There have been various rumours that an Apple iPhone 5 may be coming in September, but without any announcements from Cupertino as yet, that date sounds a little too close. Apple still hasn’t released the white iPhone 4, although that is imminent – but it is unlikely Apple will squeeze in both the announcement and the mass production of the next generation iPhone before November or even December.
Printed circuit board (PCB) suppliers in Taiwan have noticed a reduction in orders causing them to cut quotes by an average of 10% for the second quarter. With Apple a major purchaser of these PCBs it is likely that the slow down may be due to Apple gearing up to order PCBs with a new design to fit the next generation iPhone.
The iPhone 5 is likely to be more like an iPhone 4GS with an improved A5 processor and an 8-megapixel camera, but how it will stand up against the rapidly improving stable of Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 will be what the discussion will be about once it finally gets announced.
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