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Now that June is winding to a close and the disappointment over no new iPhone fades into impatient waiting, it’s open season on rumors as to when the next handset will arrive. September has been widely pegged as the next likely candidate, but there could be more to that story.
Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will release the next iPhone in September, having pushed back the fifth model “to coincide with the release of the new iOS 5” which was just previewed at WWDC 2011 earlier this month. According to two people familiar with Apple’s plans, a beefier processor and 8MP camera are a lock for the new model, which is said to “closely resemble” the existing iPhone 4.
“The device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel model in the iPhone 4, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public,” Bloomberg revealed. “Apple is also testing a new version of the iPad that has a higher resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4, one of the people said.”
Say what? Yes, apparently Apple is hard at work on an iPad 3 -- as if we didn’t already know this. But there’s more: “The screen resolution on Apple’s new iPad would be about one-third higher than that of the iPad 2 and will boast a more responsive touchscreen, one of the people said.”
Bloomberg also dishes that Apple is “working to finish a cheaper version of the iPhone aimed at attracting customers in developing countries,” which would “use chips and displays of similar quality to today’s iPhone 4,” according to the same sources.
Nothing we haven’t heard before, but it’s newsworthy when a trusted source like Bloomberg throws their hat into the ring with such information. In any event, it’s likely to be a long summer as we wait for the next iPhone…
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