iPhone 5 Already In Production, To Launch This Fall With An All-New Design

A new report from Asia claims the next-generation smartphone has entered manufacturing phase in China and is expected to be launched this fall.

The next version of the highly anticipated smartphone is due to be released this fall, insiders say. Photo: nanduongcam_72/Flickr

Japanese tech blog Macotakara, which has been accurate in terms of Apple-related predictions in the past, reported citing “reliable Chinese sources” that the production of the new iPhone has already begun.

If the pattern of Apple’s iPhone launches is taken into consideration, the iPhone 5 release date is to be mid to late 2012.

The upcoming device would feature significant changes in design, including the addition of glass to its “uni-body” backplate. “In the area where aluminum is not used, there is glass,” the blog reads.

When speaking of the previous iPhone models, both the iPhone 4 and 4S featured a “glass sandwich” design with tough Gorilla Glass front and back coverings.

However, some reports suggest that the new iPhone will reportedly boast a backplate only “partially covered” by the tough material, which Apple Insider thinks, “could be in response to a rumored screen size bump to a 4-inch Retina display with 16:9 aspect ratio.”

A Tech Radar article claims that analyst Shaw Wu revealed that the Cupertino-based company has reduced the number of iPhone orders by 20%-25% for this quarter ahead of the release.

The news comes a few days after a wave of reports burst, claiming that Vendors on Chinese Taobao, a unit of Alibaba Group, are accepting pre-orders for the next iPhone.

“Demand is high, yesterday someone just bought two phones. Altogether we have about two dozen orders,” one of the sellers on Taobao by the nickname Xiaoyu said.

“It’s not so easy to bring the phones from overseas, there’s a limit to how many you can carry in … If we could bring in a few thousand that will be great!”

The Taobao sellers revealed to reporters that they intend to buy the Apple devices in the U.S. and Hong Kong whenever it goes on sale, and then bring them to China. However, Alibaba Group hasn’t promised any specific delivery date.

Rumors surrounding the “iPhone 5” claim that the device will be equipped with a 3.5-inch display or with an apparently large 3.999-inch one with the unusual resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels.

The width of the display will change accordingly, and not remain at 5 centimeters. Measurements are predicted to be125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm, International Business Times writes.

The list of reported features of the Apple phone includes a larger 4-inch Retina display, 4G LTE technology and a smaller dock connector.

However, recent reports claim that that NFC won’t be on the feature list of the next iPhone, expected in June or July.

Insiders at several of the largest mobile operators in the UK said: “The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry.”

Yet Apple is reported to be working on its own adaptation of NFC, which would connect payments through iTunes. The Cupertino-based company believes it will introduce the technology in a handset likely to be releasednext year.

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