apple iOS 6, which is slated for a fall release.