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Hopefully by now you’ve gotten over the fact there won’t be an iPhone 5 released in July, and you’ve made your peace with it -- but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be waiting until next year, at least according to three sources talking to Reuters.
Reuters is reporting that the iPhone 5 is all but confirmed for a September release, tying neatly into a slew of rumors in recent weeks that Apple wants to bump the waning iPod touch out of its annual music-centric event and instead shine the spotlight on the iPhone just prior to the holiday season.
According to “three people with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain,” Apple’s next iPhone will be more akin to the leap from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 3GS -- meaning it’s inside that counts, including a faster processor (likely the same A5 introduced with the iPad 2) in a similar form factor to the current iPhone 4.
Production on the new fifth-generation handset is expected to begin in July or August, with suppliers including familiar names such as Wintek, Foxconn Tech and Largan. Not surprisingly, all three companies got a nice uptick in their stock price today as news of the iPhone 5 spread like wildfire across the internet.
"For some suppliers, Apple is their cash cow, or their bread and butter," explained Yuanta Securities analyst Vincent Chen, perhaps overstating the obvious. "With all these versions being launched so frequently, it will be the so-called low-margin suppliers, such as those that assemble the phones, who will benefit the most."
Of course, no one at the companies in question are actually speaking on the record about the Reuters report, including an Apple spokeswoman in Hong Kong who was reached for comment.
With the mounting evidence supporting a September launch for the iPhone 5, Apple’s decision to finally release a white iPhone 4 this spring begins to make some sense -- it’s the perfect bait to entrap users too impatient to wait until later in the year to get their hands on a handset that will be a modest improvement over the current one.
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