Apple is on track to release an “iPhone 5” in September, according to reports from component suppliers in Asia. Although there are varying reports on the devices naming, with some sources suggesting that it will be called the iPhone 4G or 4S, reports state that the device is very similar to the iPhone 4, which was released in summer 2010.
While the new version will look very much like the iPhone 4, reports suggest that the new phone will use an A5 processor like that included in the iPad 2, and feature an 8MP camera (compared with 5MP in the iPhone 4). The new devices will include Apple’s new iOS 5 software, which includes its iCloud capability to synchronise data between devices. It will also allow users to activate and update phones without requiring connection to a computer, as well as offering photo sharing and Twitter messaging across many apps.
Richard Windsor, global technology marketing analyst at Nomura Securities, said he expected the version sold in September to have the same price as the existing one, which Apple sells for about $600. “We think there will be an iPhone 5 in September – the suppliers have been ramping up for it,” he said.
The new iPhone would be hotly anticipated but Apple will want to play down the reports ahead of the summer season in case it affects sales.