New iPhone production expected to start late Q2
A fresh bout of Apple rumours, joined by images leaking of the next handset
Published: 30 May, 2012
In a week which will see the start of the Galaxy SIII's worldwide rollout it would be surprising for the next iPhone not to grab a few headlines, and it has. The seemingly endless fountain of Apple rumours which is DigiTimes reports this week that production of the device isn't expected to start until the end of Q2, or the beginning of Q3. This is very much inline with previous rumours and if true rules out the possibility of a reveal at Apple's WWDC event next month.
The report also suggests that Apple is going to be using in-cell LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) high-resolution displays with a pixel density of 326ppi. There isn't any mention of how big the screen is going to be so this could either be taken to mean the display won't change or that Apple is going to fit it with a larger screen which has a higher resolution and maintains the same pixel density.
The site claims that global shipments of the current iPhone will drop from 35m in Q1 to 25m in Q2 but go up to 40m in Q3 then 45m in Q4 thanks to the new model. As ever these rumours are very much unconfirmed but are definitely within the realms of plausibility.
In a separate leak of information images of the iPhone's 5 supposed casing have hit the web. The pictures seem to correspond to what has been said before about the handset and it shows it with a metal and glass rear case as well as a new dock connector. Other differences include a new speaker and microphone configuration and a 3.5mm headphone jack which has been moved to the bottom of the device.
Apple's WWDC is set to take place from June 11 - 15 and while it seems unlikely a new iPhone will be revealed fans of the brand will no doubt have their fingers crossed. Unusually the Cupertino-based company has yet to announce who is going to be their keynote speaker, a role normally filled by the late Steve Jobs with Tim Cook as well as other Apple executives expected to take his place.