It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch the next generation iPhone in July or August.
Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple will start production of the new iPhone this quarter, indicating that it may be gearing up for a possible summer launch.
WSJ briefly reports:
Apple plans to begin production of a new 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.
At the same time, Apple continues to work with its manufacturing partners in Asia on a less expensive iPhone that could be launched as soon as the second half of this year, these people said. The 4-inch device will likely use a different casing from the higher-end iPhone. Apple has been working on different color shells for the phone but its plans remain unclear.
The report also notes that Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone in the second half of this year, which will come with a 4-inch display and a different casing possibly made of plastic. The report also claims that Apple is working on different color shells for the low-cost iPhone.
The next generation iPhone is expected to look like the iPhone 5 but come with improved internals such as Apple’s faster A series chip, improved camera etc, which is the reason it has been unofficially dubbed iPhone 5S.