Japanese blog – Macotakara reports that according to their source, the hotly anticipated next generation iPhone has already gone into production in China.
This indicates that the 6th generation iPhone could be released as early as September.
MacRumors points out:
For reference, Macotakara also cited similar sources when they reported that the iPad 3 first went into production in January 2012. The lead time between production and launch for the iPad 3 was approximately two months with an official launch date of March 16th, 2012. That could suggest that we could see the new iPhone as early as September, though the production timelines for the iPad and iPhone may differ significantly.
Macotakara also reports that the back panel of the next generation iPhone which is in production have a naked aluminum surface and a partially glass covered portion, giving it a two-tone effect.
They also note that the small hole between the the lens and flash in the leaked ‘iPhone 5′ parts is absent in the production model. It was widely speculated that Apple is planning to move the second microphone to the back for improved audio capture during video recording.
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